Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It’s a bird with jet turbines and a Formula-1 stuck to its wing!
Armada Transmetal Airazor is a repaint of Beast Wars Transmetal Airazor for the Armada line, duh! This is pretty much my first Beast Wars toy. I was never a huge fan of the show or the aesthetics of its toys, though some caught my eye. Airazor being one such specimen.
I never thought I’d get her though. Obviously, Beast Wars toys, or even Armada toys, are no longer widely distributed. And I’m not really into the whole online shopping thing. But I happened to see this Airazor loose in a display case of one of the shops I frequent. Alas, her Minicon, Nightscream, wasn’t included. Oh well.
Spinningiku Birdo Modo
Like I said, I never really liked the Beast Wars aesthetics. But Transmetal Airazor’s one of the big exceptions, I’ve liked her the first time I saw her on her Seibertron gallery. There’s something about a black sparrow with jet turbines on its wings that is agreeable to me. Maybe it’s the inherent irony, what with jet turbines being the place of death for many an avian aviator.
Anywho, original Transmetal Airazor had a pretty garish color scheme that some don’t dig but I personally kinda like; however, this Armada repaint is a definite winner in the appealing colors category. The dark coloration is subdued without being dull, and the flashes of red and silver adds character to the mold.
And not only does Airazor look good, she’s pretty playable even in Transmetal Beast mode. Her wings can swing forwards and backwards, her legs are fully poseable (especially if you tighten them with some nail polish or super glue to better support Airazor’s weight) and she even has a boat (complete with pontoons) mode of sorts. And as you can tell from the pic above, she can take on a pretty decent Reverse-Winged Klingon “Bird of Prey” mode. I like this “Cybertronian” fanmode so much, I’m having her be one of Henkei Cyclonus‘ “armada”.
Airazor’s alt-mode is a terrific looking Transmetal Beast that’s also loads of fun to play with. Big winnah here folks, no whammy no whammy!
4.0 out of 4.0
Domo Arigato Roboto Modo
One reason I never liked Beast Wars toys is the tendency for their robot mode faces to have angry teeth clenching snarls. I’m sure kids find it cool, but it’s never jived with me. So one of the reasons why I’ve always dug Airazor is her lack of an actual face. Oh, she still has a face kinda, but it’s a face in the sense that Optimus Prime or Wheeljack have faces. And hey, those are some of the most memorable and beloved characters out there.
In any case, in robot mode, Airazor shows a lot more color. This is not something I would normally want to point out, as I’m of the opinion that the pictures are pretty evident in that regard, but it’s still a neat thing to have in your Transformer. It gives the impression of the alt-mode and robot-mode being separate entities.
Much like her alt-mode, Airazor’s pretty articulated. For best results, it’s advisable to tighten her balljoints. It’s not that they’re loose, but she’ll be a whole lot easier to handle if they’re nice and tight. This is due to her backpack. It’s not that she’s actually back heavy, because the weight of her wings and kibble are actually distributed to her sides rather than back, so she’s less back heavy than she looks, but the weight’s still there, so having tight joints ease the “control” of her poseability.
Again, like her alt-mode, Airazor’s robot mode also has nice fanmode possibilities. Officially, her wings point down. But you can give her a Seeker style swept up wings look, or even swing the wings down for a Hyper Battle Mode kinda thing. Airazor has loads of fun options.
4.0 out of 4.0
A couple interesting notes. Firstly, Armada Transmetal Airazor’s wings have been remolded to plug in Minicons. And secondly, I keep implying Airazor to be a Decepticon, well, the reason’s this. This version of Airazor has a molded on Decepticon emblem, however, this emblem is pretty much hidden in either mode, making the effort and costs to remold her sort of a big old waste of time and money. Oh well.
A great toy, I’m surprised that from other reviews I’ve read. Armada Transmetal Airazor is only considered one of the good but unexceptional toys of the Transmetals. I’m wondering how good the other Transmetals are if that’s truly the case.
Anywho, Airazor’s a great looking toy with good articulation and loads upon mountainous loads of playability. If you can find her for retail price or lower, I’d say grab her. Even if she doesn’t come with her Minicon.
4.0 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent