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Sir Auros' review of: Frostbite

Name: Frostbite
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Artic Warrior
Sub-Group: NA

Saw some new Universe figures on the shelves at Target the other night and decided to pick this one up to do my little part to support the line. Frostbite is actually a pretty nifty figure with a great paintjob and I was sorely tempted to pick up the BM Cheetor repaint too. While I loved the Beast Wars cartoon and place it in my own pinnacle of Transformers media, most of the toys never appealed to me at the time and only a few of them I find interesting through the Universe line. This is one of the few from Universe that I've found worth buying.

Alternate Mode:
Frostbite is a repaint of a Transmetal 2 (I think) figure that was supposed to be a hyena and hyena he remains. Though he's a purple and white hyena that apparently lives in sub-zero temperatures. This mode looks pretty cool and has that funky cyborg animal scheme the Transmetal 2s were neat-o for having. Frostbite has a sawblade sticking out of his back and what's more, you can push a little lever to make it spin. ĦQue chevre! The figure's really aesthetically pleasing in this mode and reasonably fun to play with as well. My one complaint is that the head seems to be a little under-detailed and it would've been nice if the jaws could close.

Robot Mode:
Something odd about this figure is that it took me a long time to finish transforming it because the picture on the back of the box has the figure's shins assembled backwards. The instructions show them positioned the way they are on the actual toy and it took me a while to realize that the picture on the back was just flat-out wrong. The robot mode's pretty cool and the figure comes with tons of weapons and looks kind of like Razorclaw or Tigerhawk. It's awesome to see a BW era mold that's armed to the teeth. A quick run-down of Frostbite's weapons: 1x sword, 1x sawblade forearm, 1x hyena head (maybe shoots like Megatron's head), 2x shoulder-mounted claw-cannon thingies. The figure also has a great amount of articulation thanks to the BW love for ball and socket joints. I really like the robot mode. Es muy bueno.

Transformation: 7 - Would be pretty good, but the robot mode head just kind of hangs around under the stomach in beast mode. Creepy.
Durability: 10 - BW toys are solid.
Fun: 10 - Very articulate and oodles of weapons.
Price: 6 - This is Universe's big failing point. Hasbro could be making a killing with this line if they priced their Basic-sized toys at the Basic pricepoint. Considering Energon Deluxes are selling for $8 nowadays, $10 for a Universe figure that's about the size of an Energon Basic, it just hurts.
Summary: 8 - Awesome paintjob, awesome toy, but a crappy pricepoint.

 
 
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