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Name: Trypticon
Series: Classics
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Three Headed Dragon



DRAGON MODE
Height: 5.5cm Length: 11.5cm Width: 5cm

   A dark grey three headed European dragon with purple feet and some purple on top of the central, larger head as well as on the shoulders. Trypticon has light grey on the other two heads and some orange painted details here and there. He's a repaint of Cybertron Legends Scourge, without the Decepticon logo present on that toy. The colours are taken from G1 Trypticon, and while this beast looks nothing like that bipedal T-Rex, the colours make the tribute fairly obvious. The purple is brighter than the lilac of the original while there's more orange and less teal (in fact it's only on the belly here), but the colourset is distinct enough that it still works.

   The sculpted details here are good at this size and the dark grey plastic allows them to come out much more than the amber on Scourge. The colours aren't as organic, but then Trypticon was never organic anyway. As on Scourge, his eyes are unpainted, but he doesn't have the unfinished look of that toy. The poseability is surprisingly close to that of Ultra Scourge - the central head is on a restricted ball joint while the smaller ones on either side can lift up and down. His shoulders and hips are all ball jointed, as are the feet. The end result is great poseability for a Legends beast mode. The tail can also lift up a little, although don't move it too far or it'll become obvious that the joint was intended for the transformation.

   A good mould and while it's clear this is a retroactive repaint effort, the end result is still respectable. Okay, this beast mode is clearly different to the G1 toy, but the colours do anchor the tribute fairly well. Trypticon is well sculpted with great poseability. It's not as compelling as Scourge in concept, but the colours actually make this a better beast mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Swing the hind legs back to form robot legs, fold up the tail, Stand him up, swing out the shoulders and rotate the front feet to form hands. Swing the smaller heads onto his back and swing the main one down to form his chest. Lift up and rotate the robot head.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 9cm Width: 8.5cm

   Again based on dark grey, Trypticon has purple extremities again while the beast head on his chest is largely purple with orange - colours also present on his shoulders. Much of the torso is painted teal while his face is painted light grey, including his eyes. There's a small silver Decepticon logo on his left thigh, and while it works, I don't see why they had to move his allegiance symbol to a spot where it's only visible in this mode. The colours are fairly successful once again, and while the robot mode of Scourge has well laid out colours, I do like the painted face Trypticon gets. There's no comparison to the G1 toy - which lacks a robot mode - but again the tribute is obvious.

   Again poseability is good, and this time it's pretty much on par with the larger Scourge. The neck, shoulders, elbows, hips and knees are all ball jointed. The fists actually protrude forward from his forearms which looks a little weird. There are no accessories, something the G1 toy had in abundance - but this toy is the size of one of those accessories.

   A good robot mode despite the unusual positioning of his hands, Trypticon has a good paint job aside from the shifted Decepticon logo. It helps that there's no comparison to the colour scheme of the original couple with a distinct set of colours. It doesn't make the most compelling repaint or tribute, but it works.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of, although as mentioned he is a repaint of Cybertron Legends Scourge.

OVERALL

   A good legends mould and a fairly well done repaint, but the tribute is an odd choice. The mould doesn't suit the character at all - it really should have been Hun-Grrr if anything (there is in fact a later repaint as Hun-Grrr - it makes me wonder why it took them so long to see the obvious) - but the tribute is well handled as far as the colours go. Trypticon's sculpt and poseability are very well done, and so he represents a good deal for the price. He's not compelling as such, but certainly worth his ticket price - 9/10

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