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Ganon578's review: Legends Warpath

Name: Warpath
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Warrior
Group: Universe Generation 1 Legends

Generation 1 Bio:

Thinks he's more impressive than his comrades do... likes to show off his sharpshooting. Boisterous, loud-mouthed... raucous sense of humor makes him welcome company. Vain - upset by even the smallest scratch to his gun barrel. Can go 30 mph over roughest terrain, hit a hex-nut 1.5 miles away. Shoots explosives, thermal, cryogenic, acid, sonic shells. Great strength but helpless if upended.


Warpath is a character that, when announced for the Universe line, multiple people said ďYes!Ē Ok, well at least I did. First of all, heís a decently cool character, second, the photos that came out when he was in production got people ready for his return. To my knowledge, he hasnít been in toy form since his beginnings in G1 (unless you count the Movie line repaint). He debuted alongside Cosmos and Wheelie, and is a Legends class figure. This fits in well as he was quite a small Ďbot back in the 1980ís. Review!!!

Alternate Mode:

Warpath transforms into an H-tank, of which type I have no idea, nor do I think any military in the world uses one of such design. Somehow the front treads would seem a little unstable in practical applications (see picture). However, as a small plastic toy, Warpathís tank mode rocks (also see picture). The main color palette features a brighter red than his former G1 self, with some silver thrown in down by the black tank treads. A small amount of grey can also be seen, and itís good to see the grey gun barrel (the one he loves so much, almost too much) make a return appearance.

Detail of the mode is great for such a small toy; there are panels and bolts everywhere, the tank treads are well defined, and you can even spot a small hatch on top of the turret for humans to hop in. He also has one lone Autobot symbol that he sports proudly on one of the front tank treads. A small feature that adds to the experience is a small set of wheels underneath, which allows the tank to roll really well on a smooth surface. Another nice feature is the mobility of the tank turret. It doesnít swivel back and forth like in a traditional tank, but the barrel does lift up and down. These two small inclusions make the alternate mode feel like some actual design thought went into it.

Overall, Iíd say the tank mode is good, though I get the feeling like the H-tank design is more for ease of transformation and manufacturing than anything, and it may be a little lazy. Maybe Hasbro decided to really differentiate him from Legends G2 Megatron. Either way, I still give it a thumbs up.

Robot mode:

Now this is where Warpath really shines. For such a small figure (and after a short but fun transformation), Warpath has a surprising amount of articulation. The shoulders and hips are ball joints, which give a little more freedom of movement than normal. Elbows and knees bend, and large feet allow for a bit of dynamic positioning. I wish his head swiveled too, but Iíll take what I can get because heís so cool! Thereís a lot of detail in the robot mode too, and the paint apps are pretty good (for a Legends figure, anyways). His molded-in hands have a surprising amount of definition, and his face is also detailed well. Warpath features a blocky chest and large shoulders, giving him a somewhat threatening feel; he seriously looks like heís just ready to go kick some tailpipe. He probably needs all that beef up top to cushion himself from the gun barrel recoil. Speaking of the gun barrel, Itís good to see itís appropriately placed in his chest (just like the one in the Ď80ís), and seems like the centerpiece of this figure (as it should be). The robot version as a whole comes off really well.

This updated version of Warpath is a phenomenal homage to his G1 figure; it has the feel, color, and fun of the Warpath of old, all with added articulation.

Marks out of 10:

Transformation: 3. Very simple, but also quite fun.
Durability: 8. Heís durable, but some small bits may break with time, even his precious gun barrel.
Fun: 10. For a Legends figure, heís great. Gun barrel? Check. Thatís pretty much all you need. KAPOW! And if you ever need to hit a hex-nut from 1.5 miles away, youíre set.
Price: 10. Very inexpensive if you can get him at retail.
Overall: 9. Is he an absolute must have? Probably not. But for very little cash you get a really well designed figure that boasts some fun and has a cool look. Go get him!
 
 
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