Cybertron Toy Reviews: Snarl

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Galaxy Force, Jungle Planet / Animatros

General Information:
Release Year: October 2005
Retailer: General US (Toys R Us, Target etc.)
Price: $9.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Accessories: Cyber Planet Key, Tail/Weapon, Missile

Snarl Packaging art

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Tech Specs:
Snarl is a master of the darkest, most wild places on the Jungle Planet, and it is through his cunning that the Jungle Planet rebels have survived long enough to team up with their new Autobot allies. He is a robot of few words, preferring constant action to hiding and resting. Despite this, he is a clever fighter and a careful planner, never putting his soldiers at unnecessary risk, and never leaving a 'bot behind to be tortured by his sworn enemy Scourge.

Strength: 8 Intelligence: 7 Speed: 7.5 Endurance: 7.5 Rank: 7 Courage: 9 Firepower: 7.5 Skill: 9

Snarl is the Cybertron release of the Galaxy Force Fang Wolf figure. Check out that review for a detailed look at the figure. This review will focus on the changes made for this release.

Each Cybertron Transformer comes with a Planet Key with a code printed on it. Snarl's code is d43j. Unlocking this at transformers.com reveals an image of Snarl's beast mode concept drawing and the following text:

If Scourge is the 'dark side' of Jungle Planet, than Snarl is definitely the 'light side'. Trained by Armorhide to respect life, use force only when needed and to be one with nature, Snarl is a peaceful and thoughtful warrior. If he is not looking out for Scourge and one of his tantrums, Snarl can be found racing through the darkest woods of Jungle Planet -- observing the trees and the light pouring through the leaves. He usually makes his way in the dead of night to his favorite spot - the top of Lookout Mountain. This is where he meditates, wonders about what is beyond his own home and of course, where he howls at the moon.

Beast Mode:
Much to my surprise, Snarl's color scheme is almost exactly the same as Fang Wolf's with no color variation. The only color that seems a bit different is the yellow used on parts such as the legs and neck. The yellow on Snarl seems slightly darker and faded. Only two parts are different. On the neck there is a yellow portion where the Cyber Key is inserted. On Fang Wolf this entire section is painted yellow. On Snarl there is a triangle in the middle painted silver.

The side of the rear, left leg has an Autobot symbol. While Fang wolf has this as well, his is much larger. Also, Snarl's claws are all unpainted. On Fang Wolf, the claws were all painted yellow.

The Cyber Key gimmick still works fine, though I still find myself wishing the mouth could lock into that position for display.

Robot Mode:
In robot form the deco layout is the same as Fang Wolf's. That said, I have to admit that when I reviewed Fang Wolf I completely dropped the ball on noticing something. Snarl is a dual homage to Beast Wars Silverbolt. His head design is canine in appearance, a clear design reference to Silverbolt. In addition, the chest design is a direct homage to the robot head of Beast Machines Jetstorm, who was in fact Silverbolt corrupted! This dual homage is a brilliant bit of design work that shows a respect for Transformers history.

Overall Snarl is every bit as functional as Fang Wolf - except for one point. The robot fist is a bit loose on my Snarl. Move the arm a bit and it flops back and forth. Other than that however, the figure held up for this run rather well.

Final Thoughts:
Snarl is a solid figure. Unlike most homages in the Transformers line, his visuals refer to the beast generation, with two in one to boot. Recommended.