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Tempest's review of: Cheetor

Name: Cheetor
Allegiance: Maximal
Function: Jungle Patrol
Sub-Group: NA

Like a bolt of greased lightning, Cheetor strikes fast and strikes hard. Quiet and confident with incredible reflexes, he is equally efficient when battling in robot mode or in his artificially enhanced organic earth form. Constantly stalks the jungle in search of Predacon enemies, daring them to challenge him and his laser-powered quasar cannon!

Well, this my first Toy Reviews, it should be just fitting that I review my first Beast Wars toy and one of my Favorites. What can I say about Cheetor? I've had him for 8 years and the guy's still going strong. He can still stand and has all his parts intact, which isn't bad because I was 8 at the time (I got him for my Birthday).

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It'd be pretty freaky to wake up in the middle of the night and have this guy looking at you while he's on your blankets. I mean come on, he's got seedy eyes, they're red as hell. The good thing about his beast mode is the detail. Every single part of his body on the outside has got a coarse, hairy pattern, not smooth. He has dots everywhere all over his body as well, creating the cheetah effect. His face is very well-done, but I would of felt better if it was a more of a growling face. To me he's just staring stupidly.

However, there are a few things that just don't sit well. His front legs are stiff and still, they don't bend at all, just at the shoulders for his transformation. When look at him from a top he looks like a weird triangle. His front legs are like massive shoulders, while his back legs, and seem to come in like a triangle. You could open his legs apart but it seems a bit suss.

Robot Mode:
Now this guy is a real Maximal. Just look at him, he's got both guns roaring, the cheetah head for a chest. This guy could take on Arnold Schwarzenegger if they were both the same height and if Cheetor could move independently, I'm sure he'd come off better in a fight. He has full articulation at the shoulders, except that his Cheetah legs might get in the way. His legs move up to the back in a right angle, however when you move them forward they kind stop half way. He's able to stand on both feet which is a plus plus.

Now, while this figure has its ups it has its downs. When looking at eye level the Cheetor head blocks it, making it annoying when you put it on the top shelf, but if you lower it a little bit it goes all good. After a while the joints went very loose, very fast, it still holds together but when you go to pose it with its guns upward you have to make sure you get it just right for it to stay in place. As quite a few Beast Wars figures I've bought, the head has a different face on the back of it, while it may seem like nothing it does peeve me off. For the other face to work made the head able to spin around, however it can't with out grinding down the plastic around the head, I learned this the hard way. Also the head is removable (fairly easy to remove too), which means if you loose it, your looking a body, that's it.

Transformation: 4 - The first time I got it I made sure that I did it very carefully, so I didn't break anything. After a few times I learned that it was a cinch.
Durability: 7 - If anything pops off, pop it back on. However, as I said before the joints have become a bit loose. Also, no stickers so don't worry about anything peeling.
Fun: 8 - An excellent toy. I've spent countless hours playing ... err posing, that's it, with it and I'll never get tired. Still one of my favorite toys and will be for a very long time.
Price: 6 - I got him for about $18 AUS on Card back in the day and well worth it. Not a bad price, for a good toy.
Summary: 8 - This is very good figure to start ones collection, it lets you know that there is something actually decent in a line. A good buy that I'll never regret.

 
 
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