As I recently discussed in recent threads, I'm a BWNeo junkie, more or less. Figures like Big Convoy are my favorite TF's ever. However, I've always been missing Magmatron, and it's always been a sore hole in my BWNeo collection, to have so many of the other kick butt figures, and lack the Destron leader was always unfortunate for me. (Compounding this was the fact that I hate the BWII Galvatron Mold, leaving my Predacon forces leaderless) He had always been out of stock every time I looked for him at stores online, and I was always outbid on eBay. After the first issue of the amazing (IMHO) issue of the Beast Wars comic, I again searched, and found a pretty good deal for the Korean Magamatron on eBay. Well he came today, and I have to say, what a disapointment. Now, you may argue, wait, be fair, he's an older figure, don't be too harsh on him, it's my first day with him, he may grow on me, etc. Well, I already took that into consideration, and I'm weighing him against his contemporaries, and not just Big Convoy either. It's a neat idea, but this seems to be a case of the distance being too great for the reach at times. I also wanted to share this with anyone who's considering going back and getting him because of the BW comic. In beast mode we are presented with three fantastic beasts, each with their own predacon spark crystal to boot! Seasaurus has all these neat ball jointed necks, and a swimming action, as well as storage for the missles. (Arms and shield in Robot mode) Skysaurus has a wing extending feature, where he draws his wings out to their maximum reach, a refreshing move rather than a lame wing flapping action. He also has storage for two missles on his wings He's also very well articulated with 12 or so POA for such a tiny critter. (Head/chest in robot mode) Landsaurus is the weakest of the bunch, with a fair amount of robot showing through (Compared to the others who show pretty much none), with a missle launcher in his mouth, and a fair amount of articulation. (Torso and legs in Robot mode) There's a combined mode, which I can't seem to pull off. For some reason, Seasaurus falls apart rather than accept Landsaurus' tail. Literally, Seasaurus can detach into two, and seems to prefer sliding apart to trying to take Landsaurs tail. Even ignoring that as user error, Skysaurus more sits on rather than connects to the other two, which connect to each other with 2 peg and socket, and 2 slot and sockets to connect in what could be called overkill. Literally, there's two tabs to connect Skysaurus, which aren't a fine fit. Transforming him to Robot mode can be difficult, not to mention frustrating. He's essentially a collection of tabs and pegs, and while I didn't have much difficulty getting them all to assemble into Magmatron, others may never be able to get all of them just right, all 9 connections must be made right to get the robot mode. Even with that, I liked the figure, and although challenging, it's not terrible once you figure out the order that they should go in. And once done, there's a lot of hanging stuff. Most of Seasaurs neck drapes on his back with no purpose, Landsaurs tail has nothing to do but be a Tripod. No, that's not what's so disapointing about the figure. I can live with all of this so far. It's robot mode that kills it for me. He's so poorly articulated. Yeah, he's got a lot of POA, but they're pretty useless. His shoulders are pretty much overshadowed by the Land and Seasaurus' heads, and he lacks elbow articulation. Let me say that again, he lacks elbow articulation. No, not entirely, he's got it, but it's like Cybertron Scourge, or SWTF Obi-wan, where it's not in line. He can put his hands on his hips. However, you can swivel the arms to have that L jointed elbow, except that without wrist articulation, he'll just end up palms up. There's no wrist articulation to overcome this, but there is a hinge there to make the wrist move the other way. Because of all the connections, there's no head or waist movement at all (Which is really weird, both are there, but get locked down when assembled into final robot mode). While his legs have a great amount of articulation there, don't forget that a lot of it doesn't mean much because of landsaurs tail that hangs straight down. Half of Seasaurus uses a tab approach to attach to the left arm, to become a shield, and the swimming motion can act like a clamp or blades or something. Landsaurs throat becomes a very cool sword, or lame gun, which he can't hold. Yeah, that's right, he can't hold it. It's physically impossible, because of the thumb swivel and the curviture of the fingers; the weapon has a peg on the side of the handle, to fit into the palm, like some of the recent alternators. Because of the curviture of the fingers and the placement of the thumb, there's not enough space to get the handle down and peg into the hand. Now, that's not to say he's a failure. He works well in each Beast Mode, and is a novel approach. He's the size of an Ultra or so in Robot mode, and has a suitable imposing look to him, so he'll fit in nicely with pretty much any collection. One can detach seasaurus' head from Robot modes shoulder, and use the neck lengths to have him "strike" out. The figure stands with great ease, thanks to the Beast mode tail acting like a third leg, and the mechanical "boots" that come with robot mode. It's mostly a case of frustration, it wouldn't have taken that much to have created a much nicer figure. A better attachement for the unified beast mode, some extra joints to improve robot mode, and he would've been an A+ figure. He'd also be a great add-on to a beast lover who doesn't care about articulation, or how difficult he is to TF. However, if pegs, tabs, and clips aren't how you like your Transformer, and articulation is your thing, avoid at all costs. All that said, I say he's a disapointment, but I think it's more of a case of my expectations being too high for him, I had so many other BWNeo figures that I had been impressed with that over the years, the head Pred had attained a level that the toy just couldn't compete with. I can see how he could've been so much better, and that's to the detriment of my enjoyment of the figure. I'm not saying he's bad, or that he's a failure as a TF. It's more that when you look at Big Convoy, BWII Galvatron, and the other BW figures at the time, in robot mode, he comes off as disapointing. Even Heinrad, the alarm clock as some of the POAs that he's missing. He's an interesting figure, and in a way, I'm rather glad to have him. Perhaps with time he'll grow on me, and become a favorite (I have a feeling that as I become more familiar with him, that'll be the case, I'll get over my initial disapointments and he'll grow on me). For now, it's more of a "collection complete" approach for me. Hell, I'm even comtemplating gluing the sword/missle into the launcher, cutting off the tab, and giving the sword to Black Big Convoy, ala the BWNeo Manga, and just leaving Magmatron in robot mode. I should also note that further fueling my disdain was that I paid around $40 for the figure. At $20 it probably wouldn't have been so bad.