"Timelines" Botcon 2015 Exclusive Parasite with Ripper Toy Review
Release Date: June 18, 2015
Price Point: $169.00 (Four Pack with Mudfighter, Paralyzer and Storm Rider)
Retailer: Fun Publications
Accessories: Stinger/Blaster, Ripper mini-figure
The theme of Botcon 2015 is "Cybertron's Most Wanted". This doesn't just refer to the story where the boxed set had a group of criminals in it, it also refers to toys that represent characters that fans have wanted for a long time - with a new spin of course. Parasite and Ripper were part of a four pack containing four separate redecos of the "Generations" Deluxe Waspinator and the mini Waspinator figure included in the Starscream and Waspinator two pack. You'll want to check out both those reviews for a more detailed look at those sculpts. This review will focus on the changes made to the figures for this release.
While other figures released at Botcon 2015 call back to the pre-Transformers era of Diaclone toys, Parasite's inspiration is much more recent. Specifically he is based on an unreleased Waspinator figure from 2003. This figure was originally meant to be part of a "Halloween Horrorcon Value Pack" Wal-mart exclusive set, but it was never released (prototypes did make their way to ebay however). Now, over ten years later fans have a chance at owning a figure inspired by that unreleased mold.
The Waruders multi-pack is sealed in a large plastic bag. Each Waruder comes with tech specs and instructions and a mini figure. The Waruders are all in beast mode inside this package.
Ripper is the actual brains behind this pair. In the world of the Waruders, smaller robots pilot larger techno-organic suits (in this case, Parasite). Ripper is cast in light blue and grey plastic. The wings are painted silver and the eyes on both the beast mode head and the robot head are yellow. It's a nice color scheme and it reminds me a bit of some of the Diaclone "driver" figures that came with the toys that would become the Autobot cars.
All the joints on this figure are still tight (and this sculpt has been redone several times already between the U.S. and Japan) and he can hold 3mm peg weapons. I was very pleased to see that this figure uses the same solid plastic as the first release. When it was released as Venin very soft, floppy plastic was used which was kind of sad. I'm really glad they didn't use the soft plastic on this figure.
On an interesting note, Ripper's name is based off a G.I. Joe character, specifically a member of the Dreadnoks. Indeed, the other smaller figures included with the other Waruders all share names with Dreadnoks! This adds a level of homage to the figure that was unexpected.
There are no mold changes on this figure for this release. It is a direct redeco of the Waspinator sculpt.
The aforementioned unreleased "Horrorcon" Waspinator was mostly black, lavender and red plastic with some gold color in the form of vacuum metallized parts. This figure takes those basic colors as inspiration for its deco. The main plastic colors on this figure are black, purple and translucent red. The black makes up most of the main trunk of the body and the head. The purple plastic is used on peripheral sections like the back, the insect legs and the antennae mounted on his head. The wings are translucent red, offering a nice splash of color over the darker purple and black colors. Instead of using vacuum metallized gold, metallic gold paint is used to color the eyes and bands around the rear end of the figure. A bit of black paint is used on the top of the figure. This isn't a particularly complex color scheme, but it works very well as a homage. It's also very different from the source figure and the other three figures in the multi-pack. I really like the dark look of this figure.
All the joints on my copy of this figure are nice and tight. The wing flapping mechanism works perfectly. Technically you can attach Ripper in his weapon mode to the tail end of this figure on the right side. There is a hole that fits the weapon peg really well. It looks rather awkward, but it's nice to see the functionality exists.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Detach the stinger section on the tail, fold the stinger out and set it aside for now.
- Swing the sides of the beast mode out.
- Flip the beast mode over and swing the robot legs out.
- Push the tail section back.
- Rotate the robot hip piece around and push it down.
- Straighten out the robot legs.
- On each foot swing out the front and heel pieces.
- On the side of each leg, rotate the insect leg up.
- On the front section swing out each of the robot arms fully at the shoulders.
- Pull the halves of the beast mode head to the sides.
- Swing the beast mode head down and push it back.
- On each robot arm rotate the insect legs so they point up.
- Place the weapon in his hand.
- Ripper can be placed in either hand in weapon mode.
In this mode the colors that make up the figure spread out a lot more. Now the black and purple colors alternate on the arms and legs while most of the torso section is black plastic. The eyes are cast in translucent red, which gives him a really demonic look. The deco on the head in particular is fantastic. A combination of purple and gold is used to paint the more intricate spikes and antennae on the head. What I really like about this color scheme is that it looks like a totally different character than Waspinator even though no mold changes were made.
The joints on my copy of this figure are nice and tight except the heel and foot pieces. These two pieces are definitely more loose than those on my Waspinator figure. Fortunately the figure can still stand, but it takes a bit more work to pose him.
The Parasite "drone" and Ripper are a cool pair and one of my favorites out of this set. The colors are really strong and I appreciate the homage to "Horrocon" Waspinator. All that said, he's going to cost quite a bit whether you buy the entire set or find him individually on the secondary market so be warned.