Beast Hunters Construct-bots: The Tail-Enders
Those who have been in the hobby a while recognize the term “tail-enders.” These are the releases that represent the last gasps of a given toy line. They are characteristically difficult to obatain and often, maddeningly, the best or most interesting toys of the line. The benefit of being the last is, of course, that they’ve refined the gimmick of the line into something more polished.
Such is the case of the Beast Hunters Triple Team Construct-bots. These toys utilize the revised construction pieces found in the rest of the Beast Hunters line. They lock together beautifully. Their vehicle forms are coherent. And best of all, to the delight of this Beast Wars fan’s heart, they feature beastial Targetmaster partners.
Bulkhead appears in all his Beast Hunters glory, complete with mis-matched greens and his earthen tones. He carries his Viking hammer and a mace. He transforms nicely into a battle wagon, replete with c-clip attachment points to load him down with weaponry.
Wolfang is the gem of this set. He features the smaller frame that would become the norm with the Age of Extinction Dino-Riders figures. His black-and-orange construction pops wonderfully. His design allows for full transformation from beast to robot mode, satisfyingly tucking each head away from sight in either mode.
Airazor transforms from avian mode to a majestic sword. The lines of the design flow nicely, making for some dynamic flight poses.
Unicron Megatron features a helm that many might not immediately recognize for the Decepticon leader. Which, in this fan’s opinion, is very much a good thing. This stands unique as a Megatron release, feeling more an original creation than a rehash. His flaming sword, composed of multiple interconnecting pieces, and bolt caster are quite striking. His vehicle mode is again cohesive and locks together solidly.
Barrage is sculpted with character and heart. His face and hunched posture tell you everything that you need to know about the put-upon henchman. He similarly transforms seamlessly and makes a striking beetle.
Ratbat may be the weakest of the lot. His transformation requires breaking down his wing assembly and he’s sculpted with the least acre. The Buzzsaw spins freely and it makes a nice weapon, but it falls short of his Autobot counterpart.
These sets have been released in a limited way at retail in Canada and abroad. They represent some of the best that Construct-bots have to offer and add some unique characters to the mythos. Wolfang alone is worth tracking these down. He, and to a degree Barrage, transcends the construction block genre and could stand alone as a complete toy on any collector’s shelf.
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