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Name: Ruination
Series: Robots in Disguise
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: N/A - Gestalt comprising Armorhide, Mega-Octane, Movor, Rollbar & Rotor.



COMBINED ROBOT MODE
Height: 25cm Width: 16cm

   The set pictured is actually Valdigus, since that's the set I possess.

   This is a somewhat random assortment of colours, but they work together reasonably well. He's a mix of greens, blues, white and silver, with an orange gun. The Japanese version, Vuldigus, has gold in place of silver and Danger is beige instead of the United Nations blue of Armorhide. The added bits are all silver, with black painted bits on the chestplate and head, which looks pretty good - although the pink eyes aren't really a great idea. The Japanese version has the upside down G2 Autobot symbol that was a theme amongst Car Robots on it's chest, but Ruination has no allegiance symbol on his chest at all. At least it hides the orange of Mega-Octane.

   Depending on how you combine him, Movor, Armorhide and Rotor can all give him arm-mounted weapons. I prefer Armorhide as an arm, for the fact that Ruination gets a big swivelling cannon, with Rotor as the other arm with twin green cannons and a set of rotor blades on the other. The handguns of the smaller toys are modified so they can attach to his handgun or combine to form a second handgun. This is a really nice idea, done for Car Robots, even if the resulting colour mishmash is a little weird.

   None of the components fail as limbs, although Rollbar's a somewhat boring arm. Thanks to the big mighty chestplate and twin cannon's on his back, Mega-Octane makes a good main body as well. The only drawback is that Mega-Octane's arms point back. If his shoulder joints get loose his arms fall forward and push the chestplate off. They also have a habit of moving when you position his arms unless you make a point of keeping them still. His poseability includes the shoulder and the head, which turns right around, incidentally.

VARIATIONS

   All five components vary between the Japanese and Anglophone versions, but only Mega-Octane/Dreiler (gold/silver) and Armorhide/Danger (blue/beige) have differences that really make any difference to this Gestalt. The gold looks better than the silver, easily, Danger's beige is a slightly better fit than Armorhide's blue, but it's not much of a difference. Vuldigus is the show accurate version.

   There are Arctic and desert camo versions, which were sold only as giftsets.

OVERALL

   A good set, and while the moulds are now old they've updated them a little. If you have Bruticus you can skip Ruination, but if you have G2 Bruticus, do your eyes a favour and grab this version instead. None of the components are weak toys, but the colour differences between this toy and his cartoon incarnation might bug you. If you don't have any versions of this Gestalt, Ruination is definitely worth getting - 7.5/10 (8/10 for Vuldigus)

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