Predacon, Sideburn & Skid-Z - Armada - Figures

Take one of the best Beast Wars toys to come down the pike, color him weird, add some static Mini-Con ports, and a couple repainted Mini-Cons and what do you get? An overpriced repaint by name of Predacon, Sideburn, and Skid-Z. Sadly, none have characters though I have decided to change that as well as their names. Just follow this easy to use chart:

Predacon = Megatron / Sideburn = Inferno / Skid-Z = Quickstrike

Bio and Tech Specs
Written by Richard C. Mistron with assistance from Dave "Zobovor" Edwards

Decepticon: Megatron
Function: City Commander

Motto: "One shall stand. One shall fall. Yes."

As part of a contingency plan should his plans on prehistoric Earth go awry, Megatron created a clone of himself and two of his most loyal warriors, Inferno and Quickstrike, and sent them into the timestream just prior to his betrayal by Tarantulas. Having arrived in the far future, Megatron watched the current war between Autobot and Decepticon before taking action. By reinventing his warriors into Mini-Con bodies and remodeling his own structure to be able to adapt Mini-Con energy, Megatron joined the current regime of Decepticons under the name Predacon. His main goal: to overthrow the pretender to his name and resume his quest for the mysterious aliens.

Strength: 10 Intelligence: 9 Speed: 10 Endurance: 10
Rank: 9 Courage: 10 Firepower: 9 Skill: 10

Megatron is a mechanical tyrannosaurus and an oddly colored one at that. His head is an almost baby-puke green with reddish eyes and gray and dark green highlights. His forearms and tail are dark green while the main torso and legs are a metallic gray. His feet and the turbines on his hips are the same color as his head. Orange, dark green, red, and gold highlight his body in various areas and designs. The robot mode fists and arms are visible as his chestplate, so there's no denying this is a Transformer and not some other large, mechanical dinosaur. His articulation is limited to the shoulders and knees. The jaw can open and close and the tail, with its six segments, can be positioned in any number of ways. The tip of the tail can open and close to clamp down on unsuspecting Maximals... I mean Mini-Cons. Speaking of Mini-Cons, Megatron has four static Powerlink ports; one above each shoulder and one in the center of each hip turbine.

Change - Transport Mode
To transform Megatron into his transport mode, such as it is, flip the toes and turbines up. Now, Megatron is ready to fly or rollerblade, whatever may tickle his fancy. I was hoping for some working wheels this time around, but I'm left wanting. I think for the additional $5 this toy costs over it's original version, a little more retooling could have been done to actually have the guy roll around. Now, it may just be this particular toy, but the hinges and latches on the turbines are very poor quality. Adding a Mini-Con to the ports when the turbines are raised causes them to flop down to their original position. Likewise, they don't latch too well when they are closed.

Change - Robot Mode
Return the toes and turbines to their original position and remove the entire tail assembly. Pull up on the turbine sections of the torso and flip out slightly. Bring the legs back and rotate the entire lower body 180 degrees. Rotate the upper arms back 180 degrees and dislodge the dinosaur head slightly and swing the panels on either side up. Bring the robot arms around and shove the dinosaur head into the area left vacant by the arms. The small piece that hangs from his waist can be positioned anywhere really, but looks best on either his left or right hip. Extend the handle on the tail and place in either hand.

In robot mode, Megatron is mostly brown and dark green with that hideous baby-puke color tucked away and barely visible. More of the details on his head have been painted than on Transmetal Megatron, bringing them out quite nicely. And considering the articulation of most of the Armada line, This toy has them all outclassed. His head is on a ball-socket as are his shoulders. His arms rotate halfway down his upper arms and he bends at the elbows. But wait! There's more! His waist turns, knees bend, and he has full hip movement.

Inferno (Sideburn)
Inferno is a recolor of Backtrack from the Street Speed Mini-Con Team. Whereas Backtrack is green, Inferno is red. The windows are painted black and the front lights are painted silver and green. Extend the front of the car, the middle section extends further. Flip those parts up to form the feet and carefully pull the entire leg section down and rotate 180 degrees. Pull the sides of the car out and up. Flip the trunk down and position the arms to your liking. In robot mode, Inferno has seven points of articulation: shoulders, elbows, hips, and waist. The green eyes are a nice counter to the red and baby-puke that make up the rest of his robot mode. Be careful with those elbow joints though. Bend them too far and they'll pop right off. Fortunately, Inferno seems to be made of sterner stuff than Backtrack as I've yet to experience any pieces fall off. Either that or I'm being more careful with my Mini-Cons these days.

Quickstrike (Skid-Z)
Quickstrike is a recolor of Spiral from the Street Speed Mini-Con Team. Whereas Spiral is blue, Quickstrike is brown with gold windows. Headlights are white, taillights are orange and the front grill is silver. Extend the front of the car forward and flip the doors down parallel to the front wheels. Extend the middle portion of the front forward and flip up to form the feet. Turn at the waist 180 degrees. Bring the truck down and swing the roof sections down to form the arms. Quickstrike has the same number of articulation points as Inferno and shares their location as well. Thankfully, he was spared the baby-puke color Megatron and Inferno share. His eyes and two sections of his chest are painted orange to help bring a little color to his robot form.

If you don't already have Transmetal Megatron, Predacon and his Mini-Con sidekicks should be a must on anyone's list. The dinosaur mode is a little hard to look at, but the robot mode more than makes up for it. Hopefully, not all of these toys are plagued with the loose turbine panels, but considering some of the other quality control problems in the Armada line, it wouldn't surprise me if they were.

ReviewerRichard C. Mistron  
DateOctober 21st 2003  
Score 6 stars (6 out of 10)  

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