Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Twinstrike Toy Review

in 2013, Action Figure Review, Beast Hunters, Cyberverse, Legion Class, Predacon, Prime

Beast Hunters

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

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*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
Autobots beware, because this beastly Twinstrike figure is just the Predacon to take any of them on! If he can’t scare his enemies into surrendering when he’s in terrible two-headed dragon mode, he’ll pound them with his powerful piston hammer in robot mode! When the battle calls for a power attack from above, convert him to dragon mode. Keep converting him back and forth so his Autobot enemies can’t keep up!

Includes figure and accessory. Legion Class Series 3 002 Twinstrike Assault Infantry. Ages 5 and up. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

TwinstrikeIn the "Beast Huntersa" series, clones of ancient Transformers have been created to find the Autobots who have been in hiding on Earth. This new iteration of "Predacons" are part of the "Predacon Alliance", a whole new faction of Transformers borrowing a name from the "Beast Wars" era. Some of these warriors draw their inspiration from Generation One, specifically the team known as the "Terrocons". These five Decepticons each transformed into a robot and monster. When necessary they could also combine into a giant robot named Abominus. History repeats itself once again as Terrorcon inspired Predacons join Predaking's forces. The first of these "new" Terrorcons is Twinstrike, a play on the name "Sinnertwin" from Generation One.

Robot Mode:
In the Generation One era, many of the "limb" pieces of Combiners wound up being rather blocky in robot mode. This was partly due to the design aesthetic of the time, but also partly due to their need to form a good, solid limb. Sinnertwin, the G1 Terrorcon that Twinstrike is based on was one such Transformer. He was very bulky for his size. Fast forward over twenty five years later and Twinstrike's design shows just how far the Transformers aesthetic has changed. Instead of a lot of blocky parts, Twinstrike is full of sharp looking points, sweeping angles and curved parts. He winds up looking both fierce and sleek all at the same time. Even his profile is quite different from his G1 counterpart. His arms are formed from the necks and heads of his beast mode and his outline tends to flare out to the sides at angles rather than being straight like G1 Sinnertwin. One design detail that has been carried over from G1 Sinnertwin is the head design. It's a bit hard to see at first, but it looks like the designers took G1 Sinnertwin's head, which featured a crest on top and panels on the sides and stylized it heavily so the crest and the panels on the side wind up angling back. Overall it's a cool looking sculpt that manages to evoke G1 Sinnertwin without replicating its details.

Twinstrike is cast in bright yellow and green plastic. The yellow is used the most, forming his arms, torso, lower legs and feet. The green is used for smaller parts such as his shoulder joints, thighs and the "tail piece" on his back. For a Legion Class figure, Twinstrike has quite an impressive paint job. His paint colors include: metallic green, silver, red, metallic purple and black. The green is most heavily used on the "helmet" portion of his head, with silver filling out the face and red on the eyes. The green is also seen on his back, where it is used to paint part of the front beast mode legs. Panels on his torso and lower legs are colored metallic purple and finally black is used for the Predacon symbol on his chest. His weapon is cast in silver plastic with no paint applications. Twinstrike looks great in these colors. The yellow and green in particular pay homage to G1 Sinnertwin, however the yellow is a significantly lighter shade than the one used on Sinnertwin.

There are four points of articulation on Twinstrike. I wish there were more, but for a figure of this size it's not a surprise at all. That said, the four points he does have are good ones: ball joints on both his shoulders and hips, allowing for a good range of movement. Twinstrike can hold his hammer weapon using a peg on the back of the hammer head, making it into a cannon instead. The weapon can also be stored away using the 3mm hole on his back. While you have the weapon stashed, why not arm him up with alternate Cyberverse weapons? Aside from his hands, you can also attach extra weapons to the sides of his lower legs and to the holes on the sides of the green parts that angle out the back of his lower leg armor. The weapon itself can also be upgraded by adding other Cyberverse weapons to it. In total, the hammer has three 3mm pegs and one 3mm hole on the side for connecting other weapons.

Weeks before its release, it was leaked online that later this year fans would see a Target exclusive five pack of Predacon "Terrorcons" released. Why a five pack? Because all five of these guys would be able to combine into Abominus! The five pack will most likely be redecos of the individual Legion Class releases. However, in advance of that release, you can get a sense of what's in store by the pegs on the insides of Twinstrike's legs, which serve no purpose in this form or his beast mode, so they're most likely going to be used for his "limb" form as part of Abominus!

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapon and set it aside for now.
  2. On each leg, pull the lower leg armor out to the side, rotate it around than push it back in to cover the thigh section.
  3. Turn the robot feet around so the claws now face front.
  4. Swing the tail piece back.
  5. Move each of the robot arms up to form the beast mode heads.
  6. Swing out the chest piece, then swing the robot head in and swing the piece back into place.
  7. Swing the beast mode's front legs forward.
  8. Attach the hammer weapon to the hole in the tail section as a cannon.

Beast Mode:
The robot mode of this figure may pay some homage to G1 Sinnertwin, but it is this mode where the full on homage comes into play, and it's appropriate given that the G1 Terrorcons were more well known for their beast modes than their robot modes. The most obvious homage design element are the heads, each with a long neck and fierce looking heads at the ends with horns on them. Even the layered, angled armor panels that run down the length of the neck are similar to those sculpted onto G1 Sinnertwin. Another G1 Sinnertwin element on this figure is his twin tails which Sinnertwin also had. Finally, the use of his weapon as a cannon on his back pays homage to Sinnertwin's use of a giant cannon on his beast mode form. Taken together, these design elments form an awesome homage to the G1 character.

Of course, homages are not all this figure is about. His entire form is a lot more sleek, angled and lithe than G1 Sinnertwin. His front legs are relatively thin, his rear legs look powerful, but not bulky and everything on the neck and head is much more sharply defined in detail than Sinnertwin. Overall it's a great looking sculpt.

The green colored plastic from the robot mode makes up much more of the beast mode, including the back, tails and the lower legs in the rear. His other parts are yellow. Silver and red paint are used for detailing on each head and the lower legs on the front are painted metallic green. The colors stay nice and consistent and they look great.

Twinstrike has eight points of articulation. Each head can move independently, each leg has a joint at the top and his rear feet can be repositioned. Unfortunately, the main joint the front legs are connected to doesn't attach to anything, so it moves along with the legs a lot. You'll have to hold it to properly pose the front legs. This is the primary weakness of this figure overall. As with most Cyberverse figures, you can attach extra weaponry to Twinstrike. These connection points are on the legs and heads. The legs each have four connection points (though technically the rear legs have six, but the one on the green plastic is hard to keep something connected to unless it has a long peg). You could also attach weapons to the mouths of the heads since those are technically his hands as well.

Final Thoughts:
Twinstrike is a really fun Transformer. I love both modes and while he does have a weakness with the front legs moving on the main hinge joint in beast mode, it's not enough to dampen my enthusiasm for the figure. He's a great homage and a fun Legion Class figure in his own right. Highly recommended!