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Name: Hook
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Surgical Engineer
Alternate Mode: Crane



CRANE MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 9cm Width: 3.5cm

   A yellow and silver crane with purple windows and black tyres. He has a chrome silver hook, as well as silver mechanical bits in the middle of the vehicle, which are a combination of chrome plastic and metal. In fact only Hook and Scavenger have metal parts amongst the Constructicons. He's got both a front cab for the driver and a rear cab for the cab operator, both on the right hand side. The colours are straight swap of those on the original, with green replaced by yellow and the purple becoming a lighter shade. I'm fairly neutral on which version has the better colours - this toy looks nice however. There's a G2 stamp above his front left tyre.

   Hook has two sets of rear tyres and one set of front tyres, and all roll freely. The rear section supports the crane and its cabin can swivel 360 degrees - which is great considering it's not part of his transformation or needed to combine Devastator. The arm can lift up, and has an extending front section. Oh, and the hook itself can move back and forth to accommodate the shifting angle of the arm. You can also add Devastator's head assembly (with the head folded down) behind the driver's cabin to give him a missile launcher, or attach his handgun on the left of the cabin. There's a phantom metal peg behind his cabin in thise mode, which can spin around. It's not an eyesore but it doesn't fulfil any purpose for Hook's crane mode. It exists so Bonecrusher has somewhere to hang onto in when they combine.

   In this mode, probably the best Constructicon, because of the play value allowed in the crane mechanism. The head weapon restricts this a little, but his handgun causes no problems. He's also the easiest to break, the hook itself is relatively fragile. A good crane, and I have to admit I really like the lighter purple in Hook's windows.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Extend the front section, fold over the legs and push the front back in. Pull the arms out from the sides, flip the head up. Give him his handgun.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   The yellow remains on his arms & lower legs in this mode, while his head is black with a silver face, his torso is a darkish (painted) purple and his thighs chrome silver. He's the tallest Constructicon, perhaps why he's the leader according to the specs (in the cartoon, Scrapper is boss). This time around I'd give the G1 version the better colours, since the purple paint on his chest doesn't quite match that on the cabin window visible on his left boot. It's still a decent colour scheme mind you.

   Like Long Haul, he's assymetrical, the driver's cabin is on his left foot. It looks a tad strange, but at the same time it adds to the personality of this toy, and defines his robot mode as being derived from a crane, rather than being the bottom of some generic vehicle (e.g. the Sparkabots). His head folds down, so he can look at the ground, and he can swing his arms at the shoulders, otherwise he can't move. He has big shoulderpads formed from the rear of the truck, but his arms clear these and so they add to the appearance of the toy rather than wrecking his poseability.

   His only real downside in this mode is the attachment of some kibble on the sides of his upper thighs, which basically consists of two blocks there to make sure the crane mode has no "waist". They don't drag him down much, and they're the only fault I can find with Hook anyway. I've already touched on the misstep that is his chest's colour. This same colour also appears on Scrapper's chest, but that toy lacks light purple plastic so it's not an issue for him.

VARIATIONS

   As mentioned, Hook is a repaint of the G1 Hook. There was the late G1 "European" Hook (no phantom metal peg for Devastator mode). G2 Hook came in either yellow or orange - I have the far more common yellow version.

OVERALL

   Hook was always my favourite Constructicon, but this isn't my favourite G2 Constructicon (I'd probably give that to Bonecrusher), due to the mismatched purples here. He's still quite nice, and the mould is good. The crane mode is fun and he's one of only two G2 Constructicons with die cast metal, which is a plus. I wouldn't really recommend him if you have the original, although if you're looking to complete G2 Devastator, you're going to need this figure - 7.5/10

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