Cybertron Toy Reviews: Brushguard

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Cybertron, Decepticon, Earth Planet, Galaxy Force


General Information:
Release Year: November 2005
Retailer: General Release (Target, Wal-Mart, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Transformation Difficulty Level: 2
Accessories: Cyber Planet Key, Missile

Brushguard package art


Tech Specs:
One of the many scientists working for Megatron, Brushguard has dedicated his life to xenobotany - the study of alien planet life. A firm believer in Decepticon supremacy, he hopes to find unique toxins in Earth plants for use against the Autobots and their human allies. Though he dislikes violence, he has been retrofitted to fire short-range bursts of superheated acid from his chest.

Strength: 6 Intelligence: 8.5 Speed: 4 Endurance: 9 Rank: 3 Courage: 6 Firepower: 5.5 Skill: 6.5

Each Transformer from the basic sized figure and up comes with a Cyber Planet Key. Brushguard comes with the standard "Earth" Planet Key. Unlike the Japanese Galaxy Force "Force Chips", these have codes printed on them that you can use on the official Transformers web site to unlock extra content. In Brushguard's case his code is s0u6 and his unlocked material reveals an image of his color chart and the following text:

A cousin of Overhaul, Brushguard was lured by Megatron into a life of evil by hollow promises of money, Energon and power. Brushguard, though a brilliant scientist is secretly in love with movies from Earth. He has an entire collection of primitive Earth DVD’s that he watches while he is in his laboratory cooking up monstrous viruses and genetic mutations for Megatron. Hs dream project would be to create a bio-mechanical Autobot eating plant that resembles the Earth Venus Fly trap plant. He would teach it to talk too – it would say, “Feed me Brushguard!”

Brushguard is the third release of this sculpt in a Transformers toy line. The first was Galaxy Force Jackshot, who was then given a new name and released in the US as Overhaul. This review will focus on the changes made to this toy for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
Brushguard's vehicle mode is an SUV/Hummer type hybrid. No sculpt changes were made to the vehicle mode, only color changes. Overhaul's primary green color has been replaced with light blue. The wheels (and spare tire) are dark blue. Flat dark grey is used for detailing along the top and hood of the vehicle, and the windows are all metallic silver. All the lights are neon green (border lining on yellow). Interestingly, a deco pattern from last year's Landquake figure has made its way onto Brushguard in the form of a circle with jagged lines inside of it. Here it is silver and painted onto the hood. Outside of faction symbols, it is not common for Transformers to share deco details like this.

Brushguard looks rather plain in this mode. It's not a bad looking vehicle form, but Overhaul's certainly had a bit more detail going for it. I do find the color combination rather interesting, but the final execution is rather plain.

Robot Mode:
While Brushguard carries over most of the same colors from the vehicle mode into robot mode, they work together nicely here. Almost all the newly revealed parts (head, chest, feet etc.) are cast in dark blue plastic. A pearl colored white has been added on for detail, making up the face, shoulders and part of the chest. This adds a nice contrast color to the mix. Some more neon green shows up on the head and chest as well. The claws on the hands have been painted lavender, which goes nicely againt the dark blue of the lower arms.

Brushguard maintains the same Planet Key feature as Overhaul. Plug in the Planet Key and he fires the missile in his chest (now cast in translucent purple).

A minor sculpt change was made to the toy for this release. Since Overhaul has an Autobot symbol sculpted into the right shoulder, this part was smoothed out and on top a Decepticon symbol was painted on.

Final Thoughts:
While I still find the entire arm design of this sculpt irritating, it looks nice in robot mode and has a very different color scheme than most Decepticons released this year. I am also rather fond of his tech spec, which makes him out to be something of a mad scientist, with plants no less. There is an appeal to this toy, but it is very particular and owes itself to how unusual the deco and tech specs are. Mildly recommended.