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Seerus Nalaius' review of: Energon Ironhide

Name: Ironhide
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Warrior
Sub-Group: NA
"A great mentor is the key to success."

Energon Ironhide's enhanced strength and physical upgrade have made him an impressive warrior and a feared adversary. Under the direction of Hot Shot and Jetfire, Ironhide has matured into a fine Autobot soldier. He has proven time and again that he is brave and reliable during battle. His skill and courage have been noticed by Optimus Prime on many occasions and recently earned him the spark of combination. Energon Ironhide continues to work at developing his skills and is always willing to stand alongside his Autobot comrades, especially Hot Shot.

Energon Ironhide is a fun toy, and, in my opinion, one of the few Autobots who make the Powerlinx idea look good. More on that later.

Vehicle Mode:
Energon Ironhide still looks like an off road vehicle of some sort, which is cool, but now he has a new paint job that's very similar to Hound's (which was the original name for this toy). He is now primarily green, blue, with some silver on his back and sides. On his hood he has a white circled star, also like Hound. It's a nice little touch to a good toy, and his green looks better then the original blue. Well, that's what I think, anyway.

Robot Mode:
Ironhide looks better in this mode, but that's not to say either mode is bad. In this mode, he keeps his same colors, only gaining a little black, orange, and tan. Ironhide has pretty good poseability, though his lower legs do make some poses awkward. While we're on the subject, his legs are just a little too large and bulky. However, this is ok when powerlinked, because they become his fists (when in top mode) or become feet that seem to make more sense (when in bottom mode). His head makes a clicky sound when turned (provided you have batteries in), and it is a bit annoying. This really applies to my E. Ironhide, whose head is so loose it turns way too easily. Pushing back on his left shouder cannon will fire his missile and make a shooting noise, which is also annoying. For a little extra fun, give him the Energon Sabre or have him hang out with Kicker.

Transformation: 7 - Not as complex as I'd like, but simple enough to be fun.
Durability: 8 - He's pretty durable and can take many a hit, though mine has a loose head...
Fun: 8 - He's a good, fun toy, and get better with Kicker or the Energon Sabre, or when powerlinking with Jetfire or Cliffjumper.
Price: 8 - Should only be about $20, though some stores may have him cheaper. A decent price either way.
Summary: 8 - When all is said and done, E. Ironhide has what it takes to give you some fun poses and powerlinx combos, and just plain looks good. He's worth picking up if you passed on his original version, though, if you aren't into the repaints, you have to decide for yourself.

 
 
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