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Tempest's review of: Transmetal Cheetor

Name: Cheetor
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Robotic Jungle Patrol
Sub-Group: Transmetals

Following the massive quantum surge, Cheetor emerged as a cybernetically enhanced cheetah. Meanwhile, his robot form inherited the organic traits once attributed to his beast mode. Now Cheetor prowls the jungle with more agility and power than every before. Flip-out cyber-thrust wings provide enhanced speed and limited flight while in beast mode, making him part jet, part mechanical cheetah.

Just looking at the toy and I like it instantly. It's got the gold back, the head of a born fighter, and legs of a speed demon. I am talking about TM Cheetor. The 2nd version of Cheetor in the Beast Wars line, and I would say he is my favorite. He's that is a robot/animal and shows it. The TM2 version of Cheetor is grotesque if you ask me. TM Cheetor on the other hand isn't that half bad. Looking at him he is a well-designed figure. In Cheetor mode, nearly everything fits, with the addition of wings that give him the ability to fly. In robot mode, everything can be folded into place.

Alternate Mode:
Not a bad piece of work here. It's still a cheetah. In beast mode, all of his legs have more articulation than his original version. However, the back legs are a bit of worry; it has too much bendiness. It's pretty hard to bend all of the joints and jet it so it lays level, but that's not the point. To me, the best part of this mode is its head, like its former version it has red eyes, but it blends in well. It has the perfect metallic blend color (Aqua green) and it goes well on the head, and has a stripe down its neck. His back side (well really it's his front side but eh) is mainly gold and it goes wonders. It has very good detailing making it robotic yet but still like a beast. For example, for its front leg at the top, it looks like it has peck muscles, learning towards the animal side of the character.

For the jet mode, simply, all you have to do is move his front legs forward a little bit because they have this little peg on them (both sides) and pull out the wings. Fold out the under side (you can see straight through Cheetor right now) and straighten them, pull out the little rockets and BAM. Place in your favorite superman position and start flying him around your room.

Robot Mode:
It's shaped up to a decent figure now. Just looking at it now makes me feel like I've made the right choice to get it. To me, the arms and chest are the main part of this figure. The head is good, but I love it how, the chest part is the only visible part with dots on it, creating that organic feel for Cheetor. The upper arms have detailing in them to suggest muscles, and show that since his last figure he has 'aged' a little bit (as he does in the show). His hands are his Beast mode head. And when you put them together they look like a weapon (also in the show).

There is one thing that they have put in, but didn't need to add in anyway, is the fact that his hip can rotate a full 360 degrees. It doesn't seem like much but I thought I'd point it out. The one thing about this mode that peeved me was that in robot mode you couldn't bring out his wings unless you made it look very weird and unusual. The one thing I've neglected about him is his tail weapon. I lost it once and never found it again, but what can you do?

Transformation: 6 - Very simple and very easy. All you have to is move his arms and chest and you're done.
Durability: 9 - I've had him for about 7 years now and none of his joints and that loose. He's sturdy as hell and has quality plastic that'll last a very long long time.
Fun: 8 - The amount of time I've had him out is incredible. He can usually use him for anything when playing around.
Price: 6 - I picked him up on card for $20 AUS which is a good deal for a deluxe.
Summary: 9 - Well worth the buy, and I recommend you get him if he's in the shops.

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