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Name: Buzzsaw
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Reconnaissance
Alternate Mode: Microcassette



CASSETTE MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 5cm Width: 0.5cm

   Not much to look at from below, from the topside Buzzsaw is a black Microcassette (60mins) with silver & orange stickers. He's identical to Laserbeak in this mode, actually. He's got holes for spools (complete with teeth) and a sticker in place of the window in the centre. He may even have a rubsign below this sticker if you're lucky. He's side "A", which is indicated on the top right corner, while the bottom right indicates that he's a 60 minute tape. The bottom left indicates he's metal position.

   Turn him over and he's gold, black and stickered. In other words, don't look at the other side.

   A nice tape mode, which fits nicely into Soundwave which is handy since he was sold with Soundwave, his biggest drawback is that this mode relies so heavily on stickers for it's definition - if he's missing stickers he's going to look bad. And they do have a habit of peeling & curling, being metal foil stickers.

TRANSFORMATION TO CONDOR MODE

   Fold out the sides of the cassette to form the legs (and on the other side, twin tails). Swing out the sides of the "B" side to form the wings, and pull out the head. Add weapons.

CONDOR MODE
Height: 3.5cm Width: 5cm Wingspan: 10cm

   In this mode, Buzzsaw is mainly black, with a gold back and silver backpack weapons. He's got a purple Decepticon symbol atop his head, and gold eyes. He's got gold stickers on his wings, which are largely details in red, with yellow & blue.

   He's a pretty nice looking little condor, the silver backpacks, with their dual lasers, rockets and fins look cool, and he's able to swing his wings back & forth, as well as having two neck joints so he can move his head up & down. It's also worth mentioning he's show accurate. Perhaps the best part of this mode is that there's really nothing bad to mention. It's a well made little Decepticon.

VARIATIONS

   Originally sold with Soundwave, a later release in Japan (sold with Soundblaster) had the window sticker replaced with a schematic of an Autobot. Buzzsaw was reissued with Soundblaster in Japan in 2005 (again with the schematic sticker).

OVERALL

   A good Microman-based Decepticon, Buzzsaw is a toy I'd really recommend, especially if you're a G1 fan. He didn't get much airtime in the cartoon, Laserbeak seemed to be more popular, but he's still a cartoon character. As mentioned there's really nothing bad about the robot mode and a lot of good, his only real drawback is the tendency for sticker problems in tape mode. I'd rate him just above Laserbeak, in fact, mainly because the metallic gold paint and gold wing stickers look slightly better than the red & the silver stickers of his fellow condor, 9/10

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