Energon Toy Reviews: Bonecrusher

in 2004, Action Figure Review, Constructicon, Decepticon, Energon, Superlink


General Information:
Release Year: Fourth quarter 2004
Retailer: General Release (Toys 'R' Us, Kay Bee, Wal-Mart etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Transformation Difficulty Level: 2
Accessories: Energon Weapon, Energon Star


Unlike their G1 predecessors, the Energon Constructicons were made up of five (instead of six) individual Transformers who combined into one giant. By implementing a system where any "limb" component could be swapped out for another, the designers also cut costs by using one sculpt for two different characters on the team. Bonecrusher is a redeco of Sledge, so check out his review for details on the figure. This review will cover the changes made to this sculpt for this release. It is also interesting to note Bonecrusher is the only name carried over from the original G1 Constructicons that inspired this team.

Vehicle Mode:
Bonecrusher uses two primary solid plastic colors: brown and grey. For the most part, the bright green parts on Sledge are replaced with brown parts. The dark green parts on Sledge are replaced by grey. There are a couple exceptions here and there such as the rear section of the vehicle. The wheels are also cast in brown plastic. The windows in the driver's section are translucent blue plastic.

As redecos have become more common and indeed rather standard over the years for Transformers, one thing that I appreciate is a redeco using a different deco pattern than its predecessor. It shows a bit more effort than just "replace color A with color B". Bonecrusher follows this line of thought. He shares some paint details with Sledge, but in other ways he is unique. The inside of his shovel is colored yellow along with the top of the driver's section and the rear of the vehicle. On the very top of the driver's section is a tampographed Decepticon symbol. The edges of the windows are painted metallic grey and the sides of the wheels are painted copper. Inside the shovel is the cog-like symbol that represents combining Transformers within the Energon line.

Robot Mode:
The different deco pattern continues into the robot mode. Most of the robot mode is cast in brown plastic, with the grey plastic making up the head (and the section the head rests on) along with the lower legs. The robot face and the two circles above his chest are painted metallic purple. Yellow can be found on the sides of his chest, the lower arms, his waist and feet. The color is distributed enough that it contrasts well with the darker brown parts. The yellow is broken near the feet by metallic grey before it continues to the ends of his feet.

Bonecrusher's joints are just as stiff as Sledge's. His accessories are also the same translucent blue color as Sledge's weapon and Energon Star.

Final Thoughts:
Compared to Sledge, Bonecrusher's deco is a lot less subtle. It's all about light/dark contrast whereas Sledge's focuses a bit more on detail oriented paint decos (not that Sledge didn't have contrast). A nice redeco that doesn't feel repetitive of its source figure. Recommended. It is worth noting that Bonecrusher was slightly harder to find at retail than Sledge, so on the aftermarket you might pay a bit more for him than Sledge.