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Real name: Dirge
Member Since: 19/12/01
Membership Status: Member

Hi everyone. I hope you enjoy my fanspecs and toy reviews. For those who are interested, many of my toy reviews have pictures at my website - www.cliffbee.com.
 
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Chromedome's a nice toy, both he and Stylor have good colour schemes, and Chromedome looks good in both modes. There's only limited play value here but if you're a G1 fan you should like Chromedome.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Chromedome (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 854 - Hits: 263
Complete?: Yes - Published: 26/02/04 - Last Updated: 26/02/04
Not as cool as the original, but this is a pretty good copy and the die cast metal is a great touch.

Rated: G
Categories: Japanese Generation One
Characters: Chromedome (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 682 - Hits: 378
Complete?: Yes - Published: 16/05/05 - Last Updated: 16/05/05
Cindersaur is in my opinion the worst of the Firecons - a very dubious honour, since it makes him the worst G1 toy.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Cindersaur (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 614 - Hits: 265
Complete?: Yes - Published: 04/02/05 - Last Updated: 04/02/05
A great toy. Attention to detail, realistic car mode, good colour scheme and quality of manufacturing (metal, clear windows) all work in Clampdown's favour. Both modes work very well. Perhaps his biggest drawback is that he's very similar to Red Alert - a

Rated: G
Categories: Japanese Generation One
Characters: Clampdown (J)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 724 - Hits: 620
Complete?: Yes - Published: 15/06/03 - Last Updated: 15/06/03
Good play value, great aesthetics in both modes, good colours and a gimmick that works all make this a good toy.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: Claw Jaw (BW)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 901 - Hits: 425
Complete?: Yes - Published: 04/11/03 - Last Updated: 04/11/03
A good repaint of a fun toy, Claw Jaw has good poseability and funky colours, but whether or not it's worth tracking down this repaint is really a personal choice.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: Claw Jaw (BW)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1018 - Hits: 268
Complete?: Yes - Published: 26/07/05 - Last Updated: 26/07/05
A tech spec for Cliffbee (the red Microman toy of the Bumblejumper mould)

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Tech Spec
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 301 - Hits: 262
Complete?: Yes - Published: 21/10/03 - Last Updated: 21/10/03
If you like the Minicars as I do, then I'd suggest you'll like Cliffjumper. A cute car mode, a well done robot mode and good colour scheme (ok, schemes) all make him worthwhile to a G1 collector.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Cliffjumper (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 504 - Hits: 306
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
A tech spec for Cloack & Dagger, AKA Fox Kids! Transmetal Tarantulas.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: None
Genre: Tech Spec
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 156 - Hits: 422
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
I was pleasantly surprised by Clocker - both modes have a lot of play value, and the engine block gun does a great job of adapting to both modes, rare for a weapon that deploys in both modes.

Rated: G
Categories: Transformers: Cybertron
Characters: Clocker (Cybertron)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 994 - Hits: 527
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/07/05 - Last Updated: 29/07/05
Probably my favourite of the 1988 Autobot Pretenders, I'm impressed with Cloudburst's space cruiser mode. The robot mode is solid, if unspectacular, and the same can be said for the Pretender shell. The colour scheme works quite well aside from some minor

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Cloudburst (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 826 - Hits: 272
Complete?: Yes - Published: 26/12/03 - Last Updated: 15/08/04
A good colour scheme, a very cool plane mode and a decent robot mode, but it probably goes without saying that Cloudraker is more fun if you have his twin brother.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Cloudraker (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 734 - Hits: 229
Complete?: Yes - Published: 24/02/04 - Last Updated: 24/02/04
A tech spec for Cobra, AKA G2 Swindle

Rated: G
Categories: Generation Two
Characters: Swindle (G1,G2)
Genre: Tech Spec
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 195 - Hits: 637
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
Nice colours and details make a great beast mode, but a simple transformation takes its toll on a disappointing robot mode.

Rated: G
Categories: Energon
Characters: Cloudraker (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 960 - Hits: 411
Complete?: Yes - Published: 24/04/05 - Last Updated: 24/04/05
While some of his components have some major flaws, Computron comes out pretty much unscathed. I'm not a bit fan of Strafe & Nosecone as legs, but it's up to you what you do for each limb, anyway, so I can't be too critical of that. He's got a very unifie

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Computron (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 473 - Hits: 374
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
Not quite as cool as Superlink Bruticus but still a pretty good gestalt in his own right. Worthwhile as a set despite some weak components.

Rated: G
Categories: Energon
Characters: Constructicon Maximus (Energon)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 746 - Hits: 415
Complete?: Yes - Published: 04/04/05 - Last Updated: 04/04/05
There's definite mix and match potential here and some good individual Micromasters.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Constructor Squad (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 2296 - Hits: 231
Complete?: Yes - Published: 23/01/05 - Last Updated: 23/01/05
Released only in Japan, this is an interesting variant on a flawed toy. The colours work in their own way, and they're markedly different to those of the standard version.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: Optimus Primal (BW,BM,TFU,RM)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1088 - Hits: 331
Complete?: Yes - Published: 10/06/04 - Last Updated: 10/06/04
It's no substitute for the original, but for a toy that's half the size this is a pretty good reproduction.

Rated: G
Categories: Japanese Generation One
Characters: Optimus Prime (G1,G2,MW,RM,TFU, Transformers Movie 2007)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 645 - Hits: 472
Complete?: Yes - Published: 15/05/05 - Last Updated: 15/05/05
A pretty difficult thing to do, but Takara have made a decent snake Transformer. There are compromises in both modes, but nothing that wrecks the toy, and Corahda has a lot of play value for a deluxe.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars Neo
Characters: Corahda (BWNeo)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1099 - Hits: 485
Complete?: Yes - Published: 23/02/05 - Last Updated: 23/02/05
A tech spec for Corerunner (AKA Drill Powerdasher), using a name dreamed up by ExcelonZero

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Powerdasher (G1)
Genre: Tech Spec
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 154 - Hits: 312
Complete?: Yes - Published: 15/06/03 - Last Updated: 15/06/03
The colours work, the robot mode looks cool but has some joint problems. Cosmos is a toy I'd recommend.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Cosmos (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 598 - Hits: 406
Complete?: Yes - Published: 05/11/03 - Last Updated: 05/11/03
A good colour scheme in both modes, nice robot and car modes. Crosscut's shoulders give him good poseability for a Diaclone toy, and he has a lot of accessories.

Rated: G
Categories: Japanese Generation One
Characters: Crosscut (J)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 644 - Hits: 636
Complete?: Yes - Published: 15/06/03 - Last Updated: 15/06/03
Pretty much everything works here, from the Targetmaster partner to both modes. The colours are sensible and there's some nice detailing.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Crosshairs (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 820 - Hits: 321
Complete?: Yes - Published: 19/05/05 - Last Updated: 19/05/05
Probably the best toy released in this entire range - in my books he's overtaken Highbeam at the top of the pile.. due totally to the colour scheme (well, they _are_ identical moulds). Takara's done a terrific job of this toy - both the paint job and the

Rated: G
Categories: Robots In Disguise
Characters: Crosswise (RiD)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 497 - Hits: 370
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03