Minicon Vs. Set #2 - Cybertron - Figures

Since these figures are essentially repaints of Armada minicons, I will cut right to the chase on this review. Instead of being packaged in a 3pk as minicons normally are, these figures come packaged as a VS set pitting one against the other. Following is a breakdown of the new names and related factions to which the belong:

Iceberg (Armada) = Scattorbrain (Cybertron) : Snowplow, packaged w/Monocle

Dune Runner (Armada) = Kobushi (Cybertron) : Dune Buggy, packaged w/Landslide

Ransack (Armada) = Payload (Cybertron) : Pickup truck, packaged w/Ascentor

Drillbit (Armada) = Monocle (Cybertron) : Drill tank, packaged w/Iceberg

Buzzsaw (Armada) = Landslide (Cybertron) : Saw crane, packaged w/Kobushi

Dualor (Armada) = Ascentor (Cybertron) : 2 barrel tank, packaged w/Payload

For the 2nd series, there have some new names as well as familiar ones. What is interesting is that the adventure team is now Decepticon based and the Destruction team is a friendlier Exploration team. As with the 1st set, there isn't anything new to these figures from Armada besides a new paint job. The Exploration team (Monocle, Landslide & Ascentor) sports a mostly yellow paint scheme with some gray and rust colors mixed in. Not terribly hard to miss on lunar terrain. The Strike Team (Scattorbrain, Kobushi & Payload) Have interesting paintjobs highlighted by neon green accents. It has a weird way of coming together. Both sides retain their running features, that being when rolled on the ground they have battle action.

As with the 1st set, each team now belongs to a faction and has insignias to boot. The Lunar Exploration team wears Autobot insignias, while the Lunar Strike team wears Decepticon insignias. That pretty much sums up the changes. Their transformations and robot modes are identical to their Armada counterparts... and subsequently share the balancing and posing issues. These weren't the best molds in Armada, and they don't strike you as much better in the Cybertron line. Probably not worth the time unless you're a completist.

Alt Mode Score: 4 - Nice alt modes, but kibble on a couple of them are grossly visible

Robot Mode Score: 3 - Decent robots modes, not very poseable or detailed

Final Score: 3 - Only consider if you need minicons or are a completist

ReviewerMichael Henry  
DateFebruary 20th 2006  
Score 6 stars (6 out of 10)  

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