Cybertron Toy Reviews: Razorclaw vs. Steamhammer

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Armada, Cybertron, Mini-Con

General Information:
Release Year: October 2005
Retailer: General Release (Target, Wal-Mart, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Transformation Difficulty Level: 2

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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.

Razorclaw is a redeco of the Air Military Team member, Thunderwing. Steamhammer is a redeco of the Land Military Team member, Knock Out. Check out their reviews for more detailed looks at the toys. These reviews will cover changes made to the figures for this release.

Razorclaw

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Tech Specs:
Razorclaw has such a passion for destruction that he prefers strafing ground targets with his powerful machineguns rather than bombing them from high altitude. Anarch yis his bread and butter; he lives to crush his enemies, drive them before them, and hear the laementations of the survivors. Nothing gives him as much pleasure as destroying a great city and razing its cultural institutions - libraries, museums, schools - for he knows that ignorance is the seed of chaos, and it is in chaos he feels most comfortable.

Strength: 5 Intelligence: 7 Speed: 6 Endurance: 7 Rank: 7 Courage: 10 Firepower: 7 Skill: 8.5

Vehicle Mode:
Razorclaw is almost all black in vehicle mode, appropriate for a stealth bomber. Line details on the vehicle are painted in white, filling in existing sculpted details. The cockpit is painted metallic silver. On the left, rear fin is a Decepticon symbol painted on the side. While it seems rather plain, it is somewhat difficult to get a really gee-wiz exciting color scheme out of this sculpt. Emphasizing the line details was the right way to go in my opinion.

Weapon Mode:
Not a whole lot changes in the weapon mode. You see a bit of the robot arms, but that's really it.

Robot Mode:
The robot head is the only part that is painted for the robot form. The eyes are painted red and the outline around the eyes and the mouthplate are metallic blue. The lower arms and legs are cast in a smoke grey plastic. I do wish a tiny bit more detail could have been added here, such as the circular details on the shoulders, especially considering that there was no retooling necessary here.

Steamhammer

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Few enemies are as bitter as steamhammer and Razorclaw. Steamhammer took his vehicle form because of a deep love of life and order. He believes that war is an unnatural disruption of the organized advance of culture, and does everything he can do to limit combat and defend vulnerable targets. He looks at warfare as a necessary evil, but one that does only damage to the civilizations that wage it. Despite his own heroism, he never sees anything but the terrible cost of war at the conclusion of any battle.

Strength: 9 Intelligence: 7.5 Speed: 4.5 Endurance: 7 Rank: 6 Courage: 8.5 Firepower: 7 Skill: 7.5

Vehicle Mode:
In contrast to Razorclaw's dark color scheme, Steamhammer is like a ray of sunshine. Literally. His primary colors are yellow, brown and orange. Most of the main body and missile launcher are yellow. The edges of the launcher and wheels are brown. The missile and some of the joints are cast in orange. In a text description this color scheme sounds horrible. Yet somehow in execution it looks great. This is probably due in part to the black camo patterns added on, giving the vehicle a distinctly military look (though I doubt any real life military would ever use a vehicle this bright for combat).

The windows are painted metallic silver, and a tiny Autobot symbol is tampographed on the back of the vehicle.

The missile launcher is still strong, sending the missile on mine well over a foot across my desk.

Robot Mode:
A bit more orange is revealed in this mode. The shoulder joints, the back along with the waist and upper legs are all cast in orange. The only new paint deco revealed is the robot head, which is painted black with light blue eyes.

Final Thoughts:
The Mini-Con "versus pack" idea is great, and seeing Mini-Cons as a significant part of a Transformers line again is cool. Steamhammer is the strong point of this set. Razorclaw is just a bit too plain in robot mode for my tastes. Recommended primarily to Mini-Con enthusiasts or those who did not get these sculpts in their myriad of previous releases.