Superlink Toy Reviews: Dinobot (Magma)

in 2004, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Superlink, Terrorcons

Transformers Superlink

General Information:
Release Year: July 2004
Retailer: Japanese exclusive
Price: $20 (Depending on Import Retailer)
Accessories: Energon Star, Gun, Sword

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Redecos are a normal part of a Transformers line's life cycle nowadays, and Superlink, the Japanese release of Energon is no exception. As part of its wave of redecos, the Cruellock mold has been given a new look and put out as the "Magma Type" Dinobot. For a more detailed review of the toy itself, check out Cruellock's review. This review will focus on the changes made to the toy for this release.

Beast Mode:
The name "Magma Type" is no accident. This version of Dinobot has been given a very "Earthy" redeco. Not Earth in terms of soil and trees, but Earth in terms of lava flow! The primary colors here are red and dark brown. The head, back, tail, lower arms and lower legs are all red, but have brown deco on them as well (such as a series of spike shaped details running down the length of the tail). The heels, upper legs, waist, upper arms and chest are all
brown. Just as the red parts have brown on them, some brown parts have red such as the chest and shoulders.

The head has silver on the upper jaw and yellow for the eyes, a very appropriate "fiery" color. The translucent parts are a very light shade of green, bordering on yellow. This looks very cool against the darker brown and red colors. What keeps the colors from looking too cartoonish or bright is the choice of shades. The head and tail are made up of a slightly darker red than the arms and legs have. This offers up balance in the appearance of the toy.

Robot Mode:
In robot mode, Dinobot has a lot more brown showing thanks partially to his waist halves coming together. It is in this mode you get a better look at his chest with red and yellow details painted on. The triangular parts of his face (where the mouth would be) are painted yellow, and in a really sweet touch, the eyes are metallic gold. Very cool. The translucent weapons look fantastic in this mode. The nice thing about the color choice is that they have a look like they're glowing against the darker red and brown colors. Excellent choice.

All of Dinobot's parts are still solid. There is no mold degradation from the last version.

Final Thoughts:
This is a rather pricey redeco to get considering you can get a regular Cruellock for $6.99. I thought it was worth it, but more thrifty fans may want to wait for the upcoming Cruellock redeco in Energon, Doomlock.