Transformers Car Robots Devil Gigatron Toy Review
Every Transformers series need a leader of the "bad guys", and Gigatron fulfilled that role when Transformers Car Robots started. Now however, Gigatron has been repainted and re-released as Devil Gigatron. This is no simple repaint however. To make this re-release seem more attractive, Takara engineers figured out four extra modes for this toy, bringing the total to ten "official" modes for this toy. The extra four modes are covered in this review. For the original Gigatron's review, click here.
Devil Gigatron's primary color is the opposite of Gigatron's: white. However, his other colors remain fairly consistent. Gold, red and black still adorn Devil Gigatron. Gold is used for his vacume metallized parts and details on the shoulders and legs. Black is used for the upper arms, weapon bases, upper legs and feet. Translucent red plastic can be found on the robot head, arms, legs, wings and weapon. Although this mix of colors seems ecclectic beyond taste, it works. The same care that went into the paint job of the first Gigatron appears here and the result is very nice looking indeed.
Transformation to Devil Saurer Mode (from robot mode):
Begin by removing Devil Gigatron's weapons form his hands and set them aside for now. Fold in the gold flaps on either side of the robot head and push the robot head into the chest slot. Swing up the jet cockpit/neck piece and snap it into place where the robot head was. Swing down the shoulder guards and swing the robot arms up. Move the lower arms down and fold down the translucent red feet pieces. Now swing the wing section forward and snap it into place. Rotate the rear legs around and swing the lower sections out a little, forming the hind feet. The weapons can be attached to the rear legs.
Devil Saurer Mode:
The Devil Saurer mode is a hybrid flying dinosaur that resembles a sauropod. Because of the neck of the dinosaur showing, a lot more white and translucent red can be seen. The two translucent red windows on the "head" do look like eyes. In this form, Devil Gigatron has eighteen points of articulation. To be honest, I thought this was a flying horse mode before reading the name "Devil Saurer", so this mode is a very imaginative one, but not one that is meant to be any real creature.
Transformation to Devilnodon Mode (from robot mode):
Remove Gigatron’s weapons from his hands and set them aside. Fold in the sides of the robot head. Push the robot head down into the chest component. Swing up the jet/neck section and lock it into place where the robot head was. Turn the mid section of the neck around and point the head down slightly. Now fold the halves of the robot feet together and rotate the lower legs around and fold them up so the lower legs cover the chest area. Now straighten out the robot arms, folding down the shoulder armor. Extend the translucent red claws out. Extend the wings completely outwards. Attach the weapons to the peg on the upper robot leg and face them backwards. Devil Gigatron is now in Devilnodon mode.
This mode is really a variant of the bat mode. Rather than having the robot legs in the back, the cover the chest and the neck is used as a bird neck and head instead of using the bat head. The chest of this mode looks a bit plain but the head of the bird definitely looks like it has “eyes”. In this mode, Devil Gigatron has twelve points of articulation. What is nice is that a lot of the vacume metallized gold shows through on the wings and legs of this bird. A cool mode, but more of a variation than a unique mode.
Transformation to Devil Elephant Mode (from robot mode):
Begin by removing Devil Gigatron's weapons form his hands and set them aside for now. Fold in the gold flaps on either side of the robot head and push the robot head into the chest slot. Fold up the center section that both wings are connected to. Now fold the neck/jet cockpit section up and around and snap it into place on the central wing section. Flip down the chest piece and fold back the white sections of the chest that connect to the shoulders. Push the chest piece back in place. Swing down the shoulder guards and swing the robot arms up. Move the lower arms down and fold down the translucent red feet pieces. By moving the arms back, you have exposed two pegs. Attach each weapon to one of these pegs. Rotate the rear legs around and swing the lower sections out a little, forming the hind feet. Devil Gigatron is now in elephant mode.
Devil Elephant Mode:
In this mode, the translucent purple of the wings becomes much more prominant, and adds a nice effect to the overall look of the toy. Devil Gigatron has eighteen points of articulation in this form. This is one mode that I like a lot because it does look like an elephant, and the use of the jet cockpit/neck piece as a trunk was very creative. Using the wings as large ears was also very creative. Of course, the rest of the toy does not really look like an elephant's body, but considering how many transformations are being squeezed out of one toy, that is not too much of a loss.
Transformation to Devil Cruiser Mode (from robot mode):
If the weapons are attacked, remove them at set them aside. Fold in the flaps on the robot head and push the robot head down into the chest panel. Swing up the jet cockpit/neck and snap it into place. Swing out the chest compartment and swing the robot arms down. Snap the chest piece back into place. Now swing the robot legs up so the feet cover the area of the robot chest. Fold down the wing section and place the weapons on the pegs on the robot arm. Devil Gigatron is now in cruiser mode.
Devil Cruiser Mode:
Of all of Gigatron’s modes, this is the one that I had to stretch my imagination a bit on. When I first saw this mode, I thought it was a plesiosaur of some sort. If one stretches his/her imagination, this mode can be viewed as an odd vehicle of some sort, but the same can be said for many other combinations of his parts. This is probably the most disappointing mode of the four new ones.
The bottom line with Devil Gigatron is that it is not much of a leap from the original toy. The color scheme is very nice and the "addition" of new modes is nice, but if you already own the original Gigatron, it is a bit of a waste to spend another $45-50 on a brand new toy that has all the same functionality as the original. However, for completists and hard-core collectors, this may be a worthwhile buy. B-