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Real name: Dirge
Member Since: 19/12/01
Membership Status: Member

Hi everyone. I hope you enjoy my fanspecs and toy reviews. For those who are interested, many of my toy reviews have pictures at my website - www.cliffbee.com.
 
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Despite the unnecessary modifications Hasbro made, this is a great toy. Whether you have Hasbro's or Takara's version, you should like this version of Optimus Prime. The truck mode is slightly disjointed, mainly because the focus was clearly on the robot

Rated: G
Categories: Alternators and Binaltech
Characters: Optimus Prime (G1,G2,MW,RM,TFU, Transformers Movie 2007)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 3444 - Hits: 668
Complete?: Yes - Published: 30/04/04 - Last Updated: 30/04/04
One of the better square-peg based Gestalts as a combined form, he's not a series of sticks like Superion, more stable than Bruticus and has a much better body shape than Menasor.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Abominus (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 497 - Hits: 778
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
An unusual choice for an Actionmaster, sure, but it's nice to see a relatively minor character like Bombshell in the series. It's not entirely faithful to the original, but is still distinctly Bombshell, and looks good in it's own right.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Bombshell (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 473 - Hits: 372
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/06/04 - Last Updated: 29/06/04
Two good toys and one so-so toy make this a good set overall. Duneraider is the stand out, Iceberg is also nice, and even Ransack has his good points.

Rated: G
Categories: Armada
Characters: Adventure Team (Armada)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1955 - Hits: 560
Complete?: Yes - Published: 16/08/04 - Last Updated: 16/08/04
Afterburner has good bike mode, both in design and aesthetic. He's got a reasonably good robot mode, with a few things holding it back.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Afterburner (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 550 - Hits: 531
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
The worst of the new Aerialbots, although I wouldn't quite call this a bad toy. While I can partially excuse some of the weaknesses in the engineering, I'm not so forgiving about the robot mode colours and downright annoyed this toy has no weapon.

Rated: G
Categories: Energon
Characters: None
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1083 - Hits: 494
Complete?: Yes - Published: 10/11/04 - Last Updated: 10/11/04
All three toys have strong points here. Gunbarrel and Terradive are good, despite some flaws and Gunbarrel's weapon mode is awesome. All three have good plane modes and make for a good set of accessories.

Rated: G
Categories: Armada
Characters: Air Military Team (Armada)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 2058 - Hits: 552
Complete?: Yes - Published: 05/10/04 - Last Updated: 05/10/04
Two good Micromasters in Eagle Eye and Blaze Master are enough to make this set worthwhile, so it's a set I recommend to Micromaster fans

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Air Patrol (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1890 - Hits: 513
Complete?: Yes - Published: 06/10/04 - Last Updated: 06/10/04
One of the better Aerialbots, Air Raid's got colours that work for him and he's lucky enough to have a good plane mode. No real kibble in plane mode and well dealt with robot mode kibble. About as poseable as small toys got in his era.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Air Raid (G1,G2,TFU)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 360 - Hits: 538
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
Probably the weakest of the three Cyberjet moulds, however they've fixed the main physical flaw of the mould. The colours used are simply bizarre yet they come together okay.

Rated: G
Categories: Transformers: Universe
Characters: Air Raid (G1,G2,TFU)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1330 - Hits: 463
Complete?: Yes - Published: 05/04/05 - Last Updated: 05/04/05
One of the better Aerialbots, and he survived the G2 recolour process, unlike a lot of G2 recolours. Which warms me even more to this recolour. No real kibble in plane mode and well dealt with robot mode kibble. About as poseable as small toys got in his

Rated: G
Categories: Generation Two
Characters: Air Raid (G1,G2,TFU)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 346 - Hits: 609
Complete?: Yes - Published: 31/05/03 - Last Updated: 31/05/03
All that and a can of coke, Air Rider is one of the best basics in Energon to date. The colours, paint mask and sculpt are all great, the robot mode is very playable and the plane mode solid.

Rated: G
Categories: Energon
Characters: Treadshot (Energon)
Genre: Tech Spec
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1372 - Hits: 481
Complete?: Yes - Published: 17/11/04 - Last Updated: 17/11/04
Good colours, great play value, attention to detail and terrific engineering make Airazor a toy well worth picking up.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: Airazor (BW)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1150 - Hits: 546
Complete?: Yes - Published: 30/10/03 - Last Updated: 30/10/03
The bird mode has too many colours and needs a weapon, but is otherwise sound. Meanwhile her robot mode has great articulation and has pretty nice colours, but a killer backpack. One of the weaker Transmetals, but it's a pretty high standard line.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: Airazor (BW)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1119 - Hits: 508
Complete?: Yes - Published: 16/06/04 - Last Updated: 16/06/04
Overall this is a good toy, but the original is better and was sold for less.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: Airazor (BW)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1274 - Hits: 534
Complete?: Yes - Published: 01/11/03 - Last Updated: 01/11/03
There's not really much new in this set if you have Transmetal Airazor and the Street Speed Team. But the colour schemes of both Airazor and Nightscream are improvements. The indigo is great, and Airazor's robot mode is good. If you don't have the origina

Rated: G
Categories: Armada
Characters: Airazor (Armada)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1431 - Hits: 569
Complete?: Yes - Published: 12/09/03 - Last Updated: 14/08/04
Not everyone's cup of tea. Fuzor critics tend not to think much of this guy - and while I like the Fuzor concept I think it has to be done right (not a hornet that forgot to brake and embedded itself in a fish...). Having said that I personally think this

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: Airhammer (BW)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 644 - Hits: 629
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
A tech spec for Ambush, AKA G2 Brawl.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation Two
Characters: Brawl (G1,G2)
Genre: Tech Spec
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 160 - Hits: 577
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
About bloody time. We've waited almost two decades for an Arcee toy, and this toy delivers fairly well as a G1 Arcee in a new configuration. As an Energon toy in her own right, Arcee is a very good basic, with nice colours, two solid modes and a kick-ass

Rated: G
Categories: Energon
Characters: Arcee (Energon), Arcee (G1,TFU)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1297 - Hits: 670
Complete?: Yes - Published: 09/04/04 - Last Updated: 09/04/04
A tech spec for Argentus, AKA Fox Kids! Transmetal Rattrap.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: None
Genre: Tech Spec
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 189 - Hits: 424
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03
The armadillo mode is actually quite good and the overall sculpt is great but some design flaws really drag the robot mode down.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: Armordillo (BW)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1119 - Hits: 339
Complete?: Yes - Published: 11/01/05 - Last Updated: 11/01/05
Hardly anything new in the mould, only the addition of a place to stow his handgun in tank mode. Still, the mould change is for the better. Some people will prefer the somewhat more "natural" colours of Danger, but Armorhide's certainly easier and cheaper

Rated: G
Categories: Robots In Disguise
Characters: Armorhide (RiD)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 619 - Hits: 606
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 09/08/04
One of the better Triple Changers, Astrotrain has some flaws, but both vehicle modes look like what they're meant to be and none of his modes are a mess. Since he plays a fairly prominent part in the cartoon, he's a toy a lot of people will probably want

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Astrotrain (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 851 - Hits: 620
Complete?: Yes - Published: 26/05/03 - Last Updated: 26/05/03
A listing of all Transformers Toys released in Australia from 1984 onwards.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1731 - Hits: 800
Complete?: Yes - Published: 08/07/03 - Last Updated: 08/07/03
Overall, this is a nice set. Crumble and Neutro are great Micromasters, Groundpounder isn't perfect, but I still recommend him. Takedown is pretty much baggage, but there are worse Micros out there. You've even got two toys in Crumble and Groundpounder th

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Construction Patrol (G1)
Genre: Toy Review
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1265 - Hits: 449
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/05/03 - Last Updated: 29/05/03