Transformers Movie (2007) Fast Action Battler Double Missile Decepticon Brawl Review

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Transformers Live Action Movie


Fast Action Battlers

Fast Action Battler Brawl art
General Information:
Release Year: June 2007
Retailer: General release (Wal-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us etc.)
Price: $9.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: Backpack, Missiles x 2
Skill Level: 2

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Tech Specs:
DECEPTICON BRAWL lives to blow stuff up. Big and mean, he's only happy when his face is being warmed by the heat of explosions. He serves his leader - the evil MEGATRON - without question, and will destroy anything that gets in his way. His least favorite thing about the AUTOBOTS is that there just aren't enough of them left to pound with a double blast from his shoulder cannons.

Strength: 8  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 9
Rank: 5  Courage: 9  Firepower: 9  Skill: 3


Fast Action Battlers are the successors to the 1-2-3 Transformers and Playskool Transformers, they are larger figures developed for younger kids to play with. The Fast Action Battlers generally feature simplified transformations and action features are combined with sculpting similar to mainline figures.

When trying to simplify any character's action figure, one of the things that needs to be taken into account is the personality of the character involved. When it comes to Brawl, he's pretty much a non-entity in the film, serving mainly as a destructive force. However, this still makes him quite a threat, and his role as one of the resident Decepticon engines of destruction hardly makes him cute, and thankfully the designers did not go that route with this figure. While he is simplified, he is not at all made 'cutesy'.

Robot Mode:
As mentioned above, Brawl (aka Devastator in the film) is a simple walking (or rolling) engine of destruction in the film. He is large (owing to his large alternate tank mode) and he is armed to the teeth. All these features come off in this stocky looking figure. Brawl's basic form is carried over from the movie model well, but unlike the deluxe sized figure, his proportions place a more heavy emphasis on the upper body. This is due in part to his arms being hidden under panels that form the tank turret. This makes them larger and they actually wind up going past his knees if they're to the sides. Also, proportionally speaking, the quad missile launchers mounted on his back are larger when compared to the main body than the ones on the deluxe figure.
The result is actually a more threatening looking figure. With his upper body emphasized more, he has a brutish appearance that matches the character's personality.

It is interesting to note the placement of his arm mounted weapons differs in this figure from the deluxe version. That one has the tank barrel mounted on is right arm. Here it swings to the side and out of the way on the left arm. Instead, his right arm has the quad barreled machine gun shown in the movie (the deluxe toy compromises by having one end of the tank barrel being this same weapon, but it's more obvious here). On his left arm is a double claw weapon, just like the one on the deluxe figure.

Brawl has a ton of small details. The chest has layers of panels and armor on it. The head is intricately detailed, down to small bars and panels around the eyes. His arms are quite detailed as well, with several layers of diamond shaped and circular parts. The gun on his right arm is quite detailed with cylinders and pointed barrels. His legs also have a very layered look, with shapes similar to those on his arms, all leading down to the clawed toes on his feet. I love the sculpt for this figure. The designers really went the extra mile to give him as much detail as possible.

Brawl is mostly cast in military green, grey and silver plastic. Most of the main body is green with the grey parts distributed in separated sections such as the shoulders and lower arms as well as the lower legs. Grey and black paint are used for details. Grey paint makes up camo details found all over the figure and the black is used to paint parts such as the tank treads. Like the Fast Action Battler starscream, Brawl makes liberal use of paint for a wash effect, something I'm a huge fan of in Transformers. Here you can find them most prominant on the chest and thighs. A bit of red, silver and gold paint can be found on the robot head, which is very well painted and offers up a lot of detailed work.

Counting the waist's ability to turn, there are fifteen points of posability on Brawl. This also includes the missile launchers on his back, which have a combination of a ball joint and swivel joint that allow for him to aim those weapons in a wide range of positions. The mine catchers on his chest can be moved out of the way of the arms (if they point down they get in the way). Each of the missile launchers in the back has a silver missile that can be launched by pulling it back and then letting go. Turn the figure at the waist to the left and he swings back to the center for a punching action (a common feature in the FAB's).

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the back pack with the missile launchers on it and set it aside for now.
  2. Swing the tank tread pieces on either side of the head back, and then swing up the chest.
  3. Swing the tank cannon barrel out.
  4. Connect the two halves of the armor over the robot arms together.
  5. Swing the robot feet down.
  6. Swing each robot leg forward to form the lower half of the tank.
  7. On the back pack piece, swing each of the "arms" back.
  8. Attach the missile launcher on top of the turret and position the missile launchers so they point forward.

Vehicle Mode:
In vehicle mode you can definitely still see the Abrams tank influence in Brawl complete with the shape of the tank turret, the arrangement of the armor on the sides. While they are both based on the same vehicle, this version of Brawl has some minor design differences. The ends of the cannon barrels (both the main one and the smaller ones on top) are oval shaped rather than just being round. As mentioned earlier, the missile launchers on top are much larger (proportionally speaking) than the ones on the deluxe figure.

It is also interesting to note that the smaller details on this Brawl figure differ from those on the deluxe version somewhat. For instance, on each side of the turret towards the rear are a set of vertical cylinders, which were not present on the deluxe sized figure. Smaller details such as the circles representing bolts on the deluxe figure are absent here. Still, there are certain smaller details which carry over including the many layers at the base of the mine sweepers and the hatches on the turret.

Most of the tank is green, with the treads, minesweepers and the dual barreled turret all cast in grey. The grey camo patterns are painted differently than those on the deluxe figure. For instance this figure has camo patterns along the length of the tank cannon whereas the deluxe figure does not. This version also has some green camo patterns painted on the dual barreled cannon piece. A silver Decepticon symbol is painted right in between the two cannons. The sweeper sections of the mine sweeper pieces are painted silver, giving them a nice contrast from the grey plastic.

The main turret can't move since it's comprised of the two halves of the robot arms. However, the smaller turret on top can move from side to side, and the missile launchers can be positioned independent of each other.

Final Thoughts:
I really like this figure. The sculpting is great, he has good posability and the paint applications are fantastic. Highly recommended!