Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Legion Class Prowl Toy Review

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Beast Hunters

General Information:
Release Date: March 2013
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Justice Hammer/Cannon Weapon

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*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
Prowl backs up his strategic genius with his heavy-hitting Justice Hammer!

Predacons beware, because this Prowl figure is one tough Autobot out to bring law and order to his enemies! He’s big trouble whether he’s in robot mode or police car mode. If ordinary Transformers strength won’t get the job done, he’s got a heavy weapon in his Justice Hammer! Keep converting him back and forth so his Decepticon foes can’t keep up!

Includes figure and accessory. Legion Class Series 3 006 Prowl Tech Specialist. Ages 5 and up.

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ProwlThe Cyberverse line has long been a cost effective way of creating characters that do not appear in the animated series or live action movies. In "Beast Hunters", one such character is Prowl. Shortly after the release of release of Legion Class Smokescreen, a redeco has been put out with a new identity: Prowl! Based on the G1 character of the same name. That character has received quite a bit of attention in the current IDW Comic Book series and in toy form as well. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Robot Mode:
Using the Smokescreen sculpt as the basis for Prowl is a perfect choice. In Generation One, their two namesakes had very similar design features such as the front of the vehicle forming the chest, doors as "wings" on the back, the rear of the vehicle forming the feet and so on. The current Smokescreen and Prowl have similar features in this scale. There's no indication of Prowl appearing on the television show any time soon so there's not CG model to compare the figure to (allowing the figure to stand on its own merits).

Prowl is cast in black and white plastic, both of which were the base colors of the G1 character. Black paint is used to provide details on the chest, with the part in the center coming to a point in the middle, a detail inspired by his G1 counterpart. On the chest is a white star symbol with an Autobot symbol inside a circle in the middle. The same symbol appears on each of his door/wings but in black instead. His face is painted silver with some yellowish coloring above the eyes (I speculate it may have been intended to be on the eyes). There are some vehicle mode details on the back (more on that below). It's a rather plain looking robot mode unfortunately due to the white being so dominant in this form. A dash of color on the legs somewhere would have helped this a lot, but given this is a quickie redeco none of this is a shock.

Instead of having the same blaster/blade weapon as Smokescreen, Prowl has the "Justice Hammer", a repurposed weapon originally included with Twinstrike. The weapon is now cast in a dark metallic gunmetal style color and it looks really nice. It can be used as a melee weapon or a cannon depending on how you have Prowl hold it. No mold changes have been made so the figures' functionality is the same as Smokescreen's.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapon if attached.
  2. Push the feet together.
  3. Swing the back panel up so it covers the head.
  4. Swing each half of the chest up.
  5. Swing each arm back behind the doors/wings.
  6. Swing the doors/wings together, connecting the arms.
  7. Swing the legs up and swing the feet up.
  8. The weapon can be attached to the roof of the vehicle or the sides.

Vehicle Mode:
Prowl's vehicle form winds up looking a lot more visually appealing than the robot mode thanks to the diversity of colors introduced in this form. The front end has the black details from the torso coming together with the point in the middle, the most "G1 Prowl" of the details on this figure. The headlights are a dark silver color which looks really nice against the black. The windows are painted dark blue. What surprised me is the front, sides and rear windows are painted. In recent time most rear windows are left unpainted. The black "shield" symbols are now on the doors.

Though not strictly a "retool", Prowl feature an additional "accessory" of sorts. This is a lightbar which rests on top of the figure (one side painted in blue and the other in red). However, this piece is easily detached and turns out to be a piece that connects to the hole on top of the vehicle that already existed on the mold when it was released as Smokescreen. This allows you to attach weapons to the top and the sides of the vehicle. I really like this element as it allows additional functionality on the figure while also paying proper homage to G1 Prowl at the same time.

Final Thoughts:
Prowl is a cool redeco. His vehicle mode is far more impressive than the robot mode, but I do have to confess the "Justice Hammer" accessory is amusing in a silly sort of way and I appreciate the homage to the G1 character. Recommended if you're looking to add another Autobot character to your Cyberverse army (or if you're a huge Prowl fan).