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Name: Slag
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Flamethrower
Alt Mode: Triceratops



TRICERATOPS MODE
Height: 8cm Length: 18cm Width: 8cm

   A pretty show-accurate dinosaur, and not a bad impression of a horned dinosaur, either. I'm not enough of a dinosaur expert to say whether it's pure Triceratops or not. He's largely grey with a coloured head, although he has a chrome gold bump on his back (robot feet). His head is smoky plastic with detailed chrome gold inside. Moulded eyes, with no colouring. Chrome silver lower jaw (which opens and shuts), red horns (someone chewed on mine - ahh the joy of buying second hand over the Internet). Chrome silver frill, Which looks like a collar since it's jagged. Oh and his tail is the same smoky transparent as his head with detailed gold chrome inside.

   As previously mentioned, his jaw opens and shuts. The red horns swing around independently, although the third horn is moulded onto his head and can't move. His legs move back and forward and his rear legs bend at the knees. A nice dinosaur, it's nice that the guy who exists to breath fire can open his mouth for enhanced play value.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   First thing you have to do is split his robot legs (rear half of body) to give the tail room to get out of the way. Then swing that tail so it's basically sticking up in the air. Then swing the legs down and fold away the rear dino lower legs. You can now stand him up (and fold the tail down to the ground). Open the jaw and swing it down to form the chestplate and reveal his head. Slide the tabs on his arms to reveal his hands, swing out the side "fenders" of the dino back to form wings and swing his arms down a little (you have to do this after you move his wings or there wont be clearance). And now you're done, although you may like to position his horns and tail.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 14cm Width: 8cm

   Slag has a red torso, with chrome silver chestplate and chrome red waistplate (the only Dinobot with three chrome colours). He has grey arms, black hands, grey legs, chrome gold feet, black thighs. The dinosaur head becomes a gold & smoky helmet of sorts, over a black head.

   A pretty cool robot, although he has _big_ lower legs (worse than Sludge's). His arms look a little odd since he's got dino feet stuck on his wrists, but it's not a big issue, they don't get in the way of anything.

   Fairly show accurate, although on the show he has a red head, a hang-over from the Diaclone original. The head is show accurate aside from colour. Like the other quadrupedal Dinobots, Slag has a Diaclone cockpit on his chest. Unlike Sludge and Snarl, however, it can open freely in dinosaur mode (although it's on his underside). It's somewhat limited in this mode, since it's covered by his silver chestplate - but this makes for an excellent matrix compartment (c8

   He has a odd looking backpack - his wings are quite a distance back from his body on a rod. But with feet like his he has no trouble standing. The tail can be used as the third leg of a tripod if you want to pose him. Probably not good at caving but great for using as a leg-up...

VARIATIONS

   None, Strictly speaking...
   He was released again in G2 in Silver, Green & Red. The biggest differences (colours aside) were the loss of the rubsign and the gaining of a G2 Autobot Stamp. This guy looks stupid in Green, IMO. Looks a lot better in red, though.

OVERALL

   Middle-of the road as Dinobots go, although as I alluded to in my review of Snarl, the Dinobots are high quality Transformers, and proof that you can have good toys without gimmicks. Slag is a solid toy without being spectacular as such, Still, I'd definitely recommend him, although less so than Swoop, Sludge & Grimlock. Just a shade below 8/10, mainly because of the fact his robot head is red in the cartoon, but that's a fairly minor thing

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