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Takara Tomy's Unite Warrior devastator includes all 6 Constructicons: Mixmaster, Scrapper, Long Haul, Scavenger, Bonecrusher & Hook which unite to form the mighty Devastator! This set is rumored to include elbow joints, individual weapons, more paint apps, purple devastator hands and more!
"The ultimate Devastator!"
In short, this guy is awesome. Huge, imposing, and easily the most faithful of all Devastators and wannabe Devastators ever made. It's also twice as expensive as the Hasbro version, with a variety of small improvements, most of which are devoted to improving the individual Constructicons with a few cosmetic improvements to the combined mode here and there, which mostly amounted to making more of him purple and giving him a new head.
Is the toy perfect? No. Long Haul is way oversized and off-model in concession to the combined mode, and Mixmaster's vehicle mode is wrong for no reason at all. The toy attempts to break the combiner pieces into weapons but the 'swords' made from the chestpiece fins are so unconvincing you might as well keep them stored them on Long Haul's back. Which leads us into the good parts:
- All parts and guns, including the new individual handguns, store or can be carried in all three modes. All the combiner parts store in Long Hall’s bed in vehicle mode. In theory they can also be kept on his back while he's in robot mode, but in practice that makes him tip over backwards and aside from the chest fins you might as well have the other bots carry their share.
- It's HUGE! Masterpiece sized in combined mode, allowing for the variances in show scale, and yet its components are only about the height of a masterpiece autobot car. That's almost size-shifting there. It should also be noted that there's no significant die cast in this guy, which some might count as a minus but it keeps his combined mode weight manageable.
- The toy is relatively easy to transform and combine, and holds together very solidly once together. None of his connections points act as joints, eliminating that point of weakness.
- Extraordinarily screen accurate. The biggest difference to the combined mode are the treads being moved to the chest (for structural reasons, presumably), Long Haul's size, and Mixmaster's vehicle mode. Though the new paint apps Takara put on can help you pretend Mix is right-way forward if you like. This version also includes a retractable visor which you can use to emulate the cartoon's failure to keep a consistent character model.
- It's HUGE! Seriously can't say that enough. Also almost impossibly poseable, including the much-lauded ankle tilts on the combined mode, which are also present on the separate bots. The Takara version has also added decent elbows to the bots that lacked them, and slightly improved knees to the other two bots so they wouldn't feel left out.
Final assessment? 9.5/10. This is the masterpiece Devastator that we never believed could be made. The fixes Takara made bring the individual bot modes from seeming unfinished to being complete bots, and the improvements to the appearance of the combined mode similarly result in a more finished-feeling toy. Tall and imposing combined, appropriately not-imposing separated, and fun to transform and pose in all forms, there will likely never be a better Devastator than this.
I was to say the least blown away. I'm a G1 generation guy who grew up watching the G1 cartoon, and to say that this captures the G1 Devastator would be an understatement. There are some subtle things that could be better but overall, I'm beyond pleased with my purchase. Also, he is massive. Really captures the giant size that Devastator was in the show.
"This Thing is AWESOME!"
Takara upgrade on this combiner really knocked this thing out of the park! I love the detail and all the stances and positions this figure can actually make. The joints are very strong and solid to be made entirely out of plastic, and in Devastator mode these 6 guys hold together very well.. If you have Green Giant or Hercules (which wasn't even close to G1 accurate) I feel for you cause this guy is everything Devastator was supposed be. To bad we had to wait 30 yrs for them to get it right though...
A mint box generally has no noticeable flaws. This doesn't mean it is a C10 box, but that it doesn't have any significant damage to the box. It still may have wear to the window, and a small amount of wear to the box that is noticeable upon close inspection.
A C9 box is still considered very displayable and may have a kink, ding, minor fray to an edge, etc. The box is still case fresh and unopened with factory sealed tape on both sides.
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