Cybertron Toy Reviews: Anti-Blaze vs. Thrust

in 2006, Action Figure Review, Armada, Cybertron, Mini-Con

Cybertron

General Information:
Release Year: March 2006
Retailer: General Release (Target, Wal-Mart, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: None

Mini-Cons were one of the most successful aspects of the Transformers line in the past few years. Now the little robots are brought back as full fledged Autobots and Decepticons, removing them from their status as a third faction all their own. Having chosen sides, the Mini-Cons are now all packed in "versus packs", with one Autobot and one Decepticon affiliated Mini-Con in each pack.

Thrust is a redeco of the Energon Saber member, Scattor. Anti-Blaze is a redeco of the Emergency Team member, Firebot. Check out their reviews for more detailed looks at the toys. These reviews will cover changes made to the figures for this release.

Anti-Blaze

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Tech Specs:
ANTI-BLAZE, a junior member of the MINI-CON Council of Sages, was among those who argued most passionately against asking OPTIMUS PRIME and his AUTOBOTS for help. he felt that involvement with the larger TRANSFORMERS had brought only grief to the MINI-CON race, though he now regrets his position. He has been forced to make the unpleasant transition from a relatively unknown political figure to a military leader at the front lines as he fights against THRUST and the other evil MINI-CON rebels.

Strength: 7 Intelligence: 8.5 Speed: 7.5 Endurance: 9 Rank: 9 Courage: 10 Fireblast: 8.5 Skill: 8.5

Vehicle Mode:
In general the Firebot sculpt has always been made a distinctive color from the other two members of the team while still sharing some of their colors. Anti-Blaze is no exception. His primary color is a metallic flake grey. You can see a bit of the blue color that Scythe and Checkpoint have around the rear wheels, but in this mode that's it for that color. The hose attached to the front of the vehicle is cast in translucent grey plastic.

Like the other "SWAT" Team members, Anti-Blaze does not have a lot of paint apps in this form - but what he does have look strong and contrast nicely with his dark color. On the top of the vehicle is an Autobot symbol. The windshield and side windows are painted metallic red and on the left side are the words "SWAT A3", indicating his number in the team.

Weapon Mode:
The weapon mode disappointed me because it had a lot of potential. The metallic grey color that the figure is cast in gives him the appearance of some heavy duty weapon, and indeed twelve missile tubes give that impression as well. However, none of the missile ends were painted, so they look really dull. Add to that the laser arms have no deco either and you have one fairly plan looking weapon. The only saving grace of this form is the fact that it is such a nicely sculpted figure/weapon that it's fun to attach to just about any Powerlinx capable Transformer.

Robot Mode:
The robot mode is where the blue plastic is most prominant, forming either side of his upper body. The three circles in each blue section are painted yellow. Combined with the red paint apps on his eyes and legs (from the vehicle windshield), Anti-Blaze has a pretty nice looking robot mode.

The tendency of this wave of redecos seems to have been to make the robot forms as plain as possible, the job on this robot form makes up for some of the lackluster appearance of the weapon form.

Thrust

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For THRUST and his mates on the SKY TERROR TEAM there is no greater joy then to defy the laws of the MINI-CON Council of Sages. The peaceful MINI-CON colonies on the moons of CYBERTRON are more prison than home to THRUST, who thrives on chaos. The appearance of the black hole offered a rare opportunity for him. The Council of Sages' refusal to ask the AUTOBOTS for help made it easy for him to sabotage the ships intended to evacuate the MINI-CON robots, leaving htem all trapped on the increasingly dangerous colonies as the black hole grows ever more powerful.

Strength: 7 Intelligence: 5.5 Speed: 10+ Endurance: 9 Rank: 5 Courage: 8 Fireblast: 7.5 Skill: 8.5

Vehicle Mode:
Like his fellow Sky Terror Team members Ramjet and Sunstorm, Thrust pays homage to his G1 namesake in vehicle form. He is mostly cast in translucent purple and metallic red plastic in this form. The translucent purple piece forms a bulk of the X shaped wings, and so paint applications are added on to give him a nicer look. The colors used on the wings are metallic red (matching with the plastic) and metallic silve.r The pattern formed is really nice, with silver on the rear wings and red outlining the edges. Silver is also used for the cockpit and landing gear. A Decepticon symbol graces the left side of the vertical fin in the back.

Of the three homages in the Sky Terror Team, Thrust is probably the most striking in this form. Any fan of G1 will instantly recognize his color scheme (even if they don't place the name right away).

Robot Mode:
Since so much of the robot mode is out of sight in the vehicle mode, two new plastic colors come into play. The upper arms and legs are cast in silver while the main body and lower arms are cast in solid purple. The robot eyes are painted metallic silver.

While rather plain in robot form, the strength of the vehicle mode deco more than makes up for it, making Thrust one cool little Mini-Con.

Sword:
The combined sword form of the Sky Terror Team looks fantastic, owing much of the unified look to the translucent purple plastic. Also, having metallic red on Ramjet and Thrust further unifies their appearance. Sunstorm's yellow at the end looks like energy is coming out of the sword as well. As with all previous swords such as the Star Saber, you can't go banging this around without the group separating, but that is to be expected. They make great display pieces and the sword handle is the standard size, allowing guys like Crumplezone and Megatron to hold it without a problem.

Final Thoughts:
While this set does have its weaknesses, overall it provides two solid figures with nice paint schemes (in one mode or another). Recommended.