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Name: Leobreaker
Series: Cybertron
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Lion

Thanks to Tiby for loaning me Leobreaker for this review



LION MODE
Height: 4.5cm Length: 8.5cm Width: 4cm

   A gold lion with awkward milky white plastic on his rump, tail and front claws, Leobreaker has dark brown on his mane and metallic brown shoulders, white paint on his cheeks and red eyes. There's an Autobot logo stamped on his left shoulder. The Hasbro promo pics (which I've used above) portray the white as a sort of silver, but don't be deceived - it's a white colour. While the larger Leobreaker toy sports some white, it's not in the same places as we see here, and far less jarring. Simply put, this is an ugly colour scheme.

   This is a very simple lion mode although the sculpt is pretty good for a Legends sized toy. The limbs look like the robot limbs they become - the hindlegs have clear heelspurs which aren't folded away or anything. On the whole I can't complain despite the obvious nature of his limbs, since there's considerable effort in the sculpt - and he's on par with most Legends toys. The poseability directly relates to the transformation - the hips and shoulders swing while the ankles and elbows are hinged, which does allow for some leaping poses.

   An uneventful beast mode but one that wears a bad colour scheme - this figure would have been a lot better without the white, even if the colours would have been boring. Having said that, I'd prefer some more brown - of either variety - over the white used here. The mould itself not bad - if a little uninspiring - but the colours are the killer here.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Straighten the legs, pivot the rump underneath the front of the beast to form the robot groin. Swing up the claws and the tail, open the panel on top of his mane, pull out and back to reveal the robot head.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 4cm

   A gold robot with metallic brown on his shoulders, groin, knees and head, Leobreaker has white panels on his forearms (again, the white is jarring) and a silver face. The colours line up to the larger toy fairly well, and look better here - simply because there's less white. The lion's head - and face - is on the chest. While I can't say I love these colours, they work as intended here, unlike the failed colours of his lion mode. The Autobot logo is on the outside of his left shoulder.

   The facial detail is simple. The mane panel on top of his head is meant to fold back, but you can lift it up to form a samurai's top-knot. While I don't like this look on the larger version, at this scale it's forgivable, and it's actually less prominent anyway.

   The poseability is again tied in to the transformation. The head is a restricted ball joint while the hips and shoulders swing - they're also restricted ball joints. The elbows and knees are hinged and those heelspurs allow for some dynamic posing.

   This is Leobreaker's better mode, thanks to the fact that the colours work here. The white claws on his forearms are still an unwelcome splash of white, but everything else works. The poseability offers something, and while he's not that poseable, for a Legends figure he's pretty good.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. Leo Prime is a repaint of Leobreaker.

OVERALL

   A scaling down of an awful voyager is never going to reach any great heights, but the simple transformation isn't a liability here, so I actually prefer Leobreaker at this scale. Having said that, the colour scheme in lion mode is awful - I don't know why they chose white for the rump and tail. The robot mode is fairly good with a decent colour layout and some poseability. It's still a middle-of-the-road legends, but if you want the character, this cheaper version is the version I'd endorse - 6/10

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