So I was wondering through my local Sainburys supermarket looking for Salmon Sheba Catfood when I chanced upon the seasonal aisle, and what did I see? Just a new goddamn 3rd party Punch/Counterpunch toy! This has come completely out of the blue with no fanfare, and while I can say I am totally happy with my TFCC Punch/Counterpunch (small head notwithstanding) this guy totally blows him away in a number of ways. Firstly, the boring stuff out of the way, packaging and cost. This guy won’t break the bank at around £5, much much cheaper than a lot of other 3rd party offerings. I think part of the cost saving is the box, it literally is just a box. He comes packed quite compactly, I’m guessing because it saves space so they can fit more per case. In any case the first thing you’ll notice is the heft to this guy, he’s not die cast or anything but made of a satisfyingly solid material, no hollow parts that I could see and no part of him ever feels like it could break. Once you get him into robot mode you can really see how he invokes the old G1 blocky feel of the original toy. From his head to his feet he screams ‘square’. Obviously the designer put a lot of thought and effort into capturing his likeness. But considering how good Punch looks, how could they possibly get a good looking Counterpunch out of the same toy? I have to say, while I was anxious (to say the least) Counterpunch is amazingly different. Look at him! He still invokes the classic G1 blockiness but amazingly appears to be a totally different robot. A true feat of engineering if ever I saw one. My only complaint here is because he follows the G1 aesthetic so much, he perhaps lacks a little bit of detail. I just hope Reprolabels already has an upgrade set in the pipeline. So he’s solid, heavy and great looking… what’s the catch? I thought perhaps articulation may have suffered, but not so. This guy has points of articulation all over him, a mixture of standard swivels and big 3 point ratchets. This results in nice tight joints that can pull off (and hold) a variety of poses! He even has wrist articulation, something Hasbro have clearly given up on! I think the only thing he’s missing is a ball jointed head but it’s a small niggle. Know how I said he blew away the TFCC Punch/Counterpunch? So far I’ve not said anything a good Action Master can’t do, but here’s the absolute clincher… he has two Alt modes, each totally different, and each totally representative of either the Autobots or Decepticons. He only turns into a flat nose truck! As you can see, he even interacts with existing trailers! I only tested him with Fansprojects G3 Trailer (pictured), but my G1, PM, MP, DotM trailers are all awaiting tryouts. But here’s the thing, with such an incredible truck mode, two gorgeous robot modes how could the designers possibly top it so far? Like THIS. IT’S JUST THE BEST GUN MODE SINCE MP5 MEGATRON! I have to admit, transformation to gun mode is fiddly, but nearly as much as MP5 was and the payoff is totally worth it. He even incorporates a silencer and scope into the gun design! I would have wanted a stock as well, but I guess it would have been impossible without making it a partsformer. (That's right, this guy isn't a partsformer!) One final point, the QC on this guy is shockingly good. No loose joints, no fixes out of the box (unlike XTB’s Ollie and Hasbros Brainstorm) just pure immediate unadulterated enjoyment! If only all Transformers were like this.