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ravimus prime's review of: B'Boom

Name: B'Boom
Allegiance Maximal
Function: Guerilla Warfare Specialist

A guerrilla warfare tactical expert, B'Boom is one of the fiercest and most unpredictable of the Maximals. Though hard to control and often driven by a temporary fury that sends him speeding up and down trees, his focus while in battle is easily apparent by the savage fire in his eyes. Dexterous, brave and clever, B'Boom is fiercest while in mega artillary attack mode, a state in which his arsenal is as fully loaded and functional as a battle emplacement. His favorite weapon, a launcher hidden within his mouth.

Beast Mode:
B'Boom comes packaged in his beast mode - a mandrill. Don't let the name fool you. Not overly realistic looking, but that does not mean his beast mode is poor at all (with emphasis on at all). Good poseability overall, with only really the neck that can't move. You can press one of his ears in to get a shocked look on his face, which is very amusing (well to me anyway). You can then push up a lever on his back a bit to make his missile launcher pop out of his mouth. Arm the missile launcher with one of the missiles, then push up the lever the whole way, and the missile will be fired. B'Boom does a better job of hiding his robot mode than most early Beast Wars toys. The only robot parts that are exposed are on the legs, the stomach region, and in the mouth. B'Boom has one of the best beast modes in my opinion.

Robot Mode:
Looking slick again in robot mode, B'Boom supports the greatest transformer haircut ever: a cobalt blue flat-top hair style. Excellant poseability. No real constraints except he's not being able to do the splits. But who would want him posed like that? B'Boom has an excellent sculpt. He has smokestacks, missile pods, and an attack mode head that cannot replace the normal head, much like Transquito (see battle platform head). Actually, I'm not a big fan of that mutant head. B'Boom also carries a long missile launcher. Both the missile launcher and the missiles can be stored in his back.

One thing that bothers me a bit are his arms. They are too long, and almost reach to his knees. But alot of transformers have this problem, even the most recent ones. Excellent robot mode overall.

Battle Platform Mode:
Looking at pictures of this mode, I always thought it looked stupid, but one day I decided to try it. This is where B'Boom's attack head is in control, facing the same direction as all the other weapons on deck. It's actually not that bad. Smaller Beast Wars can sit on him, and fire his missile launcher. Effective for such a simple mode. Nothing was sacrificed to add this mode, so I have no problems with it.

Transformation: 5. Easy enough.
Durability: 7. The whole beast mode came off of mine. But it went back on with ease, and it never happened again.
Fun: 10. Good play features makes good fun. You see my logic?
Price: 9. $30 at very most. Usually goes for $15. Luckily I got mine for 5 before the euro was introduced. It was cheap.
Overall: 9. A truly lovely transformer. I'd recommend it if you're into early Beast Wars toys. If you're not, you might like it anyway. Give him a go.
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