Beast Wars Transformers Snarl Toy Review

in 1997, Action Figure Review, Basic, Beast Wars, Maximal

Beast Wars Transformers

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Name: Snarl
Function: Surprise Attack

Snarl is seldom seen until the instant he attacks. His camoflage coloring allows him to sneak into Predacon basecamps undetected. Powerful legs give him the ability to lunge forward to attack startled enemies, and in robot mode he can jump straight up to escape incoming missile fire. Snarl is a fearleass fighter whose gnashing serrated teeth and razor-sharp claws are enough to fend off would be attackers...if they know what's good for them!

Strength: 7.0 Intelligence: 5.0 Speed: 9.0 Endurance: 5.0
Rank: 2.0 Courage: 7.0 Firepower: 4.0 Skill: 5.0

Snarl is one of the 1997 release regular Beast Wars figures. It is a definate attempt at trying a slightly different kind of transformation while adding in an action "gimmick". To a degree it doesn't work but to another degree it is obvious some nice effort went into this design.

Beast Mode:
Snarl's beast mode is a Tazmanian Devil. He is primarily light brown in color with dark grey on his forearms, back and tail. He is fairly well articulated in this mode. His forearms can move in three different joints (wrist, upper arm and elbow). The back legs can swing back and forth. His mouth can open and close. His "action feature" involves his tail. With a press of a button on the tail, Snarl is supposed to launch at his enemies. However, the spring inside is rather weak and the toy does not launch properly.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
Snarl's tail detaches with the aforementioned "launching" feature. His rear beast mode legs swing back and his body halves fold towards the back. His forearms come down to form his robot arms. His beast mode's head splits in half and folds down to form his robot legs. The lower half of his beast mode head folds down to his chest. His tail attaches to either his right or left arm via a peg and hole. The effect is a really nice looking arm mounted cannon.

Robot Mode:
Snarl's robot mode suffers in appearance mainly from his rather large back where his beast mode back and beast mode halves fold out. However, those parts of his "body" are nicely molded with features including veins and ribs! The robot itself stands rather sturdy despite his heavier back. His arm mounted cannon has a nice "fur styled" mold. His face looks very organic, but the mostly black color with blue eyes, surrounded by brown makes this Maximal look rather fierce. He has thirteen points of articulation:

  • 3 points on each arm, upper arm, elbow and wrist
  • Head turning
  • Upper leg
  • Lower Leg and ankle

Snarl's color scheme blends well and his proportions are rather well done. Not the best regular Beast Wars Transformers toy. C

Additional Thoughts (Added June 2012):
What Snarl lacks in his ability to "leap" as his gimmick intended he does have in detailing. There are a lot of nicely sculpted details on this figure and he does have a really scary appearance in beast mode. It's still not a great toy, but it's hardly the worst Transformer out there.