Review: Generations Selects Kraken / Sea Wing

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  1. Philister

    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    Prelude: Release the Kraken! Even if said Kraken is actually a robotic manta ray instead of a mythological stop-motion monster with tentacles. And yeah, I have no idea why the name Kraken was given to this member of the Seacons instead of Tentakil, but that’s another discussion. So here we have Kraken, the manta ray. Time to release him and say go!

    Robot Mode: Kraken is an extensive retool of Cutthroat, who was himself an extensive retool of Swoop. In robot mode the differences between the three are not that big (colors aside, of course). Kraken is a relatively slender winged robot, looking very cool, and with pretty big boots giving him a solid stance. The beast head on his chest is broader than those of his mold mates, giving him a somewhat more powerful look. The colors are mostly turquoise and black with some yellow highlights. I especially like head, the slight depressions around the visor and on the forehead really bringing out the details here.

    Kraken is very nicely articulated, no complaints here, and comes with no less than four weapons. Like all Seacons he carries a part of King Poseidon’s sword, which resembles a kind of short-handled scythe or something. He also comes with a large blaster and two smaller blasters, the latter of which fit nicely onto his wings. The only slight complaint I have about this robot mode are the hands. Due to the large gauntlets (part of the beast mode head) the fists are always slightly at an angle. Not sure why, but it bugs me a little.

    Otherwise, though, a pretty good robot mode. I like winged robots and I really like Kraken’s head sculpt, so thumbs up here.

    Alternate Mode: Kraken transforms into a robotic manta ray (not a Kraken). The transformation is basically the same as with Cutthroat. He tucks in the legs, the beast mode head from his chest flips forward, the main difference is that the arms swivel forward to become the sides of the beast mode head. Of course this particular manta ray has legs, which manta rays don’t usually have, but we can overlook that, I think. The resulting manta ray looks nicely sinister and more like a bad guy space ship than an actual animal, but that’s just fine. Kraken’s smaller guns go under the wings and his big blaster, combiner fist, and scythe can be mounted on top. Bottom line: looking very good here.

    Kraken can also become a weapon for the larger combiner (see below). It’s basically the leg mode, just with the blaster (or all three blasters combined) plugged into the end instead of the combiner foot. The large combiner peg can plug into the back of the combiner hand. Kraken has, to me, one of the better weapon modes among the Seacons, but it’s still little more than an extra.

    Combiner Mode: Like all Seacons (except Turtler) Kraken can become an arm, a leg, or a weapon for King Poseidon. More on that in my upcoming review of the finished combiner.

    Remarks: Copy and paste what I’ve written about the other Seacons so far. Mindless drone in Masterforce, Western counterpart Sea Wing slightly more prolific due to appearances in the comic books. Moving on. It’s always hard to objectively rate a figure that you’re buying mostly to complete a combiner. Kraken is, to me, neither the best nor the worst Seacon (the latter undoubtedly belong to Turtler), he is somewhere in the middle. He’s a good figure by himself, if not brilliant, and works nicely as part of the group as well. So bottom line: a good figure, but let’s be honest: you’re buying him to complete the combiner.

    Rating: B

    Source: Transformers-Universe.com
     
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  2. Antz

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    Mine is great...aside from the fact that he was shipped to me with no head.

    This may sound weird, but if anyone who has this is able to make a mold and recast a new head I'd gladly pay whatever you felt was a reasonable amount for the time, effort and materials.
     

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    I'm one of the three or four people on Earth only buying a couple select Seacons, and Seawing was one, thanks to my G1 nostalgia.

    Compared to his "shared engineering/molds" buddies, I'd rank him below Swoop, but above Cutthroat. The design of the front half of the manta and how it transforms is pretty clever - the back end is a hot mess for reusing the 'butt brick' and feet from Cutthroat, which end up backward in beast mode unless you mis-transform it, which looks bad in a different way. Robot mode is nice enough, though to nitpick the head looks a bit small for the body IMO, and I wish the wing parts had a few more joints to pull off a 'shoulder cape' look like Swoop can pull off.

    Basically though, it is what it needs to be, and does a good enough job, though I wonder if it might have worked better starting from a different base mold.
     
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  4. Gepard

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    Mine arrived today and of the three that I have so far (Snaptrap, Skalor, Seawing) I think he's my favorite. The backwards Terrorcon legs are annoying and I don't understand why they didn't assemble them reversed -- they don't peg into anything in any mode and I can't see any downside to having them the other way around. Still, it's a minor annoyance because this guy is beautiful, easily my favorite use of this mold. While my preferred limb bot as a kid was Skalor, I find this update is much better balanced than the leggy coelacanth, both literally and metaphorically. The center-located beast feet hold him up great in manta-spaceship mode (regardless of which way you transform them), and his mass is well-distributed in robot mode too. And I love the way the manta head swings down and folds in thirds to make the chest; it's a lot of fun. And his wingspan! He's like some retro dieselpunk fighter plane. With his G1-styled blasters pegged underneath, he's very swooshable and looks like he could mess you up.

    It's just a shame about those backwards beast legs; painting the heel spur will not convince me that those are his toes, Takara.