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Ransack is a Basic-class figure from Hasbro’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen toyline. Unlike most other TF toys, he and his Basic brethren are packaged in robot mode.
Ransack is a bi-plane in alt-mode. Just this fact alone is a big enough factor to want to buy him. However, it really doesn’t hurt that he’s also a pretty frikkin’ good bi-plane/alt-mode. He looks quite authentic, insofar as a tiny robot plane can look authentic, with the only kibble issue being his exposed arms, which aren’t that bad. They look like twisted metal as opposed to arms, so it’s not that obvious what they are, although they do still hang there in a kibbly manner. In the end, because he’s so cool overall, I can’t hold that one point against him.
Color and paint app wise, he’s good. Nothing fancy, but nothing to complain about. There’s a nice fading effect on his wings though, which is impressive, considering he’s only a Basic and Basics tend not to get such paint app love.
4.0 out of 4.0
Ransack looks pretty darn good in robot mode.
In terms of the head, some people might not dig that he has an engine block for a “hat”. I personally do not mind because of his actual face sculpt, which has a very Terminator feel to it, especially with the bright red painted eyes. It distracts me from the silliness of the hat, and in any case, the hat works, as it gives him an “old man prospector” look if you’re so inclined.
In terms of the chest arrangement, I like the nosecone facing forward personally, but I’m totally fine with the official facing down arrangement as well. Same with the wings, you can arrange it to your satisfaction. Of course, I like it as a cape.
Hips are sorta knock kneed looking though, but along with his abdomen, further adds to his skeletal look.
Finally, the arms, which look more like metal skeleton arms than robot arms. And I love it for that. It goes well with Ransack’s Terminator face.
3.8 out of 4.0
Propellers spin, and the wheels can be adjusted. But that’s about it. Hey, it’s a Transformers vehicle mode, that’s pretty par for the course. It’s not like he’s a Beast-former.
2.1 out of 4.0
Ransack’s robot mode has got plenty of articulation. No swivels on the thighs or biceps, but at this scale, I’m not complaining. Especially considering his sculpt. He’s still very poseable regardless.
Special mention goes to his ankles, which due to their hinge and swivel configuration, makes it very easy for Ransack to assume balance.
The downside is that due to Ransack’s small size, kibble and sinewy nature, it’s kind of easy to knock those kibble about and generally be somewhat imprecise with his posing. Oh, he can still strike a pose, but the pose you get might not be very precise the way a toy with lots of ratchets might be. Chances are, you’ll knock his thigh guards or his wings askew, or his knees will be bending the wrong way a little. This isn’t all that bad, and adds character to the toy. But it’ll probably be a pain in the neck for guys who like stopmotion or like to pose their toys very “perfectly”.
Ransack’s joints are also prone to popping off, but I don’t mind. They’re easy to pop back on, and because he’s so light, his joints are easily able to support his weight. I don’t currently plan on tightening any of his joints.
3.4 out of 4.0
He has no gun, and therefore no missiles, and therefore no accessories. Since he’s a Transformer, the lack of accessories is to be expected and wouldn’t factor into his final score.
0.0 out of 4.0
Look up “spiffy cool” in the dictionary and chances are, you’ll find Ransack’s pic in there. Y’know, if the words “spiffy cool” were something that could be found in most dictionaries. But yeah, he’s a bi-plane, that’s enough incentive to get him already, but he’s also a pretty good bi-plane and robot as well. Ransack’s got everything going for him. Unless you find his robot mode irredeemably ugly, he’s a solid purchase. Me, I like his decrepit ugliness, it adds to his charm.
Pros: He’s a bi-plane Transformer. He’s unconventional but got lots of charm. Looks great with good articulation.
Cons: Joints prone to popping off. Kibble issue and small size makes precise or “perfect” posing difficult.
3.6 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