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The Reverend's review: Slugfest

Name: Slugfest
Generation: One
Faction: Decepticon
Function: Messenger
First Cartoon Appearance: "Call of the Primitives"

"Expect betrayal and your friends won't disappoint you."
He's as slow and stupid as he looks. Plays back the messages he carries, thinks others are talking about him, goes into violent rages. End result is usually destruction of messages and nearby small towns that get in his way. In stegosaurus mode, plates on back, like teeth on a chainsaw, cut through almost any substance; carries 2 solar-powered vibro-cannons.


It really wasn't fair. We kids thrilled to Soundwave and his cassette-pets Rumble, Ravage and Laserbeak on the television, got a couple of brief appearances of Frenzy and Buzzsaw. Then some Hasbro dimwit decides to introduce Blaster, and of course Autobot cassettes follow (who, with the possible exception of Ramhorn, elicited yawns from a lot of us). Then in the post-movie eps, we get a promo piece for Ratbat, who gets packaged with a throwback Frenzy. Shortly thereafter, Soundwave gets two DINOSAUR cassettes and the only promo we get is a photo in the toy catalog and a second-long appearance in "Call of the Primitives", I guess because they were gearing up to hit us with the big ole gimmick of transforming partners called "_____ - Masters", but it was a serious oversight from the same toyline that had hit so hard with the Dinobots and was racking it up with the Predacons.

Anyway. Who the heck is Slugfest? He's my wife's favorite of the Transformers I test her patience by keeping in the house. Because "He's cuuuuuute. Oh wait. I'm sorry. He looks like he could kick some real butt, yeah."

Alternate Mode:
Green cassette. Serviceable, with its two holes, cassette label, and painted teeth, but its not the best mockup of the line as Slugfest's feet and head are absolutely discernible, and it's not totally rectangular. Outside of putting it in Soundwave, its hard to say much about the play value of a cassette. I guess you can have your GI Joes lug it around, and its compact size makes for easy storage?

Robot(?) Mode:

The green cassette unfolds in a few key places to make a cute little green Stegosaurus. His packaging partner Overkill may have looked like a carnivorous kangaroo, but Slugfest can only be confused with "half of a green sandwich", as one writer put it. He's got a cute - I mean butt-kicking head with red eyes and a tiny little horn, red plates jutting out of his back, a little stumpy tail and cute - I mean butt-kicking red feet. The back legs are slightly larger than the front. His non-cassette side features some random line and vent-etching, and he really doesn't suffer much from being nearly two-dimensional. He also has the largest, longest weapons for a cassette, described as "two solar-powered vibro-cannons", and they look the part with chromed solar panels highly visible on each. Seriously, they're just as detailed as earlier cassettes' weapons, but they add a lot to him because of their size. Articulation is limited to some foot movement and some near useless up-and-down head and tail movement, but Slugfest isn't really meant for posing, aside from standing around with his cannons. His jaw doesn't open, though, which gives him a rather pouty appearance. Whether this destined him to his path of being cuuuute - I mean butt kicking, I don't know. His Tech Specs make note of the "cutting" properties of his back plates, but I don't know whether the writer was envisioning someone bending over him and getting cut for the effort, or perhaps he throws himself backwards at them like Anzilla in old monster flicks? Or maybe he just leans up against Ultra Magnus' leg and... no, you sickos, he cuts it up. He's not a dog. Although it is kind of easy to imagine him toddling off after stealing Perceptor's slides.

Transformation: 1 - If you need instructions, you're either lazy, too worried about breaking it, or you really have no business sitting at a computer reading this!
Durability: 8 - The joints may weaken, but not that easily, and there's no real projections or weak points I can spot.
Fun: 7 - Come on, he's cute - I mean he can kick some butt.
Price: As a relatively overlooked and unhyped cassette, you'll pick this up easily... if you can find it.
Summary: Probably one for the "completists", but we like him.

 
 
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