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Name: Cindersaur
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Firestorm Trooper
Alternate Mode: Dinosaur Monster, apparently



MONSTER MODE
Height: 6cm Length: 9cm Width: 5cm

   A purple monster with a yellow tail and yellow front limbs, a grey belly and silver horn on his snout. Cindersaur's main trunk is actually yellow, but there's a purple backplate with forward facing spikes on it, so he's more or less purple at a glance. The yellow is a rather horrible yellow, it reminds me of baby formula.

   To put it bluntly, this animal mode is terrible. Granted, there's organic skin sculpting on his legs, tail and head, but it's impossible to tell what this is actually meant to be. The way the mouth is moulded open, his head reminds me of a sock puppet. The eyes are silver with no pupils, there's a spine on top of tailtip. He sort of stands on his hindlimbs with his body sloping upwards. The forelimbs can swing up and down, which is really it for the poseability, although the body can lift up and down, as part of his main gimmick.

   The idea of the Firecons is that you can lift up the legs and roll them along on the belly, and sparks will spurt out of their mouths. Unfortunately the internal gears around which this gimmick revolves wear very easily, leaving the gimmick dead. Cindersaur's snout is about half an inch from the spark ejection point anyway, so even if the gimmick works, there's not much action outside of the toy.

   While none of the Firecons have great animal modes, this is the least inspiring for me, primarily because it's so ambiguous. The yellow plastic used looks really bad while the moulded skin is the only positive here.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold the tail underneath, swing down his head, swing the spineplates down to the sides, revealing the robot head and chest. Straighten his legs and stand him up.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   Cindersaur again relies on that awful yellow, which now covers his torso, while his limbs and head are purple. The head is actually a plate inserted into the top of his torso, which is a rectangular block. His face is actually fairly well moulded, with lips, a nose, eyes and even a chin. Of course, they then went and painted it an awful pale green colour.

   The Firecons have quite possibly the worst robot mode proportions of any Transformers. Ever. The arms are attached to the waist, and of course attach at the wrists. The legs attach to the sides of the central block, sitting directly below his hands, rather than below the torso. The back edge of the animal head sits above the rectangular central block, forming kibble. Rounding all of this out is the fact that's wider than he should be for this height - as if Cindersaur didn't have enough going against him.

   There is no play value in this mode. Cindersaur basically stands there looking weird. With bad colours and terrible proportions, this is a bad robot mode. Granted, the face is quite well detailed and the spines on the outsides of his arms are positive, they're nowhere near enough.

VARIATIONS

   None, thank Primus. Repainted in Japan Guzzle, in better colours.

OVERALL

   Every now and then a Transformer is released that's simply fantastic. Cindersaur is the polar opposite of that toy. The spark gimmick is laughable - if you really like the idea, I'd suggest a Monsterbot instead - or even a Sparkabot (Guzzle is the best, but they're all fairly mediocre). Cindersaur is in my opinion the worst of the Firecons - a very dubious honour. I got mine for free (actually I got all of the Firecons gratis), and that's about what he's worth. If you're thinking of bidding online on Cindersaur, disconnect your modem - 0.5/10

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