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Sir Auros' review of: Sonar

Name: Sonar
Function: Aerial Reconnaissance
First cartoon appearance: N/a

The dangerous cloning experiments carried out by Megatron have created another powerful ally for the heroic Maximals: Sonar. Super-acute senses provide matchless reconnaissance abilities, while bio-cyber elements allow unmatched strenght and mobility. When combined with a fiery, almost uncontrollable aggression, Sonar makes a dangerous enemy and a somewhat unpredictable ally. Much to his chagrin, Megatron has unintentionally created the finest early-warning system ever to existed - the Maximal known as Sonar!

I purchased this figure at the same time I picked up the Transmetals 2 Scarem figure because both were in the same price range, both were on sale, and both were significantly better than Optimus Minor. Sonar didn't turn out to be a surpisingly nice figure like Scarem, but it did end up being worth the money I spent on it.

Beast Mode:
Big, cyborg bat. That's Sonar in a nutshell. The beast mode certainly isn't spectacular, but it could be worse. I'm not a big fan of the robot mode's feet clearly being visible on the underside of the figure, and there aren't any missiles or anything really interesting in this mode. As such, I don't see much of a point in the beast mode for this figure at all and never display it in anything other than robot mode and the transformation can be so annoying that I rarely ever transform it.

Robot Mode:
This mode is ok, but far from great. He can be posed well enough without falling down and looks cool. The robot mode's face resembles a bat more than a robot and that's kind of weird. While Sonar does technically have a built-in weapon like Scarem, it's this lame sword that he can barely move and just isn't cool. If Scarem and Sonar were to get in a fight, Scarem would win in about two seconds. If Sonar had some sort of gun or something, he might stand a chance, but instead he has some worthless sword. Useless.

Transformation: 9 Gotta read the instructions that first time because of the weirdness that is transforming the legs of the figure, but then rest of it can be tricky without practice too.
Durability: 6 The metallic red part of the figure is constantly threatening to break and one needs to be gentle with it.
Fun: 6 Meh, not really a fun figure to play with (due partly from lack of any weapons) and I never really saw a reason to display it very prominently.
Price: 8 Even though it wasn't that great of a figure, it was cheap.
Overall: 7 Really just an average toy that isn't horrible but still not a cut above most other figures either.
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