Review: War for Cybertron Kingdom Airazor

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  1. Philister

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    Prelude: It’s been 25 years since the Beast Wars episode “The Spark” aired. The season 1 episode that first introduced the concept of the spark to the Transformers franchise. Also, the episode that introduced us to Airazor, the Maximals’ high-flying Eagle lady. Now Airazor is far from the most prolific of Beast Wars characters despite appearing in the TV series, but Kingdom finally brings us a new figure of her. So let’s say go!

    Robot Mode: The original Airazor toy was one of those figures that didn’t really look much like the TV character it was supposed to portray. The Kingdom figure does a much better job. While still relatively small for a Deluxe-class figure, it does look slender and feminine and sports a head that does a great job of looking like TV Airazor. The colors also match with the TV version, so no complaints here either.

    Airazor is a very nicely articulated figure, able to pull off all sorts of poses, and has two big wings on its back, too. Now TV Airazor was able to nearly completely fold those wings away in robot mode, which doesn’t quite work for the toy version. The normal configuration is the one you see in most of the pictures above, with the wings flaring out slightly to the side. There are two tiny pegs on the wings (second piece from the middle) for pegging them into the back in robot mode. Don’t try to bend the wings more than 90 degrees on that joint. If you want to fold them into a backpack, use the third and final joint without pegging in the wings, otherwise it won’t work and might snap off the pegs.

    In terms of weapons Airazor has two arrow-shaped missiles / blasters, that she can carry on her hips or put on her forearms. They look vaguely like the weapons Airazor used in the TV series, so kudos for that. So bottom line: a robot that does a very good job of looking like the TV character and is pretty good as a stand-alone figure, too. Not spectacular, but easily the best Airazor robot mode yet.

    Alternate Mode: Unsurprisingly Airazor transforms into an eagle. Now the basic transformation is the same as it was for the original Airazor (and roughly 95 percent of all bird Transformers ever). The bird head flips out from the chest, the wings unfold from the back, the legs fold in to become the bird legs. Two things make Airazor possibly the best bird Transformer I’ve ever seen, though: one, the arms are very nicely tucked away with the fists vanishing underneath the tail feathers. And two, the legs fold together on multiple joints, becoming the closest thing to actual bird legs that are possibly starting from robot legs, I believe. That said, Airazor still has quite the undercarriage in bird mode, but that’s probably unavoidable.

    Airazor makes for a very nicely articulated bird with the wings, the legs, and even the head being very poseable. The missile blasters from the robot mode stay on what were the robot’s hips and you can imagine them working as guns on the eagle as well. One thing that is sadly missing here are the flip-out blades the original toy had (which I assume to be the ‘razors’ in the name Airazor). Sure, she never used them in the TV series, but still, would have liked to see them. Apart from that, though: a great bird mode. Again, possibly the best bird-Transformer I’ve ever seen.

    Remarks: Airazor was a regular character in the second half of Beast Wars’ first season, but was abducted by the alien Vok in season 2. She only returned as a disembodied spark at the end of season 3, when she and Tigatron took over the body of Tigerhawk. After Tigerhawk’s death in the series finale, Airazor returned in her Transmetal form in the 3H Production comic series “The Wreckers”. That series was never finished, so her final fate remains unknown, but it was strongly hinted that she did not survive.

    While quite a few Beast Wars characters have received new figures over the years, the only new Airazors we ever got were repaints in the Timelines and Collectors Club lines. Kingdom has finally brought us a new Airazor, though, and I for one am very happy with her. The figure itself is not highly spectacular or anything, but it’s a good figure and a near-perfect depiction of Airazor from the TV series. As such, fully recommended to all Beast Wars and Airazor fans.

    Rating: B+

    Source: Transformers-Universe.com
     
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  2. Dachande

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    Really looking forward to this one. I'm a sucker for nicely articulated beast modes.
    On that, I always thought she was a falcon?
     
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  3. Goldlock

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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure she's supposed to be a peregrine falcon.

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    Great review though; I'm really looking forward to finally having a screen accurate Airazor!
     
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    Thanks for the review! Can you post your photos individually? It's hard to see the detail in your mashup.
     
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    You can click the link at the bottom of his post.
     
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    So cool, well articulated and well painted, a new modern version as good as the other beasts
     
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    Airazor is a excellent addition to the Kingdom line and IMHO the star of the wave 2 deluxe. Robot mode is gorgeous even with the overuse of orange. 20210312_115441.jpg 20210312_115537.jpg 20210312_115600.jpg The falcon mode is very clever how it transformers but not hard by any means. It does what its intended to do in this mode wish the feet claws could grip things though.
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    A very needed update to a character who was overlooked for a longtime. She fits right in with the Kingdom maximals 20210312_124653.jpg 20210312_125823.jpg She is highly recommended if your a BW fan.
     
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    Wow she looks big for a deluxe, isnt Primal supposed to be Voyager size?
     
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    Yes,
    He is a small voyager and in beast mode his legs are shorter
     
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    I got her this morning. She's definitely good, but she does seem like a figure that you'll like because you want the character. The transformation is simple, with the spare complexity going to all the joints on the wings that allow them to compact so nicely in robot mode, but the undercarriage is so visible and shameless that someone who doesn't specifically want Airazor and instea dis just looking for a cool bird transformer will be a bit let down.

    That all said, the wings are really nicely done, and together with the neck joint her falcon mode is nicely expressive. Her robot mode is nicely posable, only really lacking at the wrists. I tend to leave her weapons on her hips, since that's their storage in falcon mode, they look good there anyway and without them the hole continues right through her leg.

    Don't expect the world from this release, but it is a solid update to a fairly neglected character, and an important addition to a season 1 Maximal shelf.
     
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    Got mine this morning via the new Hasbro Pulse UK....

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    She's pretty darn good (and a huuuuuuge step up from the original figure)!

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    the colors are hideous which kinda pisses me off. we've seen so many images and videos with a different and better color scheme, but the final release is just.. fuckin' Blugh!

    I'm getting it because she's my favorite character from beastwars but doing so begrudgingly.

    all the photos I've ever seen she had brown bird mode. now she's this ugly ashy grey color with this horrid orange and then and ugly purple face??? gross.
     
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    Her face should be purple though? The orange is a deviation from the more metallic tones of the show, since this line isn't doing that, but the face seems right enough.
     
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    Except it's definitely wrong though? I'll probably end up trying to repaint mine so she's closer to her show likeness. Unless of course the obvious Netflix Repaint comes along. :lol 

    here's the actual model: her face should be a light aluminum color if anything since it's obviously straight up chrome color here. :D 

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    Some japanese footage of her introduction shows many background colors reflecting off her chrome face to give the various colors seen in the show. It's evident on close up shots. :) 

     
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    I had the TM Airrazor for years, as I missed the Original Version......I like this one......

    Now we just need her rifle (which in the show was a Retool of Rattap’s gun, with hawk feathers in the back......come on Dr Wu or Shockwave Labs or whoever is still making Weapon add ons.......
     
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    Kind of disappointed in Airrazor. Her right wing keeps popping off. Maybe I got a bad copy? Like others have said, she is alright but isn't anything spectacular.
     
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    She does exactly what she's supposed to - look more-or-less like the show robot model and wads up into a good-enough approximation of the show beast mode.

    The colors aren't as eye-searing as they appear in photos, kind of a reverse Sunstreaker scenario.

    Waiting on someone to inevitably design a bird torso panel that pegs onto the beast mode. It could clip into those holes on either side of her shoulder blades.
     
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    I'm a bit disappointed to hear that she isn't anything great. I'm still excited to get her though, I think I'll still end up liking it.
     
  20. Zethrofax

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    It seems great to me, because it’s exactly what I would want, at least at this price point. I think if people seem Luke warm on it it’s mostly because they’re not a huge fan of the character
     
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