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Name: Razorclaw
Series: Beast Wars
Allegiance: Predacon
Function: Undercover Attack
Alt Mode: Crab (I think it's a fiddler crab)



CRAB MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 10cm Width: 10-15cm (depend on the poses of the claws)

   A purple crab with orange accents, which is nowhere near as bad as it might sound. The purple plastic is transparent, but far from clear, giving it an organic look. It's been washed with a gold paint to enhance this look. His underside, eyes and legs are orange. It's quite a bright orange, but the purple is quite dark and the gold subtle enough that this colour scheme works really well.

   It's a pretty good crab mode. His rear set of legs are a little big, being the robot legs, but then they're poseable allowing him to lean back or lift his head (the other legs are stuck in place). His claws are fully poseable, and his jaw moves. It moonlights as his robot head but you get the distinct impression the jaw movement was deliberate all the same. The right claw is a lot bigger than the left (which I suspect means he's meant to be a fiddler crab - but any crustacean experts out there feel free to LMK how close I am). On the underside he even has the folded-up tail of a real crab, which is also a nice touch. His eyes are on stalks like eyes of a real crab. You don't have to play with this mode much to see that they really thought it out.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Razorclaw was one of the first Beast Wars basic toys that didn't have an autotransform gimmick - but this is a good thing. It's complex enough yet not difficult - a lot of later basics ended up being as simple as the earlier ones.

   Fold that "tail" piece up (so it sticks out the back of the crab mode), straighten out the robot legs and open the feet. Lift the sides of the shell up (they swing) and fold his crab legs back. Position his arms and pull his head up and you're done.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: 11cm

   The orange is now dominant, on his chest, groin, shoulders, upper arms, thighs and feet. The wings (shell halves), head, claws and shins are purple. He has a six pack, which is painted bronze. His eyes are red and mouthparts silver, the insides of his shell are painted bronze and moulded with mechanical detail. One this that stands out in this mode is the moulding resembles crustacean shell - a really cool tough. You might also notice that the orange has a slightly pinkish tinge - as cooked crab shell does.

   This is a very nice robot mode. The head, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, ankles (and heelspurs) are all poseable, allowing for pretty much any pose he'd care to make. He has no wrists, but then he doesn't have hands so it doesn't really count. Despite the 'kibble' (tail, shell halves). He's stable in a lot of poses thanks to those well-designed poseable feet

   The right hand (the larger claw) has a little lever on the back which opens the claw to reveal large orange spines (you can manually open the claw and the spines stay hidden). The left claw opens to reveal a silver gun. I personally like TFs which don't have any vital parts you can lose - so this is a big plus for me - both weapons are attached. The shell halves become wings, and look quite cool without getting in the way of the arms.

RUB STICKER LOCATION

   Under the left wing. Clearly visible in robot mode, concealed as a crab.

VARIATIONS

   Recoloured and sold with a video cassette. It's interesting to note that the purple of this crab is more like a crab's natural colours, the maroon of the recolour like a cooked crab's colour!

OVERALL

   Great toy. As you can probably tell from my rants above this toy has no real drawbacks - good colours, great detailing, attention to detail and good poseability. Not released in Australia (the recolour was), but Razorclaw is worth importing. For me, he's the best basic sized toy Beast Wars produced, and has yet to be surpassed - 10/10

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