Motorcycle Drone - Beast Machines - Figure

Time and time again, I marvel at how awesome most of the later BM toys are. If Hasbro had released this toy earlier while BM was still on television, along with Tank Drone, Night Slash Cheetor, Strika, and Supreme Optimal Primal, I bet they'd have sold a gajillion.

Vehicle Mode
A sweet-looking Cybertronian motorcycle that measures 14 cm(5.5") from the front wheel to the tips of its exhaust pipes, 18 cm with the two exhaust pieces installed. Main colours are dark red, metallic silver, and black, with some metallic orange detailing and translucent yellow. A yellow Spark crystal is mounted in the left exhaust pipe. Whereas the Deluxe Thrust toy was more streamlined and graceful, the Motorcycle Drone is clearly built for strength. Its exhaust pipes are absolutely huge, and the two yellow exhaust pieces dwarf Thrust's single green piece. Plus, the MD is by far the more show-accurate of the two toys. Every effort appears to have been made to make this toy a dead ringer for TV version.

In this mode, the MD's head can raise up and scan the terrain for Maximals. The front wheel rolls great, but the rear wheel is a tiny bit stiff. The rear wheel is also much thicker, allowing the MD to remain standing by itself.

The toy pictured in the MD's tech spec is woefully mistransformed, so don't bother using it as a reference. The front of the motorcycle swings all the way back while the rear wheel ends up resting on the cycle's underside/robot's back. In one of the more ingenious bits of engineering, the upper half of the cycle's head rotates around 180 degrees to form the robot's head.

Robot Mode
Standing around 12 cm(4.7") tall, the MD is a near-perfect version of its show self. As much as I like the Deluxe Thrust toy, let's face it, *this* is the real Thrust right here. Obviously, it can't stand up on its own in uni-wheel mode, but the wheel section can actually split apart to become legs and feet. Unlike Deluxe Thrust however, there's really no poseability in the MD's limbs. Moreover, its arms are so massively huge that the toy will tip over unless the arms remain at its sides. Alternatively, the exhaust pieces allow the arms to function as crutches, enabling the MD to remain standing in uni-wheel mode.

The MD is jointed at the head, neck, shoulders, elbows, and claws. Its Spark crystal is strangely different from the ones found in other BM and BW toys.

Most Sparks are smooth, marble-type plastic domes with a faction symbol underneath. MD's seems to be made of slightly rougher plastic, and it has the Vehicon symbol etched into the surface as opposed to underneath it.

Possibly this was done in order to accommodate the toy's gimmick. Pressing the Spark causes the exhaust piece to fire a couple of feet like a missile.

In addition, by opening the covers of the arm and then firing the missile, the covers close shut like one of those Spark Extractors from the show.

Unfortunately, mine doesn't seem to work very well. It refuses to remain shut, making it appear as though the MD's right arm is broken. Nuts. The left arm doesn't fire; it's simply a housing for the MD's other missile.

Overall, Suspsy Sez: This really is one of the better Basics around. It looks great, it's show-accurate in both modes, it's got nice colours, and good play value. It ticks me off to no end that this and other later BM toys have not appeared in Canada (and likely never will). I'm fortunate enough to have gotten one in the States, but it sucks big time that so many other Canadian Transfans aren't as lucky. It's such a cool toy.


DateNovember 9th 2001  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  

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