Unite Warriors Afterburner Toy Review


Class- Deluxe

Commentary-

If the Technobots are my favorite combiner, Afterburner was one of my favorite Transformers. My entire childhood head cannon was that Afterburner came to Earth to catch Scrapper and antics ensued. Honestly, when I first got Afterburner (in the box set) I was a bit disappointed.

Bot Mode-

Afterburner is one of those figures who is superior in Robot mode. First he is a retool of Deluxe Groove (who I don't have nor will I because I actually prefer Groove being a Legends class). In robot mode he makes a fair aproximation to the G1 figure. From top to bottom, Afterburner has a new head which looks really nice. It is orange and silver with blue eyes. really like how they were able to make the head somewhat square looking to emulate the look of the G1 figure. AFterburner's torso is white with the combination joint dead center. This was the case for the original figure as well. His arms are primarily orange with silver tubes on the shoulders. His legs are fine and can do the split or a front kick. He has waist swivel like every CW/POTP Combiner Limb. He has 5mm holes in his hands. Articulation is good, but I would've liked to see him to be able to spread his arms a little more. All in all, a fine figure. There is a nice feature though, he has light piped eyes.

Transformation-

Afterburner's transformation is a bit tricky the first time because there are so many ways you can deal with his arms. Once you figure out what to do, you're golden. For complexity, I rate the transformation a 5.25 out of 10. For fun, a 6.75 out of 10

Vehicle Mode-

I get that Technobots are a retool only box set so the new tooling is going to be limited. But the Technobots are futuristic vehicles. Afterburner is a police motorcycle stripped down and made orange. When I first saw the promos for this figure, I knew the vehicle mode was going to bother me, and it does, but at the same time it's grown on me. I get there will never be a perfect Afterburner, but they still could've retooled just the front of the bike and I would've been happy. There are black wheels with silver rims, but the majority of the cycle is orange with some silver and white. There is a blue window. There is a LITTLE bit of retooling in the front end of the bike, but it really needs more than we got.

Accessories-

The Unite Warriors box set comes with weapons for each Technobot that is able to combine into a larger weapon. Afterburner comes with two weapons, one of which resembles his g1 missile launcher. the other is a rifle which very loosely looks like the G1 counterpart. I really wish some 3P company would make a proper pistol for Afterburner, I'd even settle for a good shapeways gun. Speaking of Shapeways, I got a large war hammer for Afterburner and painted it up

3rd Party Add Ons-

There are no 3P add ons SPECIFICALLY for Scattershot. Only Computron.

Pros-

In Robot mode he actually is really cool and I'm a big fan of that figure

Cons-

The vehicle mode just doesn't do it for me.

What would Seth have done different?

Added a little more retool to the vehicle mode and made the hands look like the G1 Afterburner hands. Those hands looked like they were blasters as well as hands

Grade-

Without taking into account that he is a combiner, Afterburner by himself is a good figure. He is the weakest of the Technobots though. He may be the weakest of the Technobots but I still enjoy the figure a lot. Out of 10, I give Scattershot an 7 out of 10

Retools and Repaints-

UW Afterburner (i may get him down the line because his paint scheme is a little more accurate)

POTP Wreck Gar (retool)

CW/UW Deluxe Groove (pretool)

 


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