The Driller is peppered with rails for figures to grab onto and sockets for both 3 and 5mm pegs. Don't know of any Cyberverse figures that use 5mm, but if you've got a smallish Deluxe you'd like to use this with, it'd work. (And since all the Deluxes are smallish anymore, he grumbled...) Going just by the number of rails and other places to clamp figures onto, you could probably fit seven or ten Legion figures on here- time to troop-build Vehicons! But that's just the beginning of the features on this thing: first and most obviously, the drill turns as it rolls. It's a solid feature and it works fine. Secondly, it transforms, slightly, into a battle platform when you pull back on the red lever behind the pilots' station. The treads on the sides spread out, and the missile launchers(of course there are missile launchers; it's a Hasbro vehicle) flip open. When I first got the Driller, the one set of treads was threaded oddly and wouldn't retract fully when I pushed the lever back, but I managed to get that back into place. But one of the missiles still doesn't quite seat properly, so I have to transform it very slowly so as not to fling it across the room. Each launcher has its own set of handlebars, so you can have others manning the guns.
The last feature is the "Energon Booster," a red LED inside a housing full of pegs and sockets, mounted on a wire so that you can attach them to Cyberverse weapons to get modern-day G2 Laser Rods, or you can plug them into the backs of the Commander-class figures and take advantage of all that clear plastic in their torsos. The Booster is activated by a purple button with a Decepticon emblem on top; pressing this button in the battle station mode will also make the drill spin. Plugging the Booster into the socket on the Driller will light up the purple segments of the drill when the button is pressed. It's a pretty neat playset, all in all!
Transformation's similar to Bumblebee too, with one hitch: you lower the arms, fold up the hood, fold up the feet, and lock everything together. The catch is you have to lower the arms first, as the joints block the hood otherwise. Vehicle Mode is a pretty good approximation of his animation model, much better than the Robot Mode is. He loses his yellow highlights, but so did the Deluxe, so this should surprise nobody. But he does keep his two-tone maroon and red paint job! The seams are largely evident, and the hood seams are especially gappy, but the lines of the transformation are more or less pleasing to the eye. He has three sockets for weapons in this mode, not that either of them look that great attached to a sportscar. But you can at least have a buzzsaw attached to the side of the car to slice up Autobots as he passes.
Knock Out, unlike most single-carded Legion figures, comes with two weapons: his Energon Prod, and his buzzsaw. Both have a variety of pegs and sockets so they can attach to other weapons, other figures, the Driller, or especially the Energon Booster. The Prod's central spike is barely visible, but it'd have been nearly impossible to mold cleanly and safely at this size.
|Date||July 25th 2012|
|Score||(8 out of 10)|
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