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Gesani's review of: Dead End

Name: Dead End
Allegiance: Destron
Function: Warrior
Sub-Group: NA

I have been pleased with the Alternator line thus far. Dead End is the much-awaited first Decepticon Alternator/Binaltech toy. The exceptional level of detail still amazes me with every addition made to this line. This review was made with Binaltech Dead End, not the Alternator version. There will probably be few differences between the two. I have had Dead End since the end of July and I have already noticed a couple of paint chips around contact areas. Other then that it is a great-looking toy. In my opinion, I believe the BT version of this toy looks better due to the higher gloss of the paint over the plastic.

Vehicle Mode:
The overall vehicle mode of this toy is outstanding. I do not think Mastio or Burago could have done a better job designing this car, as far as details are concerned. Dead End is modeled after the 2004 Dodge Viper SRT-10 GTS-R Competition Coupe, so it is a hardtop. Dead End's mold differences are seen at first glance of this toy. These differences include, but not limited to, BBS RXII Rims wrapped with Cybertronian Radials, added louvers in the hood, a roof scoop, medium rose-colored tint on the normally clear parts, competition stripes, body kit, large day-glo orange logo on the nose, and a rear spoiler. To sum it up this is no re-painted Side Swipe.

Robot Mode:
The alt mode on this toy is very similar to Side Swipe. There are a couple differences. The main one being the lack of the chest plate thanks to the hard top. Dead End has decent articulation and can be easily displayed in either mode. The head on Dead End is slightly different then Side Swipe but they do share a lot, just shy of the colors. From the side Dead End looks to be very bulky. Due to the reshaped rear-end spoiler and the hard top, there is a lot more hanging on his back.

Transformation: 8 - There is trick to Dead End. As with Side Swipe, the arms are a bit tricky to get back into the proper position. The feet are still the same. One problem that the BT Dead End doses not suffer from is the steering wheel falling off during transformation.
Durability: 8 - When transforming from robot mode to car mode, the arms do feel like they are ready to come off if they are not positioned just right.
Fun: 9 - Very fun to play with. Especially when you place World's Smallest Megatron in one hand and the Viper Block Gun in the other.
Price: 7 - I bought Dead End at OTFCC '04 so I am sure I overpaid, but I do not think I could have imported him for the same price. The Alternator version will be a steal at $19.99usd.
Summary: 9 - I love it. Cannot wait to see the fighting between Dead End and Side Swipe. A Must Have Toy!

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