The movie aesthetic was originally the basis for the "gold card" line (also known as Hunt for the Decepticons, Transformers 2010, and Reveal the Shield) but it's clear the look evolved beyond just that. Tomahawk retains some of the look of a "movieverse" toy with a more normal head sculpt which could have been a part of pretty much any pre-2007 Transformers line. The whole helmet-with-visor look makes him feel like a pilot, which is pretty darned cool. It's like how Hot Shot in Armada had seat belts sculpted on his chest-- it's a nice touch.
As a helicopter, he's nothing much to go gaga over. Its design seems more aimed toward pleasing older fans than younger ones, specifically because the rotor doesn't spin. That sort of crap doesn't generally fly with little kids, who (I've found [and been]) expect things like wheels to roll and blades to spin. It's not a lot to ask, but I digress. The brownish flying vehicle is a sort of attack helicopter/gunship sort of thing, with a nifty angled canopy and a pretty swell transformation. In vehicle mode there's not a whole lot you can do other than pose his guns and manually rotate the rotors, but hey, it's something.
In his anthropomorphized phase, there's a lot going on with this flying Autobot. His right arm has an opening claw on it, meaning you can have it out to grab on to things if you want-- again, this is manual, there's no spring mechanism to latch on to bad guys. This claw and many other spots on his body sport rods for c-clamp weapons to connect with, two of which are included in the form of firing cannons. The detail found on this release is pretty slick-- there are all sorts of sculpted features, vents, panel lines, and various nuggets which indicate someone really did a bang-up job bringing him to life. Even his face has a more lively expression with big eyes and a mouth that could be seen as a sort of an almost-a-smile. Oh, and his eyes light up nicely, if you happen to shine a light into them. (Most of Tomahawk's peers have the light-up window on the back of the head with fully-painted eyes, thus ruining the feature.)
Transforming the figure is a little complicated, and his chicken legs are a little strange and movieverse-ey, but the end result is an above-average Autobot warrior that, according to Hasbro's Q&A sessions with fan sites, is supposedly not meant to be a movie-specific figure. The head is something of a giveaway here, and a repaint of the figure is expected to have a new head if or when it hits stores. While his legs may be a little bizarre, the figure has a good amount of personality and will be right at home on your Classics shelf, even though he has nothing to do with Generation 1 he just feels like he should belong there.
For the right price, grab one if you can. Or wait for someone to successfully petition Hasbro to redecorate this guy as Armada Cyclonus after making a new head... science is doing something about it. I know they're working on it. (They're not, I just wanted to shoehorn another unnecessary Frank Zappa reference in one of these.)
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