Generations Selects GS-TT08 Tentakil Gallery and Review!
Embracing his enemies until they are terminated in the Allspark Studio today is the cruel Seacon Tentakil! Will he benevolently work with the figures on your shelf, or ruin your collection with a viscous black grease? 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 Tentakil, a remold of Power of the Primes Moonracer.
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.
As far as cephalopods go, Tentakil is interesting. The entire class of animals already seems like something out of a sci-fi movie. They give off that feeling of “other”. I think their weirdness is what makes me love them so much. Adding to the already weird look is a very monstrous anthropomorphic face equipped with evil looking yellow eyes, big red lips, enormous sharp teeth, and two humanoid legs. The entire look is that of nightmares. You would not want to come up on this guy while at the beach.
Since I did not have the G1 Seacons, my first Transformers squids were Claw Jaw/Scuba, Ikkard (with the Tako Tank), and “Transmetal” Claw Jaw, which were all the same mold, but in various color schemes. Those molds had a unique design, great articulation ( I love Beast Wars era basics!) and they were fun to pose. I was initially worried that would be a problem with Tentakil. He has more poseability than one would expect for what appears to be a bit of a brick by current standards. As it stands, Tentakil has stubby articulated arms (which can be longer if you are not a stickler for the official transformation), his tentacles all move on two joints en masse, and his humanoid legs each have a swivel at the hips. He can get into a few creepy poses, and let’s be honest, it’s not like anyone was expecting Marvel Legends level poseability from this mode. It’s adequate.
There is only one complaint I have about beast mode. The parts take a little work to line up. Specifically, getting the face to sit in place securely took me some work. I’m not sure if I am doing anything wrong, but it definitely depends on the angle of the robot legs/beast head. Beyond that, I love the beast mode. It is unique, monstrous, and creepy. This is an expensive figure to give to child, but man, I think kids would love it!
While Tentakil is a remold of Moonracer, it is almost a completely new figure. Instead of listing the new parts, let’s look at what they still have in common. Tentakil retains Moonracer’s:
- Hip joints
- Back half of the torso
- Combiner peg
Articulation from this mode:
- Knee swivels
- Thigh swivels
- Ball-jointed hips
- Waist swivel
- Ball-jointed shoulders
- Ball-jointed elbows
- Ball-jointed head
The Japanese cartoon Super God Masterforce has all the component Seacons beyond Turtler as mindless, mass produced drones. US continuity gives them unique personalities. I kind of like a hybrid approach in my personal continuity, with each set of drones being cloned from the original, which have their own personality. With Tentakil, I love his tech spec noting how duplicitous he can be, pretending to be benevolent, while hiding a cruel side that will eventually come out. With the “slime lasers” he carries, and his ability to use his tentacles and “viscous black grease”, I imagine an agile, pistol bearing sharpshooter along the lines of IG-11 in The Mandalorian, shooting quickly and easily debilitating his enemies, then taking pleasure in torturing them to their final ends.
The robot mode is fun to pose, with the above ideas taken into consideration. Due to the “backpack kibble”, he can be a little top heavy, but that does not affect posing drastically. I think the main issue I have with my version of Tentakil is the shoulder joints. Mine are SUPER loose. With the pistols in hand, there are some action poses he will not retain for long due to gravity pulling the arms down. This is an annoying issue to have with such as expensive and currently hard to find figure. I am not sure if anyone else is having this problem, but it lowers my appreciation for the mold. Let’s hope TakaraTomy worked on the tolerance levels of the joints while preparing to run the molds for the upcoming God Neptune.
Tentakil makes a nicely solid arm mode. I did not find anything seriously off-putting about using him as an arm. He is designated as the left leg. Tentakil is a great leg, balancing well and staying in place during posing. There is a slight issue with the top of the squid head becoming unpegged, but it is not consistent enough to make me very concerned.
Weapon mode is basically leg mode, with the pistols connected in the foot joint. It is just about as convincing as all of the other limbs are as a weapon. Considering the weight of the limbs, and the strength of the joints in arm mode, I will not be using any of them as a weapon, so Tentakil stays a leg.
I give Tentakil 7,000/10,000 gallons of seawater! He is monstrous looking in beast mode, menacing in robot mode, and forms a solid leg for Piranacon. He loses significant points for issues with the arms in robot mode, but that does not mean he is a bad figure. I think fans of all ages will like Tentakil, as long as they know how to fix the should joint tolerance issues.
This figure is sold out at Hasbro Pulse and TFSource. If you do not have Tentakil at this point, you will likely have to get him off eBay, barring another run from Hasbro Pulse. Do not miss out, or at a bare minimum, go get that God Neptune boxset!
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