This is it faithful readers, yes both of you…I give you the final review of Quantron! This is the big guy himself! Now for that new reader to the site, I’m going to do something a little different. While I plan to spot light slightly on each limb, I’ll hot link it to it’s individual review! So if you so choose, you can go back for the full deal. Now, let’s finally see if this guy was worth the price!!!
First let’s start with Metalstorm, or Scattershot. This is incredibly solid when put together into torso mode. Everything just locks together tight and you have no worry about it coming apart. Even the giant cannon of doom looks proper to scale.
Speaking of scale, this is the body compared to a generations deluxe. You can see this guy is going to be massive! That or Starscream is just giving a presentation of the progress of combiner technology…careful, that could escalate into some kind of arms race, or some kind of combiner war…dun dun DUN!
Quantron’s face lives up to the hype. This looks like a great update to the source material. So the core of this guy is a nice solid, well detailed brick, and I approve.
Then we have Celeritas, or Lightspeed. Notice that foot? It was the rocket booster for Metalstorm. Also inside that was the fists for the arms. Each is engineered for it’s respective figure, so no mixing things up. It’s a solid foot. The bottom actually has a non slip grip so the figure will stand on solid ground. Great for display.
Again we have another Starscream for scale. This is the lower shin of the leg, again not a small bit.
Now this was interesting. If you remember in the Celeritas review I mentioned the gimmick with the wheels splitting. I didn’t realize at the time that it was more for the combination mode. By taking off the parts, that allows the wheels to interlock.
You then put the wheel halves on the guns, and they won’t be lost!
Next we to go to one of my favorite of the line, Blindfire, or Strafe. He was and still is one of my favorite parts of this team The arm mode is simple and clean. I like how the weapon parts attach to the cockpit of the jet mode to really build up the shoulder. Maketoys also used some neat engineering.
When I first held the figure I wondered just how this little tab would work with the limb mode. This is actually a support strut to give more tension and strength to the limb. This way it isn’t reliant on the friction of the joints and give additional stress to them. Considering how my Intimidator is, this is some great forward thinking.
Moving to the other arm, we have Overheat, or Afterburner. As much as I love Blindfire, this is the superior arm hands down. Again has the strut and just looks nice and smooth.
Of all the guys, he also incorporates his weapons the best. Of the team, his is the best limb.
Then finally we come to Sonic Drill, or Nosecone. I only have one picture, but…wow…he should have been the simplest to write about…but man, he did cause me the most grief. The rumors are true, while it is just vehicle mode with the drill on the top, the housing that holds the foot in place just does not what to stay popped in! Again, the quirk in the initial review with the parts forming stuff, they are what hold the foot to the robot. The tabs just don’t want to stay in place. This added about 20 minutes of unneeded frustration. What should have been a no brainer just topped my negative list.
So in the words of the Red Ranger, let’s bring them together! All I could say was DAMN when I got the first good look at him…then said damn when the Sonic Drill foot came off, but I digress…the entire package though is beyond impressive. Those in the know, know about how this shares the design team of Intimidator, and this really fixes the flaws that combiner had. The non slip feet are great to keep him standing, and the joints are just gloriously solid.
Each figure brings his personality to the mix. No, this is not a perfect fusion…if you want that, we have Feral Rex. This is a TEAM combiner. Each brings just something to the table. From Sonic Drill giving the worst kneeing ever (thank you Gao Gai Gar) to Overheat having the built in rocket launchers. I love how the arms and waist allow some nice dynamics. The added struts again keep him in poses without adding crazy stress.
He could hold his rifle with no trouble, but the best is when you take the front of the cannon and extend it to this energy bow and arrow. This sucker looks glorious, and I think he can hold it as long as you want it to.
Quantron isn’t combiner perfection. Right now MMC holds that title. Still…the big question remains, is he worth it? This set goes for $430.00 on the primary market…that prices out $86 a figure, or four $60 figures and a $150, distribute how you will. I will say I think he’s about $70 overpriced. The love is there, the design and materials are there, but as a gift set packaging costs should have been less than Intimidator. Green Giant was about $350-$375 when it first came out, and that by far was not a cheap figure. This guy though does look amazing. The QC is there, and few issues they had, Maketoys addressed. I do not recommend for the casual collector, or if budgeting. On the other hand if you have the cash, and a die hard season 3 Transformer fan, or even a Maketoys fanboy, yes, get him. I do like it better than anything TFC has put out, though man…that Warbotron version has my interest. I just don’t need two Not Computrons in my life though…(unless Warbotron happens to be a fan and wants to donate ) I hope this has been a helpful review and helps you make the final call! As for myself, I don’t have the buyers remorse, but feel I should have spent less. A-