I've been a lurker around here for a while. Wanted to jump in with a collection of pics of a figure that there isn't much info about right now: Generations 3.0 Scout Class Laserbeak!
Just picked this guy up on eBay from EPToy.com, as he's an Asia exclusive and not available (sadly) in Canada. I'm a big fan of the Generations line, having grown up with the G1 cartoon & movie, as well as all the new stuff like the live movies & the new Prime TV series.
Here's a pic of the packaging from EPToy's website:
It's a repaint of the ROTF Skystalker figure, and it really caught my eye with it's G1 inspired colors and the drone alt-mode that is very reminiscent of how Laserbeak appeared while on Cybertron in the very first episode of the G1 series.
For those who need a reminder, here's what I'm talking about:
His drone mode is really well done. Everything is nice and clean on the top, and the stuff on the bottom tucks in nicely. And with the G1 colors on this mold, the drone mode looks fantastic.
In addition, there's a simple way to display him in drone mode that pays homage to the original Laserbeak, and that's to fold his feet out instead of using the front wheel.
In my opinion, this looks pretty neat as a way of displaying him in drone mode.
Next, while I personally don't care much for the Macross-esque look, you can also extent the legs more fully to have a hybrid drone/robot mode that is referred to in the instructions as his 'attack mode'.
Now the really interesting part! Some purists may shun the fact that Laserbeak has been given a humanoid robot mode, but for me it really works as a reinvention of the character. He's still small, and looks very 'vulture'-like when in robot mode. The beak-like face, talon-like feet and wings on his back give the impression that if Laserbeak did
turn in to a robot, this
is what he'd look like.
He of course comes with the same battle-hooks that Skystalker came with, so he has those removable weapons that tuck nicely in to his wings. Quite frankly I'd rather he come with some type of laser weapons to match his name a bit better, but I guess we can pretend he shoots a laser from his eye or something. A minor gripe, but it would have been nice for Laserbeak to have lasers.
No light piping on his head, but it still looks cool with the shiny gold paint app on the top.
And finally, here's a shot for size reference next to his good buddy Soundwave. I must admit that I was really disappointed with the DOTM interpretation of Laserbeak (way too chickeny for my taste). Had he been presented in the movie like THIS, it would have been amazing. Think about it: a human-sized assassin/interrogator Transformer that turns in to a small stealth drone? That's cool.
Hope you all like these pics! Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear any comments! Cheers!