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Name: Bonecrusher
Series: Armada
Allegiance: Minicon
Alternate Mode: Missile Truck

MISSILE TRUCK MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3cm

   A black, eight-wheeled missile truck with gold highlights and some red and grey around the centre of his tray, Bonecrusher has a black cabin on the right hand side (with a fairly well disguised robot forearm hanging off the back), while the entire left hand side is a big grey missile launcher with a disproportionately huge red missile loaded. There's a Minicon logo on top of the launcher and a powerlinx port under the cabin.

   I'm pretty happy with Bonecrusher's play value. Six of the eight wheels roll - the second set from the front are the exception, and since they've painted the hubcaps silver to match the pins in the others, you won't really notice they're moulded on. The pressure-activated missile launcher is pretty cool - push on the back of the missile and once you reach the threshold it'll fire out and fire about 20cm along the desk. The missile launcher swings right around at the base and there's also a hinge allowing it to lift up about 40 degrees.

   The only real negative to this missile truck is the tendency for the cabin - and the robot forearm - to swing around when you don't want it to. A notch to keep this robot shoulder in place would have been nice. But otherwise it's a powerful looking launcher on a pretty good truck mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   In a word, unusual. The entire thing rotates around a central hinge, but rather than it being front and rear halves it's left and right. The end effect is that the front left and rear right become the chest, which sports two wheels, while the cabin becomes the left arm and the missile launcher his right arm. The front right and rear left become his legs. The hinge ends up becoming his groin.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 6cm Width: 4cm

   I should point out that since the missile is taller than Bonecrusher, you can't put his right arm down to his side unless you lose the missile. Anyway, he's a black robot with grey groin and right arm, red thighs, gold left fist and face with a green eyevisor thing (it looks like he's wearing a night vision scope).

   Bonecrusher has pretty good poseability, with hinged knees and hips, as well as his left elbow. Both shoulders are swivels, and the right arm (missile launcher) can lift out to the side. The weight of the right arm means that for most poses it has to act as a third leg. Shooting poses are possible if you're willing to lean him back a little. Removing the missile is enough to fix his weight problems, and gives him a claw on his long right arm.

   This mode really is dominated by the giant right arm missile launcher. The colours and articulation are pretty good, and aside from the balancing problems there's not really anything to complain about.

OVERALL

   Based around a single gimmick, which for the most part works really well. The transformation is interesting and almost makes him worthwhile in itself. A good Minicon and a fitting name reuse - 7.5/10
Name: Knock Out
Series: Armada
Allegiance: Minicon
Alternate Mode: Armoured Truck

ARMOURED TRUCK MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3cm

   A tan armoured truck with a big roof mounted missile launcher, who, like Bonecrusher, packs a big red missile. He has six black wheels and black painted windows, as well as some red and silver bits on his sides. There's a powerlinx port underneath the front and grey trigger on the left side of the launcher.

   Knock Out has a lot of moulded detail, including headlights, hatches, taillights. One of the hatches, which is under the launcher, is a Minicon symbol. Knock Out is the only member of this set with a spring loaded missile, hence the trigger. Thanks to this spring, it will fire about a metre. Excuse me while I pick Bonecrusher back up. Oh yes, it's capable of taking out Minicons... (c8

   Like Bonecrusher it's a fun mode, looks good and even has good detail. This is my favourite vehicle mode of this set.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Swing the front and middle wheels to form his arms, swing the rear down to form the legs and fold his boots down. The missile launcher swings down to the right hand side and the head - which is attached to the launcher - will flip out. Swing the arms down to his sides.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 6.5cm Width: 4cm

   A tan robot with red shoulder joints, groin, thighs and a red head. And, oh yes, a _huge_ shoulder mounted missile launcher. The front of the truck is Knock Out's robot chest. He has big boots and small feet, but is fairly stable. The entire head is painted red and lacks detail, although he does have tiny holes in his fists (too small to hold anything).

   The missile launcher is again his main gimmick and fires just as well in this mode - in fact being higher it fires a little further. The arms swing at the shoulders, his knees bend and the hips swing. The Minicon symbol is now on his left shin, while the right shin has a plain hatch.

   While his face is almost non-existent, I don't mind since the huge shoulder cannon overshadows his head anyway. The cannon overwhelms most of this robot mode, actually, and makes for a rather powerful looking Minicon.

OVERALL

   The face is probably his main weakness, but the missile launcher, truck mode and rest of his robot mode are good. The missile launcher is my favourite of this group, thanks to the extra kick the spring provides. A fun little Minicon, who would make for a fantastic arm-mounted weapon - 8.5/10
Name: Wreckage
Series: Armada
Allegiance: Minicon
Alternate Mode: Missile Tank

MISSILE TANK MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 2.5cm

   A green tank with black painted treads and twin grey missile launchers on top with red missiles, Wreckage has a Minicon symbol nestled underneath the missile launchers and a silver patch on the front just in front of black windows. Like those on his teammates, the missile launchers are the dominant feature of this mode.

   There are wheels underneath which roll, although he slides along smoother surfaces. The missile launchers fixed into position, and point upwards at an angle of about 15. The missiles are pressure activated like on Bonecrusher, and hang out at least 2cm from the back of the launchers.

   The moulded detail is pretty good. Aside from the links and internal wheels on the treads, he has front mounted lights, rivets, hatches and air vents. All up it's a good tank mode, my only real complaint - and the main reason I rate the other vehicles more - is the fixed missile launchers, since they tend to point inwards slightly (at least on mine).

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Swing the missile launchers down to the sides, flip the front over to form the legs and stand him up.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7.5cm Width: 5cm (and almost 2cm of his height is the missiles sticking up)

   A green robot with grey arms and thighs, silver kneecaps and chest and a silver face with red eyes. The facial sculpt is low detail, but more distinct than that of Knock Out. The black treads sit on either side of his torso and this hurts the shape of this robot mode.

   The shoulders are ball joints, since they're the attachment points of the missile launchers, which are now his arms. The missile launcher arms are his main feature and also his downfall. There are (flattened) fists moulded on the insides of the arms, but these don't help any. The missile launchers as arms _almost_ works on it's own, except that if you fire a missile he's left with a hollow arm sporting a quasi-claw at the end. With the missile loaded, they don't really look like proper arms, since they're too long.

   While Wreckage would work pretty well as a walking missile launcher, he looks a bit odd as a robot. It's still a fun robot mode to play with, since he's capable of shooting two (proportionately) huge missiles.

OVERALL

   The weakest of the set, mainly due to a fairly poor looking robot mode, but I find Wreckage is the most fun to fidget with of the three for some reason. The tank mode is very good, so he's still a pretty good toy overall - 6/10
VARIATIONS

   The X-Dimension version of this set, exclusive to Japan, features Bonecrusher in grey, Knock Out in lime green and Wreckage in yellow. The grey parts are still grey and the missiles marine blue. The Night Attack Team is a repaint of this set.

TEAM OVERALL

   The missile launchers are the main gimmick of this set, and work well on all three. The launchers on Wreckage do cause some problems, but he's still worthwhile, and since both Knock Out and Bonecrusher are hard to really fault, this is a set I recommend - 7/10

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