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Ganon578's review: Legends Cosmos

Name: Cosmos
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Reconnaissance & Communications
Group: Universe Generation 1 Legends

Generation 1 Bio:

Lonely in outer space... relieves boredom by scaring humans by hovering over their backyards at night or zig-zagging through meteor showers. Can achieve Earth orbit, even go to Moon and back with enough fuel. Acts as communications satellite... optical sensors can see bicycle at 600 miles. Has pinpoint accuracy, high-powered particle beam. Not well-suited to function on ground as robot.


It’s not every day that you get the chance to own a Transformer that changes into a UFO. Then along comes Cosmos, a somewhat fan favorite character that hasn’t seen the light of day in toy form since Generation 1, now in an updated form in the Universe line. Appropriately scaled to the Legends class, Cosmos was issued alongside Warpath and Wheelie. At one point there were talks about bringing out a Deluxe-sized Cosmos out in the original Classics line (according to TF Wiki), and concept art was shown at Botcon 2006, and to my knowledge, a resin prototype was made and shown at Botcon 2007, but never released. There’s your history lesson for the day.

Alternate Mode:

As mentioned above, Cosmos is a UFO. Updated from his original form, he’s now sleeker and sexier; a more streamlined Cosmos, ready for surveillance. He pretty much resembles a green hockey puck (not quite as blocky though) with a small yellow fin at the back end. Green makes up the majority of the color scheme, with some blue detailing along the sides of the UFO, the aforementioned yellow fin, a small red “button” on the top, and some alien text that follows the curve of the disc. If you’re curious about the markings/words on Cosmos, according to TFWiki: “Bill Rawley (Hasbro product designer) claims responsibility for the markings on Cosmos, which allegedly spell out his name ("Cosmos") in "Cybertronian" lettering.” Pretty neat features going on here, but there’s really nothing special about the alternate mode. It’s actually quite boring, even for a UFO.

Robot Mode:

Apparently during the time Cosmos has been away from the toy scene, he was working out feverishly, and may have even taken steroids. You notice this after a quick, simple transformation, which in it’s own right is fun, but I consistently have problems with the hip joints popping out of place. Anyways, back to Cosmos’ 24 inch pythons. While Cosmos has a cool robot mode, I seriously wouldn’t want to take a punch from this guy (even if I was a robot too). The sheer momentum from that massive club could break your face. The large arms make him seem disproportionate, and can cause minor balance problems. His feet are unfortunately a little goofy and don’t help his balance; it can be awkward to get him posed right. I do enjoy the colors in the robot mode, as the yellow is more apparent in his thighs and torso. There’s a nice amount of detail in the torso too, with some silver highlights, an Autobot symbol, and some molded-in robot parts. His head is also nice, with some good detail in the face and some paint apps that help the eyes stand out. Overall, he’s a good homage to his old self with some updates.

Even with all of Cosmos’ quirks, he’s still a neat toy. It’s rare to get a UFO Transformer, and his robot mode (while somewhat goofy), is also very interesting, and adds some unique flavor to any collection.

Marks out of 10:

Transformation: 3. Simple. There are no tricks or anything that will “wow” you.
Durability: 8. He’s solid, except the hips that keep popping out.
Fun: 7. UFO or standing robot. That’s what you get. He is unique though.
Price: 10. He’s an inexpensive addition to your collection.
Overall: 7. Definitely not a must have, but a neat figure.
 
 
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