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Name: Predaking
Series: Beast Hunters
Allegiance: Predacon
Alternate Mode: Dragon



DRAGON MODE
Height: 6.5cm Length: 14.5cm Width: 15cm (exact width depends on wing position)

   A black european dragon with orange wings and legs, Predaking has various silver/grey painted details including much of his facial detailing. There's some yellow on his back & his eyes are also yellow. The colours are quite appropriate for a dragon and while it's not immediately obvious (since the colours work so well for this style of beast) they're also a very good match to those of G1 Predaking.

   This dragon might be european but Predaking's bulk is in his long body - not quite the snake like body of an asian dragon, but longer than you'd expect of a european dragon. This body is most of the robot mode, of course. It's rather kibbly & the front legs are much longer than they should be - so the feet sit a long way back (they're also the robot arms). The tail is a actually a missile launcher & the tip is an orange missile tip, but it actually still looks more like a tail than a weapon, which is nice.

   Poseability here is very limited. His wings are on ball joints as are the front leg "hips", but the latter offers no useful poseability. There are joints in his neck but they're strictly for transformation & no use here - it's the wings only, really. The missile can't actually fire as it's a ball & pressure type & the end of the missile is inaccessible.

   A rather limited dragon mode. The colours work well for the most part but the mix of grey & silver is a little off. The shape is less than ideal (although I can understand that the robot mode really has to be packed into the main body of this beast). The tail is quite well done, mind you & the wings give him some much needed play value. The sculpted head is good, but he's just too static overall.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Detach & set aside the tail. Unclip & fold back the back to form his boots, flip up the feet & fold away the rear beast legs. Fold up the beast head to reveal the robot head; turn the head to reveal his face. Position the wings as a cape, split the beast head on his back (which has no aesthetic value, it splits only to reduce the backpack's protrusion it seems). Rotate the forearms, lift out his shoulderpads, place the missile launcher in either hand & you're done.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: 16cm (again depends on wing positioning)

   A black robot with grey feet, elbows & thighs, Predaking has orange on his breast, shoulderpards, forearms and crest. His eyes are yellow along with painted details on his waist & shins. Rounding out the colours are a silver mouth and black painted Predacon symbol on his left shoulder pad. Again the colours somewhat remind of his G1 namesake. They also serve to give him a demonic or hellish look, which feels appropriate for a character such as this. The silver is far less prominent now, so the grey works well essentially on its own.

   A fairly attractive robot mode - the wings make a nice cape & while the beast head doesn't really do anything meaningful on his back it's not a visual distraction. The colour map works well & the head is suitably animalistic. Even his missile launcher fits into the overall look nicely.

   While Predaking's beast mode offers nothing really in the way of play value, the robot mode is a different story. The wings are still poseable, along with the rotating neck, ball jointed shoulders and hips. His elbows are hinged with rotators (unusually they're below the elbow). His knees are hinged but don't have rotators while the ankles are also hinged. While it's not a full roll call of joints, we get some useful articulation here. The missile launcher can plug into either hand, although the post at the back prevents him from bending the elbow. It fires with a push at the back, and will fire quite a distance. Without the missile loaded, he can bend his elbow - although there's nowhere to actually stow the loose missile.

   A good robot mode - much better than his limited beast mode. Good colours, useful poseability & a good weapon and a majestic looking set of wings make this a robot mode.

VARIATIONS

   There's a maroon repaint in a two-pack with an Optimus Prime repaint which was a store exclusive in various countries.

OVERALL

   A good robot mode but a somewhat limited beast mode make for a decent commander class toy - but it's nothing special. The colours work very well and I would argue it's better value than the ultimate sized toy which is a set of wings in a huge box. The beast mode's lack of features & awkward shape hold this one back too much for though - 6/10

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