Generations Voyager Rhinox
He's here! ...Well obviously. From the freaking moment
I heard tell of a series-accurate Rhinox being suggested, I was
waiting. When the first shots of the prototype actually hit the
internet, I started hounding pre-order sites. I had to have
Rhinox. Now, he may not be my favorite
Beast Wars character... but he ranks pretty damn high. I mean,
Rhinox. And considering the less than perfectly Rhinox-like
figure Hasbro stuck us with the first time through (on the left here), I was just so happy to have "a real one".
TWIN SPINNING GATLING GUNS! And they are, and it's awesome.
But first let's admire the box. Okay, now let's rip the
shit out of it.
Oh, right, wait. I happen to think Rhinox is a little higher on
the intelligence scale but you know, that's just me. So by this
chart, he's more than happy to rush into danger and can take a lot of
damage so it's totally cool. Accurate. Rhinox!
Okay, I'm kind of impressed. This is the most bored-looking mostly
sorta organic-ish rhino that I have ever seen. Hell of a lot more
accurate than the initial show version *cough*, but generally pretty
cool, really. Just an unassuming rhinoceros, waiting for poachers to make a terrible error in judgment.
first time I laughed was when I transformed him from robot to beast mode.
That's a rhino ass, alright. Again, the mix of hard plastic
and softer plastic is a really nice touch to be able to get all of the
interlocking pieces together without too much cursing or breaking
things. Sure took a while to get to this point, but hey.
And this is
the second time I laughed. Rhinox is quietly judging you from
within the rhino's mouth.
Remember the transformation sequence on the
show, though? The rhino kind of roared and then his mouth opened really
wide and split open and then Rhinox was just kinda standing there in robot form
afterward? It's mildly disturbing no matter how it's done.
result is fucking awesome. This is Rhinox! Right here,
being his badass self with gatling guns and everything! Which do
really spin, yes, but after the fourth attempt to get video I decided
that if you really want to see it, you probably know how to use Google
and YouTube. Why yes he does look a little like he's wearing
chaps. Ha ha, now you can't unsee it either.
Okay, so the
overall paint detail is... typical. But easily cleaned up, as far
as I'm concerned. What made me really ridiculously happy were the
Maximal insignias on either side of his head.
Rhinox... it would appear that something incredibly frightening is
sneaking up behind you and trying to eat your head. Not to alarm
you or anything.
downside for sure is that his balance makes... a lot of poses
difficult, let's face it. But this is why, since this
is what he's carrying around. I'd wondered why so much of the
posing I saw online had him with his legs wide apart. Now I know.
Overall, though? I'm so happy with
him. I'd pondered waiting and paying the extra for the
Japanese/Takara version, but then I found out it was... all shiny.
And while I love shiny, Rhinox was not all shiny.
I mean yeah, the first season made everything a little shinier
than it should be, but... matter of preference. Point being, it
took 17 freaking years, but I
have my show-accurate Rhinox. I am happy. Except for how I
have to find a place for him, since my Transformer shelf is already
spilling out over everything else. Details.