Review of G1 Snare

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  1. Philister

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    Robot Mode: Snare is a pretty standard jet Transformer with the nose and cockpit of the jet on his chest and the jet's wings on his back. The configuration breaks the standard a bit because the forward-swept wings are set pretty low on his body, about hip-level, giving him a bit of an usual look. Snare's posability is average for a figure from that time, meaning... not much. He can swivel his arms at the shoulders. That's it.

    As a weapon Snare carries the standard golden-brown missile launcher all Predators have, which can fire green missiles that he can also store on his wings. What's a bit strange is that the weapon, when loaded, is too long for Snare to point straight down. Just something that bugged me for some reason. Still, Snare's one good-looking Decepticon, even if you really can't do much with him. For his time, a good, if unspectacular robot mode.

    Alternate Mode: Snare transforms into a Grumman X-29 fighter jet, the first supersonic jet with forward-swept wings. I'm a big fan of jets with forward-swept wings and Snare looks pretty good here. The jet isn't that high on realism, as you can see the robot arms under the wings, but I still like its look. It also features a working landing gear and you can mount Snare's missile launcher underneath for additional fire power. So all in all a solid, good-looking jet mode.

    Remarks: After the Transformers were cancelled in the US in 1991, the series continued on in Europe for another two years, bringing out new figures never seen across the pond. The main Decepticon bad guys were now called Predators and features mostly jet Transformers, fighting against the land-based Turbomasters. Snare was among them. He never did feature in any cartoon and only had a very small appearance in a toy catalogue comic. As a toy Snare is far from spectacular, but to me he's the best-looking of the Predator jets (at least among those I own so far). So for a 1992 toy (a year not exactly renowned for its brilliant Transformers toys) he's definitely above average.

    Rating: B-
     
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    My...what a bright piece he is.
     
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    Eww

    How very...neon.
     
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    Ahhhhh... ridiculously saturated colors plus -- inexplicably -- bronze. I love G1.5!
     
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    I especially <3 Clench.
     
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    I have a special place in my heart for G2 figs, and these late G1 G2-esque figs.
     
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    I want to see a diorama that has all these Euro G2 toys at a rave, with glow sticks and everything.
     
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    Thanks for the review. I've considered purchasing this toy many times but couldn't get past the color-scheme. This review may push me over the edge...
     
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    Oh hell yes.
     
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    I was fiddling with the Predators and Turbomasters in my storage about a month ago and even though they're simple they're still fun. This part of the TF line really loved the wild colours. Who can ever deny the charm of missiles the same colour as snot slugs. :) 
     
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    damn they should bring back Neon, it really add's brightness to the shelf as the movie series and even Animated uses quite dull colours. Ah the early 90s when pretty much all toys were neon :) 
     
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    It looks like you transform him by flipping his nosecone up and lying him on his front... wow. I know G1 is simple, but... wow. Wheelie is more involved.
     
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    Yeah, intricate transformations weren't really a thing the Predator jets embodied...
     
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    Quick question. This particular Predator jet was repainted used as one of the new characters when G2 was introduced, correct?
     
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    Not as far as TFW's Resources, TFU.info, and I are aware. None of the Predator Jets' molds have been reused.
     
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    Mann..I love bricks!
     
  17. Philister

    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    The only other version of this mold I'm aware of is Flare Jet from the Japanese Operation: Combination, but he's identical to Snare. He's simply the Japanese version, nothing more.
     
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    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    The Cyberjets were far from bricks, they were the most posable Transformers up to that point in time, I think.

    But I know what you mean. Some of the TFs from that time period look really cool, but most of them were severely lacking in anything but cool looks.
     

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