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Wildfire's review of: Demolishor

Generation: Armada
First cartoon appearance: Armada Ep #1
"As you command"

"Demolishor fights ferociously in every battle to which he's sent, regardless of the odds. If Megatron tells him to do something, he does it without hesitation. To Demolishor, a leader must always be obeyed at any cost. Megatron values the unswerving loyalty of his best soldier, but abandons him, when necessary, to save his own life. Demolishor has never resented any of these betrayals. But will there come a day when Demolishor questions the orders of his leader?"

Vehicle Mode: Demolishor is a slightly futuristic tank. It goes to show how well the sculptors are as this machine which doesn’t really exist certainly looks like it could. Demolishor is primarily a light tan and red with some olive green, gray on his treads and rear sections, silver cannons and missiles and front panels, and a gray wash over his treads. A purple Decepticon symbol is molded on the front of his turret. Demolishor’s turret can turn and the cannons can raise and lower. He has four Powerlinx points all on his cannons. The two high points and the right lower point are fixed and do nothing, but the lower left one is gimmicked. Placing a Minicon on this point causes the gray missile section to slide forward slightly, pull back on the attached Minicon and the silver missiles will launch. It’s somewhat disappointing that only one launcher does this, but to keep costs down it must be so (of course some folks have reported ways of altering Demolishor so that both his launchers work.)

Robot Mode: Pull down on Demolishor’s treads to detach them from the main body and fold them under the redpiece they are attached to. Fold the gray seat piece on the rear gray piece of the tank up and rotate the treads and their red base piece around. Fold the seat back down and pull out and forward on the gray sections of the treads until they face you, push the ends of the treads down at an angle (technically, this is the battle base mode mentioned in the real instructions but this mode doesn’t really do much.) Fold the ends of the treads all the way down now to form the feet and fold the front tan pieces and rear tan pieces towards each other to form the thighs. Pull out the sides of the turret outward to reveal the robot head between them, fold it up. Rotate the upper sections of the cannons around to form the robot hands, the lower cannon section form the shoulders. Demolishor has roughly ten points of articulations included two waist swivels. His colors are the same except for the addition of orange on his chest, black on his face and bright green eyes. Demolishor has a determined grimace on his face and one of his eyes appears to have a targeting scope etched on it. His Minicon feature still works in this mode, though you’ll have to aim his shoulder forward. There is also a flip out seat piece on his back that can carry Blackout in robot mode and perhaps other Minicons (this seat can be flipped out in any mode by the way.)Pull down on Demolishor’s treads to detach them from the main body and fold them under the redpiece they are attached to. Fold the gray seat piece on the rear gray piece of the tank up and rotate the treads and their red base piece around. Fold the seat back down and pull out and forward on the gray sections of the treads until they face you, push the ends of the treads down at an angle (technically, this is the battle base mode mentioned in the real instructions but this mode doesn’t really do much.) Fold the ends of the treads all the way down now to form the feet and fold the front tan pieces and rear tan pieces towards each other to form the thighs. Pull out the sides of the turret outward to reveal the robot head between them, fold it up. Rotate the upper sections of the cannons around to form the robot hands, the lower cannon section form the shoulders. Demolishor has roughly ten points of articulations included two waist swivels. His colors are the same except for the addition of orange on his chest, black on his face and bright green eyes. Demolishor has a determined grimace on his face and one of his eyes appears to have a targeting scope etched on it. His Minicon feature still works in this mode, though you’ll have to aim his shoulder forward. There is also a flip out seat piece on his back that can carry Blackout in robot mode and perhaps other Minicons (this seat can be flipped out in any mode by the way.)

Minicon: Demolishor’s Minicon is Blackout. Blackout looks like a rolling communications disruption vehicle. He is mostly red with tan cannon turrets and orange cannon barrels; he has orange windows in front and a silver radar dish. Blackout seems designed to generally mess with Autobots, one could imagine that the radar system could scramble transmissions and the cannons could defend him if he was found. To transform him into attack mode, put the radar dish up and then fold the cannons from the sides upwards onto the top of the vehicle. To transform Blackout to robot mode, turn the vehicle on its back and pull down on the red sections his wheels are on to form his legs. That’s pretty much it. Blackout stays the same colors with the addition of some silver on his face. His Minicon symbol is molded on the left side of his chest. The radar dish on his back can be raised up as well. Black can also interact with Demolishor in vehicle mode. Turn both figures back to their vehicle modes first. Demolishor has a space between his treads where you can place Blackout. Blackout’s head snaps into an opening between the treads. Demolishor can simply carry Blackout in this manner and benefit from his added firepower, or he can launch Blackout. Behind the turret on Demolishor there is a small gray button. Push it to send Blackout flying! Well in theory anyways, my Demolishor has a fifty-fifty chance of launching Blackout or just dropping him.

Transformation: 4 – Pretty simple comparatively
Durability: 10 – Everything is held together well.
Fun: 9 – Does lots of different things, my only complaint is that he only has one active Powerlinx compared to some other figures in his size group.
Price: 4 – Very affordable except overseas. Available in the US for around $9.99.
Overall: 9 – Another Decepticon soldier with the strength and power to give the Autobots a run for their money.
 
 
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