Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Divebomb Toy Review

in 2014, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Beast Hunters, Cyberverse, Legion Class, Prime

Beast Hunters

Divebomb General Information:
Release Date: March 2014
Price Point: $10-15 (Prices vary depending on source)
Retailer: Limited Release (Mostly in Asia and Europe)
Accessories: Bow weapon

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In 2013, a Legion Class team of Predacons was released featuring five Transformers who could combine to form the powerful Abominus. One of these Predacons was Windrazor, a homage to the G1 Terrorcon known as Cutthroat. When Hasbro decided to release a final wave of "Beast Hunters" figures, this figure was given a new deco and affiliation and released as Divebomb. . I do recommend reading Legion Class Windrazor's review before this one since it will cover the figure's design in depth. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

It should be noted that distribution of these figures was somewhat limited due to them being sandwiched between the Christmas season of 2013 and the upcoming "Age of Extinction" toys. These figures were found in various places including the UK and parts of Asia. My particular set came from Singapore courtesy of fellow fan Brandon Masagung. BWTF thanks Brandon for his efforts in getting me these figures.

Robot Mode:
To create Divebomb, the designers did not make any mold alterations. From a sculpt perspective the figure is the same as Windrazor, which means if you were so inclind, you could combine this with Hun-Gurrr as part of a pseudo-Abominus. He even comes with the same weapon (unlike the upscaled Windrazor which got a whole new weapon).

Divebomb's color scheme is an intereseting one, and one that has history in the "Transformers" toy line. Back in the Generation One era, there was a comic book story where fans learned the Dinobot known as "Swoop" once had the name Divebomb. However, he lost that name to another warrior and then took on the name "Swoop". The colors used on this figure are classic Dinobot colors, and ones that were found on G1 Swoop. It's a wonderful callback and I appreciate that it pays homage to both a G1 character and story at the same time.

So what is this color scheme? The figure is cast in silver and red plastic. The two parts alternate on the arms and legs and the torso and back are red plastic. These two colors alone are fairly iconic as being colors all the G1 Dinobots had in robot mode, but what helps send it over the edge are the paint applications. The paint colors used on this figure are black, gold, red and metallic blue. The black and gold help add to the visual connection to the G1 Dinobots since these colors could also be found on those characters. Now, the metallic blue is interesting because that's a color that was found on versions of the toy that would become G1 Swoop before the toy was used as a "Transformer". This color wound up finding its way into the television show portrayal of the character, but not the actual G1 Swoop action figure. Here, the color is found on the wings and because of the sheer amount of surface they cover, the color is very prominent and looks fantastic.

Divebomb's weapon is the same as Windrazor's, but it's cast in gold this time, matching the overall color scheme of the figure itself.

Transformation to Beast Mode:

  1. Detach thaae weapon and set it aside for now.
  2. Swing each of the lower legs back to form the beast mode legs.
  3. Swing the beast mode legs forward.
  4. Swing the tail piece on the back out.
  5. Swing the robot head back.
  6. Swing the chest panel up to form the beast mode head.
  7. Swing the shoulder armor pieces back.
  8. Swing out each of the wings.

Beast Mode:
In Generation One, Swoop's beast mode was a Pterodactyl, making him the only aerial member of the original Dinobot team. While most of the Predacons in "Beast Hunters" were said to be dragons, this particular design has always resembled a flying dinosaur like a Pterodactyl (but obviously he's not one) more than a traditional dragon to me. This makes this beast mode very appropriate in my book, especially when you see the crest and long beak on his beast mode head, which is reminscent of G1 Swoop's beast mode head.

The beast mode head's colors show in this form and they're no surprise. It's a mixture of silver and red plastic with red on the eyes and crest and a gold beak. With the wings spread out in this form, the metallic blue really makes an impact. Silver is used for huge Autobot symbols on the wings, and while a bit over-dramatic, I have to admit they look fantastic.

All the joints on the figure are still nice and tight, which isn't surprising since this is only the fourth production run (original, Japanese and Target exclusive). The weapon also attaches without any issues.

Final Thoughts:
Divebomb is a fantastic redeco of Windrazor. I liked the design of the figure to begin with, and I dig the idea of the Autobots having a flying beast on their side. This guy had limited distribution so he's not exactly easy to find, but he's definitely a worthwhile addition to your "Beast Hunters" collection.