Review of Beast Wars Bantor

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  1. Philister

    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    Robot Mode: Bantor is a basic-sized Beast Wars figure and, as such, has very little to complain about in terms of posability and detailing. Beast Wars has a very high standard here and Bantor fulfils it quite nicely. In robot mode the baboon's head forms his right shoulder and includes an extension gimmick, that gives him a powerful punch. Weapon wise he uses... well, basically it's the ass of his beast mode, including the rear legs and the tail. It's a combination of sword and gun and looks pretty good, though the legs on the sides of it look a bit unusual.

    There is little more I can write about Bantor's robot mode. It's good, it looks nice, but it's not in any way spectacular. It upholds the high Beast Wars standard, but doesn't really go beyond it in any way. So the bottom line finds this robot mode on the good side of average.

    Alternate Mode: As a Fuzor Bantor transforms into a hybrid of a baboon and a tiger (I thought a lion, but the tech spec says it's a tiger and he does have stripes on his back). The baboon supplies the head and one of the rear paws, the tiger supplies the rest of the body. The front legs are a bit oversized when compared to the rear ones, seeing as they're composed of the robot mode legs, and you can see one of the robot mode arms, seeing as it composes the jaw of the Fuzor. Still, overall it's a nice beast mode, though not the best Beast Wars has ever come up with.

    Remarks: Bantor, well... what can I say about him? Nothing, really. Didn't appear in any of the Beast Wars TV series and had no more than a cameo in the IDW comics. I acquired this figure here about a year or so ago, but had some problems finding the enthusiasm to actually write a review about him. He's not a bad figure, mind you, but considering his complete lack of media appearances and lack of any outstanding features... well, there were always other figures. Now, though, he's here. And, well, like I said. Not a bad figure, but not in any way spectacular either. On the good side of average for a Beast Wars figure, but nothing more than that.

    Rating: C+
     
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    I love the Beast Wars. But that is... just bizzare. I want it.
     
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    Mechafire Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Many people hate on this guy, but I love him. Don't know why, just do.
     
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    Haha what a flashback. My brother owned this guy and we used to laugh at how pathetic it looked when it first came out. Once it was gone, we realized it was actually a pretty cool figure.
     
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    I like 'em too. In fact, he's one of my favorite basic sized BW toys.
     
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    Most of the Fuzors are just so damn odd looking, really. This one's no exception. The two they tapped to be in the show were pretty much the only ones that are really presentable.
     
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    I got this guy when I was really little. Absolutely love the guy.
     
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    I think Bantor is one of the better (and less freaky) Fuzors, but he does have one of the hallmark 'quirks' of many Beast Wars toys - animal head on one arm and rear section as an ersatz weapon on the other arm.
     
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    So many fun memories. Thanks Philister for these review. I love Bantor, hell, I think all the BW Fuzors were awesome, even Injector.
     
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    Bantor's fairly nice; holds together well in robot mode, but the arm sticking out of his chin in beast mode does look a little silly. I loved the Fuzors; I still say that Terrogator & Quickstrike are the best Basic ones, but there weren't any really poor ones.

    ...

    Except Noctorro. His stupid ass spring loaded gimmick made the figure awful.
     
  11. Philister

    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    Well, Noctorro and Terrogator are still on my to-be-reviewed list...
    Quickstrike was cool, though.
     
  12. Dolza_Khyron

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    actually personally, i like all of the fuzors, including injector. while i don't like injector NEARLY as much as the other ones, i still love the cross animal designs.

    i liked the fuzors; i liked the transmetals, it's the transmetal 2's though i never really liked, until recently at least. but i always loved the fuzor's more.

    btw thanks for the review... and btw wow, the back section COMES OFF? :lol  I've had this guy since they first came out, and i never knew that! :lol 
     

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