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Name: Ravage
Series: Henkei
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Microcassette



MICROCASSETTE MODE
Height: 3.5cm Width: 5cm Depth: 1cm

   A black microcassette with some gunmetal painted on the edges of either side, Ravage lacks any cassette sticker details like those found on the original Ravage, although he is essentially the same size. There's a sublte purple Decepticon logo on one side, and I'm calling that side the top, because the other side is more gappy. The colours here don't really sell the illusion of a microcassette as the G1 cassettes did, but it's Ravage, which is the point really. While I would have liked some cassette details I think the focus was on the panther mode, and these details would have stuck out there.

   There are spool holes here, but also lots of gaps (mainly on the bottom), and the tail is visible one on edge on the topside. The cassette doesn't fit into G1 Soundwave, despite being the same size as the G1 cassettes - it's just too lumpy to slide in. It does fit into the Soundblaster mould, so it will fit into the recent Soundwave reissues using this mould, including the modified Encore version with Soundblaster-style visible hinges (thanks to Andrew Murchison for this info). The slight protrusion tail doesn't help, either. Basically it sits there being a black rectangle. It _can_ clip onto the back of Henkei Hound's Jeep mode (the two are sold together), but looks odd there and I don't see why Hound would carry Ravage around anwyay.

   A basic block with holes, it's really not a terribly convincing cassette. As with many Classics/Henkei toys, the robot mode (well, panther mode in this case) is the main show. It does what it has to and nothing more.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Swing out the tail, swing out the hindlegs from the bottom side, lift them up above the topside, swing out the hind paws. Fold down the front legs, swing out the front paws and swing out his head.

PANTHER MODE
Height: 4.5cm Width: 8.5cm

   A black panther with gunmetal lower legs and black feet, referencing the die cast metal on the original toy, Ravage has that purple Decepticon logo on his back and small red eyes on either side of his head. This is one of the simplest colour schemes you'll see, but it suits the character quite well. There are no silver hip missiles here.

   Most Classics/Henkei toys are trying to improve or expand on the original in some way. The cassette mode is a regression on G1 Ravage, so the "improvements" are all in this panther mode. The transformation gives his body a width not seen on the animal cassettes from G1 (although Grandslam managed it). The cassette unfolds quite cleverly in fact - Ravage is wide without any gigantic gaps here, and while his body is quite small, it doesn't look sparse. There are spool holes (well halves of them) on all four hips.

   Ravage's poseability here is pretty good for his size, considering the transformation. His tail can lift up while the head can move up and down. His mouth is fixed in an open position and the front hips are fixed. The rear hips and all four knees are hinged. Unlike the original, the paws themselves are fixed in place. Some walking poses are possible. The poseability is a step down from the G1 toy, but this one is focussing more on width and display value.

   A good jaguar mode - the width this mode manages is quite spectacular. He's more of a display piece than a play piece, but his poseability is still quite good. The colours are very sparse but this suits. Silver weapons would have been nice, but would probably have blown the budget for this set.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   A pretty basic cassette mode serves only to support the panther mode, but that panther mode is quite spectacular. With a clever transformation giving the beast mode a width the original lacked, Ravage displays very well. His poseability is quite good albeit not at the level of the G1 toy while the very black colour scheme suits. With no real cassette detailing on the alt mode, Ravage would be disappointing if sold on his own, but as a bonus with Hound, he's a very good toy - 8.5/10

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