Waruderos (Mini-Review) Jul 15, 2003 18:19:29 GMT -5
Post by shaxper on Jul 15, 2003 18:19:29 GMT -5
Perhaps the most sought after non-base Diaclone of all time, much of Waruderos's fame comes from his scarcity. In general, Japanese toy makers orf the 1970s and 80s usually avoided producing toys for bad guys and female characters because they assumed little boys would have no interest in them. In fact, of Takara's Henshin Cyborg, Microman, and Diaclone (three toylines spanning a decade with similar themes and designs) Waruderos was the very first bad guy toy made.
As a result, even the Kronoform "Wargon" incarnation of the toy is unusually rare and often sports a hefty price tag and, as another result, Takara definately skimped out on the quality of this toy, probably assuming it wouldn't sell well anyway.
So, on to the review:
Waruderos follows the 3-in-1 combiner theme first established with Diabattles and Battle Buffalo, though his actual combination is far more similar to Battle Buffalo. The arms transform in almost exactly the same way, and the head combines in a very similar manner. The legs are the most different, but they seem to be the weakest member of both sets.
In general, Waruderos has some very nice features. He looks impressive in robot mode, three of the four pilots end up next to each other in the same concealed chamber when the vehicles combine, and the two "bug" vehicles are very impressive.
However, Waruderos also has his drawbacks. The fourth pilot ends up sitting in his butt when combined, and falls out far too easily. I recommend removing him before combining, or you're likely to lose him. Also, in the Kronoform version (I can't speak for the original, since the missiles were inevitably altered for American safety standards) his claws and two rear missiles (when combined) fall out quite easily, as well. I strongly recommend playing with this guy with a ziplock bag in the other hand.
Another drawback: The third "scorpian" vehicle (what does a scorpian have to do with bugs??) is particularly lame. I can't even imagine a combat situation in which it would be useful along with the two bug fighter spaceships. It just rolls around and shoots missiles. What the heck would it do in space?
Finally, and most importantly, Waruderos contains 0% diecast content. All chromed portions are actually painted plastic, making the robot frail and badly balanced when combined. Mine actually hunches.
All in all, I think a diecast version of this toy at 2x scale would have made a menacing adversary and I would have wet my pants to own one. The existing toy is still worth owning, but hardly worth the price tags it usually has attached to it. Maybe the Japanese were right. Who needs bad guys?