Toy Review/Pictorial: Transformers Prime BEAST HUNTERS Lazerback

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Continuing along with the Beast Hunters line, we’ve got Lazerback! This one was a very pleasant surprise, as I’m not someone who generally likes “animalistic” Transformers, but love this thing to death.

Video Segments:

Out Of The Box: Beginning

Figure Overview: 1:43

Transformation: 6:56

Alt. Mode: 13:34

Final Thoughts: 16:08

Although the colors are a bit obtrusive to me, this dragon mode rocks. The aesthetic is nice, and it provides a good amount of poseability in the legs and head as well. the weapon storage is fantastic with a seamless integration for both the whip and missile launcher into the back and tail of the dragon. Aesthetically, one thing that does bug me a little is the ears of the dragon. Rather than molded plastic, they are painted rubber, and the lack of finish make me feel like the yellow paint will rub right off of them.

The transformation is simple, but pretty rewarding in that you have two modes which don’t blatantly resemble each other to the point that you can tell exactly how it transformed by looking at them.

The robot mode is nice. The face sculpt actually has a suprising amount of detailing to it: Showcasing an almost cat-like appearance right down to the goatee. I also like the silhouette of this one, with beefy shoulders into a thin waist, and thicker thighs. The poseability on it is awesome. Minus waist swivel, this toy’s articulation is right at the highest end of mainline Transformers toys: So, it’s very impressive.

He uses the same back legs in the dragon mode that he does for his normal legs in robot mode, so it presents a very chicken-legged look which is reminiscent of a lot of the Beast Wars era toys. This threw me off at first, but needless to say he is extremely stable/balanced!

I also enjoy the weapons. The dragon’s tail becomes his whip, and the backside of the dragon becomes his missile launcher. The missile launcher can fit either in his hand (5mm peg) or into a spot on his back for an adjustable over-the-head launcher.

As said at the beginning, I’ve never been a fan of beast-styled Transformers, so it was really surprising to me that I took to this the way I did. Awesome aesthetic on both modes, great weapon storage, and a nice amount of poseability make this a hard one to pass up. Bring on more Predacons!

Overall Score: 8.0/10

Enjoy a few more pictures of this figure below! Remember to click the pictures to view larger resolutions:

Comments

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  • antonio ochoa

    thanks first of all, did you wonder how the head is facing front and not down??

  • khylis

    Considering Predaking is a dragon and this guy has kind of a feline/avian look in my opinion….calling him a dragon may not be the best,even if the package calls him thus. I’m thinking more of a Gryphon maybe?? Just a thought..its cool either way…but the idea of Autobots chasing down renegade Preds based on Earthen Mythical predators….kinda cool and a great human scare factor.

  • TJ Duckett

    Yep!

  • seekerfan791

    Hey! Do you plan on purchasing (and then reviewing) the Mastermind Creations Terminus Hexatron?

  • TJ Duckett

    deluxe

  • saintdane05

    Which class is this? Is it Cyberverse, or deluxe?

  • TJ Duckett

    Honestly, I’m glad that they didn’t shoehorn a G1 name on this character “just because” ya know?

  • Eucep

    Looking at his robot and beast mode, I think Laserbeak is a fallback name for him. Likely Predacon Rampage would have fit him better for the G1 nostalgics.

  • Vdecepticon

    Dragons you say? I am kind for the kiddish look. It works for him. Sweet review and keep up they awesome. :)

  • wolf8xxx

    Yeah that would be nice if they were darker. Could always paint them.

  • TJ Duckett

    Hey, thanks. And totally agreed!

  • TJ Duckett

    Honestly, that’d be awesome. I just wish they were darker to really pull it off!

  • mantis999999999

    I bought this guy and soundwave at TRU xmas eve.
    My faith in TFs has been restored! HASBRO, please continue this level of quality and we will never speak of the horrors of 2012 again!
    Great review BTW :D

  • wolf8xxx

    I want to get two of these and put one on each end of my shelf in beast mode like gargoyles haha

  • nbfre

    he looks likes somthing out of beast machines.

  • TJ Duckett

    They’re not bad at all.

  • TJ Duckett

    Ha! Thanks for the reply! I appreciate the straight-to-the-point approach!

  • Adrian Au

    Nice review.
    Hate the figure.

  • Adrian Au

    Looks to have floppy ankles. A common problem with stand-up beast transformations.

  • Kuma Style

    Keeping the Prime Beast Hunters line going, this one showcases Lazerback!