Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Legion Class Air Vehicon Toy Review

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters

Air Vehicon General Information:
Release Date: October 2013
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Hooksaw Cannon

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*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
Air Vehicon troopers live to obey the will of mighty Megatron!

Autobots beware, because this Air Vehicon figure is a Decepticon with a grudge and a wicked weapon in his arsenal! He'll fire his Hooksaw Cannon at unsuspecting Autobots when he attacks in robot mode. When he converts to hoverjet mode, his Autobot enemies won't be able to keep up! Keep converting him back and forth so he can handle whatever his enemies dish out!

Powerful Air Vehicon robot-to-vehicle warrior figure! Converts from robot to hoverjet mode and back! Hooksaw Cannon! Figure comes with accessories. Legion Class Series 3 011 Air Vehicon. Ages 5 and up.

During the "Transformers Prime" series, the Decepticons relied heavily on an army of Vehicon warriors. Lacking individual names, they generally all shared the same body frame. There have been several Vehicon toys already, including a Cyberverse version, the First Edition Vehicon and the Robots in Disguise Vehicon. Later in the show a variant was introduced that was an aerial warrior, which basically looked like the ground based cars with wings instead of wheels. While a Deluxe Class figure for this was released in Japan, it has yet to make its way outside Asia. Instead, North America's first introduction to the Air Vehicon in toy form is a Legion Class figure worked into the "Beast Hunters" Cyberverse line.

Robot Mode:
When I first heard about a Legion Class Air Vehicon figure, I had expected a retool of the Cyberverse Vehicon figure. I was very pleasantly surprised to see this is a completely new sculpt. In many ways this version of the Vehicon is much more streamlined and slimmer than the ground based Vehicon. Sure the two share certain design elements (such as the layered design of the chest, the head and even most of the leg design) but everything here is a bit longer and leaner. This includes the head, which sticks up a bit more from the chest, the chest area's more pronounced "points" and angles and the knee armor, which comes to a much finer point than the one on the ground based vehicon figure. Each of the arms have fins from the vehicle mode on them, giving him an even more dramatic applearance. The finishing touch are the wings on his back, which add a really dramatic flair to the visual of the figure as a whole.

Air vehicon is cast in purple plastic. Several parts are painted, more than I had expected. The upper arms, thighs, knee armor and mid-body area are all painted gunmetal grey. The chest and head are painted silver. while the eyes are painted red. There is a purple Decepticon symbol right on the middle of the chest. His weapon is gunmetal grey, matching nicely with the silver tones on the figure itself. On top of all this are some bright pink highlights on the chest which resemble the glowing lights many Transformers on "Prime" would show now and then. I really like the way the paint work on this figure came out since not many Legion Class figures have this many colors on them.

Air Vehicon has several points to connect Cyberverse weapons. He can hold weapons in his fists, you can connect them to the side of his wrists and there is a hole on each wing to attach another couple of weapons. There are six points of articulation on this figure if you include the feet (which swing up and down as part of the transformation).

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapon and set it aside for now.
  2. Swing each foot up.
  3. Connect the legs together.
  4. Pull each arm down to the sides.
  5. Swing the wings down and swing them out to the sides.
  6. The weapon can attach to the wings or sides.

Vehicle Mode:
The Air Vehicon's vehicle mode is much different than the ground based Vehicon. It is thin, sleek and has many angles and beveled panels running along the side, leading to large angled wings that sweep forward with smaller ones in back and raised fins in the rear section. There are some "car" elements present, specifically the cockpit section, which looks more like a car cabin. Overall it does look like the vehicle from the show and is cool looking in its own way. There is something alien and/or futuristic about its appearance and I dig that a lot.

This form is mostly purple, with none of the gunmetal grey robot parts showing through. The windshield is painted black and there are small details on the sides painted pink, giving that "glowing" effect. Given that the CG models on the TV show don't exactly have a ton of color on them to begin with, this looks just fine to me.

Each of the wings on the vehicle can accomodate a weapon and you can attach more to the sides. This gives him a lot of potential firepower, but truthfully I think the figure looks best without any attachments.

Final Thoughts:
Air Vehicon is a fantastic Legion Class figure. It is well sculpted, painted nicely and has a lot of attachment points for weaponry. It represents the character very well and I highly recommend it!