One last update:
Ok, First off is Mudslinger. I transformed him from truck mude to robot mode, easily enough. Fun transformation, great design, fun colors, cool head.
Decided upon fiddling with the legs, and they seemed fine. Actually kind of loose, I though after all I had heard, they would be really tight. I decided to give torso mode a whirl. Got the combiner head out, arms up, shoulder ports out, waist in place. I got one leg into leg mode, and as soon as I started to flip the other one around, it snapped. Rather easily might I add. To easily. I think the guy who owned this before me super glued it back and sold it to me. Not a total loss, I guess. I still have quite a few more figures here.
Next up, Darkstream. Deceptively easy transformation. One of his wings is extremely loose, but that seems to be a factory defect. Cool jet mode, alright robot mode, awesome torso mode, that is complimented well by the destructicons.
Next on the list, is Crankcase. A transformation that is very simple, yet satisfying. Its believable in both modes, and his torso mode is very, ahh... Menacing. Works well with Double Clutche's Drones, or his own.
Next up is Searchlight. I really didn't know what to think about this guy, really. But after transforming him through all three modes, I have to say, I really like him! His minicon could do better without the translucent plastic, but it makes sense I guess. Torso mode is killer, and works very well with the Destrons.
Next we have Steelshot. Simple, small, big guns, lots of camo, and a bitch'n torso mode. It's made for the Destructicons. His minicon is the same mold as searchlight's, but you can make out alot more detail, as it's not transparent plastic.
Ok, now for Doubleclutch. I used to own this figure, and his drones. He was the one that turned me off of the PCC line altogether, since he was the first one I had. Flimsy arms, lackluster car mode, and couldnt stay together in combined mode.
This version is vastly superior. The arms are tighter and more stable, making a world of difference. Stays together well in combined mode, and he looks sick. Arguably one of my favorites now.
And lastly, my fovorite of the bunch, Smolder. I don't have Chopster, but I have Rasorbeam, who's exactly the same, but blue. He came with Darkstream, but was attached to Smolder in package, wich tells me I bought from another TF fan like me, who think's the same way, so bonus points
Smolder is killer in all three modes, dare I say flawless. The Destructicons compliment his menacing, hulking torso mode nicely, and with a bit of mistransformation on the arms, you can have elbows in combined mode! (Sort of)
All and all, I'm glad I got them, even if Mudslinger is now dead. Hey, I might cannibalize him for those PCC ports and make a combiner of my own, who knows?