Cybertron Toy Reviews: Wreckloose

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

General Information:
Release Year: November 2005
Retailer: General US (Toys R Us, Target etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Accessories: Force Chip, Helmet

Wreckloose

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Tech Specs:
An eager fighter for Scourge, Wreckloose throws himself wholeheartedly into battle. He rarely carries a ranged weapon, preferring to use his bladed shield in close combat. Able to blend in perfectly with the Jungle Planet underbrush and move silently through even the densest vegetation, he will wait in hiding for days just to ambush a challenging opponent.

Strength: 6.5 Intelligence: 5.5 Speed: 7 Endurance: 8 Rank: 4.5 Courage: 8 Firepower: 5.5 Skill: 8.5

Each Transformer from the basic sized figure and up comes with a Cyber Planet Key. Wreckloose comes with the standard "Beast" Planet Key. Unlike the Japanese Galaxy Force "Force Chips", these have codes printed on them that you can use on the official Transformers web site to unlock extra content. In Wrecklooses' case his code is su39 and his unlocked material reveals the following text:

Wreckloose, mush like everyone else on Scourge’s team is a dirty fighter. He will set up elaborate traps and booby traps within the forests to capture his prey. Once while on patrol, he got word that some of Snarl’s friends from the other side of the Jungle planet were going on an expedition into the deepest reaches of the forests. Wreckloose spent days wiring up a particular section of the jungle with highly corrosive Technaracnid spider webbing. As the Transformers walked into the trap, Wreckloose moved in for the final blow. The Transformers never knew what hit them...

Wreckloose is one of the more unique toys in the Cybertron toy line in that it did not come out as a Galaxy Force toy first, nor does it seem like Galaxy Force has an equivalent toy planned any time soon. Yet it is one of the more interesting Beast Planet toys to come out of the line.

Beast Mode:
Wreckloose seems loosely based on a Komodo Dragon, with plenty of design embelishments. In many ways, his sculpt is heavily reminscent of the Transmetal 2 Transformers from Beast Wars. While it seems that Wreckloose is not a techno-organic, many details appear to borderline on organic. Along the spine and the sides of the tail you'll find small spikes and ridges. Some of the line details on his neck and chest area are so streamlined they look like wrinkle lines on skin rather than metallic designs. Looking at the bottom of his claws, you would think those details are organic in nature too, with several lines running through each digit. A careful look at the eyes shows that there is even a vertical slit detail sculpted into it, but it is not painted so it is difficult to see.

On the other hand, there are many parts which are clearly mechanical, such as the small tube like details running along his face and the forward section of the body. The parts which remind me of Transmetal 2 Transformers are found on the front sides, the top and the left side towards the rear. On each of these sections are sculpted details made to look like gashes revealing machinery underneath. Each even has thin "patch" details over it. Add to that details that look like straps holding the top and bottom parts of the tail together, and the name "Wreckloose" becomes visually appropriate. This is one Transformer who clearly has not taken very good care of himself.

Aside from those mentioned above, this sculpt has an incredible amount of detail for a basic. Almost every section is covered in line and multi-level details that elevate it beyond a typical basic sized Transformer.

Wreckloose comes with a helmet that contains his Planet Key gimmick. This is an accessory that attaches to the head. This too iswell sculpted, with curved details, horns and so on that appear almost organic, but also with mechanical parts, especially in the section where you insert the Planet Key. That part is mostly rectangular with bolt and vent details. Even this accessory is a great example of how the smooth, sleek details blend into the more straight edged, mechanical details.

Wreckloose's color scheme is interesting. He is cast in black, gold, dark green and light green plastic. Paint details are provided with copper, silver, light green and neon green. The silver on the black is really nice as it is used to emphasize the tech details in the "gashes". Black is used for the patches over those gashes. The colors all alternate well, and on the chest there is a fantastic light green spray op that looks spectacular. A Decepticon symbol is found on the left side of the helmet piece. It looks rather hastily thrown on there, as if there was really no other place for it. All things considered, I'm glad it's on the helmet piece and not the main figure itself, which is rather ornate by itself.

Wreckloose has Nineteen points of articulation in this form. This is of course mainly focused in the legs. I really like the way he can turn at mid-body and at the middle of his tail. His mouth can also open and close. Attach the Planet Key into the helmet, and two horns spring out from either side. While these are meant to make him look a bit fierce, they look a bit more like antlers to me, probably due in part to their brownish color.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the helmet piece if attached.
  2. Straigten out the rear beast legs.
  3. Fold up the front beast feet.
  4. Turn the tail at the mid-section so the black is to your right.
  5. Split the tail and fold up the ends to form the robot feet.
  6. Turn the lower legs so the feet point forward.
  7. Split the robot head and swing each half down.
  8. Rotate the lower robot arms so the beast claws are on the top of the lower arms.
  9. Attach the helmet piece to the back of the robot.

Robot Mode:
Beast mode based Transformers are always a bit of a gamble. You can make a great beast and then wind up with a robot mode that simply does not work (case in point: Backstop). In Wreckloose's case however, the designers did a smash up job with the robot mode. What works well for this design is the use of points. The split beast mode head/neck sections splay out like some type of shoulder armor coming to a point on either side. The robot head has a central pointed crest and his robot feet end in triangular points. This type of design has the effect of looking dynamic when all the figure is doing is just standing there straight, not even posed in any particularly dramatic way.

Of course, there is more to the sculpting than just points sticking out. The head sculpt is a really wild one, also harkening back to the days of Beast Wars where truly monstrous details work together to form one ugly, yet cool mug. The central crest/horn that ends on a point has already been noted, the sides have vent like details and his lower jaw extends out further than the upper one, with teeth rising up from it that truly make him one gruesome looking robot. The chest design is unexpectedly mechanical looking, with more straight edges than the rest of the design. However, the consistancy of having "gashes" representing his woudns continue here as one silver gash is found right on his chest.

The colors from the beast mode carry through even in the head (which is hidden in beast mode of course). The head is light green with copper paint on the lower jaw and crest/horn piece.

Wreckloose has twenty points of articulation in this mode. I love having this much articulation packed into a toy this size in both modes.

Wreckloose's weapon seems to become something of a flight pack here. Insert the Planet Key and the horns spring out to the sides, but they look more like wings now for a rocket pack. You can detach the weapon from the back and attach it to the underside of his lower arms as well. When mounted on his arm, the weapon is like a bladed weapon and shield all in one, very cool. Wreckloose can hold the weapons of other Cybertron (and most Energon) figures.

Final Thoughts:
There is no doubt that Wreckloose is an awesome Transformer figure. He is a great example of beast-to-robot Transformer and shows that even with the teams that brought us Beast Wars long gone, Takara and Hasbro can still produce an awesome beastformer. Highly recommended!