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Kremzeek75's review of: Trypticon

Name: Trypticon
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Assault Base
Sub-Group: Primitive
"Total victory requires total destruction."

Doesn't stop blasting until he's hip-deep in smoking rubble. Completely without mercy. The most lethal fighting machine devised by the Decepticons. In dinosaur mode, jumps 20 miles with rocket backpack. Shoots heat-seeking plasma bombs from mouth and mind-controlling hypno-beam from optical sensor. As city, has landing and repair bays, communications center and rotating scanners. In mobile station mode, has laser cannon, rotating blasters, destructo-beams and dual photon launchers.

One of the great G1 toys of the 80's, Trypticon was the sole Decepticon powerhouse, only surpassed by Headmaster Scorponok. He was the the arch enemy of the Autobot base, Metroplex. As a child, I had this guy, then sold him along with my entire collection, and I recently had the chance to purchase him again, which I jumped at. Very glad I did.

Vehicle Mode:
Trypticon was a triple-changer of sorts, having 3 modes. His two alternate modes were Decepticon Headquarters and an attack base. As Headquarters, he has a number of interesting features, most notably battery-operated mechanics. When his tank counterpart Brunt is dismantled, his parts become part of Trypticon's city mode where gray molded attachments are inserted and then revolve around on their own at the touch of a button. Trypticon also features two heli-pads, which I found particularly useful for the smaller Decepticons. One little secret feature that was never displayed in the cartoon was that, when properly transformed, Onslaught and Motormaster could attach themselves to the very end of Trypticon's legs when he is in City mode, making an even larger Decepticon Base. I was able to fit about 15 of the smaller Decepticons on Trypticon, making him a very busy little base. He also features a launching pad which sends his little car partner, Full Tilt, down the ramp. I also found that some of the Stunticons and Combaticons and be placed in the launch area too. As an attack base, Trypticon is basically a condensed version of city mode. All that is required is to re-fold his legs, and retract the Heli-pads. Brunt's battery powered laser cannon fits on top of the base, and Trypticon rolls by hand onward to battle with Metroplex (wheels are located on the back of his spine/tail).

Robot Mode:
Of the 3 modes, this is my absolute favorite. The battery operated mechanics come into full play here- Trypticon walks in a style very reminiscent of Omega Supreme. He features two huge cannons to either side of his head, and a mini cannon located on his snout, which is hidden by a translucent orange horn that can be erected easily. It is also in this mode that Trypticon's 2 sidekicks come into play: Brunt, the tank that features a light up cannon, and Full Tilt, a space car that can stand alone or affixed to Trypticon's chest. Full Tilt is about the size of a smaller Stunticon; Brunt is about the size of an Autobot car.

Transformation: 6 - Trypticon is not hard to transform, he just takes a while to do all these small steps.
Durability: 9 - He is quite durable, I could tell that the specimen I bought had been played with, but nothing was broken, so I would say he is child proof.
Fun: 10 - One of my favorites, both as an action piece and display piece. He looks awesome, His transformations are awesome, and his size just breeds possibilities.
Price: 1 - Expensive 18 years later- if I remember correctly, he only went for about $50 back in 1986; today, I paid $110 for him (he was loose, but complete and had little sticker wear).
Summary: 10 - If you have the money, get one- I am extremely happy with my purchase.

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