New Galleries: Takara Beast Wars C-7 Rhinox and VS-7 Rhinox
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 1:34pm CSTCategories: Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al Views: 39,498
In a sudden plot twist, that has nothing to do with international political scenarios, we bring you another instalment on Seibertron.com's Beast Wars Tuesdays... on a Wednesday!
Join us this week as we keep fleshing out the Maximal ranks with not one but two galleries from the loveable but deadly mechanical expert and spiritual core to the team: Rhinox. The rhinoceros alt-mode equipped character comes in two versions for the Japanese Takara Tomy Transformers release, both from 1996 - with C-7 as a standalone packaged toy, and V-7 as part of a two-pack with Predacon Shadow Panther. Both identical in their paint changes, which added black eyes and a grey coat to the Deluxe Hasbro release (check it out here). Click on any image below for the full galleries, and check out more Beast Wars Tuesdays news stories here!
Beast Wars Rhinox (168 images) - Deluxe Beasts
Beast Wars Rhinox (134 images) - Deluxe Beasts
This article was last modified on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 7:38pm CST
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Posted by Seibertron on November 9th, 2016 @ 10:49pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:I should note that either deco does not indicate a particular version (single vs. 2-pack). Rather, the tan one is the original release, while brown one is a running change.
Not necessarily true. If I understand Takara Rhinox correctly, the US version was originally released as C-7 Rhinox, then the one I have a gallery of here with the green sticker was the "running" change. The VS-7 two pack version is a 3rd version of the toy that was not available in the C-7 package as far as I'm aware. If I recall correctly, Sabrblade Powered Convoy pointed these variants out to me a while back while I was on my hunt for the Scorponok dark purplish/black variant (or just prior to, can't remember exactly): viewtopic.php?f=4&t=100772&p=1746131&hilit=rhinox#p1746131
Posted by Va'al on August 30th, 2017 @ 4:43am CDT
Check out the galleries by clicking on any of the images below, and stay tuned for more Trypticon related content coming soon!
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Posted by Kurona on August 30th, 2017 @ 6:49am CDT
I hope Reprolabels does a Gigastorm set for TR Trypticon, especially since they now have parts in their conversion sets. Seems like it'd be so easy.
Posted by Microraptor on August 30th, 2017 @ 6:56am CDT
Posted by Big Grim on August 30th, 2017 @ 8:20am CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on August 30th, 2017 @ 9:20am CDT
I always wished that Takara would have done a release of Megastorm retooled from the smaller, more articulated Hero Megatron mold so that he could scale better with the rest of his team instead of towering over all of them, as he was only the second-tallest Predacon in the show, second only to Galvatron in height (who himself was bigger than everyone else but not too much bigger).
Now, that all changed when he became Gigastorm, as by then he did supersede everyone's height, with only Magnaboss and Galvatron's dragon mode able to come near to his height.
In fact, because Gigastorm was so big, the cartoon actually made one of the very first uses of an official in-universe explanation for size-changing, years before Dreamwave or IDW would come up with the "mass-shifting", "parts compression", and "mass-displacement" explanations. In the show, Gigastorm had become so big that he could no longer fit inside the Predacon's fortress mothership. In order to make him fit inside, he would have be subjected to an "Elemental Particle Control Beam", fired at him by the ship, which would shrink him down to a more manageable size (roughly the same height as his brother). The effects of this beam would seemingly remain indefinite, or at least until he'd leave the ship. Whenever he'd be seen back outside the ship, he always be back to his original size, but we were never shown him actually regaining that size onscreen. We can only speculate that the effects either wore off whenever he left the ship, or were reversed by another size-changing method that he needed to be subjected to upon leaving the ship.
Though, one time, in an episode where Gigastorm finally made his ambitions to overthrow Galvatron known to his brother, as he and Galvatron fought each other, Galvatron punished Gigastorm for his treasonous behavior by subjecting him to a much greater dose of the Elemental Particle Control Beam, which shrunk Gigastorm down all the way to toy size. Galvatron picked up his pint-sized brother and starting pulling on his limbs and tail like how a child would improperly play with a toy, as part of further punishing Gigastorm. He was back to his normal height by the next episode, though, evidently having suffered enough punishment to fall back in line under Galvatron's thumb.
I recently learned that Gigastorm being a Cyborg Beast is a bit of a misnomer. Though he played a role in upgrading the Combatrons into the Cyborg Beasts, it turns out that he wasn't a Cyborg Beast himself in the original Japanese fiction. Only in the IDW Beast Wars Sourcebook was he declared a Cyborg Beast (or "Cyber Beast", as the Sourcebook called them), based on the longstanding (but mistaken) fan belief that he too was one of them.Va'al wrote:the upgraded Arch-Duke of Destruction featuring the Full Tilt redeco into Gigascouter, on the other hand, is the Cyborg Beast Supreme class Trypticon repurposing, with new added nose horn.