Transformers Review: Onslaught (CW Voyager) – Part 1 of 6 – Bruticus

Intro:

            Welcome back folks, to another edition of Transformers Reviews. Today, New Planet Cybertron Weblog returns with the review of the Combiner Wars Combaticons.
            As with previous reviews of any gestalt teams, this series of reviews will be divided into individual review entry for each member of the team, and subsequently, the big guy itself.
            For the first of this series of review, we shall take a look at Onslaught – the leader of the Combaticons.   
            The Combaticons, or Bruticus – as the combined robot is known as – is the creation of the rebellious Starscream. In the original cartoon series, the Combaticons were meant to be Starscream’s very own team of Decepticons. However, the Combaticons rebelled and decided to take control of Cybertron itself, until they were thwarted by both the Autobots and Decepticons.
            Onslaught is arguably the brains of the outfit, who frequently formulate battle strategies, to which the rest of the Combaticons follow without question.
            Despite being one of the more powerful Decepticons, he prefers to rely on formulating strategies, rather than relying on brute strength.
            However, whenever his plans fail, he would be quick to lose temper and behave violently on the battlefield.
            The Combaticons are one of my favorite gestalt teams ever, and I was very pleased to get these guys at a bargain deal at my local Toys ‘R’ Us. It was even more of a surprise to be able to find all of the Bruticus’s parts, all in one place!
            Now, if only I can get my hands on Shockwave.
            Anyways… let’s get on with the review!
           
Alternate Mode:
            Being the leader of the Combaticons, as well as the main torso for Bruticus, Onslaught is naturally a Voyager-class figure. He transforms into an anti-aircraft truck.
            I’d say that this is a rather “lazily-designed” figure. The kibbles are notoriously obvious. The gaps between the robot’s legs, as well as hands are very obvious. It would’ve been much better if they could’ve cover up those in-between gaps.
            Bruticus’s head is also painfully obvious, and I do wish that they could’ve covered it up even better than they already attempted. The problem is that, when you actually attempt to move the guns, you might accidentally reveal the giant head!
            While this mode is obviously inspired by the original G1 character and designs, I still think that they could’ve somehow done a little bit better.
            I think that they definitely could’ve done better with the alternate mode.

Robot Mode:
            While the alternate mode may be sub-par, the robot mode, however, is another story.

            The robot is very well-proportionate, and the size is just right, with bulk at the right places.
            The head sculpt definitely screams Onslaught and the color scheme is spot on. The backpack looks nice at the back of the robot, and doesn’t disturb the overall look.
            The points of articulation are as follows:
a)      The head rotates 360°, and it can tilt forward
b)      The shoulders’ inner joints both ratchet up and down, as well as ratchets 360° (but blocked by the backpack’s wings)
c)      The outer shoulder joints swing sideways
d)     The elbows bend
e)      The arms rotate slightly below the elbows
f)       The hips are on super-tight ratcheting universal joints
g)      The legs rotate below the hips
h)      The knees bend
 
The points of articulations are fairly good, but are hindered by the quality of some of those joints. The outer shoulder joints are very loose, as well as the knee joints. As such it severely affects the effectiveness of those joints, as well as hindering a lot of the possible poses. I’m not sure if this is just the case with my figure, or is it a common problem with this release.
If this is just the case with my figure, then I’d say it’s a good figure.

Overall:
            Onslaught is far from perfect. The vehicle mode is sub-par at best, and while the robot mode does look good, some of those weak joints really affected the overall performance of the figure.
            I won’t really recommend to those, who don’t plan to get all of the other members of the Combaticons. It’s such a shame though; this could’ve been a much better figure if it weren’t for the weak joints.


            Final verdict: 6/10. 

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