Generations Selects GS-TT02 Kraken/Seawing Gallery and Review!

Gliding into the Allspark studio today from the darkest depths is sinister steel specter, Kraken (Seawing)!  Will he detect anything living or moving in your Transformers collection, or will he use his powerful notice for good and finally help you clean those dusty shelves?  (Seriously, it’s time)  Tune in after the break to find out!

Sadly, I never even saw the Seacons during the original G1 run.  My first exposure to the designs was during the Beast Wars II toy series of the late 90’s.  Being a fan of both G1 and Beast Wars, I couldn’t help but be enamored with the figures, though my budget at the time only allowed for a late in the game grab of a set with no combiner parts off BBTS that I think was the result of a find in a flooded warehouse (more on that in another review).  I wanted to get a complete set, and never imagined that one day Hasbro would release them in the original toy colors, especially after I missed the Timelines Seacons set released by FunPub (I STILL need that set).

To my further surprise, TakaraTomy (and Hasbro) went all in on the Seacon love and gave us the currently being released Generations Selects set, remolded from several Terrorcon molds and the Moonracer mold.  In spite of many things being on lockdown due to COVID-19 at the moment, the Generations Select Seacons have finally made it to the United States and have begun to trickle out in groups of 2 through the mail.  Today we will look at Kraken/Seawing, a remold of the Terrorcon Cutthroat.

Colors
Before we really get started, let’s talk about colors.  One of the first things Western fans will note is that the colors on the Generations selects figures do not match the G1 toys exactly.  There is a good reason for that, and one I had totally forgotten until I was reminded by fellow Allspark staffer SOS.

You see, my only exposure to the G1 Seacons came as an adult, out of a wonderful discovery that, being a speaker of Spanish, I would get to enjoy all of the Japanese G1 shows in a dub language I understood.  It has been a long time since I watched Super God Masterforce en español, and I had forgotten about the colors used in the cartoon, which Takara has matched in the Generations Selects line.  So, there you have it, the reason for the colors not matching the toys.
 
Beast Mode
Rays are some of my favorite cartilaginous fish.  They are some of the most graceful creatures in the ocean.  That means Kraken/Seawing has always been a favorite mold of mine, ever since I discovered the Beast Wars II God Neptune set.  I love how this character manages to take the ray to a freakishly evil look with the simple addition of some very demonic looking legs.

There is a decent amount of new parts on this figure, but we will cover that in the robot mode.  What I will say is that this figure looks great “flying” on a stand, and creepy while standing on its legs.  Add the weapons and blade and you get a scary looking “fighter mode”.  I seriously may have to get an extra of this guy to go in the area of my collection for “shark-like alt modes that look like spaceships”.

There is only one minor criticism I have for this mode.  The leg shells that form the outer part of the beast body do not seem to want to stay connected very well.  This issue sadly affects almost every other mode of the figure, especially arm mode.

Robot Mode
Robot mode has a nice amount of new parts to bring about the classic G1 robot mode.  New parts include:
 

  • Robot head
  • Wings
  • Chest piece (which forms the center part of the beast mode head)
  • Forearms (which form the sides of the beast mode head)


Articulation from this mode:
 

  • Knee swivels
  • Thigh swivels
  • Ball-jointed hips
  • Waist swivel
  • Ball-jointed shoulders
  • Bicep swivels
  • Elbow swivels
  • Ball-jointed head (with only rotational movement)


While my old point of contention on heads for the Generations line remains the same, the rest of the points of articulation make for a nicely dynamic figure.  Kraken holds his balance well for a number of poses, though I will admit I did not try to get too creative with this figure due to the lack of ankle rocker joints.

Kraken’s bladed weapon looks brutal! I really wish that one of my favorite Marvel Legends effects creators, Can of Beams, made the awesome slashing blood effect seen in the pics below in green or black, so it would look more like it was liquid coming from inside a robot.  Maybe I will have to reach out to them on that, and maybe you should create an account and buy their effects.  Also, this is a non-paid, completely personal endorsement by me (Onyx Minor), as I just love the quality of the Can of Beams work.

At any rate, while the colors don’t match up to what the US audience is familiar with, I think Takara/Hasbro did a great job getting as close as they could to the original scheme.  The knees have some yellow on them to approximate where the eyes were on the G1 mold, and it serves to break up the sea of black and teal.  The crotch/waist is also teal, which separates the black hips and hints to the beast mode jaw’s location on the original Seawing.

Robot mode is usually the mode that seals the deal for me on a figure, and I think Takara did a wonderful job taking a bird creature, turning it into a manta ray looking demonic robot, and not losing any functionality from the base mold.  Robot mode is the most solid of all 4 modes, and it’s just a fun looking robot that gives off a “beast mode Seeker” look that I cannot find many faults with as I continue to fiddle with it right now, distracting me from writing this review.

Arm/Leg Mode
Leg mode is the more solid of the two appendage modes, but that is not saying much.  The leg shells just don’t peg together as well as I would like.  The worst part of both modes is how the shell does not stay together as you inset the foot or hand.  It’s very annoying to have to reset the parts once you finally get everything pegged in place.

Something else I am also not partial to is this mold being used as an arm in place of leg mode. This is sad, considering that is the official Piranacon placement for Skalor.  Arm mode is pretty flimsy and does not hold the 6th member weapon mode very well at all.  Sadly, it looks way better as an arm than it should, and someone has to play the part.

Weapon Mode
Kraken’s weapon mode is quite menacing.  This is the only other mode where I feel like the shell stays together well, especially since the gun barrel attachments go into the peg hole with much less required force than the hands or feet.  I really like how the robot mode chest looks like a scope of sorts, perhaps like an auto-targeting system.  I also love how the wings, swept up in this mode, look like a hand to hand combat attachment for when using the blaster is just not feasible as an enemy closes in.  It also seems brutally fitting for a sea monster that gets ghoulishly gleeful while destroying things, as he would probably use every means necessary to kill his enemies on the battlefield.

Overall Thoughts
I give Kraken 7,600/10,000 gallons of seawater!  Typical articulation nitpicks aside, in spite of the weaknesses in this mold, I still really love it!  Kraken is a nicely “faithful” re-interpretation of the Generation One figure and character.  He poses well in both modes.  While he makes a decent leg, his iconic arm mode is less satisfying due to the parts disconnecting when adding hands or feet, and it does not hold up the 6th member well as a weapon.   Still, he looks menacing in both robot and beast mode, comes with an arsenal of weapons like most of his teammates, and his weapon mode is one of my favorites of the entire team.  As with the others, Kraken is a fun figure that is probably a little out of the budget for smaller fans, but collectors will love him in spite of the few negatives, just like I do.

And I am still pining for a Beast Wars II repaint of this set.  (Pretty please, TakaraTomy).
 
Sources:
Blood/liquid Slash Effects via Can of Beams
Transformers Universe
TFWiki.net
 
 

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