After the movie line, while most fans were waiting for TF animated figures to come out(an obsession that i can't seem to like, bar jazz and Soundwave), Hasbro felt the need to release a line to fill in the gap. It was supposed to be a continuation of the universe and classics lines, predominantly the latter.
While originally, the first wave was almost entirely new molds, eg. Prowl, Sunstreaker, Tankor, Onslaught, Silverbolt, and Powerglide, the second wave had a vast majority of repaints of cybertron, and even previous universe figures, eg. Silverstreak, Sideswipe, Stormcloud, Blaster and the subject of this review, Heavy Load.
Heavy Load is a somewhat imposing cement mixer truck. A repaint of Cybertron Quickmix, who perhaps has a more fitting name, I think this version looks a lot better, especially since his minicon partner drill bit, whos Cybertron name escapes me, is now given a constructicon-esque colour scheme, rather than the garish and neon blue used in the original mold. I am not sure whether or not there are any differences in the mold, but the cyber key is still functional, opening a gigantic cannon from the cement mixer section of the truck, which would make even Ironhide(thats G1, not the version that was a girl) leak lubricant. Both the smaller gun and Drill Bit, in both his vehicle and robot mode can be stored in multiple places on the vehicle. Drill Bit's vehicle mode is an unspecified weapons vehicle. He has treads, which makes it look a little like a tank, but it functions best as a gun for HL in Robot mode.
In robot mode, Heavy Load looks awesome. His head sculpt is very nice, and he appears to be wearing some sort of headset- which is detachable. For a chemist, he seems to be very well armed, with an arm gun which can be put either on his arm or actually in his hand, Drill Bit, who can go in his hand, and his huge cannon, which has a spring loaded missile. His articulation is decent. He has: A head swivel, each shoulder can turn 360 degrees, arm can move out at the shoulder and bend at the elbow, each leg in on a peg joint at the waist, and can bend at the knee. The feet can also move quite a lot. Every joint except the head and the feet are ratcheted.
An interesting feature is that there is a slight automorph; when the waist is situated correctly, the arms will shift into place automatically.
Overall this figure is very good, the only thing keeping it from a 10 out of 10 is its lack of a right hand. If you have Quickmix I wouldn't bother with this one, as it is almost exactly the same mold, but otherwise a definete buy. Strongly Recommended.
|Reviewer||Cameron Berry |
|Date||October 27th 2008 |
|Score|| (9 out of 10) |
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