Brawl – Combiner Wars – Bruticus

I got my hand on the third of the four Deluxe Combaticons. I like this guy overall. He is not without some problems, but they are minor to an overall well done robot and tank.

As for the robot, overall he is a good looking guy. He is robust like you would expect from a tank. He also hides the giant post for combining better than most, since his chest folds around in a way that the post is under the chest.

There are two places that bother me in robot mode. The arms and the waist. The arms are an odd design. He has tiny forearms, and from the shoulder to the elbow is short as well. He does have tall shoulders that we see time and time again in the Transformers, and that saves the look overall of stubby arms.

The waist has a strange rotation that can be easily knocked out of shape when playing with him. It has a bit of a wasp look to it where the connection from the waist to chest has a very small area where they are connected. It looks off with such as big, strong chest.

His gun is the cannon from the tank, pulled off and held in hand. That is a great use of the cannon. As a stand alone gun, it is a bit light on details, but they are not all going to be great. The cannon can be stored in the turret along with the Bruticus hand/foot gun so Brawl can have his hands free, or the cannon can be mounted on a hole on the outside of the hand as well.

As a tank, Brawl works really well too. He is a stubby little tank. The details are fantastic. The only part that is a bit strange is the back end that has holes in the back with fins inside. I don’t know if those are supposed to be exhaust ports, or what, but at least they have some detail to them.

The Bruticus hand/foot gun can be mounted to the top with a flip-out tab that sticks up. The gun can be mounted, and the thumb folds down the back of the turret to make it fit in and add support. The turret cannon swivel around.

Brawl has what is probably to easiest transformation into a leg that one can possibly have. The back part of the tank rotates out of the way, the connector post folds out, and the turret moves up to be a knee. Very efficient and fun. Now I just need Blastoff and Onslaught, and I will have another functioning Combiner.

Aside:

This is the best looking Brawl of the three I have.  I have one from back in 2010 that was Desert Ruins Brawl from Hunt for the Decepticons:

He is all over the place, as were many of the movie figures.  There was just too much going on for him.

The other Brawl was from a little bit more recently, in 2012 with the Fall of Cybertron attempt at a combiner with Bruticus:

Overall, this Brawl looked good, except with a neon green paint job that made Bruticus look like a giant Skittle rather than being made up of Combaticons.   It will be fun to compare the two Bruticus’ when I get the Combiner Wars Bruticus completed.

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