Transformers Review: Victory Leo (Robot Master)

Intro:
            Victory Leo is the ultimate example of how the mighty have fallen – depending on how you look at it, and which version of his origin stories that you refer to.
            Based on the mainstream continuity, Victory Leo was formerly known as God Ginrai, the Autobot leader that hugely resembled the legendary leader Optimus Prime. While coming to aid of Star Saber in his fight against Deathsaurus, God Ginrai was struck by a blast from the Decepticon’s Emperor of Destruction’s Living-Metal-Destroying Cannon, his physical body was left useless and immobile, and through the brilliance of Perceptor, with the assistance of Minerva and Wheeljack, God Ginrai was given a new body, and rechristened Victory Leo.
            In this new body, Victory Leo was more powerful, and was able to become a power up for Star Saber, in the same vein of how Super Ginrai would power up by using God Bomber.
            The unfortunate side-effect was that Victory Leo became mentally unstable and was easily consumed by his wild instinct as a lion, and frequently running amuck, succumbing to his feral nature.
            He would eventually learn to control his tendencies, eventually assisting Star Saber in defeating the Decepticon forces.
            Victory Leo is sold as a twin-pack, together with Star Saber. So, without further ado, let’s proceed to the review.

Alternate Mode:
            Victory Leo transforms into a predominantly yellow-colored Lion.
            In this mode, he has a pair of huge wings, that supposedly grants him the ability flights, and he is heavily armed.
            In this mode, Leo doesn’t do much. His articulations are quite limited. The shoulders rotate and the elbows bend. The back feet rotate on its axis, and those are practically it.
            One huge drawback of this mode is that, due to the designs of the lower half of the robot, the back legs cannot really stay and lock in together, as depicted in the photo. I just wish that there is some sort of a locking mechanism.
            Overall, he still looks very screen accurate.

Robot Mode:
            In his robot mode, Victory Leo is slightly shorter than Star Saber – about 1cm shorter, kinda like Star Saber’s little brother.

            His head sculpt is okay, but expressionless, with the lion fangs now acting as Leo’s horns.
            Articulation-wise: the shoulders rotate and the elbows bend; the hips swing outward and that’s all.
            Practically, for all intents and purposes, he is a brick. His only saving grace is that he looks good.

Overall:
            Individually, on his own, you probably won’t buy him. Yes, he did play an important role in the original series, but he only appeared in the second half of the series, and on his own, he doesn’t have that much of a play value to him.
            He is only worth it if you already have Star Saber with you, and since this is a two-pack, you won’t have to worry about that.

            Final verdict: 6.5/10.
  TeenCom



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