Clay's review of: RM-06 Air HunterName
: Air HunterAllegiance
: NAA noble warrior who values preserving the morals and regulations of the military. Insists on sharing his energy with his many teammates. An expert in the "Illusion Master" sword technique, he never neglects his\training.
Thanks to Doug Dlin of BWTF for translating the RM tech specs.
Takara continues its careful selection of toys to repaint for the Robot Masters line. In keeping with the small, quick, and simple theme, the Machine Wars 'flip' transformers return again, with some of their best paint apps yet. One of them is a translucent ghost of the skies: Air Hunter.Vehicle Mode
Maybe I have lower standards than some people, but I say it looks like a jet from the topside down, and that's good enough for me. I believe it's based on the F-22 Raptor, which is a new American fighter jet. The toy, however, has already seen more service than the real thing by being issued for four or five different lines so far.
Nonetheless, the jet mode is spiffy enough to play with without requiring some pre-knowledge of abstract art in order to think it's a plane. And it's orange and black, like Halloween!Robot Mode
Ah, now this is where the toy is on the level of cyberjets! Quick(er) transformation, great articulation, and the creepy glowing eyes. But that's not all! Added coolness is contained in his legs, where a laser pistol and stock are hidden! But that's not all, either! His forearms are molded with elbow daggers for some vicious, gutteral, plastic-bending action!
In all seriousness, though, the robot mode is nice. The whole translucent plastic thing works really well, especially considering that there's no way this toy was not destined to be Megatron. I suppose I think of him as a ghost that follows the Robot Masters Beast Megatron around to make sure he doesn't screw up. Or not. Either way, this is best deco of the toy yet, unlike those ugly, ugly Machine Wars versions.Transformation
: 7 - Doesn't hide the robot parts so well, I will admit, but the speed and simplicity more than make up for it.Durability
: 8 - Don't see anything particularly fragile about it...Fun
: 9 - This is the kind of transformer I would've liked when I was younger.Price
: 5 - Around $10 for a Basic-sized toy. That's really the only consideration to take into account.Summary
: 8 - Great little toy, great little paint job. Again, the inflated import price is really the reason to consider not getting it. Unless, of course, you already have all the previous versions of the toy, but then... why stop now?