Not since Action Masters has there been a Transformers toy in the main line that doesn't transform. Alpha Quintesson is the second toy in the Energon line that doesn't convert from one mode to another, with Energon Kicker being the first (though he was paired with High Wire). While not entirely accurate to his appearance, Alpha Quintesson provides kids and collectors alike with something else for their Kicker figures to beat on.
Packaging & Paperwork
Alpha Quintesson comes packed in a standard The Powerlinx Battles version of the Energon packaging. The main window shows the toy, disassembled into it's various parts, flanked by the Energon and Powerlinx logos on the left and his box art on the right. "Three different faces!" is proclaimed above the box art, one of Alpha Quintesson's many features.
The bottom of the box has cross-sells for Energon Kicker & High Wire, Galvatron, and Omega Sentinel. Instead of the usual Energon story blurb on one side of the box, an additional cross-sell is in place, featuring other Mega Class toys such as Grimlock & Swoop, Beachcomber, and Wing Saber.
As per usual, Alpha Quintesson includes a tech spec card, instructions, and the new and out-dated comic book/catalog volume three. The art is pretty good, all things considered, though I do question some of his stat ratings considering the characters actions on the Energon cartoon. But, tech specs have never really been completely accurate have they?
To make up for not being able to transform, Alpha Quintesson comes with a number of accessories. There's the dark gray base in which the main figure plugs into so he can stand. It's highly detailed to look like a sea of tentacles. He has three tentacles of varying length with different attachments on each. The shortest one has a yellow claw at the end. The middle-length tentacle ends in a chain saw. Lastly, the longest tentacle has a... well, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be. It's a silver/gray blob with a hole in the middle. Finally, Alpha Quintesson comes with a missile and launcher that attaches behind his head.
Attaching the main body to the base gives you, what I like to call, the core figure. This is the closest the toy gets to his on-air persona. His lower body is mostly a sickly-green color with some reddish-brown highlights and gray tentacle sections poking though his armor. His upper body is mainly a darker green. The same reddish-brown color is used to highlight the sides of his head spikes as well as the entire spike sections on his back. Black cables are painted leading away from his launcher mount to the yellow sections surrounding his shoulders. His teeth are painted silver and eyes yellow. The arms are a light gray-green with the same reddish-brown highlights on his forearms. His claws are painted the same silver as his teeth.
Alpha Quintesson has a good amount of articulation too. He rotates at the base and his shoulders are on ball-socket joints. Each elbow bends and the main arms rotate just past the elbows. His secondary forearms are also on ball-sockets. His upper and lower jaws open and close as well, revealing one of his inner faces. There are also three large claws on the front and two smaller ones near his back that can rotate 360 degrees.
This is where Alpha Quintesson shines, which really isn't saying too much. Each tentacle can attach to one of the three larger ports on the base. When the base is rolled along, the tentacles spin. So, you can have him smack himself repeatedly if you so desire. The launcher attaches to the stand behind his head, rotate 360 degree, and launch the missile across the living room and under the couch.
Alpha Quintesson also has several ports on his base and body to attach Energon chips and weapons. The base has three ports and each arm has three, one near the shoulder and one on each forearm. There are also two holes under his lower jaw to place two more weapons.
Finally, pressing the green button on Alpha Quintesson's back causes his inner faces to rotate one per push. There's the panic face, angst-filled face, and the chubby face. Unfortunately, the blue, bull-like face wasn't included in the design, possibly because the designers didn't know about it at the time the toy was being drawn up for production.
To be honest, I didn't think I'd like Alpha Quintesson. Turns out, he's all right. There are a lot of fun features for the kids to enjoy and he looks pretty good without the launcher and tentacles attached. Since he doesn't transform, I anticipate he'll be lumped in with Action Masters and the Heroes of Cybertron toys by some fans. But, I liked those toys too so your mileage may vary on this toy.
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||February 20th 2005|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|
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