"Timelines" Botcon 2014 Ferak with Tornado Toy Review

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Timelines

Ferak General Information:
Release Date: June 19, 2014
Price Point: $395.00 (In a set with Scorponok, Cannonball, Ginrai & Devcon)
Retailer: Botcon Exclusive
Accessories: Pirate Tornado weapon

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The theme of Botcon 2014 was "Knights versus Pirates". This theme allowed for a very eclectic mixture of characters including the Decepticon Ferak. Ferak was first introduced in the original Marvel Comic Book series as a Decepticon taken out by the Autobot Blaster. The character would later appear in the current IDW Publishing continuity as part of "Squadron X". This incarnation is meant to represent the "Timelines" version of the character with a partner: Pirate Tornado who serves as his Targetmaster. Tornado is also inspired by a comic book character from the original Marvel comics who would later appear in the IDW Publishing comics.

To bring Ferak into plastic form, the Universe 2.0 Cyclonus sculpt was used. Check out that review for details on the figure. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Tornado:
A redeco of the Targetmaster Nightstick, Tornado represents a Cybertronian, not a Nebulan. The figure is cast in the primary colors used on Ferak himself: white, black and two shades of grey. The grey and black make up most of the figure with white used on the torso area. His face is painted silver and the eyes are orange.

The Marvel Comics version of the character was mostly light blue. His IDW incarnation was also blue, but different shades. This interpretation of the character is very much its own entity.

All the articulation points on this figure are nice and tight. The transformation works without a problem.

Robot Mode:
For this release of the Cyclonus sculpt, no sculpt changes were made. The sculpt was partly chosen because of its resemblance to the way he appears in the fourth issue of "Last Stand of the Wreckers" from IDW Publishing. There he had horns, a round head with a wing showing on his back. This in turn was based on his appearance in the Generation One Marvel Comic Book where he had a round head, horns and wings on his back from his aerial mode. Since Cyclonus has similar details, the figure was a great choice for this character.

Ferak is cast mostly in white, grey and light grey with small small parts in black. Most of the figure is white, with the grey colors making up smaller sections like his fists and thighs. This is the main color of Ferak as he appeared in "Last Stand of the Wreckers". The other color seen in that comic was red, and it's used on several sections of this figure including the face, chest, forearms, knee armor and feet. Smaller details are painted in grey and black such as the mid-body and forearms respectively. A small purple Decepticon symbol is printed on his forehead. While super subtle, a close look at his eyes shows they are painted orange matching his comic book appearance.

The white and grey colors make Ferak's color scheme seem very simple, but it's actually fairly intricate. I like the layering of colors on certain parts like the red and grey on both forearms and knee armor. I'm also fond of tiny symbols tampographed onto figures like the Decepticon symbol on his head.

Ferak's joints are nice and tight. Most importantly, his chest halves that connect to the shoulders connect to the central torso piece nicely. At least one previous version of this figure I have was loose on this section so his shoulders tended to flop out to the sides. No such problem here.

Ferak can hold Tornado in his right fist as a weapon. You can also swing in his left hand so Tornado can attach to his left wrist. Both these attachment points work without a problem.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach Tornado if attached.
  2. Swing each fist into the forearms.
  3. Rotate each forearm so the stabilizer fin on it faces back.
  4. Push the forearms up.
  5. Swing the wings behind the shoulders out to the sides.
  6. Connect the tabs on the wings to the corresponding grooves on the forearms.
  7. Swing the arms out and rotate the arm/wing section around.
  8. Turn the robot head around.
  9. Open up the cockpit section on the back.
  10. Swing out the nosecone and push the back section back down.
  11. Slide the point of the nosecone forward.
  12. Push the halves of the robot feet together.
  13. Swing each half of each leg out, then swing it forward.
  14. Swing the arms to the sides and connect the tabs on the forearms to the corresponding slots on the legs.
  15. Tornado can be attached to the hole on top of the cockpit section.

Vehicle Mode:
In the comic books, "Squadron X" is a group of Decepticons, mostly with aerial vehicle modes. Cyclonus' sleek form fits in perfectly with the group's theme.

Like the robot mode, this mode is mostly white plastic from the front all the way to the back. The grey parts are focused around the wings and stabilizer fins. Smokey grey translucent plastic is used for the windows on the cockpit.

Red paint is used on various details including the small blasters on the nosecone, lines on the sides and the thrusters in the back. Each wing has a tampographed "Pirate" symbol on it in a light grey color. It's a very clean, simple looking color scheme that looks good, though there's definitely more visual variety in robot mode.

Final Thoughts:
To most fans, Ferak is going to be pretty ordinary. The mostly white color scheme doesn't help. However, for fans who enjoy an obscure character being added to their collection, this guy fits the bill. Keep in mind there's a pretty heavy cost to get this guy even if you find him separated from the rest of the boxed/bagged set on ebay so. I think it's a cool figure, but he's definitely not for everyone.