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Name: Twintwist
Series: Generations
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Cybertronian Hovertank



HOVERTANK MODE
Height: 4.5cm Length: 11.5cm Width: 7.5cm

   A cobalt blue hovertank with orange, grey & "AllSpark" blue paint apps, Twintwist is a repaint of Brawl, although he bears little resemblance to G1 Twin Twist. He sports twin charcoal cannons on the turret. There's an orange Autobot logo on the left side of the tank body, but this is a fairly simple colour scheme. There's some faux treads on the front sides which are painted silver - but this looks like it's meant to be decorative rather than trying to look like treads as it's more link like (and on the sides) than wheel-like.

   While I don't mind the hovertank concept here, I do wish that Twintwist had some wheels - there's nothing underneath that even looks like a wheel. It limits Twintwist's play value but also gives him an incomplete feel. The main body of the tank itself is sort of a stretched hexagon shape, and it's a very angular affair. The turret sits towards the back of the vehicle - the cannon doesn't protrude out the front at all. There's a fairly complex sculpt here but it's all generic really & doesn't stand out.

   The play value here is okay - there's a glaring lack of wheels of course so he can't roll along (nor hover, obviously). The turret swings through 360 and can lift up maybe 30 provided it's within 20 or so of pointing forward - the joint that allows this is actually for Twintwist's transformation but offers some usefulness nonetheless. In addition to Brawl's weaponry, Twintwist comes with a charcoal double drill assembly, with silver drills and a silver gun on top. This can plug into the gap between his cannons or (awkwardly) into one of the hands at the front (but it looks silly there as it's not designed to integrate there). Pushing down on the silver gun causes the drills to spin. Twintwist's charcoal handgun can attach between the cannons, or on top of the drill assembly.

   A fairly uninteresting vehicle mode - the lack of any sort of wheels really hurts here. The hovertank feels a little undefined & the lack of wheels means he really does feel underdone. The addition of the drill assembly does give Twintwist a little more character here - but they don't protrude so he's not much of a drill tank. The colours work well enough but they're nothing special. Overall this is a disappointing vehicle mode; but with an extra weapon it edges that of Brawl.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Detach and set aside the handgun & drill assembly, if attached. Unclip and fold up the rear end, unclip and pivot back the rear sides to form his boots. Flip out the feet, swing the combining socket back & rotate the cannons 90. Pull out his head, swing the front of the fall treads down to form his forearms, swing out his fists & give him his handgun.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 15.5cm Width: 9.5cm

   A cobalt robot with charcoal hands, feet, thighs and elbows, Twintwist has a silver face with AllSpark blue eyes. There are various other painted details - mostly orange & silver, and another Autobot logo on his chest in the "whitespace" of orange detailing. The face is notably not that of Brawl - they've resulted it and while it's generic, it's well detailed. His paintmask is quite detailed & works well.

   While the vehicle mode is something of a non-event, Twintwist's robot mode is well formed with a more distinctive sculpt. He's quite lanky with long legs and has some kibble on his back (and ... skidplate), including the cannons sticking up behind his head - the only tank-like element visible here (there's not many in tank mode, mind you). Twintwist also has some interesting suspension like details on his midriff which looks great painted in silver.

   Twintwist's play value is fairly limited. The handgun & drill assembly can plug into either hand - together or separately. The spinning drills provide the only gimmick here, and they're more useful now that they can actually protrude (I'd rather they protrude in vehicle mode mind you). His shoulders swing - although the upper arms don't actually separate from the torso - while his neck, elbows and hips are ball jointed. There are hinges in the knees supported by well concealed rotators in his thighs. His feet are hinged but only for transformation. There are small heelspurs which aren't much use for action poses but surprisingly useful for an upright stance. As with many modern Transformers, his feet are shaped for a slightly open stance. His waist swivels on an unusual joint - it doesn't so much move from side to side as wiggles from left to right.

   A decent robot mode without any standout features. The facial sculpt is nice; I'm glad they've resculpted him. The colours work well & the paintmask is well thought out but Twintwist doesn't have any features here that make him stand out in a crowd. This is definitely his better mode, despite the kibble on his back.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. He's a retooling of various Brawl toys, as mentioned.

OVERALL

   Probably the weakest toy in his set, Twintwist has a pretty poor vehicle mode, a nice enough robot mode & a good colour scheme, but there's just not enough good here to make up for the underdone feel of his hovertank mode. Wheels would have gone a long way here. On the plus side, the drill assembly adds another dimension to this mould, even if it's not entirely successful. It's also nice to finally see the Jumpstarters being tributes, too. Recommended over Brawl if you're just collecting moulds & worthwhile as as part of the Wreckers - 5/10

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