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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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As Triggerbots go, he's fairly good. His guns work for him, unlike others, like Dogfight whose guns work against him. Still, there are other, better toys of this size.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 363 - Hits: 346
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
Tech specs for Bad Boy, Pathfinder and Treads, half of eHobby's exclusive Gobot team.

Rated: G
Categories: Japanese Generation One
Characters: Bad Boy (J), Pathfinder (J), Treads (J)
Genre: Tech Spec
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 453 - Hits: 579
Complete?: Yes - Published: 01/04/04 - Last Updated: 01/04/04
It's a strange combination, but the fusion is quite well done, combined with a good a sculpt and paint job, it makes for a good beast mode. Unfortunately Bantor really falls down in his robot mode.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 899 - Hits: 279
Complete?: Yes - Published: 16/03/04 - Last Updated: 16/03/04
An interesting concept I'd like more with a better colour scheme.Razor-Sharp is a poor partner, so I'd only really recommend Banzai-Tron if the martial arts thing appeals, or Actionmasters are your thing.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Banzai-Tron (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 586 - Hits: 294
Complete?: Yes - Published: 02/05/04 - Last Updated: 02/05/04
One of the better Micromaster Patrols, perhaps the best thing about this set is that it has no dud members. The colours work well and the play value is better than a lot of Micromasters.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1660 - Hits: 271
Complete?: Yes - Published: 15/09/03 - Last Updated: 14/08/04
The combinations work quite well here - from a jet with a giant cannon on it's back to a flying armoured car to an armoured track attached to a tank, it's a pretty cool combiner squad. The components range from very good to poor, but they work well as a s

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 2032 - Hits: 239
Complete?: Yes - Published: 23/02/04 - Last Updated: 23/02/04
Beachcomber has good colours, two strong modes and there's really very little dragging him down. If you're a G1 fan, you'll like Beachcomber.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Beachcomber (G1,G2)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 702 - Hits: 315
Complete?: Yes - Published: 24/04/04 - Last Updated: 24/04/04
Beachcomber has the sort of stupid colour scheme that G2 has been remembered for. It's still a good mould, but I'd recommend the original over this version.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation Two
Characters: Beachcomber (G1,G2)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 732 - Hits: 503
Complete?: Yes - Published: 24/04/04 - Last Updated: 24/04/04
A tech spec for Beetle, the Beast Wars Happy Meal toy.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 177 - Hits: 474
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
A tech spec for Berzerchus, AKA G2 Bruticus.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 186 - Hits: 597
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
With a hybrid bat-bird shell and a warthog monster mode, Birdbrain should really make been called something else. The warthog and robot modes are forgettable, although the shell is decent.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 926 - Hits: 238
Complete?: Yes - Published: 18/09/04 - Last Updated: 18/09/04
Well, like his fellow small Protectobots, Blades has a few problems holding him back. He's certainly better than Groove or Streetwise, but he's not brilliant. Worthwhile getting for the size & price you'll pay, but not worth looking too hard for - unless

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 501 - Hits: 343
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
A pretty good square-peg style combiner limb, although his colours are somewhat strange and it's a stretch to have a combat space shuttle. The robot mode is poseable, albeit the lower legs are somewhat disappointing.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Blast Off (G1,G2)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 814 - Hits: 388
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
Blast Off has a very good robot mode and a good chopper mode, but the colours aren't as nice as they could be - which is proven when you place him next to Vortex, who shares the mould.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1187 - Hits: 505
Complete?: Yes - Published: 08/11/04 - Last Updated: 20/11/04
A pretty good square-peg style combiner limb, and easily the best G2 Combaticon colour scheme, even if he _is_ a camouflaged combat space shuttle. . I'd still say the original is better, but this toy's not that far behind it.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation Two
Characters: None
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 642 - Hits: 483
Complete?: Yes - Published: 12/10/03 - Last Updated: 12/10/03
Definitely one of the more unusual Vehicons, but therein lies the appeal. With a great vehicle mode and a distinctive robot mode, Blastcharge offers a lot that other Transformers can't.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Machines
Characters: Blastcharge (BM,TFU)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1078 - Hits: 388
Complete?: Yes - Published: 19/05/05 - Last Updated: 19/05/05
Probably my favourite repaint in the entire Transformers: Universe line, and he's the last gasp of that failed line. Both modes are good and the blue plastic brings something the original lacked.

Rated: G
Categories: Transformers: Universe
Characters: Blastcharge (BM,TFU)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1256 - Hits: 422
Complete?: Yes - Published: 19/05/05 - Last Updated: 19/05/05
A toy that's clearly built around his alternate mode, Blaster has a great ghetto blaster mode and a robot mode that makes compromises. While I can see why these compromises had to be made, I still find Blaster somewhat disappointing overall.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1239 - Hits: 401
Complete?: Yes - Published: 16/10/04 - Last Updated: 19/10/04
An extension of the function and quote given to Blaze by Hasbro.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation Two
Characters: Blaze (G2)
Genre: Tech Spec
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 166 - Hits: 545
Complete?: Yes - Published: 15/06/03 - Last Updated: 15/06/03
My least favourite Sparkabot mould, now in random neon colours. Blaze does have the best colours of the G2 Sparkabots, and since he sports a new name, if you only get one G2 Sparkabot, get Blaze.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation Two
Characters: None
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 802 - Hits: 424
Complete?: Yes - Published: 19/02/04 - Last Updated: 19/02/04
Considering it's age, this is a pretty clever design. Blitzwing is a mix of both good and bad, but for me comes out on the good side simply because the whole Triple Changer thing has always had a magic to it. There are better Triple Changers (i.e. Astrotr

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 906 - Hits: 529
Complete?: Yes - Published: 26/05/03 - Last Updated: 26/05/03
I'm pretty neutral on Blot. He's got a weak robot mode and a decent though somewhat ill-defined monster mode.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 769 - Hits: 549
Complete?: Yes - Published: 19/12/01 - Last Updated: 19/12/01
Bludgeon is a sought after toy, thanks to the character's portrayal in the Marvel comics. While the inner robot isn't terribly memorable, the pretender shell is very well done, making him worthwhile for fans of pretenders or the Marvel comics.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 881 - Hits: 303
Complete?: Yes - Published: 27/03/05 - Last Updated: 27/03/05
A tech spec for Blueburner, a character based on G2 Blast Off.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 334 - Hits: 591
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
This is a good mould, and Bluestreak has the best colour scheme of the three toys that used this mould. Even if you have the others, I'd still recommend him.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1111 - Hits: 274
Complete?: Yes - Published: 16/01/04 - Last Updated: 16/01/04