While Armada Demolishor was one of the best deluxe toys in his line, the character never seemed to get the appreciation as other Armada characters. Doubtless Demolishor fans are glad to see the character get a larger, and more developed, role early in Energon. (when you consider most of the Armada Decepticons are dead now, I guess there weren’t a whole lot of options). Though the character starts the series in his old body (in a green and purple color scheme), at some point he is due for an upgrade into this form.
Many fans have joked about Demolishor being upgraded from a missile tank to a dump truck, but he’s not your standard neighborhood hauler. Demolishor’s alt mode is actually a mining dump truck, massive vehicles that can measure over 13m in height. Were the toy to scale, he’d tower over most other Transfomers, including his old body. Don’t forget that he now has twice as many missile launchers (in hypermode) than he did as a tank. I’d say that this is a pretty damn solid upgrade for the character.
Anyway, naturally the first part of the truck to catch your eye is the dump bed. Covering most of the truck body, the bed is mostly lime green, adorned with a tremendous (about 5.5cm x 5.0cm) Decepticon faction symbol. Perhaps the old soldier is overcompensating for protecting the Autobots the past decade? The sides of the dump bed has a series of diminishing, vertical black stripes, which I suspect are less for decoration than to give the impression of texture. At the back of the bed are 4 translucent green buttons that can be used to launch missiles when in hyper mode. The bed itself is a little shallow to allow room for the missiles, but the designers did a good job obscuring this fact.
Lastly the lip of the dump bed has two powerlinx pegs. There are also two smaller holes between these, but I cannot as yet discern any function for them.
The cab adds a blend of different colors to the toy. The bulk of the cab is dark gray and lime green with a sliver grill, and copper-ish head lights. There is a gray bumper with a silver paint app to imply wear and tear. In the center of the bumper is Demolishor’s spark crystal.
The driver’s section at the top of the cab is mostly translucent green (the same shade as Command Jaguar’s energon), with saddle brown in the middle and a light metallic blue driver’s window. Beneath the window is a sculpted, purple Decepticon symbol. Any close examination can reveal some robo-kibble, as this section is made from the robot arms. The parts don’t lock into place and are easily misaligned, robot fists are visible from the side, and there is some purple from the robot chest above the grille. Fortunately most of this is obscured by the lip of the dump bed.
From the side the truck is a bit on the open side, but the more I look at real pictures of mining trucks, the more I realize that the real things aren’t much better. The dump bed and wheels hide a multitude of sins, so unless you are looking straight on, the open spaces and the robot legs are not very obvious. Speaking of the wheels, they are large, measuring a little over 3cm, with gray tires and silver hubcaps.
Converting the truck to hypermode simply entails lifting the dump bed (it can incline about thirty degrees) and flipping back the lip to reveal a missile launcher (and the previously hidden robo-kibble). Two rows of four missiles revealed, but only the bottom row can be fired. Both launcher and missiles are molded in the same translucent green, but the “real” missiles look darker due to the dark holes behind them. The dump bed missile launcher can be rotated a fully 360 degrees, with built in resting points every 90 degrees.
Flipping the lip hides the previous powerlinx pegs, but there are two more on the opposite side, along with two holes to mount energon weapons. Unfortunately these are all spaced too close together to utilize them all simultaneously.
Height: 14.5cm (17.6cm in hypermode)
This has nothing to do with my appreciation for the figure but… this is Demolishor? I’m having a hard time seeing Armada’s dumb grunt in this mold. I imagine it will make more sense when I see the cartoon, but for now I’m experiencing a big disconnect.
In robot mode Demolishor is a big, hulking brute. Well, maybe not so big. He’s actually the shortest deluxe figure released in the Energon line so far. His tiny head and overly broad body give an immediate sense of power, undermined only by his tiny girlybot arms.
There are no new colors revealed, but the mix is quite different. With the dump bed hanging off the back, lime green is not as overwhelming, and purple is better distributed over his chest, shins and the crest on his head. With his head, arms and legs revealed brown, silver and translucent green become more dominant.
Demolishor’s head is oddly reminiscent of an evil, helmeted Rhinox (the CGI version anyway), something reinforced by the toy’s color scheme. And I may be crazy but I think I see a little Waspinator in there too. It may also have the distinction of being the most articulated head in Transformer history. His head is connected to his neck by a swivel joint, and then to the body by another swivel, with a hinge right in the middle of the neck. This gives him the ability to raise and lower his head as well as look in almost any direction.
The broad torso is formed from the front of the truck, but a metallic purple chest has replaced the grille . This chest has an engraved pattern that looks like it should open (perhaps containing the Matrix of Lackeyship), but it doesn’t, so don’t bother.
The bumper looks like it could be a belt (admittedly worn a little high) with the spark crystal as the buckle. The torso is connected to the silver pelvis by a ratcheting swivel joint, making Demolishor one of the few large Energon toys that can turn at the waist.
Demolishor’s legs are oddly proportioned, with short green thighs and longer, wide brown and purple shins. The thighs have small fuel canisters sculpted on their sides (Prime homage?), and his feet have silver paint that is supposed to represent wear, but reminds me more of the “splash” pattern used on Armada Demolishor. The legs are another case of good Decepticon articulation, with a ratcheting, universal hip joint (is he too top heavy for a cheaper ball joint?), thigh swivel, and knee hinge. He can also point his toes.
In basic design the arms are similar to Energon Starscream’s, and have the same articulation. The bicep swivel is a little too high, and in some positions the shoulder can limit arm rotation. Another minor issue is that the shoulder panel has no way to latch onto the body, so it is easy to accidentally raise the panel when you mean to raise the arm. Lower arms are translucent green, the upper arm brown, and the shoulders translucent green over black plastic.
The only real vehi-kibble in robot mode is the ever-present dump bed, which hangs off his back down to his knees. This doesn’t impede his articulation in any way, and his feet are big enough to keep him balance, but I can’t help thinking he looks a little turtle-y.
Hypermode involves rotating the purple section of the torso down, which moves the head so that it is jutting out of the chest. All this fidgeting raises the dump bed and missile launcher over his shoulders. Demolishor is now a seriously armed hunchback, ready to blow the clapper out of the nearest belltower.
I would place Demolishor somewhere between Starscream and Snowcat. Flaws are numerous but minor. He’s an ugly SOB, especially in Igor-mode. It adds character, but many fans are turned off misshapen designs. It’s hard to find one feature that really sells the toy, because there isn’t anything terribly special about it. It’s a common vehicle mode in an overused color scheme, and the transformation leaves little to the imagination. But he doesn’t suck. He’s a lot like Strongarm, or for that matter Armada Demolishor. He sticks to the basics. A solid and very well articulated toy fairly free from gimmicks that gum up the works. In the end, if you like Transformers, you should like Demolishor. Whether or not you love him will depends on whether you can warm towards the ugly design.
Final Grade: B
|Reviewer||Michael T. Dunleavy|
|Date||May 5th 2004|
|Score||(8 out of 10)|
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