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Name: Thrust
Series: Beast Wars Second
Allegiance: Destron
Alternate Mode: F-18 Hornet



JET MODE
Height: 5cm Length: 12cm Width: 8cm

   A yellow F-22 fighter with lots of black detailing, which is largely done with paint, although the area between and on the tailfins is a sticker - because there's a purple Predacon logo on the right tailfin. While Dirge may have been reminiscent of the G1 character of the same name, Thrust bears no resemblance to his G1 counterpart. He has a transparent pink cockpit, which contrasts to the yellow and black, but it doesn't really stand out against all the yellow, so I don't really care. Pretty much any colour used would contrast or clash with yellow, anyway.

   The black is very angular and helps make this a good colour scheme, since the black and yellow is very striking, with angular and jagged boundaries between the two main colours. It's not as nice as Dirge's colour scheme, but it's the best colour scheme this mould has received so far. There are a some jet seams and other lines that are drowned out by the yellow or lost under the matte black plastic, which is the main downside of this duopoly of colours.

   There's really no play value in this mode - it's all in the transform and the robot mode. The landing gear can retract, which is fine if you're zooming him around the room, but he can't stand with the wheels up. On the whole, it's a decent vehicle mode, with a striking colour scheme.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Theoretically, push down on the nose and that's it. In reality, you have to fold up the landing gear first. Once you've done that he does essentially transform. The tail section actually slides up when it transforms, which is kind of cool. Position the arms and legs, and remove the two halves of his gun from inside his legs.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: 8cm

   Again Thrust is yellow with black on his thighs and shoulders, as well as the landing gear on his shins. He has a buckethead, inherited from the Machine Wars Megatron origins of this mould. The bucket itself is yellow, while his face is painted silver and his eyes transparent pink. The back of his head is also pink, giving Thrust a working lightpipe, and with the eyes being surrounded by bright yellow, the eyes have a strangle glow about them. The pink cockpit is on his chest, surrounded by some black painted lines from the jet mode.

   Like the jet mode's colour scheme, this is a very striking scheme. What I like about this colour scheme more than anything is that Thrust looks incredibly evil. The glowing pink eyes and aposematic yellow and black really convey evil well here. It helps that the yellow and pink are matched with black, avoiding the garish feel of a lot of G2 toys.

   Thrust sports a cape in the form of his wings, impressive looking elbow spurs and a nice big yellow rifle, with detachable silencer. The hips, knees, elbows and shoulders are ball joints. The head is, too, but it's movement is limited to turning about 30 to either side, since the metal rod that his chest swivels down on is pushing up behind it. Thrust has great poseability, and he has heelspurs that allow a lot of posing.

   It's a fun mode with a well thought out colour scheme and great play value, and I can't really fault it.

VARIATIONS

   As mentioned, this is a mould of Machine Wars origins, used for both Megatron and Megaplex. It was also used in RiD for Wind Sheer. He was sold either alone or in a set with Scuba (AKA Claw Jaw).

OVERALL

   A poseable toy, with a really nifty colour scheme, and Thrust is easily the best version of this mould. I'd recommend him even if you have the mould already, assuming you can find him for a decent price. While he's not quite as cool as Dirge, who is a great G1 homage, Thrust is worth it if you can find him - 8/10

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