From the 2009 Revenge of the Fallen line, Depthcharge here is amongst the initial wave of Scouts/Basics released for the line.
What can I say though? When I first saw Depthcharge in his robot mode, all I could focus on was the silly Kappa head. His head really does look like one of those Japanese platypus mythological creatures. And that’s the thing that’s kept me from getting Depthcharge for the longest time. I finally broke down and got him though, and aside from the head (I’m just not a fan of most movie toy heads), this guy is juuuuust peachy.
So, let’s get on with the review proper. We’ll start with the alt-mode, which is a nice boat. It’s well detailed, especially for a Basic. It’s got loads of little touches and that’s topped off with a really nice deco.
But the thing that impresses me the most is how compact it is. As you’ll see from the comparison pics, in robot mode, Depthcharge is large and in charge, but in boat mode, he’s shrunk down considerably next to Kamen Rider Knight.
So speaking of robot mode, Depthcharge looks good here too. The head’s a lost cause as I’ve already said, but that can be ignored. The upper body rocks, with great articulation, plenty of configuration options and even movable thumbs.
The lower body has a couple options for how you’d want to configure it. The regular boat-bell-bottom config is okay, but I just didn’t like the way the knees looked. So I actually prefer to twist his waist around so his knees would have a more animalistic look, as opposed to the official “broken by Shylocks” look.
Otherwise, articulation is impressive with ball jointed shoulders and hips, swivel biceps and thighs, double hinged elbows, knees, swivel waist and a plethora of hinges that make up Depthcharge’s feet.
No accessories, but eh, that’s standard nowadays.
My buyer beware would be regarding the ball joints. For my copy, the shoulders and shoulder pads were loose and required the Clear Nail Polish Solution, for a friend of mine, it’s the hips that are loose. Easy fixes, and they aren’t so loose as to be floppy. But it’s a consideration you should be aware of.
Depthcharge is an overall cool looking toy with plenty of articulation and fun factor. Unlike Rollbar or Knock Out, he’s got the “it” factor. I mentioned in the reviews for those guys that you should save your money for other, better and more exciting, RotF toys. Depthcharge is one such toy.
Recommended for all.
Pros: Looks good. Great articulation. Lots of options for lots of fun.
Cons: Kappa head design. Some ball joints may be loose and require fixing.
3.3 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