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Syxx' review of: Land Military Team (Wreckage, Bonecrusher and Knock-Out)

Generation: Armada
First cartoon appearance: N/a
"Load 'em and launch 'em!"

Vehicle Mode:
Wreckage: Wreckage is a forest green missile tank, with grey missile launchers and red missiles. There is some silver detailing on the front of the tank, and the treads are coloured black. He moves along on four wheels on the underside of the vehicle, hidden from view. Also on the underside is his powerlinx connector. His twin missile launchers mean that he carries the most firepower out of the team. They fire by pressing the back end, but unfortunately this method means that they don't travel very far. The launchers can be clipped into place if you want, but it's more fun to leave them loose, which gives them quite a wide range of movement.

Bonecrusher: He seems to be a mobile missile launcher truck. Bonecrusher is mostly black in colour, with some gold and red detailing. Again, his missile launcher is grey, and the missile is red. He's my least favorite of the team. I feel that the sheer black colour scheme makes it hard to pick out the few details that there are, and in truck mode he just looks like a black block with a missile launcher on top. He has eight wheels, but only six of them work. His missile launches using the same method as Wreckage's launchers. Another bad point is that his powerlinx point is in an awkward position, on the underside left. A major saving grace is that the launcher can swivel a full 360 degrees, and tilt up to about a 40 degree angle. Unfortunately, on mine at least, the launcher tends to pop out of it's socket, but it goes back in just as easily.He seems to be a mobile missile launcher truck. Bonecrusher is mostly black in colour, with some gold and red detailing. Again, his missile launcher is grey, and the missile is red. He's my least favorite of the team. I feel that the sheer black colour scheme makes it hard to pick out the few details that there are, and in truck mode he just looks like a black block with a missile launcher on top. He has eight wheels, but only six of them work. His missile launches using the same method as Wreckage's launchers. Another bad point is that his powerlinx point is in an awkward position, on the underside left. A major saving grace is that the launcher can swivel a full 360 degrees, and tilt up to about a 40 degree angle. Unfortunately, on mine at least, the launcher tends to pop out of it's socket, but it goes back in just as easily.

Knock-Out: This guy's vehicle mode is interesting. It seems to be an armoured personnel carrier with a huge missile launcher bolted to the top. While it may sound weird, it actually works well, and he looks quite sturdy. He's coloured tan all over, including the launcher, with some black detailing on the launcher, and red and silver detailing on the body of the truck, which has windows actually molded on. He also has molded on hatches and vents at the rear roof of the vehicle, though these are not painted a different colour. The powerlinx point is on the underneath of the truck. His missile launcher this time is spring loaded, and fires by pressing a grey button on the launcher's side. It's surprisingly powerful, and would be great for stunning younger siblings or household pets. Not that I'm recommending that you do, of course. Again, the missile is red. Overall, he's probably my favourite minicon in the team.

Robot Mode:
Wreckage: Transformation is really simple. Swing the launchers down to the sides of the vehicle, and flip the front out to form the legs. He looks very tough in robot mode, with his arms being his missile launchers, and his face being molded into the body. He has no head as such, but this is actually a good thing in my opinion because it gives the appearance of bulky shoulders. His minicon symbol is on his chest, in silver, and the same silver detailing on the front of the tank in vehicle mode is now on the front of his legs. Part of the black treads are also still visible from the front, and the other half are visible on the rear of the robot. He bends at the knees, and has ball joints in the shoulders. So not much articulation then.

Bonecrusher: Surprisingly, this guy's robot mode is rather neat. Certainly his transformation is. Grab both sides of the vehicle (left and right, not front and back) and twist, so that the two halves separate. Twist one half a full 180 degrees, then bend the launcher arm and the other arm out to the sides, before bringing it together. Swivel the head into place and you're done. I think I'd be so bold as to say that this is the most unusual transformation I've seen in any transformer. He's also very articulate in robot mode, bending at the hips, knees, shoulders, and his left arm bends at the elbow too. He even has a hole in his left fist for putting a weapon in. But I don't know what he could possibly wield. Maybe a drawing pin? The main problem with this mode is that his launcher arm unbalances him, meaning you have to use that arm as a third leg to prop him up. A shame really, but he still looks decent on display.

Knock-Out: To tranform, flip the rear of the truck down and extend the legs, so that the cab becomes the chest of the robot. Fold the sides of the cab up and around to form the arms. Finally, swivel the launcher on the top over to his right shoulder to flip the head up. In robot mode, his head is rather small, and coloured red. There is a groove around the top of the head, obviously meant to be eyes, but not much other detailing on the face. He has some grooves molded into the forearms, which is quite a nice touch. He bends at the hips, knees and shoulders.

Transformation: 3 - Really simple. Just what you want with minicons. They have some pretty clever bits too.
Durability: 10 - I've dropped them off a high ledge, and they've survived just fine. Apart from Bonecrusher's launcher, but that pops right back in.
Fun: 9 - Very good. They're good to play with on their own, and it's excellent that you can link them with the bigger guys to give them added firepower. Oh and Knock Out's launcher is great for shooting people with.
Price: 2 - The cheapest of the cheap. 6.99 in the UK. However, if these guys aren't sold in your country, and you have to shop over the net, I'd advise ordering these guys in tandem with other items, since postage costs will mount up if you don't. (I found 'em for £4.99 - StoneCold Skywarp)
Overall: 9 - Only loses points for Bonecrusher's dodgy vehicle mode. Other than that, they're a great purchase, and I'd say a vital part of any Armada collection.

 
 
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