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@  Rycochet : (14 October 2019 - 11:02 AM)

He described the peoples he encountered as some of the most friendly and giving in the world, so naturally, he ate all their food, enslaved them and put them to work looking for gold that did not exist, until they as a people did not exist.

@  Paladin : (14 October 2019 - 09:57 AM)

he landed by coincidence in front of long-term residents.

@  Sabrblade : (14 October 2019 - 09:55 AM)

He said the world was round-o! (He said the world was round-o!) He said it could be found-o! (He said it could be found-o!) That hypothetical, calculated, son-of-a-gun, Columbo! (That hypothetical, calculated, son-of-a-gun, Columbo!)

@  Benbot : (14 October 2019 - 09:22 AM)

In the year 1492, Columbus gave us the day off skoo

@  Noideaforaname : (14 October 2019 - 08:59 AM)

How often do people actually celebrate Columbus or the Pilgrims? Usually it just feels like celebrating the first break in the school year and a nice dinner with the family.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 October 2019 - 08:29 AM)

You've got like two more weeks until the american thanksgiving. Canadian thanksgiving is literally a harvest festival.

@  CVReynolds : (14 October 2019 - 08:09 AM)

Hey, everyone. Come together to enjoy this national holiday made to celebrate a mass-murderer who never set foot in the USA. What fun!

@  Benbot : (14 October 2019 - 07:25 AM)

that's perfect!

@  PlutoniumBoss : (14 October 2019 - 02:22 AM)

A school-bus combiner called Valedictorion.

@  TriBlurr : (13 October 2019 - 12:16 AM)

Honor-Roll

@  Arazyr : (11 October 2019 - 08:18 AM)

I like that one.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 October 2019 - 10:39 PM)

Oh, how about Dropout?

@  Pinkcolliebot : (09 October 2019 - 07:47 PM)

Hey Everyone I'm beginning to put together The TF Roll Out Short Hot Rod's Presentation!

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 October 2019 - 02:35 PM)

Truant.

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 October 2019 - 12:26 PM)

Haslab Unicron may change the direction of Cyberverse or the netflix series.

@  wonko the sane? : (09 October 2019 - 11:31 AM)

Bluecheesewagon

@  Benbot : (09 October 2019 - 07:09 AM)

Those are too friendly--what if he was a Decepticon?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (08 October 2019 - 07:23 PM)

Cheesewagon

@  Dekafox : (08 October 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Bus-Top has a very GoBot vibe

@  Bass X0 : (08 October 2019 - 10:51 AM)

I actually never heard of the name Megalodon until recently.

@  Noideaforaname : (08 October 2019 - 09:44 AM)

Bus-Top, Omnibus, Cerebus, Busicus, Busicon

@  unluckiness : (08 October 2019 - 09:32 AM)

Otto

@  unluckiness : (08 October 2019 - 09:32 AM)

Frizzle

@  Dekafox : (08 October 2019 - 09:10 AM)

Crankshaft?

@  Benbot : (08 October 2019 - 08:55 AM)

What's a good name for a school bus Transformer?

@  lastmaximal : (08 October 2019 - 12:57 AM)

Huh. There's a neat name for Beast Hunters Sharkticon Megs.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 October 2019 - 11:44 AM)

It's a submarine, we swear!

@  Otaku : (07 October 2019 - 11:26 AM)

@Bass X0 Letting myself comment to say "That's a good one!" and ask "Would a megalodon be a good fit for Megatron?"

@  Benbot : (07 October 2019 - 07:59 AM)

Ohhh good one

@  Bass X0 : (07 October 2019 - 07:39 AM)

I now want a Decepticon shark called Megalotron.

@  TriBlurr : (06 October 2019 - 05:47 PM)

Gives them time to screw up the color of his hands. :p

@  TheMightyMol... : (06 October 2019 - 12:33 PM)

His bulk is too great to teleport across such distances.

@  Sabrblade : (06 October 2019 - 11:09 AM)

Cuz it'll take that long to mass produce.

@  Darth Gonzo : (06 October 2019 - 10:47 AM)

Why is Unicron coming in 2021 and not 2020?

@  wonko the sane? : (06 October 2019 - 06:47 AM)

Shut up rattrap.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (05 October 2019 - 11:58 PM)

We're all gonna die!

@  Rodimus Supreme : (05 October 2019 - 09:29 PM)

UNICRON GOT MADE, BOIS!!!

@  Trpodeca : (05 October 2019 - 07:19 AM)

They seem to be treating all the games with the same reverence.Even ReCoded, which was just an excuse to redo the first game again.

@  Trpodeca : (05 October 2019 - 07:18 AM)

For the first time in about eight years,I've played a Kingdom Hearts game.

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 October 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Redjac Redjac Redjac

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 October 2019 - 10:48 PM)

dual 4ks are the way to go

@  wonko the sane? : (04 October 2019 - 06:29 PM)

And checking: those monitors are REALLY expensive.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 October 2019 - 09:30 AM)

Eh, I'm happy with multiple 1080's personally.

@  Benbot : (03 October 2019 - 07:21 PM)

Everyone needs a 1440 monitor. Just set up my new battle station and I never knew how much I was missing!

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 October 2019 - 06:59 PM)

Each part of a combiner is a complete toy in itself, so no, not really.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (03 October 2019 - 06:47 PM)

Aren't combiners technically BAFs?

@  Rycochet : (03 October 2019 - 02:16 PM)

The Anniversary Beast Wars figures had BAF parts over a decade ago, the minicons of RiD2 had BAF stuff too, heck, the Takara PVC line had Build A Figures back in the early 2000s.

@  Paladin : (03 October 2019 - 01:35 PM)

can't believe Build A Figures finally came to Transformers...

@  RichardT1977 : (03 October 2019 - 11:26 AM)

Originally Galoob made Micro Machines, but Hasbro bought Galoob.

@  Steevy Maximus : (03 October 2019 - 09:49 AM)

Hasbro owns the IP, but licensed it out to WCT. Hasbro owns Tonka, but hasn't actually made a legit Tonka product in years. Basic Fun (IIRC) is taking that over next year from the existing licensee


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Phil's review of Beast Wars Fox Kids Transmetal Cheetor


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#1 Philister

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 08:29 AM

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Prelude: In 1999 Fox Kids rebroadcast the Beast Wars series alongside the first season of Beast Machines. Hasbro grabbed the opportunity to make some more money with existing molds and reissued several Beast Wars toys in new colors and with the Fox Kids logo prominent on the packaging. One of them was Cheetor, originally solicited as “Mech Tech” Cheetor (one of his prophetic dreams, possibly, foreseeing the Dark of the Moon subline 12 years in the future), who is a redeco of the original Transmetal Cheetor. Seeing as it’s been 13 years since I reviewed that figure, let’s give this another full go.

Robot Mode: The idea behind the Transmetals was that their beast modes become fully robotic, while their robot modes inherited the organic qualities of their former beast modes. Case in point Cheetor, who has an organic looking chest plate, complete with spots, that disappears in beast mode. Most of him does look robotic, too, though, and what a great little robot he is. Cheetor adheres to Beast Wars’ great level of articulation and detailing, so absolutely no complaints here. Speaking of detailing, Fox Kids Cheetor is mostly a simple color swap from the original. Grey became red, turquoise became black, and yellow became grey.

Unlike most beast formers that transform into four-legged beasts, Cheetor’s arms aren’t the forelegs of the beast mode, but rather form the beast head. Hence his hands are actually the halves of his cheetah head. A strange, but very nice design. In the cartoon Cheetor fired energy bursts by bringing his hands together in front of him. This does work for the toy, too, but only if you unclasp the shoulders. As an additional weapon Cheetor carries his cheetah tail as a combination of whip and blade.

Overall I really like this robot mode and it looks very cool in the new colors. Better or worse than the original TM Cheetor? That’s entirely subjective, of course, but I really like this darker design with the red and silver. So two thumbs up for the robot mode. Truly excellent.

Alternate Mode:
Cheetor still transforms into a robotic cheetah (or rather a generic-looking big cat) with the same color swap as in robot mode. Additionally the chromed golden parts of the original TM Cheetor are still chromed gold, but of a lighter tone. Cheetor retains the excellent articulation of the robot mode. The front legs aren’t quite as poseable as the rear ones, but you can still put the kitty in numerous poses. Sadly the head is immobile, but that’s a result of the design.

Like all Transmetals Cheetor has a third mode, a flight mode in his case. He unfolds to jet engines from his torso, giving him short wings. It’s a rather simplistic change, but it works very well, as you end up with a big chromed cat with booster rockets. Strange, weird, and fabulous looking. Pretty much like Beast Wars as a whole. So bottom line for the alternate mode(s): no complaints at all. Great likeness to the TV character (apart from the colors, of course) and just a fun mode.

Remarks: Transmetal Cheetor featured prominently in the second and early third season of Beast Wars, but was never shown sporting these particular colors. The figure has since been repurposed, though, to portray the Predacon Cataclysm, a character from the Botcon 2000 comic book “Terminus”, published by 3H Productions. Cataclysm was a herald of Shokaract and was chosen to travel back in time to the Beast Wars Earth to protect the Dark Essence, the life force of Unicron, which Shokaract would eventually absorb to become the all-powerful ruler of the galaxy. Cataclysm failed, though, and was erased from existence together with his master.

When I reviewed the original Transmetal Cheetor back in 2005 I have him a straight A rating and I see no reason not to do the same here. TM Cheetor is to me the best Cheetor figure overall, a great likeness to the TV character, and with a simple yet effective gimmick. Just about the only thing I would change regarding this figure is the quality of the chrome paint, seeing as my original TM Cheetor is shedding like crazy and I fear this one will start to do the same sooner or later. Apart from that, though, a brilliant figure, even if it is just a repaint. Recommended to Beast Wars enthusiasts and lovers of good beast-mode Transformers.

Rating: A

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