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Name: Menasor
Series: Classics
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Super Warrior
Alternate Mode: Flatbed Truck



TRUCK MODE
Height: 11cm Length: 2.5cm Width: 2.5cm

   A long grey and black flatbed truck with "Decepticon" purple windows on the shortnose cab and a white grille. The colour scheme quite obviously matches that of Motormaster, but the name was unavailable, so Hasbro went for a closely related match. I'm actually pretty happy with the choice of name - sure it's not ideal, but since Motormaster formed the core of Menasor, the link between the two names is pretty strong. Anyway, Menasor has six black plastic wheels - four at the front and two at the back, although the middle set are false, moulded wheels. At least they match the actual wheels - not always the case when Hasbro use false wheels. There's a small Decepticon logo stamped on the left door of the cab, which is very slightly crooked (on mine at least).

   The back of the truck is quite long, and really just hangs out the back looking like it's designed to hold something. Which it is - Menasor is a repaint of Cybertron Legends Optimus Prime, based on a larger Optimus toy which has a trailer. This smaller mould comes without trailer - which didn't work so well for Prime but is fine for Menasor. As a result, Menasor introduces me to the mould - I like the look of this figure much more than Prime. It's not really a realistic truck, looking somewhat futuristic, but is quite obviously a transport truck.

   There's not much to this truck mode, and while it looks okay, the mould doesn't offer that much here. The wheels roll and the colours are instantly recognisable as a Motormaster tribute, and work well, and that's about all there is.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold the tail end underneath, swing the long rear section down to form legs, fold down the groinplate, spread the legs a little. Split the cab, swing down the bumper halves to form the forearms, rotate them to reveal fists, swing the arms out to the sides, lift up his shoulderpads and pull the head out of the torso.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 6.5cm

   At 8cm tall, he's not much of a "Super Warrior", but at least Monstructor feels better about himself, I guess. Menasor is again black and grey - the boots, forearms, head and chest are grey while his feet, thighs, groin and shoulderpads are black. There are purple false windows on his chest (in typical Optimus Prime fashion), the slender upper arms are puple while his face is while. That Decepticon symbol is now on the right shoulderpad, and looks pretty good there - even if it's now noticeably crooked. This is a very nice colour scheme - the black and grey play off each other well while the purple gives just enough colour to make the overall scheme interesting - as well as cementing the Motormaster tribute intended here.

   This robot mode is a nice little statue - he looks quite impressive despite the size. I mean that in a display value sense, not an imposing kind of way. There's some poseability here, allowing for natural posing and not much else. The elbows swing and the hips are ball jointed, allowing the default at ease stance of his legs, and allowing a straight-legged walking pose if you want to use it. There are rectangular holes in his hands - Menasor can potentially hold weaponry although nothing in recent times has come with a weapon that would fit his hands.

   Simple but solid. The colours work nicely, the layout works and shoulderpads look very nice. What impresses me most is that this figure clearly reminds of Motormaster despite being a recolour of a toy that really looks nothing like the Stunticon leader in this mode. The colours also do a good job of separating Menasor from Cybertron Prime's feel.

VARIATIONS

   None that I know of.

OVERALL

   A decent little repaint of a rather forgettable toy - Menasor is a nice little tribute to Motormaster. It seems Hasbro wants to reference all of the Stunticons individually, and with the name Menasor, this figure manages to reference two of them. To be honest the truck mode is ridiculously bland, but the colours make it passable - it's really just supporting the robot mode. The latter displays well, and the colours really work in robot mode. Whilst many of the Legends sized toys look or feel cheap - quite a few have really poor engineering, this toy feels quite solid. If you generally like the Legends toys - or skipped Optimus Prime as I did, I'd recommend Menasor - 8/10

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