Beast Wars Transformers Stinkbomb Toy Review

in 1999, Action Figure Review, Basic, Beast Wars, Maximal, Transmetal 2

Beast Wars Transformers

Name: Stinkbomb
Function: Pscyhological Warfare
Motto: "Nine-tenths of the battle is fought within the imagination."

A strategic specialist, Stinkbomb is fascinated with the study of Predaconial psychology. Understands the power-driven Predacon mindset and delights in manipulating it to Maximal advantage. Once taunted for his unpleasant odor, Stinkbomb's sharp wit, cunning tactics and dangerous intelligence quickly earned the respect of his colleagues. Regarded by Optimal Optimus as a valued advisor and fierce warrior. Relies on serrated tail for close range combat. Photon emitters in optical sensors project hypnotic light spectrum capable of lulling enemies. Foul chemical spray causes temporary paralysis - nasty odor remains for weeks unless victim bathes in tomato juice.

Strength: 6.5 Intelligence: 8.9 Speed: 7.1 Endurance: 7.1
Rank: 6.0 Courage: 8.1 Firepower: 4.7 Skill: 5.9

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Among the more interesting beast forms in the Transmetals II collection is Stinkbomb's: a skunk! Far from being a normal skunk, Stinkbomb has mechanical bits everywhere. This seeming nightmare of technology is really one of the more interesting characters to spring from the imaginations of Hasbro among the Beast Wars!

The Gimmick:
So what seperates a Transmetal II from a Transmetal? For one thing, the third "alternate" vehicle modes are gone. In their place, a more striking design style, special features in each toy and a "Spark Crystal". The Spark Crystals are small marble type balls embedded into the body of the toys, each with the symbol of the character's respective allegiance.

Beast Mode:
In beast mode, Stinkbomb is a Transmetal II skunk. Unlike other Transmetal II figures such as Cheetor or Optimus Minor, this beast mode looks more mechanical than organic. The primary colors are black, white and yellow. Stinkbomb's rear beast mode legs and front lower beast mode legs are black. White goes down his back and along his tail like a normal skunk, but in between are yellow and red mechanical parts revealing the true nature of this robot in disguise.

Stinkbomb's most striking feature is his tail. Unlike the usual bushy tails of skunks, this one is vacume metallized gold with serrated blades! At the end is a yellow claw piece which can be moved to grip enemies. Vacume metallized gold parts are also on the sides of the main body. It is interesting to note each piece is a different mold, one looking like exhaust tubes, the other more like a mechanical panel.

Stinkbomb's spark crystal is located under the yellow panel on his left rear beast mode leg. As a beast, he has thirteen points of articulation, the nices probably being the tail which rests on a ball joint and has a swivel joint for maximum posability. A very nicely done beast mode overall.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
Begin Stinkbomb's transformation by straightening out the front beast mode legs. Now fold down the beast mode head and flip down the section which makes up the back of the beast mode. Twist both the robot head and tail around and then swing the robot head and orange base piece forward. Swing up the beast mode head so it fits snugly into the now-hollow main body. Snap down the orange base piece to reset the robot head and then fold up the beast mode back piece. Twist the waist around and then turn the robot feet around. Finally, fold back the rear beast mode paws and flip out the robot lower arms. Position the gold side pieces as desired, and Stinkbomb is now in robot mode!

Robot Mode:
In robot mode, Stinkbomb is mostly yellow and black. The major deviations from this scheme are the vacume metallized gold tail and side pices and bright orange detailing on the main body and face. He is fairly well proportioned except for the tail on the back of his head. Fortunately, the tail looks more fierce than anything else, and it does not affect the stability of the toy since it can be positioned in so many different ways.

As a robot, Stinkbomb has forteen points of articulation, including the tail articulation and waist articulation. The detailing on some of Stinkbomb's parts are hard to see because of the black color, but if one looks close enough, you can see tubes, joints and other such detailing.

Overall, this is a nicely done robot mode, and it is good to see the designers made sure that the rather unwieldly tail feature did not affect the toy's balance. Had the tail been detachable to use as a hand weapon, I would have personally liked it a bit more. A-

Additional Notes (June 2012)
This sculpt would pop up later on with almost the same exact color scheme in the "Robots in Disguise" series as "Gas Skunk", a Predacon, making him one of the few figures that didn't appear in the animated series it was intended for but did pop up later, virtually unchanged. He also almost became a "Beast Machines" figure named "Spiketail" but that redeco was never produced.