Review for Beast Machines Blastcharge

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  1. Philister

    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    Robot Mode: There is really just one way to describe Blastcharge's robot mode: He's Bib, the Michelin Man. He's tubby and his legs are made of stacked tires. Okay, the Michelin Man is made entirely from tires, but still, Blastcharge is the Michelin Man, reformatted by Megatron to partake in the Beast Machines conflict.

    Jokes aside, Blastcharge is definitely one of the stranger-looking robots across all Transformers series. His lower legs consist of four of the vehicle mode's six wheels, while his thighs are very, very thin and have holes in them. His torso is pretty heavyset, his arms are rather tiny, he has big wheels on the shoulders, and then there is his only weapon: The missile launcher. It sticks out from under his chin. Straight out. Can't fold down or anything. It's fixed that way. Blastcharge has a real problem if he needs to tie his shoe laces.

    The big missile launcher can hold three missiles, but strangely enough only the middle missile tube has a spring-loaded firing mechanism. The outer two missiles are just stuck in there. Not sure why they didn't include springs for the other two tubes as well. Maybe they figured that the missile launcher was already strange enough, so they might just go nuts with it and have it fire just one of three missiles. I don't know.

    As far as posability goes, Blastcharge doesn't do half bad. His arms are pretty much fully posable, he can turn his head, and while he can't bend his knees, he can still pull of a running pose somewhat thanks to the configuration of his feet. Detailing is also pretty good across the torso, even with the strange camouflage pattern.

    Strangely enough I find myself rather liking Blastcharge's strange robot mode. I didn't at first, when I only knew the pictures. I bought him mostly for the vehicle mode. But holding him in hand... he's a strange kind of nice. Not sure why, but I like the tubby dude.

    Alternate Mode: While his robot mode is definitely an acquired taste, Blastcharge's vehicle mode is pretty awesome. I'm not sure if he's modelled after an existing military vehicle of some kind, but even if he isn't, I wouldn't mind. Blastcharge transforms into a kind of all-terrain mobile missile launcher. He's got six big wheels, a huge chromed front, and the missile launcher now sits on top of the vehicle and can turn pretty freely in all dimensions. All the robot parts fold away pretty nicely, so the vehicle offers no visible clues that it transforms. Well, you might catch a glimpse of the robot fists if you look at it from the rear, but that's pretty much it.

    I've tried to think of anything bad to say about this vehicle mode, but nothing really comes to mind. Okay, there is still the limitation on the missile launcher that can only fire the middle missile, but apart from that, nothing. One of the best vehicle modes in the entire Beast Machines line.

    Remarks: So what we have here is a Transformers figure with a terrific-looking vehicle mode, a rather odd-looking robot mode that takes some getting used to, and a non-appearance in the Beast Machines TV series. I guess two of those three points might be off-putting for a lot of collectors, but not necessarily me. And besides, Blastcharge did make a short appearance in the Universe: The Wreckers comic book. He was a newly created Vehicon general (along with Quake) whom Megatron sent after the Wreckers. He failed, the Wreckers escaped, and his fate afterwards remains unknown.

    So why did I buy Blastcharge? Well, for one he was pretty cheap. And second, I really like his vehicle mode. And while his robot mode takes a lot of getting used to, it kinda grows on you. So while I wouldn't go so far as to outright recommend him, he is a fun little tubby guy and might be of interest for fans of military alternate modes and weird-looking robot modes. Bottom line, I like him. Make of that what you will.

    Rating: B
     
  2. SoundMaster

    SoundMaster Likes RID Bulkhead.

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    I've never seen this toy before. And now, I want it.

    *updates want list*
     
  3. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    I've got this guy and I've never been able to truly decide what I think about him. His robot mode almost looks like he's one of those cheapo shape-changing robot toys, and his alt mode looks like the tanks and battle toys from the same cheapo store.
     
  4. Feralstorm

    Feralstorm I ship Nick & Judy TFW2005 Supporter

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    I agree with the cool vehicle mode, wierd robot assessment. I also recommend the black Universe redeco over the original. It's got a neat "Punisher war-wagon" vibe (and purple tires ... *cough* )

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