Beast Wars Neo Break Toy Review

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Beast Wars Neo

Name: Break
Beast Mode: Emperor Penguin
Allegiance: Cybertron
Function: Polar Operative

Amazingly strong in coldness, Break gives full play to his abilities on frigid worlds. He is bold and quick to lose his temper, but is also fiercely concerned for his comrades. The Break Anchors he launches from his right arm are massively destructive. Break loves bathing in ice water and is quite tidy.

Strength: 5.0 Intelligence: 5.0 Speed: 6.0 Endurance: 6.0
Rank: 7.0 Courage: 9.0 Firepower: 6.0 Skill: 5.0

Break is one of the regular sized initial releases from the Beast Wars Neo Transformers line, exclusive to Japan. Following Beast Wars Neo's use of unconventional beast modes, Break is a powerful Cybertron penguin!

Beast Mode:
In beast mode, Break is an emperor penguin. His color scheme is mostly black and white, but he also has tinges of yellow on his upper chest and orange eyes. The beast mode has five points of articulation. The beast mode is nicely molded, with intricate detail on the "fur" of the body and in the feet. A nice beast mode, if not a bit comical.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
Begin Break's transformation by opening up the panel on the mid-section of the beast mode body. Fold it back and then lift up the back and tail of the beast mode. Fold down the waist and rotate the robot legs. Flip out the feet, then rotate them at the ankles and finally, straighten out the robot legs to stand the robot. Next, push the beast mode head and neck and the beast mode feet upwards, allowing them to rest on the robot mode's shoulders. Finally, fold down the arms and insert the missile into Break's right arm cannon. This penguin's now ready to rock!

Robot Mode:
Break has a robot mode mode which has several problems, but also several nice features, creating a fair balance. The robot mode is still mostly black, white and yellow but orange on his cannon and blue on his chest also help make this toy look more vibrant. The primary problems with Break are beast mode parts hanging all over the place. This is not entirely unexpected since he is pretty much a penguin that looks like it's been "hollowed out". However it does distract from the robot mode. Among the parts easily noticeable are the beast mode flippers, head and feet.

However, on the flip side, the robot mode is a wonderful compilation of detailed work. First, the Beast Wars Neo theme of carrying over mechanical parts reminiscent of the toy's beast mode continues. Break's head is molded to appear very bird like, complete with a beak! His chest has white hair on it, much like the beast mode, and his feet look like bird like feet. Also, there is a great amount of detailing inside the curved panels that his arms are attached to. Also note that despite being "attached" to the arm, Break's cannon arm actually does have a lower arm and hand molded into it. Break's "spark crystal" is located on the barrel of the cannon. The missile in the cannon fires by pressing a trigger underneath the cannon. As a robot, Break has twelve points of articulation. A good robot mode with some cool detailing, but a bit too much beast mode kibble.

Transformation to Weapon Mode:
Break's weapon mode is best started from his beast mode. The flippers are both positioned straight out to the sides. The back of the robot moves up, revealing the cannon inside. The feet are also positioned to the sides and the beast mode head tucks a bit into the body. The two pegs on the flippers allow Longrack to hold onto Break to use as a powerful cannon.

Weapon Mode:
As bad as it sounds, Break looks a bit silly in weapon mode, even when held by Longrack. Basically he is firing a missile right out of his back with his beast mode feet dangling. However, once one overcomes the entire comedy element of the mode, it is nice to see that the "Targetmaster" mentality also used in other Beast Wars Neo toys such as Stampy carries through, and that this toy was not neglected.

Overall, this toy offers up a lot of fun, and a fairly complex transformation (it sounds easier in text than in practice) with good detailing. The only problem with this toy is the beast mode kibble in robot mode. Other than that, an excellent job. B+