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ravimus prime's review of: BM Quickstrike.

Name: Quickstrike
Allegiance: Maximal
Function: Reconnaissance/Warrior
"Robots with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest."

Quickstrike operates best alone. Silent and reclusive. Very intelligent. Extremely dedicated to Maximal cause, though not entirely trusted by fellow warriors. Will only work with Blackarachnia though there's no love lost between them. A true expert at hunting his prey. Impossible to surprise. Can virtually escape Vehicon detection - emits an electromagnetic emission shield and walks soundlessly. Disappears in subdued light or shadow. Best weapon is enemies' anxiety, but sonic howl can blow Vehicon auditory circuits. Loves music.

Beast Mode:
Quickstrike comes carded as a techno-organic wolf. I would like to mention the proportion problem first though. He really is an odd shape. He has thin curvy front legs. He has really long thick legs, a fairly small body, and a tiny head. Main colours are grey and brown with some translucent blue and silver. He actually has a nice paintjob though. Suits the wolf theme, but Quickstrike doesn't look very much like a wolf. Thereís a lot of mechanical detailing all over him, with some hair detailing only on his head and body. Thereís a beautiful translucent blue on his paws and tail along with clear blue and silver, which looks very well with it. The only really bad thing is the proportion issue, as mentioned before. But that is actually a big thing. Read on.

Robot Mode:
Better than the best mode, but in a lot of ways, worse. Now, Quickstrike fits in with the ill-proportionate weird Maximals of the early Beast Machines line. First of all, the head is my least favourite head sculpt ever. Yes, even worse than Armada Hot Shot. Many people have pointed out how his head looks like that of a werewolf, and it does. Itís a horrible scrunched up face. I actually only noticed that he has a mouth a few weeks ago. Itís that rippled. He has two tiny, green, beady eyes, and some brown hair on the top of his head, brushed to the back and sides of his head, a bit like the style of Wolverine. He also has a big blade sticking out of the back of his head that looks like a ponytail and limits movement. He has a big chest that sticks out a lot, but it looks very sleek and cool. He also has a big orange square thing on his chest that breaks up the grey.

He has thin, translucent upper arms, with huge forearms. Try to think of a deluxe toy with Blast Punch Optimus Primal's arms. He also has flat blue translucent hands, which can be posed to look clenched.

Now, major problems are his legs. Very short even at full length, they cause his arms to almost hang to the ground. Well, there is a very nice feature he has: one of his arms is like a switchblade knife. Flip a little switch, and a big blue translucent sword will swing out of his arm. This has angular detail and is actually fairly sharp. Overall, it has a lot of problems in robot mode: ill-proportioned, extra bits interferring with articulation, and a bad head sculpt.

Transformation: 3. Very easy.
Durability: 10. Solid, and has no accessories to lose or break.
Fun: 8. Robot mode is fun, especially with the flip out sword.
Price: 9. Dirt cheap.
Overall: 6. I like it, but I don't know why. It has so many problems. I don't recommend it though. Really, don't even bother to get it.
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