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Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball!

Monday, January 5th, 2009 9:35PM CST

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The year 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Transformers franchise. To celebrate this incredible milestone, Seibertron.com will look back at a quarter-century of great Transformers toys, bringing back into the limelight some brilliant figures that have fallen through the cracks over the years.

Once a week, a fan (be it a member of the staff or a user on the site) will have the opportunity to write about one of their favourite "hidden gems" of the Transformers Universe, and have their review posted on the site's front page.

We hope this feature will be a great success, and that many of you will be encouraged to look back at the last 25 years of Transformers and perhaps take a worthwhile second-look at some real unsung classics of the Transformers universe.

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Buried Treasure - Cannonball (Cybertron series - 2006)

By Skowl

Avast ye Transformer fans! For the inaugural "Buried Treasure" Review, I decided to pick a figure that embodies the very notion of "buried treasure." Pirates have not been all that common in the franchise, and for years only the Beast Wars II Seacons could lay claim to that title. But all that changed during the amazing "Transformers Cybertron" line, when we were given a unique repaint of popular Autobot character.

The Red Alert mold had been released in the first wave of Deluxe figures and, from my memory, had been a decent hit with the fans. The mold was a vast improvement over the Armada Red Alert but still retained many of the character's traits. From the obvious "medic" element, to the sympathetic look on the head sculpt, to all the first aid tools and add-ons - it was obvious that the new Cybertron Red Alert mold was all-Autobot. Which is why many fans were so surprised to see the figure repainted later down the line... as a Decepticon!

Around the same time that the Autobot Red Alert got a massive upgrade, the deluxe-class Decepticon Cannonball was released. Perhaps the character, whose bio reveals him to be a looter of sorts, salvaged the old Red Alert toy and saw it as a good enough mold to use for himself!

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It's difficult to write about any figure from the Cybertron line without mentionning the brilliant packaging. The series has come and gone, but it still had the most eye-catching packaging of any Transformers toy line I've ever seen. From the faction-shaped card backing to the brilliant character art, everything about the packaging was clean, sharp and just great to look at. With nice, dark colours and cool silver highlights, Cannonball blends in beautifully with the packaging, making him a great piece for any MOC/MIB collector.

But the real fun starts when you get this little buccaneer out of the packaging. It's amazing what a little paint can do, isn't it? Looking at Cannonball, it's difficult to tell he was once an Autobot ambulance (type thing). The dark colours give him a very menacing look, ressembling some sort of hearse, and the whole thing is beautifully decorated with sharp silver highlights, including silver trim and mag wheels, and wicked skull decals that really add alot of personality to the figure (as if a Transforming pirate wasn't cool enough already).

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The old "Cyber Key" gimmick works just as well with Cannonball as it did with Red Alert. Just stick it in the slot at the rear end of the car and watch as some cannons flip out, ready to blow any landlubber to pieces (should I stop with the pirate jokes? They're just so easy to write!). Not an amazing feature, but still added value, especially since the key gimmick really doesn't get in the way of the toy's functionality.

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His transformation, like Red Alert's, is unique and shows alot of creativity in the engineering. Cannonball's body is basically made from the middle of the car, while the front and back ends come together to form the legs.

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Yes, Cannonball's vehicle mode is wicked, but it's his robot mode that really makes him shine. I doubt many people thought "pirate" when they first laid eyes on Cybertron Red Alert, but it works so well in robot mode you would think that's what the designers were aiming for all along. Red Alert's "gun-hand" and add-ons just scream pirate-y hook hanks and the black "eye-patch" over the left side of his visor is a real nice touch. The colours work really well in this mode, with the nice silver detailing continuing over his chest, shoulders and legs and the clear purple windows of his vehicle look great in the proper lighting. And don't forget how cool those blue skeleton decals look in robot mode - two on his shoulders and the big skull on his back. Sweet.

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He is fairly poseable in robot mode, but lacks alot of movement in his legs. It's ok though, he more than makes up for it by having cool, interchangeable pirate weapons (handy for shooting blaggards in the face), a great colour scheme with lots of unique detail and an awesome bio. Heck, he doesn't need to be super-poseable, he looks great just standing there!

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Cannonball is a brilliant figure and one of the best, most original repaints in the history of the franchise. His unique personality makes him a great addition to any collection, and a must have for pirate fans... if you can ignore the fact that this pirate transforms into a car of all things...

So set sail, collectors! This is one piece of Transformers treasure that should definately not stay buried!

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You can visit the complete Cannonball gallery on Seibertron.com by clicking here, and find your own buried treasures by visiting all the galleries here!

If you would like to submit a review of an obscure or rare Transformer figure for our "Buried Treasure" feature, please contact me (Skowl) via private message!
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Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862012)
Posted by 1337W422102 on January 5th, 2009 @ 9:50pm CST
Honestly, meh.

The vehicle mode does nothing for me. It's an ugly riced-out SUV with crap sticking out the top.

Robot mode is terrible-looking. The 'eye patch' looks like a paint error and that shade of brownish-orange is literally nausea-inducing. Plus, it retains the limited poseability of Red Alert.

The figure is, at best, an 'I see what you did there' figure, and certainly not a WIN.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862015)
Posted by Nickolai on January 5th, 2009 @ 10:00pm CST
Cannonball was the best they could plausibly execute a good idea.

The awesome but impractical thing to have done with Cannonball would have been to take Thunderblast's mold and retool it into a "male" bot.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862018)
Posted by 1337W422102 on January 5th, 2009 @ 10:07pm CST
Nickolai wrote:The awesome but impractical thing to have done with Cannonball would have been to take Thunderblast's mold and retool it into a "male" bot.

No man, leave her as a saucy pirate wench. Hawt.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862022)
Posted by ShGarland_1383 on January 5th, 2009 @ 10:23pm CST
I really liked Cannonball. I wasn't really interested in this mold as Red Alert, but when this repaint came around I made sure to grab it. It was one of those times where the repaint was a lot better than the original IMO. Only difference with this occasion was that the original didn't suck, it just didn't interest me the way Cannonball did.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862023)
Posted by Omega Charge on January 5th, 2009 @ 10:26pm CST
I tried to pick him up at the end of the Cybertron line, but missed him. I think he looks cool and quite unique, though I dislike the mold's fat legs.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862024)
Posted by 8 bit on January 5th, 2009 @ 10:27pm CST
Great review; I love Cannonball. The fact that he's a pirate and has an arm-changing gimmick reminds me of another favorite pirate of mine—Trap Jaw from MOTU.

I also think it's pretty neat that the Cybertron line had a bounty hunter—Crosswise. Kind of makes the two of them each other's nemesis IMO. Sort of like Samus and the Space Pirates.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862034)
Posted by Valandar on January 5th, 2009 @ 10:54pm CST
I dunno, my favorite deco of that mold is actually Crankcase, the movie line repaint from Wal-Mart.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862035)
Posted by zero-kaiser on January 5th, 2009 @ 11:04pm CST
awesome review Skowl :) i picked up Cannonball myself last year, mostly because of how cool he looked.. and the fact he was a frikkin pirate!

i can honestly say i wholeheartedly agree with what you said about him, he is an awesome figure.. out of 100 and something in my collection, he's one i keep finding myself picking up off the shelf. probably why he's right at the front now i think about it.. lol

im looking forward to seeing what other buried treasure reviews we might see :)
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862049)
Posted by ponycorn on January 6th, 2009 @ 12:17am CST
Don't forget that he also came in a doublepack pitted against another wonderful figure - Downshift! (Later to be repainted as the much beloved Big Daddy)

Cannonball must have been loved too, he even played a solid supporting role in one of those TFCC .pdf prose stories. Cannonball is cool, he hires Astrotrain to do his dirty work for him, even blackmails Choochoorocket!
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862079)
Posted by Sledge on January 6th, 2009 @ 3:28am CST
This has been on my list of "I must get one" for so long. :( One day, one day...
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862093)
Posted by Nickolai on January 6th, 2009 @ 4:15am CST
Ah, Skowl, you forgot one of the best points about Cannonball - he comes in a 2 pack with Downshift, making it perhaps the best value for money 2-pack ever made.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862113)
Posted by olokin on January 6th, 2009 @ 6:49am CST
This is a great figure! Very useful in keeping up with the hidden gems of the 25 years of the Transformers line. Wicked first review too. Will this be weekly or monthly?
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862129)
Posted by Skowl on January 6th, 2009 @ 7:30am CST
olokin wrote:This is a great figure! Very useful in keeping up with the hidden gems of the 25 years of the Transformers line. Wicked first review too. Will this be weekly or monthly?


Hopefully weekly. We couldn't do it on a monthly basis since that would mean we could only do 12 reviews in a year, and there are more great figures than that! We got 25 years worth to cover!
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862145)
Posted by GuyIncognito on January 6th, 2009 @ 9:00am CST
Nickolai wrote:Ah, Skowl, you forgot one of the best points about Cannonball - he comes in a 2 pack with Downshift, making it perhaps the best value for money 2-pack ever made.


Yup, and you can still get that 2-pack for a fair price on eBay. I got it just recently for $20, including shipping! And Downshift is even cooler than Cannonball, IMO! So, yeah, it probably is one the best TF 2-packs ever.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862147)
Posted by Skowl on January 6th, 2009 @ 9:09am CST
GuyIncognito wrote:
Nickolai wrote:Ah, Skowl, you forgot one of the best points about Cannonball - he comes in a 2 pack with Downshift, making it perhaps the best value for money 2-pack ever made.


Yup, and you can still get that 2-pack for a fair price on eBay. I got it just recently for $20, including shipping! And Downshift is even cooler than Cannonball, IMO! So, yeah, it probably is one the best TF 2-packs ever.


For the record, I was not even aware that two-pack even existed. Most of those value packs were never released in Canada, so I never got to see them in stores. But yeah, it's great added value, especially since Downshift is also a brilliant figure.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862176)
Posted by dragons on January 6th, 2009 @ 10:36am CST
cannonball i dont like to much suv pirate with lights i undestand the lights on his vehical mode have to do with anything ma look better if they took the lights off.

eye patch i took it as a two face thing going on there he look like his face was half burned or damaged

crankcase right now is the only rpaint i like so far detail bio everyything he looks like red alert evil twin with differnt colors.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862199)
Posted by Overcracker on January 6th, 2009 @ 12:00pm CST
While I liked Red alert, I simply don't think the Mold is that good.
It does have its good points mostly his little accessories, I still think the execution could have been a lot better.

With that said, I think the Cannonball deco is really original, and really makes the mold completely different from Red Alert. But I don't particularly like it.

But as someone already said I think Crankcase is a better repaint.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862256)
Posted by Kryptikore on January 6th, 2009 @ 2:18pm CST
It took me awhile to pick up Cannonball and as soon as I got and opened it I fell in love with it. I like the way Cannonball transforms because it's so unique. The color scheme really brings out the detail of the figure unlike Red Alert. It does lack some movment, but all and all still a great figure!
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862367)
Posted by 8 bit on January 6th, 2009 @ 6:11pm CST
Skowl wrote:Hopefully weekly. We couldn't do it on a monthly basis since that would mean we could only do 12 reviews in a year, and there are more great figures than that! We got 25 years worth to cover!

This is exciting stuff! Can't wait to see who's next!
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862401)
Posted by Psychomud on January 6th, 2009 @ 7:24pm CST
I could not agree more! This figure is a TRUE buried treasure!!!!

My fiancee nabbed him for me as a gift. I never even knew he existed. In fact when I first saw him as she gave me the gift I thought "meh, well it's one figure I do not currently have."

Then I opened up the packaging - from there on out I was sold - hands down a really FUN figure that a lot of folks passed on! I am amazed and grateful I got this one - cannonball is SO fun! Yet so underrated! :mrgreen:
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862527)
Posted by Riotflea on January 7th, 2009 @ 2:09am CST
I'm so going to get these two on eBay, then swap out the ugly tan/gold on Cannonball with the darker colors from Red Alert.

...Then I'll... ...I dunno', stick firecrackers all over Red Alert's body lol.

EDIT: Oh, oh, and THEN I have to get the other repaint of him, Crankcase... just for the cool, trans-purple Decepticon planet key!

I can give Crankcase Cannonball's gold parts, Crankcase giving his blue arms and silver legs to Red Alert who... once again winds up with firecrackers on him.

Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad...
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862542)
Posted by Ravage XK on January 7th, 2009 @ 3:06am CST
This review prompted me to open my Cannonball and have a look.

Glad I did, it is a good little figure with an interesting transformation and a good look. Nice and stable and the feet are pretty adaptive to allow a number of different action poses. My only gripe is the head showing in alt mode.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862867)
Posted by Psychomud on January 7th, 2009 @ 3:48pm CST
Ravage XK wrote:This review prompted me to open my Cannonball and have a look.

Glad I did, it is a good little figure with an interesting transformation and a good look. Nice and stable and the feet are pretty adaptive to allow a number of different action poses. My only gripe is the head showing in alt mode.


Fantastic! Didn't know what you were missing right? That fig is awesome! ;-)


As for the head in alt-mode - it can be seen via the wide front window right? Personnally, I love it when the toy developers set them up like that. I know a lot of folks don't like that, but I think it's fun - and funny. ;-)
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (862905)
Posted by Valandar on January 7th, 2009 @ 4:34pm CST
Psychomud wrote:
Ravage XK wrote:This review prompted me to open my Cannonball and have a look.

Glad I did, it is a good little figure with an interesting transformation and a good look. Nice and stable and the feet are pretty adaptive to allow a number of different action poses. My only gripe is the head showing in alt mode.


Fantastic! Didn't know what you were missing right? That fig is awesome! ;-)


As for the head in alt-mode - it can be seen via the wide front window right? Personnally, I love it when the toy developers set them up like that. I know a lot of folks don't like that, but I think it's fun - and funny. ;-)


Nope - the top half of the head is clearly visible between the 'alarm lights'.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (868039)
Posted by GuyIncognito on January 16th, 2009 @ 2:08pm CST
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (868088)
Posted by Counterpunch on January 16th, 2009 @ 3:15pm CST
Valandar wrote:
Psychomud wrote:
Ravage XK wrote:This review prompted me to open my Cannonball and have a look.

Glad I did, it is a good little figure with an interesting transformation and a good look. Nice and stable and the feet are pretty adaptive to allow a number of different action poses. My only gripe is the head showing in alt mode.


Fantastic! Didn't know what you were missing right? That fig is awesome! ;-)


As for the head in alt-mode - it can be seen via the wide front window right? Personnally, I love it when the toy developers set them up like that. I know a lot of folks don't like that, but I think it's fun - and funny. ;-)


Nope - the top half of the head is clearly visible between the 'alarm lights'.


But the face is obsured inside the car, making the top half of the head nothing more than a rigging for the lights on the side of his head.

It's pretty non-offensive.
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (868104)
Posted by goshjosh95 on January 16th, 2009 @ 3:36pm CST
I never really got into the Cybertron series before, but based on the recommendations I picked up Cannonball on eBay for $5 (new!). After getting a chance to fiddle with it in person, I'm totally in love with the vehicle and robot modes! Great paint scheme and a fun, posable robot. I also decided to pick up Cybertron Downshift, based on some comments to this post as well; love that 70's muscle car alt mode and perfect paint scheme. Both are totally worth the money. Thanks for the great buried treasure review, and keep 'em coming!
Re: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball! (872574)
Posted by Cybertronian on January 24th, 2009 @ 12:18am CST
1337W422102 wrote:The vehicle mode does nothing for me. It's an ugly riced-out SUV with crap sticking out the top.

Robot mode is terrible-looking. The 'eye patch' looks like a paint error and that shade of brownish-orange is literally nausea-inducing. Plus, it retains the limited poseability of Red Alert.

The figure is, at best, an 'I see what you did there' figure, and certainly not a WIN.

Riced-out? No, no... this is a royalty-proofed version of the Dodge Magnum. The taillights are only painted on the Crankcase version but the lower profile back end makes it obvious.

I will agree on the eye patch, and the yellow-ish brown is a bit weird.

I looked at the rear flashers on Red Alert, and I'm wondering if they were originally intended to be powerlink points. The air hole is the perfect diameter for a Mini-Con junction. If you broke the interior hole on one of your older ones, try installing the broken Mini here.
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