Sunday, December 15, 2013

Generations RHINOX Review

Let me just say that I haven't seen Beast Wars. At the time I wasn't a Transformers fan and I never really got around to watching it. But come on, this is a rhino that turns into a robot wielding twin Gatling Guns of Doom, and that's enough for me.

RHINOX is rare among robots. He has a brilliant scientific mind, as well as a deep philosophical curiosity about the nature of the universe around him. He is astoundingly strong - able to hold his own against even the most powerful opponents. He is friendly, good-natured, and charismatic, with a fine strategic mind that would make him an ideal leader for the MAXIMALS forces if they didn't already have one. What's more, he carries one of the most powerful weapons of any MAXIMALS in the form of the twin Gatling Guns of Doom, which pump out a PREDACON-shredding storm of hot lead. 

Rhinox is a Voyager figure in Hasbro's Generations line, and he and Waspinator are the first two "Classic"-ized versions of Beast Wars characters. I haven't found Waspinator yet, but I have to say, Rhinox is a great figure. 

Rhinox's robot mode is very bulky and rather short. From what I can tell, he is accurate to the cartoon (I haven't watched it, but I haven't heard any major complaints). While other beast formers tend to wear a huge shell of animal on their backs, Rhinox has only a decent backpack and he doesn't look like a robot wearing a rhino carcass. I especially like how the lower jaw becomes his chest armor. Paint, while limited to gold accents, is okay. It's a bit misaligned on my Rhinox's head, but I can live with it. 

Rhinox's articulation is great. He has ball jointed heads, shoulders, and hips. He has hinged elbows and knees and swivels as the thigh and elbow. He also has pseudo "rocker" ankles, which tilt inward for wider stances. While it may not sound like much on paper, it's enough for Rhinox to take any pose you'd want him in. 

As mentioned in the bio, Rhinox wields the Twin Gatling Guns of Doom (Best. Weapon. Name. Ever.). The packaging shows silver paint on the blades on the gun, but the Hasbro version doesn't have that and opts for rhino-flesh colored blades of Doom. By pushing the trigger, you can make the blades spin. For rhino mode, the guns attach together and can be stored in the belly of the beast.

Speaking of the rhino mode, Rhinox's transformation isn't complex, but it is finnicky. There are many tabs that you'll have to align and panels that stick out. Once you're done, however, it's all worth it because this rhino is AWESOME. 

 A small quality control issue is that one of the rhino's legs doesn't like to stay down, but otherwise it's a great beast mode. It is also articulated, if you use the joints from robot mode, but this leaves unattractive gaps and isn't very practical.

One of the great things about having a rhino is that he is a good size for other figures to ride. The scale isn't perfect, but it works.
Onward my steed!
Overall, Rhinox is a great figure. He has some flaws here and there, but he's well made and both modes are AWESOME. He is trickling into stores right now, so get him if you see him!

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