Cybertron Toy Reviews: Cannonball

in 2006, Action Figure Review, Cybertron, Decepticon, Earth Planet, Galaxy Force

Cybertron

General Information:
Release Year: April 2006
Retailer: General US (Toys R Us, Target etc.)
Price: $10.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Accessories: Cyber Planet Key, Hammer, Claw

Cannonball Packaging art

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Tech Specs:
A reckless pirate concerned only with where his next bit of stolen treasure is coming from. CANNONBALL and his crew of oil-thirsty pirates have terrorized merchant starships for centuries, returning to CYBERTRON only rarely to refuel and spend their ill-gotten loot on black-market Energon stars and pleasure programs. He claims loyalty to the DECEPTICON cause only because MEGATRON allows him to operate freely as long as he continues to attack only AUTOBOT ships.

Strength: 8 Intelligence: 6 Speed: 7 Endurance: 9 Rank: 9 Courage: 9 Firepower: 4 Skill: 5

When creating redecos for the Transformers line it is easy to simply make it another version of the same character such as Override GTS. However from time to time a redeco will actually represent a new character, and that is the case with Cannonball. Cannonball is a redeco of Red Alert. This review will cover the changes made to the figure for this release. For a more detailed review of the sculpt, check out the Galaxy Force First Aid review.

Each Cybertron Transformer comes with a Planet Key with a code printed on it. Cannonball's code is d2rz. Unlocking this at transformers.com gives you his color chart and the following text:

Cannonball is not the first space-faring Cybertronian pirate to carry that name. For hundreds of years, various disenfranchised Autobots and Decepticons have looked to the stars, and the various interstellar shipping lanes as an escape from the great wars. Inevitably, they come face to grisly face with Cannonball, the worst pirate in the cosmos. To keep his legend alive, Cannonball would recruit new mates to his ship - the SEA SLAG - and train them to be his replacement! The most recent Cannonball is the tenth pirate to use the dreaded Pirate's name!

Vehicle Mode:
Since Cannonball switches the allegiance of the sculpt from an Autobot to a Decepticon, darker colors were chosen for this version of the figure. The base color is now dark grey, with translucent purple replacing the translucent red on Red Alert. Silver paint apps are used on the edges around the wheels, the bumpers and the central section of the hood. A light, silver spray op is used on the top of the windshield, contrasting nicely with the dark purple color. The headlights in the front are painted yellow, bright enough that they look like they're "glowing" against the dark grey background.

The fun with Cannonball comes with the extra details added to the vehicle form. Two very neat patterns were added to this figure, truly distinguishing it from its Autobot predecessor. On the top towards the rear is a skull with lines protruding from the top, essentially a "flaming" skull. On each door is a stylized rawing of a skeleton. Both of these details are quite appropriate considering he is a pirate! Both these details are painted in a light green color.

No sculpt changes were made on the figure, so the siren lights are still there. The tube shaped ones have been painted over in gray, but the angled ones are cast in translucent purple plastic.

Robot Mode:
Cannonball's robot form throws a new color into the mix: gold. Gold generally goes well with darker colors and it is also the color of a prize valued by pirates. So both aesthetically and themeatically it works. Gold makes up most of the newly revealed robot mode parts including the head, arms and upper legs. The chest and the center of the waist piece are dark grey, matching the vehicle form. The hands are cast in dark grey plastic, giving them nice contrast against the gold and the feet are dark grey as well.

Silver paint makes up most of the deco pattern on the chest and arms. The crosshatch patterns on the chest are painted yellow, looking almost like chest mounted lights. Unfortunately, the yellow paint on these sections was applied a bit sloppy on mine, but that is probably a one off thing and not representative of the entire run. On the center of the chest is a tampographed Decepticon symbol, proudly showing this figure's true allegiance.

Cannonball retains the attachments that came with Red Alert. The claw is not cast in gold and the hammer is cast in dark grey.

My favorite deco on the entire figure has to be the face. The left half of the area around the visor eyes is painted grey, distinguishing it from the rest of the head which is gold. This feels to me like the equivalent of a Transformer with an eyepatch and maybe a scar on his cheek. It's unusual for a Transformer to have asymetrical designs on the head, so this helps to distinguish the figure from its predecessor.

Final Thoughts:
Cannonball is just fun. You can tell the designers had fun in designing both the deco and making up the character. Recommended.