Robotmasters Toy Review: Smokesniper

in 2004, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Generation Two, Robotmasters

Robotmasters Transformers

General Information:
Release Year: September 2004
Retailer: Japanese exclusive
Price: $20 (Depending on Import Retailer)
Accessories: Missiles x 2, Missile Launchers x 2, Radial Pod

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Tech Specs (Translated by Doug Dlin):
Name: Smokesniper
Function: Sniper Lieutenant
Profile: The "Magic-Bullet Marksman," he can shoot through a target 50 km away even while flying at Mach 2.5. Low in rank because he has no desire for fame, but his abilities are, in fact, preeminent among the Destron forces. While he tries to appear cool, he also has a softhearted side.

Weapon(s): Shotmaker/Radial Pod

Rank: 8 Power: 7 Defense: 7 Stamina: 7 Speed: 9

You can't keep a good sculpt down. For the fourth time in the Transformers line, the Generation 2 Smokescreen sculpt has been used for a Decepticon. Like the toy's previous releases, this one takes a new identity: Smokesniper. Check out the RiD Dreadwind review for a detailed review of the toy itself (this will be readded soon). This review will cover the changes made to the toy for this release.

Robot Mode:
In robot mode, Smokesniper is a combination of bright and dark colors. No one color really overwhelms the others. His chest and back are blue with yellow edges. His shoulders, lower arms and lower legs are all light blue while his upper arms, upper legs, head and feet are dark grey. Yellow and silver paint is used sparingly to provide additional detail.

The missile launchers are dark grey with yellow painted on and light blue ends. The missiles are blue. However, color is not all that's changed. The missile launcher pegs have been shrunken down (and thus the holes on Smokesniper's hands are smaller than those of his predecessors). This was done to allow him to hold the new/additional weapon included with the toy, the "Radial Pod" weapon.

The Radial Pod weapon is molded in translucent green plastic. It's basically a rectangular weapon with twin cannons. In robot mode, you can easily just attach one of the missile launchers to Smokesniper's back so he can hold all three weapons at once. This weapon can attach to the one included with Gigant-Bomb.

All of Smokesniper's joints feel fine save one. The left shoulder hinge (not the shoulder itself) is a bit loose compared to the right. But that barely hampers any play or posability value.

Vehicle Mode:
Smokesniper's primary colors in vehicle mode are blue with yellow stripes. This seems to be inspired by the color pattern of the Blue Angels, an
aerial show group. Most of the top is blue with eyllow on the edges. The center parts and some of the parts towards the back are light blue. The forward vents on the underside are dark grey.

Smokesniper is certainly not shy about his affiliation. On the nosecone there is a Decepticon symbol with silver trim that looks awesome. On the rear fins, there is a Decepticon symbol on each. A bit of silver is used on the light blue section for vents. Overall this is a very nice color scheme. It certainly differentiates him from all his predecessors.

Smokesniper can combine with Gigant-Bomb in vehicle mode by sliding into the port at Gigant-Bomb's back in vehicle mode. Check out his review for pictures.

Final Thoughts:
The sculpt used for Smokesniper is an awesome one. Consider that it was designed over a decade ago it's transformation, posability and excellent sculpt really do stand the test of time. Now, if you already have the three previous
versions of this, you're not missing out on much. But if you've never managed to grab any versions, this is your best bet. Highly recommended.