Without a doubt, one of the most popular characters throughout the Beast Wars toy line and television program has been the Maximal Cheetor. He's the youngest of the Maximals and the most immature, though he has started to grown out of it in the more current Beast Machines series. His Transmetal 2 form was the last version of the fan-favorite pussycat to be made (outside of repaints of his previous two toys) in the Beast Wars line and by far the least impressive Cheetor toy of the lot.
First off, he looks nothing like a cheetah, but then neither did any of his other toys. There is a huge hump on his back that houses his missile launcher/rocket that can be raised up in order to fire (and not hit the ground). In the television series, Cheetor was able to use the rocket to fly and move at speeds of Mach 2 on the ground. How his furry parts didn't peel off of him going that fast is beyond me though. His upper left leg opens to reveal his Maximal Spark, a green half-globe with a Maximal emblem in the center.
Second, there's the transformation. It's not the most complex, but can provide some confusion due to the fact that the instructions miss a step or two. Essentially, you stand him up on his hind legs, open the bottom of his torso and flip the cat head inside. Next, rotate the chest 180 degrees, move the torso downwards, turn the robot head 180 degrees and close the panels. Rotating the arms at the elbows helps too unless he has an itch on his back. The step that's left off is the fact that the small pegs the arms are attached to can be rotated 90 degrees forward to position the shoulders correctly. Otherwise, he looks even sillier than he already does.
In robot mode, Cheetor features the same asymmetrical theme that the rest of the Transmetal 2 toys have. The left leg houses the Spark chamber while the right is plain. The left hand can hold his gun (that detaches from his back) while the right forearm had a silly shield that flips up. The details on the chest as well as the rest of the toy are all skewed to give Cheetor that fresh-out-of-the-cloning-factory look.
While the toy is nice and represents the character well, the one problem I have with it is the lack of painting on Cheetor. There is so much detail on this toy, but it can barely be noticed because it isn't highlighted. If you can still find it, I would recommend the repaint exclusive to Wal-Mart; Tripredacus Agent. It sports a much nicer paint job and actually makes the figure look great.
|Date||November 1st 2001|
|Score||(6 out of 10)|