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Name: Gas Skunk
Series: Robots in Disguise
Allegiance: Predacon
Alternate Mode: Skunk

Thanks to Griffin for loaning me Gas Skunk, making this review possible (I have since acquired Gas Skunk).



SKUNK MODE
Height: 10cm Length: 10.5cm Width: 6.5cm

   A black skunk which is amazingly similar to Stinkbomb. He's a striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis), which means he's black with a silver stripe down his back. This stripe should be white, but it's one of the (few) changes this toy gets. There are some yellow mech outbursts here and there, notable his upper forelimbs and little caps on the hindlegs. His claws are painted silver, which is a nice improvement on Stinkbomb's where were left unpainted. The tail and sides are silver chrome (formerly gold), with a yellow slashing claw at the tip of his tail. His eyes are red and his open mouth has teeth, another location where silver paint has been added. This is a nice colour scheme but it isn't all that different to Stinkbomb. The addition of paint to his teeth and claws is definitely an improvement, but the overall look is still basically the same.

   The tail sits over his head, in the spraying position, but rather than spray glands on his rump Gas Skunk has a... robot head. I'm going to steer clear of the obvious jokes, however it's obvious that this is not his best angle. The hind legs are short, as you'd expect of a skunk. The front legs are way too long, mind you, a by product of them doubling as robot legs. Otherwise, this is a pretty good skunk mode, with extensive chrome, lots of sculpted fur mixed mech outbursts and a good bodyshape for the most part. The tail and all four legs are are mounted on ball joints, he has knees in the front legs and all four feet have moulded claws. There is no weaponry as such, but the claw on his serrated tail looks ferocious enough for me, and the poseable tail gives it some play value.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold down his head, which unlocks the backplate. Swing the backplate and beast head under his body, which will reveal the robot torso. Rotate the waist and straighten the legs, position the feet. lift up the robot head, stow the skunk head inside the toy and clip the head into place. Rotate the head and twist the tail so it forms a giant stinger over his head. Fold up the hindpaws, fold out the forearms from the back of his hindlegs, straighten the arms and swing up the gold side panels to form shoulder armour.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 17cm Width: 6.5cm

   Gas Skunk's tall for a basic but 6cm of his height is that tail. The silver stripe has disappeared now and the yellow comes heavily into play. The boots, head and arms are black but the truck, thighs and elbow joints are yellow while the shoulder armour and stinger are chrome gold. There's a vaguely bat-like red mask on his face with blue eyes and while this may not sound great, it looks it. There are some red and green panels on his chest, which is more or less mechanical while his head and limbs are largely organic. Again this is a pretty good colour scheme and the location of the silver chrome works in his favour rather than clashing with the extensive yellow. Again we're treated to some extra paint apps, including the claws on his feet and upper arms, but also the panels on his chest, which feature more painted spots that Stinkbomb had.

   If you lift the panel on his left shoulder you'll reveal his pink Predacon spark crystal. Interestingly, the right panel also lifts up, revealing some back mech detailing. Both panels are also accessible in his skunk mode. As is normal with Transmetal II moulds, Gas Skunk is nice and poseable. The head turns and the stinger mounted on the back of his head has two joints at the base - a side to side hinge and a ball joint, giving Gas Skunk a surprisingly useful head-mounted melee weapon. The shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles are all ball joints and his elbows also score hinges. The waist rotates while the feet are big enough to make sure he's stable in a variety of poses.

   Gas Skunk has holes in his fists, despite the fact he comes without any sort of detachable weapon. This is in keeping with the detailed sculpt on his hands, and the quality of the sculpt in general. His mouth is moulded open with tiny rows of teeth - which are painted white! Someone really paid attention when designing this toy.

   A great robot mode, thanks to good colours, great poseability, an interesting weapon and a detailed sculpt. The paint job is well done and the colour layout smart. My only complaint is the lack of a hand weapon, but for a basic with a giant stinger that's a minor quibble. Again the overall feel is more or less the same as the last time out, with a few minor improvements.

VARIATIONS

   First released in Car Robots, the RiD version is a very minor repaint.

OVERALL

   A pretty decent toy with nice colours and good play value. Having said that Gas Skunk is a pretty minor repaint of Stinkbomb. I'm not so sure that he's worth grabbing if you have Stinkbomb - especially if you're actually buying this guy sealed as part of the three pack. Mind you, Dark Scream is a very nice toy - 7.5/10

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