Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Sunday, October 4th, 2020 1:11pm CDT

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Thanks to a listing from Amazon.com, the new Ultra Class Skullcruncher for Transformers Cyberverse is now available for purchase, and yours truly managed to get a hold of one and is ready to show off some pictures and thoughts on the figure!

The Cyberverse Ultra class has proven to be a mixed bag in regards to good toys, and a mixed bag in terms of characters. There have been some typical Transformers characters that have shown up in this class, such as Grimlock and Hot Rod, and also some atypical or even original characters, such as Rack n' Ruin, Clobber, Thunderhowl, and now Skullcruncher.

Skullcruncher proves to be of similar quality and playability as Rack n' Ruin and Clobber, proving a fun and satisfying experience while not quite living up to generations quality, and that is OK, this line isn't designed for the older audience. But the Ultras have still proven to be fun and worthwhile experiences.

The robot mode on Skullcruncher is pretty solid. It stand well, looks nice and imposing, and has a pretty nice headsculpt. Posing is limited, you can move the legs on ball jointed thighs and hinge knees, but that's about it downstairs. The arms can swing out and hinge at the elbow, and you can rotate the bicep around, but you can't really pose the figure pointing the weapons anywhere but forward, and of course there is no head articulation. But the figure looks good, so it's sort of OK.

The spark armor is the form of a Croc head, and it's really funny because the spark armor head comes right out of the actual croc head, implying Skullcruncher has a energon armor-esque Skull inside his head that can flip out, which is pretty dang fun.

The transformation is similar to the Titans Return toy, but it has some nice new features and engineering that help make a more stable croc mode and allow for a cleaner robot mode. I like that the back of the croc mode becomes solid heels, so this Skullcruncher will not fall over on you.

The croc mode is nice and big, and I love how solid and stable it is. It's quite cute while also just loud and obnoxious thanks to the colors. I love it! The mouth does not open, because the spark armor hinge is located at the front of the mouth, which is a shame, but still looks good despite it.

Overall, this new Skullcruncher is a pretty nice toy. I would say it is the 2nd best Ultra behind Thunderhowl, but it's still a really good toy. He also compares nicely to the Titans Return toy, and I would say he is the better engineered toy.

If this is a figure or character that interests you, go pick him up. He is worth the $20.

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online

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Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082758)
Posted by Master Farr 1 on October 4th, 2020 @ 1:32pm CDT
Maccadam: Good boy
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082759)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on October 4th, 2020 @ 2:02pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:How the hell did I call Skullcruncher a Quintesson???

Let me take a few more images of Skullcruncher with the TR one, and then it can go front page. These are the first in hand images as far as I know!


There will be a full video review coming hopefully later tonight. I wonder if this was meant to be released after Maccadam was complete.
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082761)
Posted by o.supreme on October 4th, 2020 @ 2:28pm CDT
I know everyone has there own preferences, and I try not to compare toys made for kids with other lines, but since the reviewer made the comparison, the TR toy just looks way better, and less cartoony IMHO.
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082762)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on October 4th, 2020 @ 2:51pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:I know everyone has there own preferences, and I try not to compare toys made for kids with other lines, but since the reviewer made the comparison, the TR toy just looks way better, and less cartoony IMHO.


That's the point. Difference in style. I have the TR and G1 version of most Headmasters and I find that Cyberverse one surprisingly good. It's a difference in style but it work.
I'll be skipping because that Skully is not a headmaster and for the constency of my collection. But as a toy itself, I think it's actually better than the TR toy. Not in looks, but in playability. Less fragile, more stable, and most likely easier to transform.
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082763)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 4th, 2020 @ 3:34pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:I know everyone has there own preferences, and I try not to compare toys made for kids with other lines, but since the reviewer made the comparison, the TR toy just looks way better, and less cartoony IMHO.

The TR figure has a nicer look and detail, but to me, the Cyberverse one is the better engineered one. They definitely could have made this one mold a headmaster and it still would work, better than the TR one. There is no backpack, it has proper feet, and nothing is negatively impacted by this. I would love to see them use this style of engineering to make another headmaster Skullcruncher.
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082766)
Posted by blackeyedprime on October 4th, 2020 @ 4:20pm CDT
TRs definitely better engineered and more playable, ball jointed croc legs for more posability, cockpit, removable Croc head backpack, headmaster and likely a secret base mode (that probably isn't at all basey) but for a younger audience Cyberverse Skullcruncher looks fairly decent and play gimmicks work for it. Would have been nice if it was even bigger but I guess it has to stick to the size classes.
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082768)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 4th, 2020 @ 7:14pm CDT
blackeyedprime wrote:TRs definitely better engineered and more playable, ball jointed croc legs for more posability, cockpit, removable Croc head backpack, headmaster and likely a secret base mode (that probably isn't at all basey) but for a younger audience Cyberverse Skullcruncher looks fairly decent and play gimmicks work for it. Would have been nice if it was even bigger but I guess it has to stick to the size classes.

I would argue against the TR one being better engineered.

The Cyberverse one could be equally as posable if they used the proper joints, but that's a cost decision not engineering.

Removable croc head is an engineering weakness to me, and was it really actually removable? The Cyberverse one tucks it into the figure, eliminating that backpack without any removal needed, and it does not impact the croc mode.

Cyberverse could easily have a headmaster, and still have a cockpit for it, but the character in Cyberverse was not a headmaster so it wasn't needed, but could easily have been done.

Base mode is all fiddling, no engineering whatsoever.

Agreed it would have been nicer to be bigger, but it works for its size.

Even with the limitations posed on it by the kid-friendly line and budget, i would say Cyberverse contains the better engineering. Smarter, tighter, more fun package. Just needing the couple extra things for posing, but again cost not engineering
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082770)
Posted by blackeyedprime on October 4th, 2020 @ 8:16pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
blackeyedprime wrote:TRs definitely better engineered and more playable, ball jointed croc legs for more posability, cockpit, removable Croc head backpack, headmaster and likely a secret base mode (that probably isn't at all basey) but for a younger audience Cyberverse Skullcruncher looks fairly decent and play gimmicks work for it. Would have been nice if it was even bigger but I guess it has to stick to the size classes.

I would argue against the TR one being better engineered.

The Cyberverse one could be equally as posable if they used the proper joints, but that's a cost decision not engineering.

Removable croc head is an engineering weakness to me, and was it really actually removable? The Cyberverse one tucks it into the figure, eliminating that backpack without any removal needed, and it does not impact the croc mode.

Cyberverse could easily have a headmaster, and still have a cockpit for it, but the character in Cyberverse was not a headmaster so it wasn't needed, but could easily have been done.

Base mode is all fiddling, no engineering whatsoever.

Agreed it would have been nicer to be bigger, but it works for its size.

Even with the limitations posed on it by the kid-friendly line and budget, i would say Cyberverse contains the better engineering. Smarter, tighter, more fun package. Just needing the couple extra things for posing, but again cost not engineering


Even if Cyberverses front legs were folded and tucked under to give the same log with legs look the rear legs have (Not saying a croc doesnt look like a log with legs, it just looks bad on this figure) it wouldnt hide the lack of enigineering of having robot arms dangling off the crocs body.

The way that the TR shoulders angle make its front legs look better through a transformation process -Cyberverse doesnt even have a transformation process there. Two sides of the Cyberverse lacking better engineering despite the clever folding croc head. The robot head doesnt look to rotate either. Overall it is worse to me even with giving the cyberverse figure credit for the gimmick and target audience.
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082771)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on October 4th, 2020 @ 8:17pm CDT
Plus let's not forget the running fault of the criminally loose joints on TR Skully.
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082773)
Posted by Emerje on October 4th, 2020 @ 9:18pm CDT
Maybe it's just me, but I feel like the Cyberverse figure wouldn't look out of place in an Animated display (which I suppose is true for a lot of Cyberverse figures), especially in croc mode. It's just a shame that the action feature took precedence over allowing his croc jaws to open in beast mode.

Emerje
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082788)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on October 5th, 2020 @ 3:27am CDT
Open the jaw you mean?
Yeah, that's the main flaw that the Cyber Skully cant go all

Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082792)
Posted by william-james88 on October 5th, 2020 @ 8:14am CDT
o.supreme wrote:I know everyone has there own preferences, and I try not to compare toys made for kids with other lines, but since the reviewer made the comparison, the TR toy just looks way better, and less cartoony IMHO.


I don't really see that much of a difference. I preffer the way the croc mode looks, its much cleaner with less panel lines. Of course, there is also less articulation and that is a dealbreaker for me in robot mode. Also, I am surprised that he is not that much bigger/taller/longer than the deluxe toy.
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082832)
Posted by Bounti76 on October 5th, 2020 @ 3:14pm CDT
Thanks to Seibertronian and regular toy reviewer chuckdawg1999, we have a video review to bring to you of one of the latest Cyberverse figures, that of Ultra Class Skullcruncher! While labeled as a Decepticon on his packaging, and sporting a Decepticon symbol, in the show, he's an unaffiliated Cybertronian beast. He's heavily based on his Titans Return toy of a few years ago. Take it away, Chuck!

chuckdawg1999 wrote:When first revealed some months ago Skullcruncher was a pleasant surprise, then nothing; no leaked in-hand images, no early reviews, nothing. So it was a pleasant surprise when the figure showed up in-stock on Amazon. The figure really doesn't disappoint, transformation is fun and the armor gimmick is one of the best I've seen. If you're a fan of the Cyberverse line this is a definite pick up, for those who might want to try something new with their Transformers, give this figure a shot too.




And while you're checking out the video review, why not check out our pictorial review as well?

What are your thoughts on this figure, fellow Seibertronians? Is he a worthy successor to the previous Skullcruncher figure? Do you think he'll be making his way into your collection? Let us know what you think below!
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082889)
Posted by DMSL on October 6th, 2020 @ 9:35am CDT
Just a retool, nothing to write home about.
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2082892)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 6th, 2020 @ 9:39am CDT
DMSL wrote:Just a retool, nothing to write home about.
What retool? You don't mean Skullcruncher, do you? D-Max's pics showed it's a complete different, bigger mold from the Titans Return Deluxe.
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2083596)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 12th, 2020 @ 4:12pm CDT
Running errands today, I found this guy! Someone tried to hide him, but I found him, can't fool me!

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Thunderhowl himself is a sort of lackluster toy. Both modes aren't bad, but so far nothing really to write home about. His transformation however is frikkin great. He quite literally folds in half in 2 separate areas. He's a lot like that type of calendar that is a cube that shows 6 months, and when you fold it around inside out and such you find the other 6 months. It's great

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Now the more important part: Maccadam. Gosh i love this thing, he is great! Except for the ankle tilts, he is very posable, and his aesthetic is really nice. I love the headsculpt, and the colors are nice. I love how bulky he is, and the hammer weapon is great in his hands. He is far better than people give him credit for, he's great

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Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2083609)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 12th, 2020 @ 5:14pm CDT
It's so cool to have another toy of the Thirteen.

Heck, it's so cool that Cyberverse canonized the idea of Maccadam being Alchemist Prime when that connection was only a possibility, rather than a fact, in Fun Pub's Ask Vector Prime fiction.
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2083611)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 12th, 2020 @ 5:18pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:It's so cool to have another toy of the Thirteen.

Heck, it's so cool that Cyberverse canonized the idea of Maccadam being Alchemist Prime when that connection was only a possibility, rather than a fact, in Fun Pub's Ask Vector Prime fiction.

You've reminded me to take a picture of the 13 Primes I have represented now thanks to Maccadam's completion. I'll need to pull all the bots together tonight for a picture
Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2083620)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 12th, 2020 @ 7:15pm CDT
Thanks to Maccadam, we now have 8 of the 13 Primes in a canonical body in toy form

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And depending on your creativity, you can have a full team of 13 Primes with Maccadam as well

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Re: Transformers Cyberverse Ultra Skullcruncher Pictorial Review and Available Online (2083637)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on October 12th, 2020 @ 11:18pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:It's so cool to have another toy of the Thirteen.

Heck, it's so cool that Cyberverse canonized the idea of Maccadam being Alchemist Prime when that connection was only a possibility, rather than a fact, in Fun Pub's Ask Vector Prime fiction.


Only the Cyberverse one, not the rest thanks to FunPub's handiwork at the end.

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