By the time you see me, it will be too late.
|Motto||By the time you see me, it will be too late.|
Cruellock is the most powerful and cunning of the Terrorcons, combining incredible strength with lightning speed. He is a great tactician whose hunting skills are unmatched. In raptor mode, he can jump to great heights and attack his enemies with powerful energon claws and teeth. In robot mode, his energon-cutting blade can slice through anything, or anybody that stands in his way. It has been said by many that Cruellock's gaze is as deadly as his bite. Beware!
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|Release Date||January 2004 (January 2004)|
|Wave||Energon Energon Wave 2|
|Recolors / Reuses||Energon Doom-Lock , Super Link Dinobot , Super Link Dinobot Magma Type|
Additional Cruellock parts info:
Includes translucent green Energon Star, sword, and gun.
-Submitted by: Demaar
Kids love dinosaurs, kids also like robots. When the two were combined, Takara and Hasbro had a hit on their hands with the Dinobots in Generation 1. The name of that team made a return with a dinosaur for in Beast Wars character Dinobot, who was a velociraptor. Now, Takara and Hasbro have brought back the name and form from Beast Wars as a Terrorcon drone: Dinobot.
Dinobot as with the rest of the Terrorcons comes in the only version of the Super Link basic packaging. This form of packaging consists of a card and a plastic bubble, but unlike Hasbro's card packaging for Energon, the bubble slides around the card, rather than being glued to it. This allows you to remove the toy from the package without damaging it!
The card features show accurate artwork of Dinobot with bolts of electricity flaring from behind him. Super imposed over his sword near the top of the box is the Super Link logo with the 20th anniversary logo beside it that appears on all Takara Transformers releases through the year of 2004. In the opposite corner is a storm-blue square with his faction and model number (Destron, SD-12). On the insert inside the bubble is his name in Japanese and English.
On the reverse of the card is a picture of Dinobot in various states of transformation super imposed over a blue-toned version of the picture on the front side. There's also a picture of Dinobot with his Energon weapon combined and readied.
In his beast mode, Dinobot is a mechanical velociraptor. His colouring is mostly lapis-blue with some storm and marine blue. On his claws, feet and tail is translucent neon-green Energon, showing that he's even more armed and deadly than a regular raptor. Going down his back are two rows of spines, and on either side is a burnt-orange design zig-zagging from the tail to the top of the head. On the front of the lower jaw and the entire upper jaw is silver paint, and his eyes are purple, which is also used on either side of his chest. His shoulder pads, chest and hips are all flat light-grey. His forearms and lower-legs are marine blue, and on his shins is gold paint. Also on his upper and forearms and lower legs are three spikes, and his thighs have scale details.
In this form, Dinobot has 17 points of articulation. His hips are on ball joints with a hinge joint on his knee and another on his ankle with his toes being balled joints, a swivel and hinged joint on his shoulder and a balled elbow. Finally, his jaw is on a hinge letting you open his mouth. This allows for some pretty damn fine looking poses, especially for a beast mode. Though he hardly looks like a real raptor with this colouring, it really is quite striking and I think it gives him a Godzilla-esque look.
All in all, this is an incredibly cool beast mode.
This part of the review for Dinobot is going to seem like a bit of a cop-out, but that's only because the robot mode is a bit of a cop-out. All you really do is stretch his legs, push his hips together, split his tail to remove the Energon weapon, flip the beast head back, rotate around the robot head and pose the arms and legs so he's standing straight.
The colouring is almost exactly the same as it was in his beast mode. The only real difference is his head, which is oddly shaped, like a skull, with four burnt-orange fangs pointing upward and a purple crest above the eyes.
His points of articulation remain exactly the same beyond his head, which swivels instead of having the mouth open. Overall, the robot mode is quite a cop-out. It's still quite cool looking and poses well, but it's not that different from the beast mode, even for a basic.
In the end, Dinobot is quite a mixed bag. Despite the beast mode being a par above the rest of the Terrorcons, his transformation is quite unimaginative. On the mega-ultimate scale of "lame" to "awesome", I give Dinobot a score of "neat", not awesome, but not lame. If his transformation was a bit more imaginative he'd probably get a score of "pretty awesome". If the robot mode isn't a bother to you, I most definitely recommend him, whether you buy him as Super Link's Dinobot or Energon's Cruelock.
|Voice Actor||Trevor Devall|