Semi-retro review: Beast Wars Armordillo

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  1. Philister

    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    Robot Mode: Armordillo is one of the original 1996 line-up of Beast Wars figures and nicely emphasizes many of the changes made to Transformers figures in the transition between Generation 2 and Beast Wars. First off, posability: Armordillo is completely ball-jointed, giving him a posability that, at this point, was pretty much unprecedented except for the 1995 Cyberjets. Head, shoulders, elbows, and the legs at hip and knees are fully posable, leaving no room for complaint.

    While his two-color paint job (orange and grey) isn’t exactly the most exciting in the world, Armordillo does have a fair amount of detailing. The beast mode head that forms his chest has ‘dirt’ in between the scales, his grey shoulders look like they have scales, too, and his head is very nicely sculpted for its size. The only slight downside for me are the lack of proper hands, as Armordillo pretty much just uses his beast mode forepaws without any changes.

    Armordillo carries two weapons, both of them attached to the rear legs of his beast mode. One is a pretty standard-looking laser gun, the other a morning star on a chain. Not the greatest weapons ever, but I like that he was given both a long-range and a melee weapon, so thumbs up for that. All in all Armordillo’s robot mode certainly isn’t a revelation, but a nice example of the sharp increase in play value offered by the Beast Wars figures, even in what was then the smallest size class.

    Beast Mode: As one might guess from his name, Armordillo transforms into an orange armadillo. Like most first- and second-year basic figures he has a semi-automatic transformation. As long as the weapons/feet are in their proper slots and legs straight, all you need to do to transform him is raise the head from his chest and bring it up over his head, that’s it. And to reverse, just release the tail of the armadillo and you switch back to robot mode. Easy as pie.

    The resulting animal looks a bit out-of-proportion to me (huge fore legs, stubby hind legs) and with some effort you can see his robot mode legs under the belly, but all in all it’s a very decent looking beast mode. The beast head is nicely sculpted. The detailing on the back is pretty nifty, and while the armadillo doesn’t really offer much in the way of play value except for standing there and moving his front legs, there’s nothing really wrong with it, either. A good, if somewhat unspectacular beast mode.

    Remarks: Despite being one of the original 1996 Beast Wars toys, Armordillo never got much in the way of media attention. He appeared in both IDW Beast Wars comic series, but only as one of the crowd. He did get included in the 1997 Beast Wars trading card game, though, which included pretty much the entire 1996 line-up. As a toy Armordillo isn’t spectacular, but he’s good, he’s solid, and he is (for his size) among the most posable and detailed Transformers created up to that point. Recommended to all Beast Wars fans who don’t mind his lack of in-media appearances.

    Rating: B-
     
  2. Snake_eyes1975

    Snake_eyes1975 Peace through Tyranny!!

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    well typed review.

    I dont want to offend anyone, but Ive asked the question about Animated TFs before but never got an answer.

    What the hell do people see in Beast wars stuff? And Im seriously just asking to see what it is that people like about them so mabye I can see from that perspective..

    I mean...This one. It TFs into...an Armadillo. really? what the hell does it do that for?!? why wouldent it TF into something from cybertron? I seen a few BW toons, and they were decent. Wouldent Optimus Prime Be more powerful in Bot mode right from cybertron than turning into a gorilla?

    Really...I dont know, so im asking...I know im missing a backstory or something that rationalizes some of this stuff...
     
  3. itMFtis

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    I've got Bump, and always loved the way this mold incorporates his weapons from the hind legs. BW scouts had some great articulation.
     
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    Snake, you would have to watch the show. They couldn't roam around in bot mode for too long because they would quickly go into stasis lock due to the overwhelming energon on the planet.
     
  5. Snake_eyes1975

    Snake_eyes1975 Peace through Tyranny!!

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    Ok...So beast mode insulates them from too much energon...Ok..Im good with that. Was there an explanation of why beast mode did that as oppossed to, say..a truck from cybertron?

    I am starting to remember that. I did watch some of them. I thought the toon itself was really cool at the time. I just only seen a few...
     
  6. Creaky

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    No mechanical parts exposed gave them security. They could only stay in robot mode for a limited time before having to transform back.
     
  7. Snake_eyes1975

    Snake_eyes1975 Peace through Tyranny!!

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    Ok...that actually sounds pretty cool, and a solid explanation for beast mode.

    Thanks
     
  8. wm10k

    wm10k Reanimator of Dead Things

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    i loved so many of those BW Basics....

    only one i've got left is Quickstrike.....but he's stickin around.
     
  9. Feralstorm

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    I didn't have Armordillo, but I had Snapper, which was pretty much Armordillo in reverse. :) 
     
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    Ahhh, nice review. Armordillo was one of the first non-Transmetal ones I got. Used to love him, wish I could find his accessories.
     
  11. G1_Cindersaur

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    robot masters psycho orb makes a much nicer gold painted shiny version of this guy but with the decepticon symbol tampoed on his chest in robot mode.

    makes a nice tie in with the beast wars too...
     
  12. payres

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    Another rationale behind the beast modes is that the Transformers have got that there are planets where being disguised as a vehicle does not blend in well and the technology has evolved to a point where they can disguise themselves as organics, possibly as an offshoot of Pretender technology. It's only when they get to Earth that they discover the beast mode protects them from stasis lock.

    For me Beast Wars is the pinacle of Transformers both as a toyline and a cartoon series. If you've not seen the cartoon then watch it.
     

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