I've seen this guy warming shelves in my area since the beginning of Universe. He is a repaint of the Beast Wars Transmetal manta ray of the same name. The huge manta ray toy seemed too odd to take a $25 gamble on, so I let him sit there. However, I was browsing Amazon.com the other day and saw him on clearance for $9. Can't pass up a massive toy for $9, so I bought him on principal alone. All I can say is I'm glad I did, and I probably should have picked him up at retail for $25 long ago. He's fantastic! First of all, the alt mode is just beautiful. Sculpted detail all over the place and one of the best color schemes I've seen on a beast transformer. The airbrushed paint apps give it a very organic look while the sculpted detail adds mechanized touches. The overall look is very impressive, and the huge size of the toy gives it that much more impact. Robot mode is amazingly odd, but undeniably cool. It has all the articulation you could ask for including a waist, but it is much shorter than you would imagine. One detail that I love is that a second set of manta ray eyes are exposed and the orriginal eyes go away when transforming to robot mode giving the appearance that even the beast mode parts themselves change durring the transformation to robot. The head sculpt is a very cool looking mechanized fish head. Definate bonus points on that one. The oddest thing about the robot mode is the HUGE horrizontal mass of beast kibble hanging off of his sholders. You know the jet kibble jutting horrizontally off of Armada Starscream's sholders? Well, it's litterally nothing compaired to this. The beast mode tail at the very end of the kibble is required to be used as a stand just to get him to balance upright. As I looked at the instructions I thought this would be a fatal flaw to the robot mode. However, upon using the toy I was pleasantly surprised. When displaying the figure all of that mess it totally hidden by the massive ray wings just behind the robot's sholders. In addition to that, the tail acts as a built-in dispaly stand. You can easily balance the figure in running poses and action poses thanks to that tail. Very cool! All in all I highly recommend this figure. Definatly at the $9 price on Amazon, and even at the $25 price if you can still find him at retail. A totally unique Transformer.