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Name: Gigant Bomb
Series: Robotmasters
Allegiance: Destron
Function: Sneak Attack
Alternate Mode: Stealth Bomber/Tank

Thanks to Excelon Zero loaning me Gigant Bomb for this review.



STEALTH BOMBER MODE
Height: 9cm Length: 15cm Width: 30cm

   A blue and yellow stealth bomber with a transparent yellow cockpit, navy missiles along with some pale blue and grey underneath. There are yellow stripes along the front of the wings while blue is the main colour. There are Destron (Decepticon) logos stamped on the wingtips and above the cockpit while there are silver edges on the air intakes. The colour scheme as unrealistic as on most versions of this mould, but the blues and yellows do look good together.

   This is a big plane, with a lot of good things going for it. Firstly, there's the size. Secondly the thing shoots _twelve_ missiles. Six of these are in the Gatling gun, which are released in series when you turn the back of this gun. The other six are under the wings, and pressing on small transparent yellow buttons on top of the wings allows them to drop, like bombs. I like the fact that these buttons are small, since they don't ruin the look of the wings at all. There are two sets of rear wheels underneath, the front undercarriage is replaced by the Gatling gun, on which it rests happily. So it doesn't roll, but planes like this taxi pretty slowly anyway and it's too big for rolling along the ground anyway.

   The size allows for a fair bit of detail as G2 toys go. This plane has air intakes, underwing missiles as well as just a good stealth-like shape. There's a bit of undercarriage rubbish, which is Gigant Bomb's legs. There are no tailfins, since this mould was designed as part of a two figure set, and the other toy is sold separately this time, as Smokesniper. It's a shortcoming, but not a fatal flaw - and I'd expect that most fans buying one would also buy the other.

TRANSFORMATION TO TANK MODE

   Unclip Smokesniper (if attached) from the back of the combined jet mode. Remove the missiles or they'll go everywhere. Fold the wingtips up. Lift up the wings (they spring up). Fold up the wheels, swing the Gatling gun right back, and up so it's on top of the fuselage. There's little grey buttons at the back of his robot legs, push then to release the tank treads, and click these into place. You can place the missiles into the Gatling gun on top, but you don't have to.

TANK MODE
Height: 12cm Length: 17cm Width: 11cm

   A blue, grey & light blue tank mode, with the same transparent yellow cockpit as the combined mode, and with navy missiles (if you decide to use them). The grey is a lot more prominent here, the treads and the sides of the tank itself (which are the undersides of the wings) are grey. It's worth mentioning that this grey is much darker than that of G2 Dreadwing, so while the basic idea is similar, they look quite different. The big Gatling gun sits on top, and can swivel in two directions and shoot at pretty much everything. There are some really out of place fuchsia painted elements on the Gatling gun, for some reason.

   This is clearly an intermediate mode, and as a result is his weakest mode. It's not that this tank is terrible, but so much of Gigant Bomb goes into the Stealth Bomber that the tank looks like it's been fashioned out of a bomber. The cockpit makes this rather obvious, being atop a pointed nose. The treads are somewhat thin, from the front it reminds me of a catamaran.

   The gun, as mentioned, can point pretty much anywhere, and can shoot missiles all over the room. The bomber's wheels are underneath the rear of the treads and there are small wheels under the front, this tank mode can roll, in fact it does so much better than the bomber. So while it may not look like a normal tank, it has better play value as a tank than most TF tanks that do.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Remove the missiles or they'll go everywhere. Lift up the air intakes and swivel them so they stick out at the front. There's a panel to the right of the Gatling gun - fold this up. Then fold the spot where the Gatling gun attaches to the body to the right until it clicks (this is inside the toy, where Smokescreen fits. Fold the treads back onto the legs then fold down the legs, Swing the hips in and click them into place. Fold the feet into place and position the knees. Fold the nose down halfway, fold out the head and then fold the nose right down to form the chestplate. Swing the arm intakes to the sides for form the arms, and them lift the outer parts of these out to the sides till they click to reveal the arms themselves. Swing the Gatling gun un to form a shoulder cannon. Attach missiles if desired.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 18.5cm Width: 15cm

   A stocky blue, pale blue & grey robot with more of that ugly fuchsia. The lower legs and forearms are pale blue, as is the shoulder cannon. The torso and deflectors attached to the forearms are blue, the shoulders, thighs, feet & head are grey. There's extensive fuchsia on his head, boots and feet - and it really does not work against the two blues and grey. The eyes are transparent yellow with a fantastic lightpipe and there's a single Decepticon logo on his groin. The fuchsia really ruins what should have been a great colour scheme.

   As mentioned, Gigant Bomb is stocky. We're not talking nightclub bouncer, we're talking professional Sumo wrestler. He's very wide and has a big round head, which is pretty much dome shaped. There's no waist either, which along with the head, makes him look massive, hence the sumo motif.

   Not only is he big, but Gigant Bomb is also poseable. He has hinged knees, ball jointed hips, two joints at the shoulders giving full poseability, hinged elbows and a head that turns. While he's a tad back-heavy, he's got big enough feet that he can stand in pretty much any pose with a little work. The cannon on the right shoulder is _huge_ in proportion, and is able to point pretty much anywhere, although it's slightly limited by the wing sitting behind it to the right. But it spins and when it does so, it'll send missiles all over the Autobots (or your living room).

   With good poseability, an awesome shoulder cannon and the customary added transparent green handgun, there's a lot of play value here. The fists have been remoulded to accommodate this new gun, so Gigant Bomb can't grasp Smokesniper's missile launchers (as on the previous versions of this mould). In essence the deflectors on his forearms become redundant as shields, because noone'll get near him. But they look awesome.

   This is a great mould with some awesome weapons and good poseability. While Gigant Bomb lacks the handheld missile launcher option, he does gain a handgun to offset this. The plastic colours used are nice, but the entire package is held back by that awful fuchsia, which just doesn't fit in with the blues.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, although this is now the fourth incarnation of the mould.

OVERALL

   A good mould with a lot of play value, both vehicle modes have merit and the robot mode is poseable. Gigant Bomb's weaponry is fun and he combines well with Smokesniper - the two are designed to work together. This mould is certainly worth getting, and the basic plastic colours here are the best of all four incarnations, although the fuchsia is quite ugly. I'd recommend either the Dreadwing pack or Starscream & BB ahead of Gigant Bomb, but along with Smokesniper he still represents a decent toy - 8/10

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