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Name: Airazor
Series: Collectors Club Exclusives
Allegiance: Maximal
Alternate Mode: Twin-hulled Cybertronian Jet

Thanks to kup for loaning me Airazor, making this review possible.



JET MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 14cm Width: 15cm

   A brown jet with some silver highlighting and glimpses of orange on the wings. Airazor's colour at once resembles Video Pack Airazor and simplifies the mess of colours seen on the first version of this mould, Energon Slugslinger. The colours aren't a bad match for the original Airazor, mind you - but she's closer to the video repaint. At any rate, she has twin transparent green canopies, a shade best described as emerald. The idea of a jet mode naturally suits a flyer like Airazor, and this colour scheme is both simple and elegant - traits Slugslinger never managed.

   The silver areas on the top of the plane really act to break up the brown, and there are a few touches of black interspersed to help out. She has twin hulls and a flat, wide wingspan. Between the two hulls there's a missile launcher sticking out, with the just transparent green missile tip exposed and the rest hidden under the fuselage. This launcher cannot be fired in jet mode, so the missile is purely for display. There are moulded VTOL turbines on the wingtips that feature hardpoints, as well as four moulded wheels on the underside, all of which can retract. The spark crystal on the back between the wings is a solid silver colour now, since the mould likely carries a Decepticon symbol in there.

   One notable flaw that hasn't been dealt with this time is the trouble Airazor has holding together. The hulls tend to flop around a little, a couple of extra tabs keeping things in place would have been really nice. She doesn't crumble but the hulls really shouldn't be this flexible. It kind of adds insult to injury that the missile is fixed but the hulls are not.

   The colour scheme is a vast improvement over that of Slugslinger - who really did look like he was trying to hide in a pack of M&Ms or something. The mould still suffers from a lack of pegging - this plane doesn't hold together well at all, but she won't collapse on her own, rather she distorts as you handle her. This mould represents a decent choice for the character and the colours used make the jet work as Airazor.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Very complex, so I'm not going to describe every step, or we'll be here all day. The hulls, though a fair bit of contortion, become the legs with the noses becoming feet. The wings become her arms, again through their share of twists and turns, while the head comes from under the spark crystal, which ends up on the chest. The launcher ends up as a shoulder cannon. An amazingly complex transformation with lots and lots of internal jointing, which is why the hulls are so unstable - so many joints with some wiggle in them.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 20cm Width: 13cm

   The dimensions above are misleading, since she's only about 14cm at the head, with an impressive wingspan on what is actually a slightly built deluxe. The robot mode is based on brown - but with the orange playing as much greater role and the silver moving somewhat to the sidelides. Her forearms, torso, thighs and head are based on orange plastic while the shoulders, wings, fists and boots are brown. There's still painted brown elements on her torso - especially the chest and neck. The down missile launcher sits over her left shoulder, the missile itself is orange with the aforementioned green tip. Her face is painted silver with green eyes and has been resculpted, which means it looks more like that of Airazor in the cartoon but has completely lost Slugslinger's lightpipe. To be honest the resculpting needed was relatively minor, with the black antennae being virtually unchanged. There's a small red Maximal symbol stamped on her left shoulder, rounding out a good colour scheme that again does a great job of setting this figure up as Airazor. The colour layout is great for the character and the general shape fits her well, also.

   If anything, Airazor is a little on the lanky side, although it's more a case of huge wings overshadowing the robot itself than Airazor being scrawny. The wings attach to the back of her shoulders while the missile launcher comes over the left shoulder joint, and attaches to the back of her torso. While the wings are, strictly speaking, kibble, they work well as wings for this mode, and along with the missile launcher and the canopies on her shins, make Airazor a pretty well designed robot. While there's not much bird here, the jet elements work well visually and the wings are distinctly reminiscent of the wings on her BW form's robot mode.

   The wingtips hang off the back of her forearms and there are tapering blocks on his ankles, both of which add to this mode. While there isn't _that_ much jet in this mode, combined with features such as the ankles, shoulder launcher and detailed head, the end result is very thoughtful. There are also small silver lasers on her forearms - unpainted block on Slugslinger - which add to the overall look.

   As you'd expect of such a complex toy, this robot mode is quite poseable. The shoulders, elbows and knees are all double jointed while the hips are ball joints. The ankles hinge and the feel have heelspurs (that move with the feet), allowing for stability in an array of poses. The missile launcher is on a double hinge, so can lift up and even swing over, pointing down on her back. It's actually a fairly powerful launcher, too, it'll easily shoot a metre, so make sure you don't lose the single missile! The robot mode wings and jet wings on his forearms are movable, which helps with both dynamic posing and weight distribution. There's some kibble (rear wheels and some other junk) on her upper arms that will get in the way of some poses, but on the whole this is a really poseable toy.

   With a vastly improved colour scheme compared to the colour blind Slugslinger, and a set of colours which again suit the character well, this is a focused robot mode. The resculpted head also does its bit to ensure that this robot mode offers something new, also. The wings work in her favour, she's very poseable and the missile launcher works very well. I suppose my only real complaint is that she can't detach the launcher and hold it in her hand, but if you like you can grab other Energon weapons and pop them in Airazor's hands.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. Airazor was available exclusively to members of the Official Transformers Collector Club.

OVERALL

   A good toy with a decent jet mode and a good robot mode with lots of playability. The colours and retooled head make her a much more focused effort than the cacophony that was Slugslinger, and these same elements ensure that this figure works well as Airazor. Even without taking into account the retooling, Airazor is a far more rewarding figure than Slugslinger, so I'd recommend grabbing her if you find her for an acceptable price - 8.5/10

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