Energon Toy Reviews: Energon Strongarm

in 2004, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Energon, Omnicon, Superlink

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General Information:
Release Year: July 2004
Retailer: General Release (Toys 'R' Us, Kay Bee, Wal-Mart etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Transformation Difficulty Level: 2
Accessories: Crane/axe handle, Energon Chip, Axe Blades x 2
launcher

Images:

Energon Strongarm is one of the current waves of redecos for the Energon toy line. He is a redeco of the first wave Strongarm. For a detailed review of the toy, read Strongarm's review. This review will cover the changes made to the figure for this release.

Packaging:
Energon Strongarm was initially released on a traditional black background Energon package. However, this was a rather limited run from July to September of 2004. After that, a majority of Energon Strongarms have appeared on "Powerlinx Battles" packaging, which features a red to black gradient. The toy inside remains the same.

Vehicle Mode:
The designers really went for a different look with Energon Strongarm. Gone is the yellow and grey tone color scheme. Instead, his primary color now is a
light blue color, with dark blue, metallic grey, silver, red and a light orange color adding detail. While some of these colors may sound garish, they're not. The blue and orange colors are extremely subdued shades. I'd dare say the brightest color on the figure itself is the metallic silver used for the wheel hubcaps. The translucent pieces have been made a much brighter shade of red than the original Strongarm had. The result makes these pieces look like they have a lot of energy coursing through them, and in the right light (bright sunlight for instance), they really look nice.

When I first saw preview pictures of this color scheme, it kept reminding me of someone. It wasn't until I recently reviewed G1 Storm that it came to me.
While it is pure speculation on my part, it seems like the bright blue with bright translucent theme of Storm may have inspired this toys' color scheme. But that's not official by any means. Still, the resemblance is quite interesting. Energon Strongarm would fit right in with early 90's Transformers.

The best choice made here was to keep the colors muted. If they were loud and obnoxious I wouldn't like it as much. But as they are, they work very well, and contrast with the brighter Energon weapon pieces nicely.

Robot Mode:
Energon Strongarm's robot mode remains consistant with his vehicle mode. The same basic colors are there, but some in greater amounts. His upper arms are
metallic grey for instance, while the lower arms are orange. More silver paint apps are found on his upper legs, a new app that did not exist on Strongarm.
I like it. He also has some red paint details as well. These can be found almost everywhere. The head, the shoulders, chest and the waist. This splash of color is welcome, and fits with the Energon weapons and Star included with the figure.

Final Thoughts:
If you missed out on Strongarm the first time (and he's not clogging your toy shelves at the moment), this is a worthwhile purchase. I personally think it's worth getting even if you have Strongarm since it's been shown that each Omnicon design is used multiple times in the television show. Plus this color scheme is very nice, and quite different than the original. Highly recommended.