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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Prime - Dreadwing (CV)

"Dreadwing is fiercely loyal to Megatron, and is nearly as savage in battle as the Decepticon leader himself. As a Seeker, he proved himself a force to be reckoned with, as Decepticon Second-in-Command, he may be the end of the Autobots."

Faction: Decepticon
Function: Demolitions Expert
Size Class: Cyberverse Commander

Strength: 8
Speed: 8
Rank: 9
Firepower: 8
Intelligence: 8
Endurance: 7
Courage: 7
Skill: 5
Robot Mode
Dreadwing uses a blue, silver and yellow bi-pedal robot mode with a masculine feel to it. This mode also prominently features his vehicle mode wings behind the arms. His torso is silver on the outside, whilst the inside of it is made of his vehicle mode nose and cockpit, which is blue and yellow. On his back is a clip that you can use to hold his weapon as if it was in a gun sling (as he uses in the TV series). Dreadwing's insignia's are found on his wings.
Dreadwind's head is connected to the cockpit piece of the torso and cannot rotate or move independently from the torso. Dreadwing features a yellow face under a blue horned helmet with a forehead chevron on top as well. Dreadwing's face features a pair of red eyes and is sculpted with a frowning mouth and a dipped chin.

Dreadwing's upper arms are connected to the upper torso by a ball joint that allows them to move as much as needed. His elbow joint is also created from a ball joint too. Dreadwing's hands are sculpted with an open flex that disguises a small peg hole large enough to hold his weapons on their handles. His lower arms also feature a peg hole to again hold weapons if needed. His shoulders are created from a pair of pads formed from a part of the front of his vehicle mode, thus adding decoration and distracts from the connectors attaching his arms to his torso.
His upper legs are connected via a pair of ball joints at the groin like the arms are to the upper torso. His knees are created with a hinge joint which allows him to bend them back by about 90 degrees as needed. His feet are created by simple fold out stubs that are actually surprisingly supportive!
Vehicle Mode
Dreadwing's jet mode is blue with yellow highlights. His cockpit is made of a translucent plastic that allows you to see the inside of it. Underneath it features a landing wheel as well so that he can be kept straight in this mode as well. This mode also features wings, tail-fins and a single thruster between the fins.
The underside of the wings feature a pair of small peg-holes that fit his weapons in this mode. The upper-side of the wings feature a pair of gold Decepticon insignia's with wings on either side (somewhat akin to the Autobot Elite Guard wears, but closed off at the ends).
Dreadwing's robot mode arms are visible under the wings, but luckily they are mostly tucked away from above-views. His feet are combined on the underside as well, which are visible in this mode as well, but again they are pretty well hidden on the whole.
Dreadwing comes with a pair of clear orange weapons, a cannon and a sword, these can be held in either of Dreadwing's hands, or clipped into the slots on his outer forearms. The weapons can also combine into a larger weapon, either a gun with a sword on the side, or a sword with a gun behind the blade and can be held in either configuration as needed.
As seen in my earlier images, Dreadwing's gun can also be clipped into the slots on his wings in vehicle mode as weapons, or on the clip on his back in robot mode as he does in the TV series.
My Final Thoughts
Is it odd that I seem to prefer the smaller toys to the larger ones in this toy line on the whole? Dreadwing has reasonably good articulation (for his size class anyway) and looks good in both robot and jet mode. He also comes with a fun pair of accessories that forms a very nice combined weapon as well.
Now despite me liking this toy, I do have to say that I'm looking forward to when this character is released in his larger Voyager toy at a later date, mostly because he's tiny compared to my other Decepticons like Megatron and Soundwave.
Dreadwing's twin brother, Skyquake is of course meant to make a toy appearance in this mold, and most likely his Voyager toy as well down the line (but of course since Skyquake is dead it's not such a priority at the moment, unlike the now main-character Dreadwing).

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