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Name: Slugfest
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Messenger
Alternate Mode: Microcassette



CASSETTE MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 5cm Width: 0.5cm

   A green microcassette with some terracotta bits on top, Slugfest has a silver and red tape sticker, painted on. The green is a kiwi fruit green, which is a little strange for a cassette - I guess by now they were running out of colours after twelve previous microcassette Transformers. Slugfest's tape mural is upside-down relatively speaking - the Stegosaurus head is at the bottom and the rubsign on the backside of the tape is upside down. The mural itself sports the the standard markings - "A" and "MC60", "Metal Position" below the painted tape window. The spools are painted black for some reason. The terracotta legs at the top and red eye on one corner make this a rather broken-up tape mode.

   There's not really a lot of moulded detail here, other than the robot bits peeking out. The spools are moulded but the window is not recessed as on many of the earlier cassettes. The backside is more generic than some of the others, which rates better than some, but it's not really enough to make up for the front. Other than visible legs and another eye, the most prominent feature on the back is the rubsign indent.

   Had the legs been done in green (or the entire toy done in terracotta), this tape would have looked a lot better, despite the lack of detail. The painted cassette facade is okay, the colours undo it's good work. I like the two-tone aspect of the toy but I would have preferred the second colour being limited to the stegosaurus only parts.

TRANSFORMATION TO STEGOSAURUS MODE

   Swing up the four legs, unfold the bottom corners to form his head and tail, which will cause the spring-loaded rack of plates to push out. Turn him over, attach the guns to the rear holes and stand him up.

STEGOSAURUS MODE
Height: 4.5cm Length: 8.5cm Width: 2.5cm

   A green and terracotta stegosaurus, the main body is still green while the plates and legs are terracotta, along with the eyes. The guns are silver and the right side of the body sports remnants of the tape mural. The colours work a whole lot better here since the terracotta enhances the toy rather than getting in the way. The two main colours do compliment each other well here, even if they got in each other's way before.

   This is a pretty good Stegosaurus mode for a cassette Transformer. The guns are well designed, bulky at the back to fill out the toy (and prevent this animal being a wafer), with cannons at the front. The tail has two simple green spikes, there's even a tiny spike on his nose. The plates on his back are one piece, but alternate with four on the right and three on the left side.

   The poseability here is pretty limited, although Stegosauruses aren't known to have been limber creatures. The head can lift up a little, the legs can swing forward, all thanks to transformation joints. The guns can swivel up and down to take aim.

   While it's a simple design, the Stegosaurus mode is surprisingly good. The guns really help a lot, and the alternating plates are cool. The colours are an asset, round off a good animal mode. There are no real problems here.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. Slugfest was sold with Overkill.

OVERALL

   Slugfest has a good Stegosaurus mode and a poor cassette mode all rolled into one. The cassette mode suffers from disjointed colouring and a fair slice of visible kibble, but the animal mode is well done, the colours come together and it's a pretty convincing robotic Stegosaurus. While he may have one of the weaker cassette modes, the animal mode is one of better ones amongst the cassette Transformers, so if you like the subgroup, I'd recommend Slugfest purely on the strength of the animal mode - 7/10

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