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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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A fairly good bike mode, the integrated sidecar is an interesting idea. The pullback motor works well in both modes, but the robot mode is one of the worst ever.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation Two
Characters: Bulletbike (G2)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1025 - Hits: 420
Complete?: Yes - Published: 31/08/04 - Last Updated: 31/08/04
This guy almost embodies G1, and he's worth getting just for that. Aside from his ridiculously prominent position in G1, this is a cute toy. Both mode are cute, the colours work and he's one of the better Minicars.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 540 - Hits: 292
Complete?: Yes - Published: 12/10/03 - Last Updated: 12/10/03
Bumblebee is a good toy, but this toy is very similar to and less show accurate than the original. It's a pretty good recolour as G2 goes, but if you only get one Bumblebee, get the original.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 409 - Hits: 506
Complete?: Yes - Published: 12/10/03 - Last Updated: 12/10/03
I'm not going to lie - the biggest attraction of this toy for most people is it's story. It's reasonably uncommon, but it's not _that_ rare. The toy itself is nice, and as good or as bad as Bumblebee or Cliffjumper.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Bumblejumper (G1) aka Bumper
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 594 - Hits: 380
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 14/08/04
The armadillo mode is an interesting choice of beast. The overall sculpt is great but some design flaws really drag the robot mode down. He's slightly nicer than Armordillo, and if you don't have either I'd recommend Bump if you can grab him.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1102 - Hits: 457
Complete?: Yes - Published: 27/07/05 - Last Updated: 27/07/05
A tech spec for Burn (AKA Plane Powerdasher)

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 155 - Hits: 324
Complete?: Yes - Published: 15/06/03 - Last Updated: 15/06/03
Despite some simplification, the mould is very true to it's inspiration and there's a lot of play value for a deluxe. Burning Beast Convoy is a really nice thematic repaint, and you get a DVD in the box.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1036 - Hits: 566
Complete?: Yes - Published: 06/02/05 - Last Updated: 06/02/05
Buzz Saw is one of those Transformers who's tucked away into a corner of the line. He's a recolour of a very well known toy (& character). I hate comparing recolours to the original, but in this case it's really difficult not to use Waspinator as a benchm

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: Buzzsaw (BW,BM)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 938 - Hits: 357
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
A good Microman-based Decepticon, Buzzsaw is a toy I'd really recommend, especially if you're a G1 fan. He didn't get much airtime in the cartoon, Laserbeak seemed to be more popular, but he's still a cartoon character. As mentioned there's really nothing

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 440 - Hits: 288
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
Calcar's always been my favourite of the four toys in his line. Yes, his colours are mixed and he's pink, but both modes are designed fairly well and his gun gimmick works without being a burden.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1150 - Hits: 279
Complete?: Yes - Published: 21/04/04 - Last Updated: 15/08/04
Camshaft is worth getting if you like the original Diaclone-based Transformers.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 634 - Hits: 563
Complete?: Yes - Published: 19/12/01 - Last Updated: 19/12/01
A tech spec for Camshaft, the Mail-Away exclusive Omnibot.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 153 - Hits: 408
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
A thoughtful repaint of a good mould, at a time when there weren't too many toys in the line worth repainting. The gimmicks and engineering of this mould make Catscan a fun toy that displays well.

Rated: G
Categories: Transformers: Universe
Characters: Catscan (TFU)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1244 - Hits: 418
Complete?: Yes - Published: 12/09/04 - Last Updated: 12/09/04
Charger is a nice Actionmaster, and Firebeast compliments him quite well. The colours work, they combine well and Firebeast is actually OK on his own.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 548 - Hits: 233
Complete?: Yes - Published: 04/02/04 - Last Updated: 04/02/04
A cute Ferrari mode and one of the nicer robot modes make Chase my favourite Throttlebot. If you like articulated, high detail, Transformers, you wont like him, but the pull back motor works really well.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 740 - Hits: 256
Complete?: Yes - Published: 18/06/04 - Last Updated: 18/06/04
Two good deluxes make up this set, and while Checkpoint has more flaws he's the new character here. Prowl and Checkpoint go well together and the combined form, Powerlinx Prowl, is greater than the sum of his parts.

Rated: G
Categories: Energon
Characters: Checkpoint (Energon), Prowl (Energon)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 2153 - Hits: 417
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/12/04 - Last Updated: 29/12/04
The colours are good in both modes, and the robot mode is a clear strong point. Cheetor's such a prominent character in the show that he's basically a must have anyway, but I recommend him anyway.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 870 - Hits: 305
Complete?: Yes - Published: 14/01/04 - Last Updated: 14/01/04
I usually like to try and be somewhat positive about toys when I review them, but I'm struggling here. This really is a toy that should never have gotten past the prototype stage. I get the feeling Hasbro were more interested in the concept than the execu

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 975 - Hits: 592
Complete?: Yes - Published: 05/10/03 - Last Updated: 05/10/03
Transmetal Cheetor was a tough act to follow, granted, but this is a disappointing toy. The detailing is good, but he's ugly in both modes and the hunchback thing really works against this toy.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: Cheetor (BW,BM)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 986 - Hits: 353
Complete?: Yes - Published: 11/02/04 - Last Updated: 11/02/04
This is my favourite Cheetor toy, and is in my opinion one of the best Transformers ever made. Both modes are well thought out, the play value's great and the colours work well.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: Cheetor (BW,BM)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1158 - Hits: 362
Complete?: Yes - Published: 14/01/04 - Last Updated: 14/01/04
This is a great mould, so I don't mind it being reused, especially after such a long break. The use of Decepticon purple on an Autobot is curious, but his colour scheme would have been better without the red rubbish on the cheetah mode. Cliffjumper is for

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1481 - Hits: 342
Complete?: Yes - Published: 14/01/04 - Last Updated: 15/08/04
As with all Deluxe Insecticons, Chop Shop's a good toy. While he's got some kibble, he's not a mass of limbs getting in the way of himself as some insect Transformers are. The inevitable comparisons to Shrapnel are in Chop Shop's favour.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 814 - Hits: 230
Complete?: Yes - Published: 26/01/04 - Last Updated: 26/01/04
The Choro-Q Transformers really offer little more than novelty value, but Megatron is packed with just that. The self-propelled gun makes this a great Chibi Megatron.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 559 - Hits: 482
Complete?: Yes - Published: 25/05/04 - Last Updated: 25/05/04
The Choro-Q Transformers really offer little more than novelty value, but Optimus Prime has this in spades. Both modes are very cute yet surprisingly accurate and the pullback mechanism works very well.

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: 560 - Hits: 525
Complete?: Yes - Published: 28/11/04 - Last Updated: 28/11/04
The Choro-Q Transformers really offer little more than novelty value. If you can get Rodimus Prime for a few dollars, he's cute and fun but I wouldn't give an arm or a leg for him.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 572 - Hits: 417
Complete?: Yes - Published: 25/05/04 - Last Updated: 25/05/04