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Transformers Cybertron Deluxe Unicron

A big welcome back to guest reviewer Jin Saotome - did you read Toyfare #109?  If so, you saw some of Jin's amazing customizing work.  He's the man behind the ultra cool Bat Sentry BAF!  That's some beautiful work there.  Tell us all about the Unicron, Jin!

Intro from package: “Unicron…. Many Transformers still superstitiously toss a handful of Energon coins over one shoulder whenever his name is uttered, for the word itself means Chaos and destruction. Once an all-powerful eater of entire planets, he was destroyed decades ago by the Autobots. For too long he was trapped in the rusted hulk of his old body. Now, resurrected and redesigned as an unstoppable Destroyer Tank, he is not yet at full power but soon all the Universe will know him… and tremble.

Hey it’s me Jin with another review, this time for the Transformers Cybertron deluxe series Unicron! Ok, lets first get this out of the way: “THEY TURNED UNICRON INTO A TANK?!” Yeah, that’s what I and a hundred other fans said when they saw the Toy Fair prototype of Unicron. 





We thought we were getting a smaller Neo BeastWars version that turned into a completely round planet this time, but it turns out Hasbro had other plans. I wasn’t going to get this figure at first... Here we have the massive, planet-devouring, godlike entity of Transformers lore scaled into a tank, more appropriately called a ‘Destroyer Tank’ as the package states. It just struck me odd. Well I found him and Wal Mart and was rather surprised at his coolness, so let’s review.

Packaging - ***
Your basic transformers packaging that I forgot to take a picture of before I ditched it, whoops. Well if you’ve seen one Cybertron deluxe package, you’ve seen this one. It has a cool decepticon background, inner tray with a couple twisties, and the main bubble on a card. It’s pretty basic but gets the job done and looks ‘cyber’ to me. The character graphic of Unicron on the bubble looks vicious, Unicron pissed and reaching out with a clawed hand to tear someone a new one.

Sculpting - ***
Unicron doesn’t suck! In fact he’s downright detailed and I was very surprised as I picked him up from the pegs. The first thing you’ll notice is that he has a cool skeletal face with the classic horns, and tiny, sharp, silver teeth bared. The left horn has a large crack running across it that sets it apart and the rest of his face looks damaged and ‘rebuilt’. The main gun, treads, side panels, and other sections of his tank body are extremely well details with all sorts of little grooves and plating on them. Unicron’s legs look extremely cool, almost like a skeletal insect. There’s defiantly G1 homage paid to him and that’s really apparent with the shoulders and face. Ok, so Unicron wasn’t looking so bad now to me.

Paint - ***
Unicron sports a few different colors of paint, tho he’s mainly molded in colored plastic. The metallic purple looks rather striking against the yellow and the red shoulder ports stand out. His teeth are silver and if you tilt back his head to make the open tank hatch, there’s a big purple orb with a bright yellow circle around it. I would of liked to see some shading or dirtying of his parts, being that he’s a dinged up battle tank and all. He just looks too pristine for having been blown to bits and then rebuilding himself from parts. There’s little to no slop on the paint that’s there and it works for him.

Articulation - ***1/2
Unicron is highly poseable with cut and pin joints at all his major sections. The shoulders swivel and tilt, and his elbows have good range of motion. His head and waist turn along with the cannons. The main cannon on his right shoulder turns with an extra elevation feature and a smaller gun on his left shoulder is on a ball joint. Unicron’s hip joints are excellent, ball jointed with a swivel just underneath that so you can get all sorts of motion from them. Coupled with a good range of motion for the knees and feet (and his knee guards move too!) you have a well-articulated toy.

Transformation - ***
Meh, Unicron turns into a Destroyer Tank instead of a planet. But hold on … this tank looks rather cool. In fact it reminds me of a cross between a beetle and some sort of F-Zero racing vehicle. The transformation between robot and tank mode is a bit more complicated than other deluxe figures and there’s lot of moving parts. One of the cool features about Unicron is that his hands fold back so that the front ‘pincers’ of the tank can lock up onto his wrists, giving kids a choice between fists or a curved spike to fight with. There’s jagged looking spider legs that fit onto the side panels as well and two huge wheels in the back that look neat.

Unfortunately the tank mode isn’t as sturdy as his robot mode and pushing down upon it makes the legs and side shielding pop loose, crippling the ‘unstoppable’ destroyer tank. Get past that and it’s actually really cool.

Accessories - **
Unicron comes with a clear, red projectile for his main cannon, four jagged legs, and a Cyber Planet Key that unlocks his action feature. The legs pop off and are suppose to fit in his hands as the 

package/instructions show, but that’s not the case. The larger one can only fit on the upper arm because of the extended back piece, however it tilts down in his hand because of the back hitting the arm itself. When you attach the smaller claw to the under part of his hand, the back of that hits the permanent folded pincer under his arm and either falls off or tilts way up. This makes the ‘weapon’ look like a pair of crossed sissors instead of a cool claw as the picture shows. The large key looks rather odd sticking out of Unicron’s back in either mode and I never got into that feature. 

Action Feature - ***
Well it turns out the action features on Unicron here are actually pretty cool, if you can get past the large key stuck in his back to make the main one work. When you insert the key, the ‘mouth’ on his chest opens up menacingly and exposes a triple-barreled cannon. This is pretty much like the feature the Armada Unicron had, only it doesn’t fire out but looks cool nonetheless. What does fire out is the projectile from the main cannon, and boy does it fly! I got it to go all the way across the room and it’s much more powerful than any of the other firing devices I’ve seen. Any action feature that can potentially knock a mouse unconscious is A+ in my book.

Value - ***1/2
Unicron is $9.99, the basic price for a deluxe figure and depending where you go you can find him for a buck cheaper or higher. There’s lots of detail, a neat design, and an overall ‘woo, it’s Unicron’ feel to the toy. Kids will like the cannon and chomping jaws, perhaps rolling him into other Transformers and making him eat them. They may loose the spider legs tho as the legs don’t fit in his hands well and fall off of the tank sides easily.

Things to Watch Out For:
Not much, all the ones I saw on the pegs had good paint jobs so that won’t be a problem. He’s sturdy too and your kid could throw him around without fear of breakage. I’d watch out for the cannon, don’t shoot yourself in the eye (or a mouse for that matter) with this thing. It’s powerful!

Overall - ***
Ok, so Unicron didn’t turn out to be a blasphemous figure at all. I actually really like him and the character design has grown on me. He’s a very creepy, skeletal-looking transformer and it appears he has some Planet-X designs thrown in when you compare him to Sideways and Soundwave. It’s odd that he comes with a Decepticon key though, being that Unicron has no alliance and would eat either team if they got within ten feet of him. If you like the character and have ten bucks to blow, I say pick him up. 

This is Jin Saotome saying thanks for checking out the review and look forward to more! 

SCORE RECAP:
Packaging - ***
Sculpt - ***
Paint - ***
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - **
Transformation - ***
Action Features - ***
Value - ***1/2
Overall - ***


Figure from the collection of Jin Saotome.

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