Transformers Car Robots Buildtrons/Build King Toy Review

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Car Robots

Much of the Car Robots line was meant as a homage to the line of Diaclone toys from which the original Transformers came from. The Car Robot brothers are modern day descendents of the original Autobot cars while the JRX team is a tip of the hat to the original Trainbots team. Part of the Diaclone line was a series of construction vehicles that could merge into one robot. Transformers fans would be introduced to these characters later as the Constructicons. The Buildmasters team acts as a connection to the original line of Diaclone construction machines by also being a group of construction vehicles that can merge into one robot. This review will cover each member of the Buildmaster team individually, and then go into their combined form (of which there are three variations).

Build Boy review

Build Boy is a member of the Buildmasters team. He was available in both a boxed set with the other three Buildmasters and individually carded. The individually carded figures came with tech specs card for the individual character. In order to obtain Build King's tech spec, one would have had to purchase the Build King boxed set, which only came with Build King's tech specs card.

Vehicle Mode:
In vehicle mode, Build Boy is a bulldozer. His color scheme mostly consists of two shades of orange and grey. The windows in his driver area are translucent. The biggest color detail fans will notice is the big Autobot/Cybertron symbol on the top of the driver's cockpit. Build Boy is the only member of the Buildmasters to have this symbol. It is also interesting to note that Build Boy is the smallest of the Buildmasters, falling somewhere in between a basic and deluxe sized toy.

Due to the way the toy transforms, the shovel cannot be moved up and down. However, swing the halves of the shovel back, and then fold out the grey piece underneath the vehicle and Build Boy can ram down his enemies on the battlefield! There are four small wheels on the bottom of the treads that allow the vehicle to roll reasonably well on a smooth surface. Add to this some nice machinery detailing and Build Boy's vehicle mode is nicely made.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
Begin the transformation by swinging the halves of the shovel to th sides. Detach the grey rectangular piece at the front which connects to the two orange tubes on the sides. Set that aside for now. Swing out the treads to separate them from the main body, and slide the rear halves of the treads back. Twist the lower parts around to form the robot arms. Swing the arms forward at the shoulders (there's a hinge). Flip open the orange panel on the bottom of the vehicle to reveal the robot head. Flip it out and twist it around so it faces the same way as the Autobot/Cybertron symbol. Now swing out the front halve sections and twist them around. Fold the grey ends up to form the \robot feet. Straighten out the tubes on the piece you disconnected and then place this weapon into Build Boy's hand. The transformation is complete!

Robot Mode:
Build Boy's color scheme from the vehicle mode is of course, still very much present, but now the Autobot/Cybertron symbol is very prominant being dead center on Build Boy's chest. Despite being a smaller toy, Build Boy still looks like one tough warrior. His weapon is a dual barrelled gun and his tread arms look like they can deliver some blows to Destrongers if needed!

In robot mode, Build Boy has nine points of articulation. Like the other Buildmasters, some of his design in robot mode is stylized to reference his alt mode. Take a look at Build Boy's face and you'll see that on either side of his head are two small shovels!

Build Boy is a cool toy. Although he is not as large as the other Buildmasters,
it makes sense in the context of the Build King transformation. Recommended. A

Build Cyclone review

Build Cyclone is a member of the Buildmasters team. He was available in both a boxed set with the other three Buildmasters and individually carded. The individually carded figures came with tech specs card for the individual character. In order to obtain Build King's tech spec, one would have had to purchase the Build King boxed set, which only came with Build King's tech specs card.

Vehicle Mode:
In vehicle mode, Build Cyclone is a crane. His primary colors are red, silver, dark grey and red-orange. The first impression one gets with this toy is a sense of heft and solidity. It's not so much that the toy is heavy, but the way it is built makes it look strong and dare I say, blocky (in a good way). This is a machine meant to work hard, and it looks it.

The detailing on Build Cyclone is nice. Not overdone, but sufficient for the vehicle. Some details such as control pannels and metal plates bolted to the crane are nice, but other details such as a ladder on the right side (allowing "pilots" to climb into the crane control cockpit) are fantastic.

The crane itself can move up and down as one would expect. However, it order to swivel the cockpit and crane, you have to lift the cockpit section up a bit first. Don't panic if it comes off, it's meant to do that. Want to add some bang to your crane? Flip down the crane hook and flip up Build Cyclone's mean looking gun! In what looks like a Cybertronian shotgun, Build Cyclone has one detailed weapon at his disposal.

Construction vehicles often hold a fascination for kids and collectors alike. Build Cyclone helps to take that one step further with great detailing and a neat weapon in this very cool vehicle mode.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
Begin by detaching the cockpit/crane section. Detach the crane from the cockpit area. Flip out the gun from the crane and flip up the robot head from the cockpit section. Then open up the cockpit and remove the gun inside. Set these parts aside for now.

Swing out the rear halves of the vehicle and fold out the forward halves. Swing out the silver parts of the forward halves and flip down the robot fists. Now extend the robot legs out completely, and fold each leg up. Flip down the feet. Now attach the head section to the hole at the top of the robot's chest piece. Fold the cockpit section down and attach it via the peg in hole system in the back. Now place the weapons into each of his hands, and Build Cyclone is in robot mode!

Robot Mode:
In robot mode, Build Cyclone looks like he's ready for combat! Perhaps one of the best features is his facial expression, which looks grim and cool all at the same time. His color scheme remains the same, but a lot more silver reveals itself in this mode. His detailing is fantastic, with liberal use of pipes and tubes (which one can imagine holding everything from hydraulic fluid to wires). For more eye candy, the details on his guns are fantastic.

As a robot, Build Cyclone has thirteen points of articulation. His fairly large legs and feet allow him a good deal of stability in this mode, and his overall appearance is very tough and powerful looking. The major achievement here, aside from play factor, is the appearance of a strong character without the need for a stiff looking toy.

Build Cyclone is a really cool toy and has a good chunk of play factor. Recommended. A

Build Hurricane review

Build Hurricane is a member of the Buildmasters team. He was available in both a boxed set with the other three Buildmasters and individually carded. The individually carded figures came with tech specs card for the individual character. In order to obtain Build King's tech spec, one would have had to purchase the Build King boxed set, which only came with Build King's tech specs card.

Vehicle Mode:In vehicle mode, Build Hurricane is a backhoe. His colors are metallic green, light green, silver and dark grey. Like his fellow Buildmasters, his details are nicely sculpted and not excessive. On his shovel arm a detail resembling the hydraulics used in such a machine are present. He has vents on the sides and mechanical tubes towards the front of the vehicle's main body.

For a backhoe, Build Hurricane has a fair amount of articulation in this form. The entire shovel arm mechanism can swivel from side to side. The arm itself has two points of articulation, one in the middle and the other where the shovel itself is. Bored of just a plain old shovel arm? Flip out the saw blade inside to create one dangerous construction vehicle! These features help add play value and helps make this a cool vehicle mode.

Transformation to Robot Mode:Begin the transformation by detaching the shovel arm and setting it aside. Next, swivel the cockpit section all the way around. Swing the treads out to the sides. Fold back the green triangular piece and then connect the two tread halves together. Fold the hinges so they form the waist of the robot. Pull down the lower halves of the treads and rotate the lower halves forward Fold down the green robot feet, and swing out the ends of the treads next to the feet to form a three sided support. Swing out the two panels on the rear of the vehicle and swing the robot head up. Swing the two halves out to the sides. Unfold the two sides to reveal the robot arms and claws. Attach the shovel arm to any of the holes on the back of the robot. Build Hurricane is now in robot mode.

Robot Mode:In robot mode, Build Hurricane adds metallic silver to his roster of colors. His face and some details on his chest and legs are silver. His robot eyes are orange. The theme of the vehicle mode carrying over into the robot mode exists here as well. Look at Build Hurricane's head and you will see that the top part bears an uncanny resemblance to the shovel from his backhoe form.

In this form, Build Hurricane has eighteen points of articulation. This includes the shovel arm attached to his back. Although not necesarily limiting, the design of his arms is a bit odd. The arms are unproportioned, which in itself is okay, but if you turn the ball joints a particular way, his arms can only bend the opposite way one would expect (only downward instead of upward). This is only a minor quibble however. Build Hurricane is odd looking in some ways, but overall a cool toy. B+

Build Typhoon Review

Build Typhoon is a member of the Buildmasters team. He was available in both a boxed set with the other three Buildmasters and individually carded. The individually carded figures came with tech specs card for the individual character. In order to obtain Build King's tech spec, one would have had to purchase the Build King boxed set, which only came with Build King's tech specs card.

Vehicle Mode:
Dump trucks are a favorite among kids and construction vehicle toy enthusiasts. Most people will probably remember owning or knowing someone who owned a Tonka dumptruck. Now the Transformers: Car Robots line has its own dump truck to add to the mix. Build Typhoon appears to be a fairly futuristic type of dump truck, and tough looking. Like the other Buildmasters, he is "blocky" looking, but in this case it works for the toy, giving it a very rugged appearance. The details include grid patterns, vents and yellow and black warning stripes.

Build Typhoon is primarily yellow, but two different shades were used. The dumping mechanism itself is a bright yellow as compared to the fairly dull yellow of the lower section. Silver is used for the front grill and metallic blue is used for the headlights. Red is used for the tail lights. Some silver and dark grey appear here and there as well.

Build Typhoon can do something most dump trucks can't, swivel his dumping mechanism! Sure it angles back like a traditional truck, but why stop there? The piece can be rotated around to unload its cargo in any direction! For a scarier dump truck, swivel the mechanism completely around, and then push down the tab in the middle to reveal some dangerous looking teeth! Now Build Typhoon can grab whatever cargo he wants.

This is a fun vehicle mode with a neat gimmick. Very nice.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
Begin by detaching the dumping mechanism. Set it aside for now. Fold up the forward halves of the vehicle and pull out the rear halves of the vehicle, extending the robot legs completely. Now fold each robot leg up and lock it into the waist area. Flip the feet down. Now swing down the silver lower robot arms and fold the fists out. Now swivel the silver piece that the dumping mechanism was attached to the center, and fold it back so it fits snugly betwen the two robot shoulders. Now rotate the cockpit and open up the panel to reveal the robot head. Flip the robot head up and close the panel. Now place his weapon in his hand. Build Typhoon is now ready for action!

Robot Mode:
In robot mode, Build Typhoon is the same color scheme as his vehicle mode, but much more silver and dark grey shows through. His robot eyes are bright orange, and he has a very expressive grin on his face. Being very similar in form to Build Cyclone, he has the same look to him: very tough and powerful looking. His details are nicely done, but are more of a mix of screws, bolts and pipes.

In this form, Build Typhoon has thirteen points of articulation. The body structure is essentially the same as Build Cyclone's so if you own one, you pretty much know what the other is like.

The only complaint I have for this guy is his weapon. As cool as a big snapping jaw is, it is pretty heavy and tends to cause the figure to slant or fall to whichever side he's holding it. Other than this minor flaw, he is pretty cool. Recommended. B+

Build King review

Build King has three variants on his combined form. Each form (see pictures via links above) is named after the character who becomes the arms. Build Boy is stationary as the center chest and robot head piece the entire time. This is all due to the unique tri-linking system used to form Build King. Each of the larger Buildmasters has a triangular hinge that can attach to the other hinges on the other Buildmaster team members. Then Build Boy links in the middle to lock the three together.

The following transformation instructions will cover how to form each of the three variations. You will note common steps throughout each group of instructions. Since Build Boy only transforms one way for all three, his instructions will be given first. No matter which transformation you are using, Build Boy will always stay in the same form for each combination. As for the other Buildmasters, their instructions will be given one by one, and then an overall instruction for the combination.

Build King Combination (Build Boy Transform):Starting with Build Boy in vehicle mode, swing the treads out to the sides, keeping the shovel halves in place. Swing the shoulders forward. Move the dual barrel weapon pice forward so it acts as a waist piece. Flip open the cockpit and flip out Build King's head. Finally, on the back, fold down Build Boy's three sided connector piece. Build Boy is now ready to be assembled with the other Buildmasters.

Build King Combination (Build Cyclone Form)

Build Cyclone (Arms):Detach Build Cyclone's crane and turn it into its gun form. Fold down the three sided connector piece down (not the entire thing, just the very end). Swing Build Cyclone's legs out to the sides and flip up the robot feet. Swing the arm sections back. Build Cyclone is ready for combination.

Build Hurricane (Right Leg):Detach the shovel arm and set it aside. Swing up the entire three sided connector piece. Flatten out the ends of the treads. Build Hurricane is now ready to become a piece of Build King.

Build Typhoon (Left Leg):Detach the dumping mechanism from Build Typhoon and put it aside. Swing up the entire three sided connector piece. Fold down the rear left side wheel to form Build King's foot.

Build King (Cyclone Mode Assembly):Connect the three sided connection points of Build Cyclone, Build Hurricane and Build Typhoon. Now turn Build Boy to the side a bit so he can fit into the hole in the center of the three connectors. Once he is in, turn him back to the other side a bit so he is straight. On Build Boy, you will see two orange pegs. These fit into the holes on Build Cyclone's silver parts. This locks it into place. Now attach the crane and gun pieces to the parts which would normally be Build Cyclone's feet. You can also attach the dumping mechanism from Build Typhoon to the arms by flipping out the wheels on them and attaching the peg on the silver piece to the hole in the dumping mechanism. Build King's "Cyclone Mode" is now assembled.

Build King (Cyclone Mode):Build King does not look like more conventional giants such as the JRX team. Rather, he looks like a giant robot who's purpose is either construction or demolition. Although he definitely has a head, body, arms and legs, the arms and legs are rather odd looking. By using Build Hurricane for a leg, he looks like he does not even have a foot on one leg. The Build Cyclone arms are bulky and look cool with the weapons in, but without them he looks rather stubby. In this form Build King has nine points of articulation. A really nice design touch is the head. A theme of having the robot heads of each Buildmaster resemble their vehicle mode continues here. The top and crest of his head looks like the front grille of a car while the sides look like wheels with a shovel at the ends. The left side of the robot head looks like a small cockpit for a passenger that you would find on a construction vehicle. A very neat design overall.

Build King Combination (Build Hurricane Form)

Build Cyclone (Left Leg):Detach the crane piece and transform it into the rifle. Flip out the entire three sided connector piece. Flip down the rear left side wheel to form Build King's left foot. Flip up the parts which would normally be Build Cyclone's feet. These help to add a bit of balance to the toy. However, if you wish you can just flip them up to keep them out of the way.

Build Hurricane (Arms):Detach the shovel arm and set it aside for now. Swing around the cockpit section of the backhoe so you can see the light green three sided connector piece. Swing the treads out to the sides and extend them. Open up the ends and swing the down the light green Build Hurricane feet. Push the connector piece only down. Swing out the cockpit section into its halves and fold those down.

Build Typhoon (Right Leg):Detach Build Typhoon's dumping mechanism and set it aside for now. Stand the vehicle up and flip out the entire three sided connector section. Flip down the rear right side wheel to form Build King's right foot.

Build King (Hurricane Mode Assembly):Connect Build Typhoon and Build Cyclone together via the three sided connectors first to form the legs. Now connect Build Hurricane's three sided connector to them. Now attach Build Boy the same way you did previously. However, instead of connecting the two orange pegs, the large green peg on Build Hurricane connects to the hole on Build Boy's back. Now attach the weapons. With so many pegs and holes there are various ways to do this. One is to connect the dumping mechanism to the side of the arm to act as a shield, place the shovel arm on his back and have the gun attach to one of his "hands". Build King's "Hurricane Mode" is now assembled.

Build King (Hurricane Mode):Of all three variations on Build King's combined form, this is probably the most "normal" looking one, and is as a matter of fact the one used for the package illustration on the boxed set and tech specs. In this form, Build King has fifteen points of articulation. The extra points of articulation are added on by the arms.

Build King Combination (Build Typhoon Form)

Build Cyclone (Right Leg):Detach the crane arm and transform it into its rifle mode. Flip out the entire three sided connector piece and flip down the rear right wheel to form Build King's right foot.

Build Hurricane (Left Leg):Detach the shovel arm and set it aside. Flip out the entire three sided connector piece and then fold out the ends of the treads for extra balance (you can leave them as is too).

Build Typhoon (Arms):Detach the dumping mechanism and set it aside. Now turn around the silver piece which was connected to the dumping mechanism. Swing out the legs of Build Typhoon to the sides and flip up Build Typhoon's feet. Fold down only the end of the three sided connector piece.

Build King (Typhoon Mode Assembly):Attach Build Typhoon, Build Hurricane and Build Build Cyclone together via their three sided connectors. Now attach Build Boy. This time, use Build Boy's two orange pegs to lock him into the holes on Build Typhoon's silver leg parts. Attach the weapons (see picture for a sample way to do this) and Build King is ready for action in Typhoon mode!

Build King (Typhoon Mode):Like the Build Cyclone mode, this form looks nice but has fairly stubby looking arms. Having the shield/dumping mechanism and the robot arms match in color does lend some eveness to his appearance.

Overall, Build King is really a fun package. The toys are cool individually and as a team. With such a unique transformation combining system, it shows that Takara did gave some thought to the toy's design as well as its aesthetics. Highly recommended. A+