Cybertron Toy Reviews: Kobushi vs. Landslide

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

General Information:
Release Year: January 2006
Retailer: General Release (Target, Wal-Mart, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Transformation Difficulty Level: 2
Accessories: None

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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.

The Kobushi versus Landslide two pack features redecos of Dune Runner from the Armada Adventure Team and Buzzsaw from the Armada Destruction Team respectively. This review will focus on the changes made to the figures for this release. Check out their original reviews for more details.

Kobushi

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Tech Specs:
During the long years of relative solitude before and since their discovery on the Moon by the larger Transformers, Kobushi came to the conclusion that personal perfection could be attained through challenging combat. Every enemy destroyed, he believes, adds to his own power as a warrior. He has devoted his life to improving his martial skill, adapting the ancient art of Metallikato to most effectively use his diamond tipped drill arm. Landslide, the toughest individual on the Xploration Team, has been his frequent opponent, and Kobushi challenges him at every opportunity.

Strength: 9 Intelligence: 6 Speed: 4 Endurance: 9 Rank: 5 Courage: 8 Fireblast: 4 Skill: 9.5

Review:
Kobushi uses very different colors than Dune Runner. His primary color is purple. The arms and wheels are cast in grey. In vehicle mode the gun barrel and driver's cage are cast in neon green. The seats are painted a pearl white color and on the back turret has a metallic silver Decepticon symbol painted on it. In robot form the upper legs are revealed to be neon green. The robot head is painted white with metallic red optic sensors. The knees have metallic silver paint.

This deco is nice in that it is dramatically different from the original not only in color but also in design. The pearl white and neon green contrast very well against the dark purple plastic. The mechanism that moves the turret back side to side in vehicle mode still functions just fine as well.

The only oddity is in the character's tech specs. The only character with a "drill arm" in this wave of toys is Monocle, part of another two pack utilizing the same run of Mini-Con sculpts. This seems to indicate the tech specs were written before the names/characters were assigned to particular sculpts.

Landslide

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Landslide is at peace always. His long contemplation has taught him the path to inner stillness. He has let go of the physical world, and embraced the world beyond. Recently, he has discovered how to project his core programming out of his robotic body for a limited time and into astral space. There, he has encountered ohter, powerful beings, and learned many truths. Though Kobushi attempts to interrupt his meditation at every opportunity with petty challenges, Landslide has yet to fall before the aggressive robot's attacks, using his inner strength and passive nature to create the ultimate martial defense.

Strength: 7 Intelligence: 8.5 Speed: 4.5 Endurance: 9 Rank: 6 Courage: 8.5 Fireblast: 5 Skill: 8.5

Review:
Like Kobushi, Landslide's deco pattern is different than Buzzsaw's. His main body is cast in yellow and two shades of grey make up the rest (dark and light). Brown is also used on some parts such as the saw and the robot feet. The very back of the vehicle has an Autobot symbol tampographed on it. The middle of the saw is colored gunmetal grey. More metallic grey can be found on the rectangular details near the saw and the details on the sides of the treads. In robot form, the same metallic grey color is found on the arms, chest, feet and head. What's great is the pattern is different than the one on Buzzsaw. For instance, on Buzzsaw's chest panel only a small square area is painted where as here a larger "U" shaped section is painted.

The colors of this version of the Buzzsaw sculpt is a bit too close to the original for my taste with its yellow and greys. However, because the deco pattern is so different, it does not seem repetitious at all. That's quite impressive and shows a good amount of thought put into such a small figure.

Final Thoughts:
The two things I like to see in a redeco are a) A different color palette than the original and b) A different deco pattern. Kobushi embodies both these qualities. Landslide fits the latter more than the former. Together they form a nice versus pack (odd tech spec error notwithstanding). As with any Mini-Con redeco, this is not going to be for you if you already own the original versions and don't want anymore. But for those like me who love having a small army of Mini-Cons, these are recommended.