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Backstop - Cybertron - Figure

I find this name pretty curious for this figure. Not sure what the name Backstop is supposed to conjure up. Then again, there aren't many things in the world that make sense. At any rate, Backstop is the rebel leader on the Jungle Planet that is aiming to stop Scourge's rein on the planet.

His alt form is a Rhinocerus. Overall, the mode is pretty realistic. There is even a tail on the back. The legs have pretty decent movement and there is a good amount of detail on this figure. One very tacky downfall, though, is under the moveable head. You can clearly see his right hand on his neck. Such a blatant piece of kibble is blasphemous if you ask me. Also, as you can see from the rear shot, the copyright info is printed right on his backside. This leads me to believe that Backstop was a half-hearted (or rushed) idea.

Insert the Cyber Key behind his head and his horn will extend out. A decent gimmick, and it's effective to use. Transforming him is relatively easy.

However, I would strongly suggest just leaving him in his alt mode. To be polite, his robot mode is hideous. Since the front legs (and rear legs) slide together to form the robot legs, they look grossly disproportioned. What's worse, there is no way to twist the legs so the knees bend properly. You can almost do it with the right leg, but the left leg is impossible. Speaking of the left leg, it makes him look crippled. The upper body is no different. He is left with a shovel for a left hand. One consolation is that he has a pretty detailed right hand, but it is not pegged. Also, giving him decent arm posing is hard because the arms were made to flex inward, not outward. At least the head looks nice. Overall, this is a very unposeable figure.

His Cyber Key works the same in robot mode, but since he has no shoulder joint on his right arm, you can't pose the horn in a useable way. I can honestly say that this is the first figure from this line I am truly disgusted with. I could have bought dinner with the money I spent. Guess I'll go hungry tonight...

ReviewerMichael Henry  
DateNovember 17th 2005  
Score 4 stars (4 out of 10)  
LinkBackstop Pics  

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