Infiltrating the Playskool line, Transformers starts out with some four figures designed for the younger Transformers fans in mind. Cheetor seems to be the best figure from the Playskool Big Adventures Action Heroes for Preschoolers line. Packaged in robot mode, he is much larger than initial impressions may lead. Standing at just less than 6 inches, Cheetor resembles the Beast Machines version of the character. The chest detailing and shoulder pads bear a striking, yet familiar resemblance to the techno-organic hero from the dark cartoon series.
Surprisingly, the Playskool line of figures comes with a short bio-card, unlike the 1-2-3 Transformers. They follow the Beast Machines and Robots in Disguise tradition of featuring the toy instead of artwork. Cheetor is shown in his cheetah form. His bio-card reads as follows: “Cheetor is a supersleek hero who uses his incredible speed to chase down evil wrong-doers. When changed into a robot, he has high-tech armor than makes him invisible to radar. This is one cat who is puff-fect in every way.”
This time, however, Cheetor wears the symbol of the Autobots, both on his left shoulder and the right side of his chest. The symbol is a cuter version of the standard Autobot insignia, but there is no denying this is one of the good guys. Considering the nature of the Playskool line, Cheetor has a nice number of articulation points. He can move at the hips, shoulders and swivel at the elbows in robot mode. His neck turns as well, but is very stiff.
As it says on the back of the package, Cheetor “changes in 4 easy steps!” Flip down the wrist armor to form the front paws. You’ll actually have to flip them up since he’s packaged with them in the wrong position. Flip down the tail, which actually locks him in robot mode. Raise the left arm up to rotate the middle chest area and reveal the cheetah head. Then, bend the figure forward into 4-legged cheetah position and adjust as needed. Something that the instructions don’t mention is that when the cheetah head is turned to a natural position (parallel to the ground) it locks the mode. Only be turning the head 90 degrees will you be able to return him to robot mode. And as such, the left arm does ratchet when in either locked mode.
From the tip of his tail to his nose, Cheetor measures in at 6 ¼ inches in length and just shy of 4 inches in height. As in robot mode, his width at the shoulders is 3 ¾ inches. Although not much has changed in Cheetor between modes, he looks very ferocious in a cute sort of way. In cheetah mode, Cheetor doesn’t lose any points of articulation over robot mode as his cheetah head can turn at the neck.
Playskool Cheetor is an excellent toy. He’s big, sturdy, and likely still recognizable from Beast Wars and Beast Machines. At a price of $7.88 at K-Mart, he is worth every penny. You’re kids will love him and adults probably will as well.
|Date||May 10th 2002|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|