Deluxe Class Hound with Ravage
Review by JoshB
One of the great things about the classics line is how the designers have managed to both pay tribute to the classic G1 designs and infuse a modern design aesthetic. Hound is a perfect example of this.
The G1 Hound was one of the very first Transformers to hit the states. I remember him being a little floppy in the legs, but he was generally cool. Having once owned the original Hound, I can safely say that this toy is a fantastic tribute to the classic Transformer.
But why does he come with Ravage?
I find myself now staring at the screen. What can I say about this particular Transformer that hasn't been said before? Not much. It's pretty standard fare. It's not hard to transform, but I'm not going to go over it step by step. It's a fun little toy. That's about it.
In vehicle mode, Hound is... a Jeep. But hound is no longer an old military jeep - this hound looks suspiciously like that old G.I. Joe Jeep, the Vamp. This wouldn't be the first time that Hasbro has made a Transformer in homage to a Joe toy.
The wheels roll, the gun (erm, sorry, Hologram Projector) can be mounted to the back of the seat. Ravage in tape mode can rest on the back of the vehicle by mounting on two flip up pegs.
Robot mode is pretty good, but kind of stocky. The head and arms are fully articulated, but the legs are kind of restricted due to design.
His gun can now be placed on the shoulder.
Or, he can hold it in his hands.
Hound is neat and all, but really, you bought this for Ravage. I did too. Why the two are packaged together I have no idea. Maybe they thought Hound would not sell enough on his own? Either way, we have a new ravage, and I am glad.
I am also glad that Ravage is still a micro cassette. They didn't try to make him a memory stick or some other lame thing. In fact, he is the same size as the old ravage in tape mode.
Well what do you know? This new Ravage fits inside of a classic Soundwave! That is awesome.
Ravage can even use the same weapons as the G1 toy!
The new ravage unfolds a bit like origami. Comparing the new and old Ravage shows you just how far we've come in terms of design and engineering. This new one is perfectly compact, yet makes an excellent action figure. What a great surprise.
On his own, Hound is a good enough toy, but Ravage makes him a must buy.
|Posted 18 April, 2009 - 17:31 by JoshB|