Another G1 character re-imagined in the Combiner Wars line. This time around Hound is a bit more robust than a Jeep. He shares the same body, and everything but the head with Swindle. It is a funny pairing since they are both coming out at the same time, each in their own Combiner series.
In robot mode, it doesn’t take a lot to pay homage to the G1 version. Green all over with a touch of grey and some black.
He comes with two weapons. The hand/foot piece for Sky Reign, and a triple barrel blaster. The blaster has an additional plus of being able to be mounted to Hound’s shoulder via pegs at the back of the gun. This is one of the few Combiners that actually has a shoulder mounted weapon like their G1 counterpart.
The face-off of who wore it better. Really, they are exactly the same with a new head and major paint changes.
I think Hound wins on this one since his G1 version was a stand-alone figure that was of some size, while Swindle was a part of Bruticus and on the small size.
In vehicle mode, Hound looks like a green version of Swindle. Not a lot you can do here for a redeco, as opposed to the original retool from Rook that had MAJOR changes to the body.
This is in no way the best vehicle mode we have seen in the Combiner Wars line, but it is okay, and it is somewhat militaristic, like we are used to seeing from Hound.
As with most of the Combiner Wars figures, most people won’t keep their robots in vehicle mode. That is a good thing, since this one fails at getting the hand/foot anywhere near integrated into the design of the vehicle. It works a lot better when the giant weapon is left off entirely.
It is sad to see figures all ready to go, but no Combiner leader. I have finally found all 4 of this set’s Deluxe figures. Where oh where is Sky Lynx? Oh well, I am sure he will show up sooner or later.
“Come on boys. We have captured Swindle. Time for a photo!”