Unicron & Deadend - Armada - Figures

He is the destroyer of worlds. He strikes fear into every Transformer that hears his name. People have waited half a lifetime for him. He is the Chaos Bringer, and his name is Unicron!!!!!

Mini-Con: Dead End

Alternate mode:

In alternate mode, Dead End is a small mechanical "moon" for Unicron. It is black with some yellow parts and a gunmetal-gray cannon that looks vaguely like a nose when viewed from the side. Circumference is roughly 3 inches. I think. The ball revolves at the equator, which is good, because the cannon flips out, and can be rotated to point foward.

Transformation: It's simplistic enough. Not as simple as, say, Sureshock's, but not to difficult either. C'mon, what can you expect from a BALL?!

robot mode: A chunky little dude that measures about 2-1/4 inches tall. He is black with a gray cannon and "face" with a teeny-tiny dot of red on each "cheek" and yellow thighs, feet, and forearms. He lacks real hands, and doesn't have what can be called "meaningful" articulation. All movement is for transformation. But, like TF fan Benson Yee (who also helped on the show Beast Wars) said, no matter how menacing his cannon may be, you still can't deny that Dead End looks cute in some form or another.


Robot mode: This bad boy towers amongst the Transformers at 16-1/2 inches tall at the tips of his shoulder claws. His color scheme consists of of orange (fruit color) and yellow-orange, black, chrome red, transparent red, clear plastic, yellow (for missles) opague gunmetal gray and a slightly lighter gray, gold (interior of chest), sky blue (interior of chest), and both chrome and transparent purple (lavender, I think).

And boy, is this guy chock-full of detail! There are machinery details all over the body that could have been left out. Even the claws are detailed. Hasbro wasted no expense in making this guy. The wings are also detailed, more than vaguely resembling the detail on the original Unicron of the Transformers movie in 1989. A true masterpiece.

While some artistic liscence was issued, there are several similarites from the original Unicron. They are...

1. Spikes on the arms
2. Clawed feet (except two claws, not four)
3. Purple spots in the exact same places
4. Red abs

And another little thing Ben Yee (or was it Dave van Dolomen? Don't remember) pointed out: the area around the upper edge of the face is molded like the Mini-Con "M." Interesting feature. Just below the "chin" area, there are two metal rods. These are for conducting a current to make the eyes flash when the chest missle is launched (and being reloaded). His hands have individually jointed digits, and can do almost any hand gesture (except those requiring a straight thumb), including the "finger."

Transformation: Difficult at first, but easy enough after that. It'd be wise to remove the wings first, though.

Alternate mode: It's big, it's menacing, it's...purple. Very purple. The circumference of the planet is 2 feet. Without, it's 11 inches. The gray ring wields 24 Mini-Con hardpoints, along with two on the side, and one for Dead End, making a grand total of 27. The hardpoint for Dead End is in hte center of an indent that looks vaguely like an eye when vacant, and the hardpoint's a little too small to do its job. If you squeeze Unicron's claws together, his jaws'll knash together, crunching any unfortunate planet, moon, or other thing. But beyond the teeth is a swirling darkness, like a black hole. I suppose the end result is the same of a black hole: everything goes in; nothing comes out.


Lights: When you press a button on Unicron's head, his eyes will flash (as well as when you shoot the chest missile, unless you're trying to decapitate him). If you push his right hand in, it'll start flashing. And, incidentally, because the hands are made from different types of plastic, the left hand (being opague plastic) moves a little smoother than the right.

Missiles: If you attach a Mini-Con to the hardpoint on Unicron's back, his chest will open up and shoot a chest missile a respectable 4-1/2 feet. The missile is black with a yellow shaft. The outer shell opens up into three pieces like a flower. Makes an annoying buzzing sound and is a lot faster than the commercials. On his calves (and lower half of the planet), there'll be three yellow missiles each. Attaching a Mini-Con and pushing'll shoot the missiles. (Right calf I think is bottom first, rest after. Don't remember what the left is.)

Storage: In addition to his various hardpoints scattered along his body, Unicron can also store Mini-Cons in his "shins" (generally car-like vehicles only) and in his "gut" (good place to store Dead End). Dave van Dolomen pointed out that if you flip the right hand back into the arm, the pegs on the stump'll make ideal hardpoints. But you have to have REALLY small Mini-Cons to fit both (so far, I can only imagine a couple scrunched-up Ramjets fitting).

Well, I hope you enjoy reading this review as I did writing it, and I'll see you some other time. See ya!

"I have summoned you here for a purpose...." - Unicron, Transformers: The Movie.

DateDecember 31st 2003  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  

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