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Name: Flamefeather
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Warrior
Alternate Mode: Bird Monster



MONSTER MODE
Height: 6cm Length: 8.5cm Width: 5cm

   A blue eagle monster with a white tail, white forelimbs, a baby blue belly and grey wings on top. Flamefeather has a yellow beak and yellow eyes, which suit quite well, even if a blue bird of prey is a bit of a stretch. His upper body is actually white, but there's a blue backplate holding the wings, so he's effectively blue. I don't mind this colour scheme - despite the unnatural blue it's the most cohesive of the Firecon colour schemes.

   OK, it's a poor bird mode, there's no way around this. Still, Flamefeather has wings, moulded feathers, a distinct beak and the forelimbs look like birdclaws, making him the most well defined of the Firecons - and by some distance. Having said that, a blue eagle with arms is still pushing it. The wings look like those of a preening eagle - and as a result sit rather unnaturally. But, hey, at least they're bird wings, unlike the plane wings on Sparkstalker.

   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. Flamefeather's mouth 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.

   That this is the best animal mode amongst the Firecons is more an indictment on the others than a compliment to Flamefeather. The Firecons are the first beast Transformers to feature organic sculpting, and Flamefeather's really the only one that works at all. Sadly, the gimmick barely does, so unless you're a blue eagle nut there's little more than curiosity value here.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

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

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7.5cm Width: 5cm

   Flamefeather has blue limbs, a blue head with a yellow-green face and white torso. 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 (in fact all the Firecons have good facial sculpts). Again this is the best colour scheme amongst the set - the blue and white work quite well together and the yellow-green works in a demonic sort of way. The colours aren't really anything special, but they do make Flamefeather slightly more bearable.

   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, and wears the wings as arm kibble.

   There is no play value in this mode. Flamefeather basically stands there looking weird. The colours, as mentioned, are the best in the set, which conspires with the relatively strong bird mode to make Flamefeather vaguely appealing - in a best of a bad bunch way.

VARIATIONS

   For some reason, they decided to release him in purple and transparent fluorescent orange version in G2.

OVERALL

   A very bad toy, but Flamefeather offers the most of the three Firecons, since his colours are the most sensible, and the bird mode actually looks vaguely bird-like. Still, all three Sparkabots are better toys, and I wouldn't recommend him if you're after the sparking gimmick (which is better done on the Autobot trio). The most notable thing here is that Flamefeather marks the first decent organic sculpt on a animal Transformer - but that's nowhere near enough to make him worthwhile. If you must get a Firecon, this is the one to get, but he's still a toy I recommend against spending money on - 1/10

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