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Name: Buzz Saw
Series: Beast Wars
Allegiance: Predacon
Function: Aerial Surveillance
Alternate Mode: Bee/Wasp



WASP MODE
Height: 7cm Length: 16cm Width: 19cm (Wingspan)

   As mentioned above, it's a bee/wasp - it's meant to be a bee but it's really just a yellow wasp. The body shape is too different for Waspinator to turn into a bee by adding lots of yellow. Having said that it's not a bad colour scheme. In fact despite the profusion of yellow he looks a lot like his older brother. He's mainly yellow, with green compound eyes, black mouthparts, front & middle legs, back & antennae. Oh and black & yellow striped abdomen. His wings are a clear green colour, with that oily sheen you get on insects' wings - a rather nice touch. There's a mid green that shows up in places - namely the sides of the body and the upper back legs. This green really comes into it's own in Robot mode, though.

   The back legs are very poseable - they have to be since they're also his robot legs. The front two sets are smaller and are attached to each other (left to left, right to right), so they're not as poseable. The wings are on ball joints and are fairly poseable, although they wont go as far down as a wasp's wings actually would on the downstroke during flight. But overall poseability is good. The only draw back being that once this toy gets a bit old the joints loosen and he becomes hard to stand, so he has to rest on his body. Mine's tight, whereas Waspinator, whose about two years older, can't stand up.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Remove the gun from the abdomen, set it aside. pull the robot legs out from the abdomen, swing the robot groin up into place, swing the thighs down and fold the shins up into place. It's best if you position the upper insect legs so he can bend his knees. Re-attach the wing that just fell off (they get loose after a while), fold out the robot arms and swing down & split the insect head to become the chest. Before putting the chest halves in place properly, swing down the grey panel between them to change the head (if you want to). Waspinator is from the days of the Mutant Head, so you can give him a head like Waspinator's in the cartoon or a more robotic head. I actually prefer the robot head, and it distinguishes him from Waspinator. Lastly, swing the wings up and take a missile out from the bottom of one of them, stick it into his missile launcher and position him

ROBOT MODE
Height: 13cm Width: 18cm (wingspan)

   Well, it's a yellow Waspinator, similar to the show. Again Buzz Saw is mainly yellow, with stripey abdomen on his gun & thighs, a green groin, green on his shoulders, purple arms, sternum & head (both of them). The chestplates formed from his wasp head are green, black & blue. It's a good looking robot, although a little bright, being mainly yellow & purple. Lots of wasp bits are visible, but he's not a wasp stood up. His wings, wasp head, antennae & front legs are all clearly visible. The only bits that can get in the way are the front leg assemblies, attached on his forearms (longer than they appear on the show), but they can be snapped off for robot mode if it pleases you.
   As with most Beast Wars Deluxes, Buzz Saw is very poseable. Head, hips, knees & shoulders are ball joints, with swivel joints just below his shoulders (so he can swing his arms around & point), and folding elbows. The only thing that really gets in the way is his abdomen if you want to kneel him, but he has huge feet so he can stand in pretty much any position. The missile launcher works fairly well, and looks fine as a gun if you want to leave the missiles in place (I usually do). The missiles, like the wings, are clearish green. You can even leave the gun in place in the abdomen, though it'll noticeably add to the abdomen you can see between his legs, and take it from unobtrusive to being a little too big.

VARIATIONS

   He's a recolour of Waspinator, and he was redone in Beast Machines (as a Maximal). Other than that, no variations as such.

OVERALL

   Buzz Saw is one of those Transformers who's tucked away into a corner of the line. He's a recolour of a very well known toy (& character). I hate comparing recolours to the original, but in this case it's really difficult not to use Waspinator as a benchmark. He does look very similar to Waspy. I wouldn't say he's better or worse than Waspinator - they're pretty much on par. Having said that I'd probably recommend Waspy first for his show appearances. If you're not phased by recolours, I'd recommend Buzz Saw in his own right. I really do like this toy, I had a hell of a time getting him, since he wasn't released in Australia - though I did once find an incomplete one at a market once. If you can find one, I'd recommend him, though I'm not sure if everyone will want to search the world for a recolour - I give him 7/10, which is a point lower than Waspinator.. he loses the point because he's a recolour of a major character and because the yellow/purple is going to bug some people (even though I have no trouble with it)

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