Transformers Timelines Rattrap Toy Review

in 2006, Action Figure Review, Beast Wars, Botcon, Maximal, Timelines

Transformers Timelines

General Information:
Release Year: September 2006
Retailer: Botcon 2006 Exclusive
Price: $299 for Botcon 2006 registration that included boxed set, $249 for members of the fan club
Accessories: Gun, Golden Disk with "holder" (Cyber Key)

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The backwards extrapolation of forms for the Beast Wars characters was not always easy. Rattrap was a fairly iconic character in his own way (not many other Transformers have become techno organic rodents after all). When deciding on a vehicle mode for Rattap the idea was to give him a form that looked somewhat dimunative in both robot and vehicle modes, but cool at the same time. Another requirement for Botcon exclusives are using sculpts that are readily available. For 2006, the easiest sculpts to obtain were the sculpts from Cybertron, making Ransack's sculpt an ideal choice for this character. This review will focus on the changes made to this figure for this release.

Cyber Planet Key:
The Cyber Planet Key included with Rattrap is not the Speed Planet Key that was included with Ransack. The one chosen was the Decepticon Key mostly because of the way its round shape looks like a case that encapsulates the "Golden Disk" inside. While the sculpt was not altered (the Decepticon symbol is still visible on the back) the Key was cast in solid metallic silver. The middle section is painted metallic gold with the Golden Disk symbols on it taken straight from the Beast Wars television show. On the lower portion of the Key is a Maximal symbol in red with a white border. The costs of a completely original sculpt would have been prohibitive to the set, and out of all the Keys this was the best one to have used since a lot of the others have symbols that stick out the front representing the various "Cybertron" planets. The top section still evokes a Decepticon symbol a lot so it's a bit tough not to think of that if you look closely enough.

Vehicle Mode:
The basic color swaps were simple on this figure. The red from Ransack has been replaced with silver. The translucent red plastic has been replaced with translucent orange. Finally the black plastic has been replaced with brown. The metallic silver paint apps have been replaced with metallic gold. The metallic gold paint on Ransack have been replaced with black. One of the goals of some of the Botcon 2006 figures was to give each figure at least one paint application that differs form the figure it was based on. In this mode that can be found on the rear weapon/engine section and right behind the seat. The round sculpted detail that looks like a screw behind the seat is painted gold and the round gas cap like detail on the weapon section is painted gold as well. Both of these details were not painted on Ransack. However when you flip out the weapon, you'll find that unlike Ransack, the entire length of the gun barrels aren't painted, just the front sections and not the base.

The Cyber Key gimmick still works right with no problems (which is good to see since this sculpt has now been used at least three times prior to this release).

Robot Mode:
Rattrap's robot mode utilizes a different arrangement of colors and details than Ransack. The plastic color swaps from the vehicle mode carry through and as a result a lot more of the brown color shows here on the upper arms, mid body and upper legs. On the legs the swaps are pretty straightforward, with the metallic gold replaced by black and vice versa. The chest is different however. The entire chest piece is painted silver with red in the small rectangular vent sections. On the right arm is a Maximal symbol in red with a white border.

Some fans were disappointed that Ransack's head was not swapped out for an original head sculpt. We had wanted to do this, but at the end of the day it really made more sense for Cheetor, Megatron and Optimus Primal to receive new head sculpts. In this case we rationalized that this was Rattrap wearing a type of "cap" over his brain like head dome. This was even shown in the comic book included with the set.

While we could not give Rattrap a new head sculpt, Fun Publications gave Ransack a different deco pattern than Ransack. Instead of the "mask like" look that Ransack has. Instead his whole face up to the center of his "cap" is painted gold. His eyes are painted red. The antennae pieces on the sides of his head are painted metallic gold.

Final Thoughts:
Rattrap is a cool repaint that manages to capture enough of the spirit of the original character to sell itself as that character despite not having a new head. I do grant he is stronger as part of a set than he would be on his own. A cool figure overall.