Generations Selects TT-GS04 Gulf (Skalor)

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  1. SuperTitanHans

    SuperTitanHans Upgraded TFW2005 Supporter

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    I posted a quick review of Turtler yesterday. Now the other Seacon. There’s not too much to say here. The color scheme is again spot on, and both robot and alt mode are decent.

    Basically, if you’ve seen a POTP Terrorcon, you’ve seen this guy. Very obvious how it’s been retooled. The joints are a little loose on mine making it hard to pose in “fish thing” mode, and I also do miss the Siege level of flexibility in terms of arming him up. But he’s basically fine. If you get the Seacons, I assume you’re getting them all.

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  2. Omega Magnus

    Omega Magnus Can’t deal with that right now

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    Thanks for posting this bro. I am a huge fan of the original Seacons but will be missing out on these.
     
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  3. evenstaves

    evenstaves you maverick renegade

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    Say what you want about G1 but when my kid was like, 2-3 years old, I let em play with my old G1 Skalor & Seawing all the time (sans accessories)
    They were fun little colorful monster thingys, kids love that and I still do too

    Despite how newer figs are more fragile (less bricky), I would still love to have these
    But I miss how significantly more difficult to destroy they used to be

    I could drop G1 Skalor off a table and be like "he's probably fine"
    If the same happened to one of these, I would probably have a heart attack
     
  4. Housewife2000

    Housewife2000 Fandom, combine!

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    Very cool. Can you flip the Combiner peg down in fish mode? I have this an idea to remove the fish legs and turn the forearm claw into a fin, so Skalor's less a fish monster, and more an accurate coelacanth, like the Marvel UK designs.

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    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    Prelude: Fish heads, fish heads, Roly-poly fish heads, Fish heads, fish heads, Eat them up, yum. Uh... yeah, here’s Gulf, better known in the west as Skalor. He’s an extensive remold of the Terrorcon Blot, so this review here will focus mainly on the differences. Let’s say go!

    Robot Mode: Gulf’s basic robot mode is more or less identical to Blot. He’s got different forearms and a new head, but otherwise the robot looks more or less the same except for the coloring. Which is the Japanese coloring, by the way, which is somewhat different than that of the Western release. The real differences, of course, are to be found in the creature shell he carries on his back and in the weapons. Gulf’s shell is a good deal larger than Blot’s, making for a bigger rucksack and making the figure slightly prone to toppling over backwards in some poses. The altered shell comes into play in beast mode, of course, but in robot mode it only really makes a difference if you look at him from the back.

    Gulf comes with quite a few more accessories than Blot, though. Apart from the combiner fist (see below), he comes with no less than four extra weapons. Two blasters, a big twin-barreled gun, and a sword. The blasters can be held in hand or mounted on his back. The bigger gun is really the tail of his beast mode. The sword, finally, is looking a bit strange because it’s really just one sixth of a bigger sword, meant for King Poseidon / Piranacon. Still, Gulf looks pretty good all armed up and can even use his two blasters as hip guns if he want.

    Overall Gulf makes the most out of an already pretty good mold, so no complaints here at all. Thumbs up for the robot mode.

    Alternate Mode: Gulf transforms into a robotic coelacanth monster. Unlike the fish it superficially resembles it has arms and legs and somewhat cartoonish proportions. This is where the different beast shell makes the figure look very different from Blot, making him appear almost as an entirely different robot. He’s a fish monster on two legs with guns on the sides of his head, which is basically all you need to know about this mode. Very nice, love it.

    Gulf also has a third mode, transforming into a weapon for the combiner robot to wield. It’s basically the leg mode, just with the two blasters plugged into the feet, the tail blaster on the back of the head, and the big combiner peg pointing downward in order to plug into the back of the combiner hand. Not exactly the most elegant gun mode, but pretty much the same as in G1, so no compaints.

    Combiner Mode: Gulf can become an arm, a leg, or a weapon for the combiner King Poseidon (or any other Combiner Wars style combiner). More on that once I’ve got all six Seacons together.

    Remarks: The Seacons never appeared in the American G1 cartoon. They did score some appearances in the Marvel Comics (which mostly involved getting trashed), but their most prominent appearance was in the Japanese Masterforce series (which also mostly involved getting trashed). Here the team leader Turtler (Snap Trap) was the only “real” robot in the team, all the other Seacons, including Gulf, were disposable drones who never transformed into robot mode. They served as the Redshirts of the series and were usually destroyed rather quickly. There were always more of them, though.

    As for the figure itself, Takara-Tomy really went all-out here, turning an existing figure into an almost entirely new one with ample use of extra parts and a new beast shell. Liking this figure depends, of course, on having a certain affinity for the craziness that was Transformers in the late 80s once all pretense of realistic alternate modes were abandoned in favor of science fiction vehicles and robot monsters. If you like that, than Gulf is definitely worth getting. Besides, you need him to complete King Poseidon.

    Rating: A-

    Source: Transformers-Universe.com
     
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    Wow... I expected more replies.. I love this guy except for him LIMP WRISTS! Is there any easy way to tighten them??
     
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    pokemonsdoom Got bored and changed it back.

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