ROTF: Recon Ravage (mail away exclusive)

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  1. Sage o' G-fruit

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    Recon Ravage Pictorial Review

    Couldn't find a thread for this guy, so here goes. (Excuse my crappy webcam photos)

    Recon Ravage comes in a nice NEST Deluxe card, with a cross-sell for Evac on the bottom, no idea why, as Ravage is going to be in Canadian stores long before Evac and Rampage are. He's actually got a lot more chrome than I originally thought, having it on his guns, his front legs (which have a bit of mold flash on them), his torso, his lower jaw, a bit on his back legs, his wings, and his underbelly that shows when you split apart his wings for transformation. Mold is pretty much still the same, so if you don't like the ROTF Ravage mold, you're probably not going to like Recon Ravage. Unless you're a chrome fanatic, in which case this is a must buy. I personally got it because of the chrome, which redeems it even though I'm not a huge fan of the mold.

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    I love this version. Fist well with Infiltration Soundwave, is this mold and repaints are your thing. I too was surprised by the amount of chrome on this.

    I have 2 right now, with like 5 on the way from the mail in forms, so I took all the chrome off one and put it on the first, regular ravage. looks so nice.
     
  3. SharkyMcShark

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    What's that toys r us australia? You want me to buy two of the 740 million you have in stock? I can manage that.

    Pics and review to follow
     
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    Sweet review, Sage!

    I need to see about getting myself a Recon Ravage...
     
  5. GAUGE

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    I did a tag search on recon ravage and there didn't seem to be a posting here for it so......... (if there is, please merge thanks)

    I finally got mine in the mail w00t!!!

    Anyway, while I could type alot of words about this figure and say what he does, I won't get to much into it.

    Poseability, and transformation is exactly the same as the regular ROTF Ravage.

    the only real thing I noticed a bit different is that Recon Ravage's tail has 4 points of articulation, whereas the regular version (at least on mine) didn't and also would come apart really easily.

    I love the transparent plastic on his head, I can actually see internal mechanics on it.

    And the chrome and other paint apps. Are excellent.

    now...on with the photos. :) 

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    Sage posted it some time back but his pics where a lil blurry so this is cool.
    Wish he was available in the UK =(
     
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    i wanted one soooo badly, but i could not get the manual, i had the stickers, but just couldn't afford the two pack at the time
     
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    Yeah, these pics do him some more justice. :D 
     
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    FINALLY got mine. Looks awesome. I have another one coming too :) 
     
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    I love this toy so much, I still can't put it down.

    yup...I'm crazy like that.
     
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    #1: I was a little disappointed that picture on the back had more chrome than the real thing, but oh well.

    #2:
    Wrong. He lost a swivel joint in his tail.

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    *checks guide on giving Ravage a fully articulated tail*

    *checks unopened recon Ravage*

    Huh. So he did! That really sucks. Good thing his tail is the same color black as the retail Ravage, so I can grab some parts from another one to give recon Ravage an entirely articulated tail.

    ~Matt Booker
     
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    meh...I feel the tail is more durable now.

    It's much stronger now and gives the figure a more solid feel.

    my ravage's ball jointed tail kept falling off
     
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    I really wish instead of putting the chrome on his wings they instead used it for his back legs.
     
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    Still waiting for mine
     
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    My buddy Caked-Up took on the pimped-up Recon Ravage to contrast my review of the "normal" ROTF Ravage:

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    Overview: Recon Ravage has a special place for me right now. For starters he is the first figure in nearly two decades that is an exclusive mail-away promotion for the States. And secondly, I sent off for him and then underwent and recovered from open heart surgery before this item arrived at my doorstep; a total of seven weeks and six days.

    Robot Mode:
    Ravage’s robot form is similar to what it nearly always has been, a robotic panther, but this time he has a freaky alien aesthetic. In addition to the mail away gimmick, another point for Recon Ravage is that he is the first American release figure that has chromed pieces since the Transmetals of Beast Wars. They are present on his lower jaw, back, weapons, and front legs. Sadly, they left the back legs in a generic gray, but this prevents the chrome from being monotonous. Other colors present are a muted red, yellow, black, and the solitary eye is piped yellow. His Decepticon symbol is located on his left flank. The overall color presentation is very sharp, but sadly even he couldn’t hide anywhere but a rave despite his bio.

    While looking nice the posability is a mixed bag. Each leg has very realistic cat-like posability plus his waist rotates adding to the agility. The head and tail will disappoint you though. The head cannot move in any direction but forward causing him to lunge and bite while the ears fold back. In truth it isn’t a bad gimmick at all, but at the cost of posability I think it is a waste. His tail has three good looking blades at the end of it (the gray one swivels), but the jointing does not allow for any posing besides behind him or under his belly. The base and mid-point bend on swivel joints while the tip is on a ball joint. If all three were on a ball joint it would be near perfect. The choice of head design could be forgotten if his tail could at least be brought over his body to use those blades.

    It is really a shame that these critical parts of his anatomy bring this figure down. Just like a supermodel, looking at Ravage in his Recon paintjob is great, but outside of appearances he isn’t much of anything special.

    Alternate Mode: Instead of transforming into a cassette tape as the Ravage of old would, he instead transforms into a messy ball of limbs that is supposed to be a reentry mode. The overall shape isn’t anything special, but you can see the purpose it serves, getting around quickly and the obvious atmosphere entry. Ravage’s underbelly possesses sculpted thrusters and fold out chrome wings. His paint job still does not reflect anything related to stealth, but it looks good on the mold. Regardless the mold still looks like a mess of limbs, shiny and colorful limbs.

    Remarks: Recon Ravage makes for a spiffy looking figure, but I would not have paid any more than the $4.95 for shipping. I was really looking forward to getting him because he just looks so good, but the robot mode is brought down by the head and tail while the vehicle mode is a mess. In fact the best part about this figure is that he marks the possible return of both mail-away exclusives and chromed parts. If Hasbro had the gall to name him Disco Ravage or Pimp My Ride Ravage I would have given him an A+.

    Rating: C+
     
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    Just got mine today, awesome looking... have yet to transform it yet :) 
     

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