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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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Conceptually the idea is quite solid but the car mode came out a little bland and has some engineering problems. The robot mode works very well and displays well, making Blurr worthwhile.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1050 - Hits: 302
Complete?: Yes - Published: 09/08/05 - Last Updated: 09/08/05
Blurr's a G1 toy trapped in an Armada body - he looks great but has somewhat limited articulation. The car mode is very strong and Incinerator fits Blurr like a glove.

Rated: G
Categories: Armada
Characters: Blurr (Armada)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1576 - Hits: 345
Complete?: Yes - Published: 30/06/04 - Last Updated: 30/06/04
A tech spec for Bolt, AKA G2 Skydive.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 183 - Hits: 494
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
A nice Diaclone based Transformer with a lot happening for it's size, Bombshell is very much a toy for the G1 fans.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 862 - Hits: 231
Complete?: Yes - Published: 06/09/04 - Last Updated: 06/09/04
One of the better Constructicons, by virtue of two strong modes, a good colour scheme, and no real flaws.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 509 - Hits: 499
Complete?: Yes - Published: 05/08/02 - Last Updated: 05/08/02
Despite being based on a single gimmick, Bonecrusher manages to be a good toy. The beast mode is unusual and well done, the robot mode also works well.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: None
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1064 - Hits: 267
Complete?: Yes - Published: 03/05/04 - Last Updated: 03/05/04
A solid payloader mode and a very good robot mode, Bonecrusher has good colours and a nifty transformation.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1198 - Hits: 353
Complete?: Yes - Published: 02/04/05 - Last Updated: 02/04/05
While he's best known for his Batmobile looks, Boss is a good toy in his own right.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1054 - Hits: 197
Complete?: Yes - Published: 16/08/04 - Last Updated: 16/08/04
Bound Rogue's colours are probably his most distinct feature. And they work for him in a bizarre way, thanks to good contrast and some good choices. I'm actually glad he's not going for realism, since the mould just _isn't_ a Tasmanian Devil.

Rated: G
Categories: Robotmasters
Characters: Bound Rogue (RM)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1512 - Hits: 638
Complete?: Yes - Published: 16/08/04 - Last Updated: 16/08/04
A decent Scramble City component, Brawl's very beefy looking, which fits in with his character. One of the better combiner limbs, actually, although his hands are a tad lacking. He's always been a favourite of mine, and of course you need him if you plan

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 431 - Hits: 300
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
A decent Scramble City component, Brawl's very beefy looking, which fits in with his character. The biggest failing of this version is the garish colour scheme, but it's better than most G2 Combaticons.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 447 - Hits: 536
Complete?: Yes - Published: 12/10/03 - Last Updated: 09/08/04
Two fun modes, weaponry galore and colours that really work and make this toy a great homage. Even if you don't care for Bruticus, I'd recommend this toy.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1183 - Hits: 525
Complete?: Yes - Published: 01/11/04 - Last Updated: 01/11/04
While the vehicle mode is actually really good in comparison to some of the other Minicars, Brawn's robot mode is both disappointing and significantly different from that of the cartoon Brawn. Recommended to G1 fans mainly for the character.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 771 - Hits: 261
Complete?: Yes - Published: 11/12/04 - Last Updated: 11/12/04
A very good beast mode, which is hard to fault, and a satisfying robot mode, although not without it's flaws. Break has a complex transformation, too.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 787 - Hits: 576
Complete?: Yes - Published: 01/06/03 - Last Updated: 01/06/03
A good toy with a very nice vehicle mode for what it is, Breakdown's robot mode is also quite solid. On his own he's solid but unspectacular.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 703 - Hits: 256
Complete?: Yes - Published: 15/08/04 - Last Updated: 15/08/04
A decent shell, an interesting monster mode and a reasonable robot mode should have made Bristleback one of the better toys in this set, but it all falls apart due to bad plastic.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 852 - Hits: 278
Complete?: Yes - Published: 21/09/04 - Last Updated: 21/09/04
He looks nice, but he's a tad unstable around the shoulders & chestplate. More stable that Devastator, but still rather rickety. The swapping of limbs work well, which is a plus compared so some other Scramble City sets. And all his components are good to

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 492 - Hits: 383
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
While there are some minor flaws, Bruticus is a great Gestalt comprised of five very good components. The G1 tribute is readily apparent and all four components actually work as arms or legs.

Rated: G
Categories: Energon
Characters: None
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 675 - Hits: 472
Complete?: Yes - Published: 22/11/04 - Last Updated: 22/11/04
A bad colour scheme ruins what is otherwise a good set. Ignoring the colours, this is a good set, but I recommend the original in place of it.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 417 - Hits: 509
Complete?: Yes - Published: 13/10/03 - Last Updated: 13/10/03
This guy rocks. I don't really know any better way to say it. Both modes are strong, plus it's good value for the price point - he's really more of a small deluxe than a basic in size and easily a deluxe in complexity. Colours work well, and he's part of

Rated: G
Categories: Transformers: Car Robots
Characters: Wedge (RiD)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 767 - Hits: 585
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
A great toy with two detailed modes, Build Cyclone has detail, play value and poseability all wrapped in a good colour scheme.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 911 - Hits: 192
Complete?: Yes - Published: 07/05/05 - Last Updated: 07/05/05
The shovel mode is pretty good and the colours are fairly good, but the robot mode drags this toy down.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 935 - Hits: 259
Complete?: Yes - Published: 07/05/05 - Last Updated: 07/05/05
While the proportions and poseability might be limited, the versatility gives Build King a lot of play value, and his poseabilty still beats that of the G1 gestalts. All four components are good toys although for some reason Hasbro bumped the basic Build

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 638 - Hits: 205
Complete?: Yes - Published: 07/05/05 - Last Updated: 07/05/05
The robot mode is great, the vehicle mode good and of course, you need Build Typhoon to form Build King (or Heavy Load for Landfill).

Rated: G
Categories: Transformers: Car Robots
Characters: Heavy Load (RiD)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 913 - Hits: 409
Complete?: Yes - Published: 30/04/04 - Last Updated: 30/04/04
A really good mega, and he's quite big for a mega. Of course, Bulkhead was sold as an ultra, thanks to the Afterburner Unit. It _really_ doesn't work in chopper mode, but does add to his robot mode. The gimmicks are a mixed bag - the transformation sounds

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 2099 - Hits: 430
Complete?: Yes - Published: 15/08/04 - Last Updated: 15/08/04