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Name: Windrazor
Series: Beast Hunters
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Winged Dragon



WINGED DRAGON MODE
Height: 9cm Length: 9.5cm Width: 16cm (exact dimensions will depend on pose)

   A metallic forest green bipedal robotic beast with beige feet, wings and a beige head, Windrazor has purple painted wing membranes. His eyes are painted red & his crest yellow along with the "fingers" on his wings while there's a small black Predacon logo on his right shoulder. It's a nice colour scheme, one he has borrowed from Cutthroat - and he's quite clearly a tribute to the Terrorcon (with a better defined beast form).

   The fingers and membranes on his wings suggest that Windrazor is a European dragon of some sort (or a bat...!) as these features aren't found on bird wings. The wings are quite detailed (we'll ignore the visible robot hands for now, I guess) while the neck and tail have sculpted scales. The long slender head and feet are also quite well sculpted. The wings are in an "about to fly" pose, raised on either side of his head.

   Play value is decent for a Legions toy. His crossbow weapon can be plugged into either knee while the wings can pose (it's even possible to fold them down by his sides, although it brings the robot hands into focus while his neck, ankles and tail are all hinged. The hips are ball jointed as well. While most of the joints which give Windrazor some poseability are for transformation or robot mode usage, they all add to the toy's appeal in this mode.

   While beast Transformers can be a mixed bag there's an coolness to this dragon mode, thanks to the expansive wingspan & sculpt. He drips with tribute - this toy feels like an update of Cutthroat - but still has his own personality.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Remove & set aside the weapon. Fold the head down into the gap on his chest, rotate the robot head up from behind in its place, click into position. Fold the tail up on his back, flip up the beast feet to form shins & robot feet. Pivot the wings in towards his chest, collapse the wings & swing down to form his arms. Place his crossbow in either hand and you're done.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7.5cm Width: 6cm

   A green robot with beige boots, forearms, shoulders and a beige head while the centre of his chest is the beige beast head. His purple wings sit on the outsides of his forearms. Windrazor hasa yellow face with red eyes while the yellow hangs around on his knees and waist (remnants of beast mode elements). Again the colour scheme works well and again it's a good match to that of Cutthroat. Incidentally that Predacon logo is now on the inside of his right shoulder pad.

   This is a well formed robot mode, and while the transformation isn't all that involved the transformation of the legs is elegantly simple & the head swap is effective also. The wings are definitely kibble though - and the wing fingers hang below his robot hands. His face is quite well sculpted.

   As you'd expect of a Legions toy, the play value is all about poseability. Windrazor's shoulders, elbows & hips are all ball jointed while his knees are fixed (an artefact of his leg transformation). This gives him enough poseability to satisfy on a toy size size, even if it's not impressive as such. Of course, he combines to form an arm of Abominus as well.

   While his arms have large dragon wings hanging off them, this is a visually pleasing robot mode with a strong G1 tribute, useful poseability & good colour scheme.

VARIATIONS

   A transparent version - sold as part of an Abominus gift set - was released as a store exclusive in various countries. A scaled up deluxe based on this toy was released at the tail end of the Beast Hunters line.

OVERALL

   A good little Legions toy, Windrazor's dragon mode is fun while his colour scheme works well in its own right as well as serving as an excellent tribute for Cutthroat. There's some kibble in robot mode & his legs are a little static, but these issues aren't enough to spoil a visually impressive toy - 8/10

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