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Tempest's review of: Night Viper

Name: Night Viper
Allegiance: Maximal
Function: Recon Specialist
Sub-Group: NA
"I'm very good at what I do - maybe too good!"

Night Viper is the stealthliest Maximal. His tail acts as a repulsor rocket, providing supersonic speed. Internal radar scramblers allow him to move virtually unseen in both robot and beast mode. His robot mode features frictionless surface, increasing his speed and making him an extremely hard target. Armor alloys deflect most energy pulses. Recycles enemy fire into plasma venom blasts that short circuit Vehicons circuitry.

I looked at Night Viper, and I saw hope for the entire Beast Machines line. One cheap, little toy did that for me. I saw a Cheetor that was made out of bright plastic and had legs like pieces of spaghetti; I saw a Rattrap that was like meals on wheels, and a spider that looked ugly as hell. In my opinion, it is a great shame that this guy didn't make it to the show. Judging from his bio, his style, his mood even, he would have been a perfect ninja Maximal.

Alternate Mode:
This is probably the reason they didn't make him a character. He's a freaking snake, the toy design was genius, but it may not have worked on the show. A cobra turning into a robot. I can see, boats and trains, but a snake is just too small to get some real transformation going. But hey, the toy is great. In the main body part, everything tucks away nice and simple. His legs turn into his tail. On the back of the head, if you push the yellow button, his head pops and takes a bite at you. Pretty sweet if you ask me.

Robot Mode:
A well mixed blend of organic life and metallic existence. The detailing on his body is good, but it could be better. In robot mode the snake head tucks in behind the body. His arms have 'guard' pads on them. On the left he has the Maximal Crystal in it, on the right he has a 'Venom Stinger' that deals a huge bit of damage. This both are added extras that make it a great figure.

The articulation on this thing is incredible. His arms bend in all directions. His legs 5 joints in each (yes, 5 bendable points in a leg), and he twists and turns at the waist. His head can move up and down and the 'guard' pads extend. For me, this is one of the best moulds I've seen used in a basic model. Purely brilliant.

Transformation: 5 - At first, I was confused by the extended arms, but once I got a hang of it, it was smooth.
Durability: 8 - Plastic is strong quality. Also I think it's too bendy to break anyway.
Fun: 9 - Hours and hours of fun posing this guy alone, and more for playing with him.
Price: 9 - Cheap as chips, and well worth it. This is another one that only cost me $5, and was well worth it.
Summary: 8 - A must have for the BM line. One of the best I've seen. If you're a fan of BW/BM, this one sums up how good a mould can be.

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