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Sir Auros' review of: Demolishor

Name: Demolishor
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Warrior
Sub-Group: NA
"Your cries of pain are music to my ears."

Demolishor is a nasty Decepticon with an equally nasty weapons arsenal. To challenge him would be futile. He loves the thrill of the fight but he especially enjoys inflicting pain on his enemies. In vehicle mode, he is a burly dump truck that is stacked with powerful energon launchers capable of taking down any Autobot that stands in his way. Though a bit uncontrollable at times, Megatron prides Demolishor as one of the Decepticon's greatest warriors.

Demolishor was the first new Transformer I've personally seen on shelves since February, and being starved for new figures, I threw him in my shopping cart without hesitation. My rashness was rewarded by a surprisingly cool figure. I ultimately only found two problems with this figure (both in robot mode), several good points, and two reasons the figure's a must-have.

Vehicle Mode:
Demolishor's vehicle mode has a big, honkin' Decepticon logo on the bed of the dumptruck. Freakin' awesome! Combine that with the funky green color they used for the plastic and you've got one swell looking vehicle. The wheels are pretty cool too since I think they have a fair amount of detail. The figure also has a missile launcher built into the bed and they can be launched from this mode, making Demolishor portable artillery too. The missile launcher is another one of the superb parts of the figure since it not only fires four missiles, but it's designed so it looks like it could fire eight. Yeah, it would have been nice to have it fire eight, but that would've likely been unwieldy and this way it still looks badass. I can't tell you how much I love the missile launcher. Overall, the vehicle mode works, it looks like a dumptruck, has a cool paintjob, and the only complaint I have is that the cab of the truck looks kind of funky due to them being Demolishor's arms. Not too great of a job hiding the robot mode there.

Robot Mode:
Demolishor's robot mode is where I found two flaws. The first is that the head looks like a cross between a Beast Machines headsculpt and a football helmet. Which is to say, it's out of place in the rest of the Energon line and looks pretty ugly too. The second is that his arms are really scrawny for such a hugeass robot. I mean, he's this big, tough warrior with scrawny little Wheelie arms? I also kind of wish he had some sort of weapon other than his missile launcher so his arms wouldn't look so useless. The missile launcher makes up for all of it in this mode though and you can have all kinds of displaying fun with it. As you can see in the picture, I have him squatting, ready to launch his deadly payload. I was going to rip off a pose from Desperado, but Demolishor just wouldn't balance like that. The robot mode's decent fun to play with and display, but I tend to display Demolishor in its vehicle mode.

Transformation: 7 - The difficulty lies in finagling the legs and arms back into vehicle mode. On the bad side, the figure doesn't hide the robot mode so well, but on the upside, it does have an interesting transformation around the torso.
Durability: 9 - Sturdy.
Fun: 8 - Cool dumptruck mode, decent robot mode, and missile-launching goodness in either.
Price: 9 - Seems pretty big for a deluxe and I think it's well worth the $10. Like Insecticon, don't let ebay scalpers rip you off for it either, it's not worth the $20 you'd likely pay them after shipping. Hopefully Hasbro'll get their act together and widen their distribution or re-release Wave 3.
Summary: 8 - Snazzy addition to a collection, fun to play with as a toy, so I'd recommend buying it if you see it..

 
 
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