Rav - Beast Machines - Figure

Really, couldn't Hasbro have come up with some better names for these guys? Nosecone would've suited Mol, Backtrack could replace Dillo, and Rav could be Airstrike.

Beast Mode
Although he's supposed to be a raven, I keep thinking of Rav as a robin or cardinal based on his colour scheme. Black, tan, and transparent red, Rav is quite the attractive little fellow. Standing about 9 cm (3.5") tall and 12 cm (5") long, he's the most organic of the Deployers. His feet move a little and his mouth opens and that's about it in terms of articulation.

Transform Rav by releasing the tab at his rear. The crossbow will flip out while the head folds into the body cavity simultaneously. Except occasionally the head doesn't fold in properly, and Rav ends up getting conked on the noggin by his own weapon.

Crossbow Mode
Comparing all three of the Deployers here in front of my monitor, Rav really does have the best alt mode. It's more elaborate than Mol's and sturdier than Dillo's. Only be sure Rav's feet are elevated slightly, otherwise the whole toy topples forward from the heaviness of the crossbow. Rav comes with two red transparent arrows that fire independently.

The arrows travel a reasonably good distance, but can't knock over any figures except at close range.

Rav was later re-released in an eerie blue, silver, and black colour scheme. This "ice" version must have impressed Hasbro and 3H, since they decided to incorporate it into Cryotek's bio as his evil sidekick Chro.

Suspsy Sez: Rav is my favourite Deployer. He's got an attractive colour scheme, a neat spring-loaded transformation, and a cool alt mode. If you're looking to get only one Deployer, get Rav.


DateDecember 19th 2001  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  

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