Icepick w/Chainclaw - Power Core Combiner - Figure


Icepick

Hasbro has always had some love for snow vehicles. Seems every so often, an arctic terrain vehicle shows up along the line. The Power Core Combiner continues that random tradition with Icepick, fitting since there is a G1 combiner leader of the same name.

Bio

Icepick believes that he represents the next generation of Decepticons. According to him, all those not gifted with the ability to combine are obsolete, and should be destroyed. He's willing to start with the Autobots, but he won't hesitate if an older Decepticon strays into his line of fire.


Strength     
Intelligence
Speed
Endurance
Rank
Courage
Fireblast
Skill

Commander Mode

Icepick sports a mostly white color with a deep blue hue at various points. Each shoulder sports a Decepticon insignia. His big, meaty claw hands have ball joints and, with his other joints, makes for great posing ability.

Chainclaw

As with the other two-packs, Icepick comes with his own minicon, Chainclaw. No idea how an Autobot G1 pretender ended up being a PCC Decepticon minicon. He has great leg articulation, but arms are limited to shoulder rotation with molded elbows.

Bend his knees back 90 degrees, push the arms back a little and bend the hipts to wrap his legs around his chest. Sounds contortionist, but you just made his chest armor. While the end result looks vanilla, he has a minicon port that you can mount yet another minicon to. Deszaras anyone?

If you elect to bend his hips back instead of to the sides, you transform him into a missile battery that can be placed on the right shoulder of Icepick. You'll give him a volley of 8 missiles to play with (missile are molded).

Articulation

Feet:Stationary (technical)
Knees: Pin hinge, 90 degree bend. Pinned above knee for unlimited lower leg rotation.
Hips: Dual pin hinges, 180 degree bend and 90 degree spread.
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Ball joint, 180 degree rotation and 90 degree spread, pinned below shoulder for unlimited arm rotation
Elbows:Pin hinge, 150 degree bend
Hands:Ball joint, unlimited rotation w/90 degree inward bend
Head:Pinned for unlimited rotation

There's actually an extra set of joints on the shoulders to get upward rotation and "shrugging". To get full hip articulation, you'll have to lift the waistplate.

Commander Mode Specs

Height:4.5in/114.3mm (without combiner ports)
Width:3in/76.2mm (without combiner ports)
Depth:1.5in/38.1mm
Supplied accessories:(1)Chainclaw Minicon figure

Transformation

Commander to Vehicle Mode

Spread out his arms so they flush against the combiner port struts. Twist the inner shoulder joints so that the combiner ports face forward. Fold the arms back and connect them to hide the head. Fold down the combiner ports. Fold the feet in. Rotate the lower legs 180 degrees and join them together via a tab. Break the waist away from the chest and cantilever the legs to the back. The legs will connect with tabs on the arms. Fold down the hands, then flip out the silver tabs on his waist.

Alt Mode

The end result is a halftrack arctic exploration vehicle. The two front wheels are rollers, while there are two molded wheels under the halftrack to help it roll along. One noticeable detail left out is the windshield, which was left unpainted. Why is anyone's guess.

The back end tends to look a little cluttered, due to the claws wrapped around the rear end and the exposed combiner ports. It still ends up being a very decent alt mode overall.

If you still have Chainclaw in his weapons mode, you can simply plug him into the minicon port on the roof. Now you have a Snowcat with bite.

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 4.25in/108mm
Width:1.5in/38.1in
Height:1.38in/35.1mm (including blades)
Wheels:2 rolling wheels on front, 2 molded wheels on rear.
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Transformation

From Commander to Combiner Mode

To convert to Combiner mode, spread the arms to the side. Fold down the combiner ports. Rotate the outer shoulder joints so that the tab faces down. Fold down the chest and rotate the head so that the Combiner head shows. Spread the legs out 90 degrees. Rotate the lower legs so that the track treads show in the front. Fold the knees 90 degrees. Flip out the combiner ports from behind the lower legs. Rotate the hands so that the palms face backward. Bend the wrist in then bend the elbows so that his hands lay against his chest.

Combiner Mode

Icepick's combiner mode just replaced Smolder's as my favorite. The head sculpt is especially great since almost the entire head is piped, giving it an eery glow in the right light.

Verdict

Commander Mode: Very nice robot mode, but the combiner strut and ports on the shoulders is a sore thumb.
Alt Mode:A little messy on the backside, but otherwise nicely done.
Chainclaw:Somewhat bland compared to the other minicons thus far, only 2 transformations.
Combiner Mode:How are the 2-pack commanders getting better combiner modes than the 5=pack commanders?
Overall:The minicon might be a bit of a bore, but Icepick has many possibilities.

Class:Scout plus Minicon 2 Pack

MSRP:$10

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateAugust 15th 2010  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  
Reads11065


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