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Name: none, officially. Usually called "Drillhorn"
Series: "European" G1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Rescue Force Team Member


TANK MODE
Height: 5cm Length: 13cm Width: 5cm

   A yellow drill tank with a big black drill at the front and black rear treads. The front treads are yellow, and unpainted. He's got a big blue cockpit and rear tailfins for some reason. There's small yellow and black "danger" stickers just above the rear treads with Autobot symbols on them. The colours are actually really nice, unlike most of the Rescue Force, he actually rivals the Breastforce member on which he is based in terms of colours.

   This is one of the best Transformer drill tanks, if not the best. It's more than just a lump with a drill on the front - it actually looks like they've started with a specific shape to this mode and designed Drillhorn around that shape, unlike some drill tanks which look very much like the tank mode has been compromised to fit the engineering as the design evolved. The only real kibble is the robot fists which are visible tucked away above the front treads, and in black, you hardly notice them.

   It's interesting to note that the drill doesn't actually have a screw - rather a series of concentric circles. It's not immediately obvious, but you don't have to study the cone too hard to see this. Still, it's not really much of a flaw, and considering the fact he's better than most Transformer drill tanks, it doesn't bother me at all.

   The play value here is really about all you could expect - there's wheels underneath the treads allowing him to roll along. You can attach his twin drillguns, they fit into the holes on his fists, and you can point them upwards by lifting his fists out slightly.

   A pretty good vehicle mode, really. Nosecone is a good example of how poor a drill tank mode can be, whereas Drillhorn's tank mode is quite good. This is a very nice repaint, too, and the addition of the guns and switch to black hands are positive changes.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Extend the rear section, fold up the drill. Flip out the robot hands, give him his handguns.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10.5cm Width: 5cm

   Drillhorn's more black than yellow in robot mode. The arms, thighs and parts of the chest are yellow, the lower legs, hands, centre of the chest and his head are all black. He has a silver face and a gap in the centre of his body into which the chest partner of the original can clip. Luckily, this hole is on a black piece so you don't really see it. Overall, while the colours don't work quite as well in this mode as they did in the tank mode, they're still pretty good.

   The arms are the bottom of the front treads, and are covered in tread moulding, which looks a little strange. The outsides of the shins are also treads (the rear ones), but he has proper shins inside these. The treads on his arms stick out a little too far - the fists almost look like they're sticking out the back of his wrists.

   Poseability is limited to the shoulders rotating - about what you'd expect of a G1 combiner - which is what the Japanese Drillhorn is. The arms are a little strange and the positioning of the chestplate isn't perfect, but Drillhorn's robot mode is still better than a lot of combiner limbs.

   It's a nice robot mode and the handguns are good, but it's the weaker of the two modes, partly because of how the colours work and partly because he has treads for arms.

VARIATIONS

   As mentioned, he's a repaint of Drillhorn from the Breastforce, sans RhinoBreast. The handguns are new to this version, and came in either red or silver - both work ok with his colours although I prefer the silver.

   Not really a variation as such, but you might notice that the panel on the left rear side of the tank folds out, and the black central chest piece can swing up over his head. These are remnants of the Liocaeser leg mode - this toy is capable of combining with the other three Rescue Force members, but unless you have the head, Hellbat and Gaihawk, there's not really much point.

OVERALL

   The tank mode's good - it's the better of his two modes. The new colours are unusually good for late European G1, and actually improve the mould in some ways. If you can get this nameless toy for a Decent price, I'd recommend it - 7/10

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