Review by Combat_Armor_Dougram
Heavy Noisy is the second member of the WB01 combiner. Unlike Blast Off, no third party company has made a toy of Brawl. The original G1 brawl was a good Combaticon, so how will the modern third party version fare?
Heavy Noisy is packed in the exact same style as Air Burst. The silver slipcase features a dark gray image of Heavy Noisy, a light gray image of WB01, and a white Warbotron logo.
The back of the slipcase features an image of WB01 stepping into rubble. Smoke is billowing in front of WB01's leg.
Heavy Noisy comes in a green box that has the same good quality as Air Burst's. The toy is still partially obscured, and the box features art of Heavy Noisy in space (for some reason).
The back of the box has images of Heavy Noisy in tank mode and robot mode.
The side of the box still has the spelling errors in “Sergeant” and “Armed”. It also features a mugshot of Heavy Noisy.
Like Air Burst's tray, Heavy Noisy's tray is sparsely packed (the tray's lid has been removed).
Heavy Noisy includes four screw covers for his shoulders.
The comic/manual has the same picture of Heavy Noisy as the box. This time, he is standing in front of rubble.
The same art is on the back. This time, it is in black and white.
The art in the comic is quite nice, but the spelling leaves much to be desired. The comic also has a preview of the next toy in the line.
The comic includes instructions at the end.
The collectors' card is roughly the same size as a playing card. It is made out of a material similar to credit cards and has the exact same image as the comic book.
The back of the card features tech specs similar to those found on real Transformers. The main differences are that the measurements are made in stars and that there are only three measurements. The misspellings of “armed” and “sergeant” are still present.
In Tank Mode, Heavy Noisy is well-armed, featuring a main gun and two smaller guns on the rotating turret. The main gun features silver paint on the muzzle, and silver paint is used to decorate the barrels of the smaller guns. The main problems with this mode are the swing bars through the treads and the lack of wheels. The main colors in this mode are dark gray and green, but some light gray, silver, yellow, and purple break the monotony.
When viewing Heavy Noisy from the front, a problem becomes apparent. The front of the tank is much too low to clear any obstacles.
Four screw holes are visible on the top of the tank, which is why the four screw hole covers are included. However, they are not necessary in terms of play value. A clear yellow piece that looks similar to a hatch can be seen on top of the turret. The piece can be opened, but nothing is underneath.
The back of Heavy Noisy features strange, purple thruster-like protrusions.
Heavy Noisy is much larger than G1 brawl and Fall of Cybertron Brawl. His green is somewhere in between Fall of Cybertron Brawl's neon green and G1 Brawl's olive green. Heavy noisy has the same number of guns as Fall of Cybertron Brawl, but looks more menacing due to their placement. However, seeing G1 Brawl makes me wish that Heavy Noisy had much larger guns, as a toy about half is size is much more heavily armed.
One important thing to know about Heavy Noisy's transformation is that the turret must be removed.
In Robot mode, Heavy noisy is extremely clean. The main extraneous bits are the treads on his forearms. Although his transformation is similar to G1 Brawl's, Heavy noisy has a few differences, such as the fact that the arms transform backwards (the front end of the tank goes up instead of down). Heavy noisy uses the same colors as tank mode, with no new colors being revealed. Also, extending the arms is an extremely tough process. I was forced to lubricate the joint and loosen the screws in order to be able to extend the arms without any prying.
The turret can also be mounted to the back of the robot mode.
The problem with this is that Heavy Noisy now appears to have a turtle/tortoise shell on his back. This detracts from the clean look of the robot mode, and the secondary function of the turret makes this mode relatively unnecessary.
Heavy Noisy is moderately posable, but is nowhere as posable as Air Burst. This is mainly due to the shoulder design.
The two smaller guns can be held by Heavy Noisy in his hands.
However, they look much better attached to his shoulders. The main downside of attaching the guns there is that doing it left stress marks on the holes in his shoulders.
Heavy Noisy becomes even more heavily armed thanks to the addition of a rifle and a shield made from his turret. The shield can only clip into his left arm (which is somewhat disappointing). The rifle also features two side pods (which could be grenade launchers), and the yellow piece can flip up and become a scope.
Unlike Air Burst, Heavy Noisy looks extremely awkward when posed in the position depicted on the box. This is primarily due to the size of his weapon and his lower level of articulation.
Heavy Noisy definitely is more inspired by G1 Brawl, and this fact is especially evident in the transformation method. He also is much larger than both G1 and Fall of Cybertron Brawl.
I really want to love this toy, but it has a few problems. It looks great in both modes and is heavily G1-inspired, but the articulation is lackluster, and the arms are way too tight. As a standalone figure, Heavy Noisy is good, but not as great as Air Burst. Compared to the other Brawl toys on the market, Heavy noisy is the best, but when compared to the other Warbotron WB01 figures, he is only okay. Like Air Burst, the partsforming in the turret might bother some, but I am fine with it. Heavy Noisy is a good toy, but it is not good enough for me to love it instead of simply liking it.
|Posted 7 November, 2016 - 10:04 by Combat_Armor_Dougram