Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Legion Class Windrazor Toy Review

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

Beast Hunters

General Information:
Release Date: July 2013
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Tornado Bow

Images:

*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
Windrazor is a cold-hearted warrior who cares only for destruction! Autobots beware, because this Windrazor figure is one mean Predacon! He's terrifying whether he's in robot mode or dragon mode, and he's got an appetite for destruction. He's also got a deadly weapon in his Tornado Bow! Keep converting him back and forth so his Autobot enemies can't keep up!

Includes figure and accessory. Legion Class Series 3 008 Windrazor Inferno-Stormer. Ages 5 and up.

WindrazorIn the "Beast Hunters" 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. Part of this team is Windrazor, the aerial member of the Abominus group.

Robot Mode:
In Generation One, the "Terrorcon" team had one member that transformed into a monstrous bird but his name was Cutthroat, not Windrazor. I figure there's some combination of trademark issues and the rather dramatic nature of the name "Cutthroat" that led to the character getting rebranded. However, there's no doubt that this figure is based on G1 Cutthroat. His head design looks like an angled, exaggerated version of the head from the G1 toy (which had a very square shaped head). This includes a central crest and two panels on either side of that crest. Like his G1 counterpart he has a "regular" face with two eyes, a nose and mouth. His mouth is set in a snarky looking angle which gives the figure some extra character. Also, like his G1 counterpart his chest has the beast mode head forming a large portion of the chest, complete with the beast mode's crest sticking out a bit. His wings are on his upper body, but not set on his back like the G1 figure. Instead,here they are attached to the arms.

Windrazor's other parts are more modern in design. This includes his arms and legs, which have curved sections leading to more angular sections such as the lower legs. A bit of extra flair is added via shoulder armor that comes up and over the shoulders on either side of his head. Having the wings on his arms also offers him a rather dramatic appearance. Overall Windrazor does a great job of paying homage to Cutthroat while being distinctive in his own way.

In terms of colors, Windrazor borrows plenty from Cutthroat. He is primarily cast in green and cream colored plastic. The cream colored parts make up sections like his head, parts of the torso, shoulders, forearms and lower legs. The other parts are cast in green plastic. The green and cream colors were both found on G1 Cutthroat further connecting the two figures. Paint details are done in purple, yellow and orange. The wings have the biggest paint decos, a purple color that very closely matches the one used on G1 Cutthroat. The orange is on his eyes and yellow is used on details like his knee armor and the crest on his chest. The orange is used for his eyes. In addition there is a tampographed Predacon symbol on top of the right shoulder armor in yellow with a black outline. The deco is a strong one and immediately calls back to G1 Cutthroat instantly.

Windrazor has eight points of articulation. This includes six ball joints (the arms, elbows and hips) and a knee joint that is really part of the transformation scheme. The all joints work great, but the shoulder ones can pop out if you push them back with a bit of force so be careful. Windrazor carries a bow weapon using the same sculpt as Legion Class Airachnid. This version is a gunmetal grey, giving it a much more industrial look. Windrazor can hold this in his hands, attach it to the wings or the sides of his legs. The weapon itself has extra pegs and a hole in front that allows you to connect it to other Cyberverse weapons.

Transformation to Beast Mode:

  1. Detach thaae weapon and set it asirede 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:
Like his G1 counterpart, Windrazor has a bird-like beast mode. It does have some detailing that is more "dragon" like such as the layers of armor on the neck, waist area and tail. The beast mode head has a crest leading to a layered beak with ridges sculpted into the mouth that suggest a dragon-like creature more than a bird. It's an interesting combination coverall. Much like his G1 counterpart, Windrazor has wide wings, two fairly strong looking legs to stand on and an elongated neck leading to his head. However, most of his details are more curved and almost "organic" looking than Cutthroat, who was much more mechanical looking. I really like the way this beast mode manages to pay homage to Cutthroat while still looking distinctive.

The colors from the robot mode all carry over to this form, but this time out the purple on the wings dominate the picture. The beast mode eyes are painted orange, matching the robot mode eyes. The Predacon symbol from the robot mode is now displayed prominently on the right side shoulder.

Windrazor has seven points of articulation, mostly focused on the same points as the robot mode. The beast mode head can move up and down and if you want to stretch things out a bit you can "add" two more points of articulation by counting the shoulder swivel joint that turns during transformation. Windrazor has several attachment points for Cyberverse weapons including the middle of each wing, the robot fists (which still show in this form), his mouth and legs. That means if you wanted to, you could really load him up with firepower!

Final Thoughts:
Windrazor is an excellent homage to G1 Cutthroat. He looks great in both modes and I really like how strongly the design ties to his G1 counterpart while still being distinctive. Highly recommended!

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