Beast Wars Transformers Fuzors Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. ??? No. ??? Manufacturer:Kenner Includes:n/a Action Feature:Cobra head squirts water Retail:$4.99 Availability: 1998 Other: Never reissued or repainted in the USA, but was redecorated for sale in Japan
Only two toys from Beast Wars Fuzors made it on the Beast Wars TV show in the USA, and Quickstrike was the Predacon that made the cut. Combining a scorpion with a cobra, the design, while goofy, still more or less makes sense. Putting a snake's head at the end of a tail sort of fits visually in the same way that a bumblebee and a lionfish don't. On the show the character helped the program to meet the "cowboy" or "redneck" quota, and the animation model matched the toy fairly nicely, although the Japanese release had more paint applications and generally aspired to be much more precise to replicating the look of the cartoon. But anyway, I'm here to talk toys.
As one of Megatron's thugs, this little guy was one of the smaller ones standing just under 4-inches tall. The clear yellow plastic often shows stress marks, so be careful not to make things worse if something is feeling stiff-- visual damage could take place, even if the toy doesn't snap or break. The "energon chip" rubsign is hidden in his robot mode's back, as in, if you want to see it it's going to need to be while you're transforming it. It's a bizarre place to put the sticker as it's still visible through his clear body, and its' not easily accessed in either of his two modes. Since the figure has a big tail, there are seven points of articulation in the right arm alone-- plus ball joints on the shoulders, a posable head, an opening claw hand made out of his scorpion legs, and a few other joints here and there. I personally don't think the clear plastic makes this figure look particularly great, but he was one of the most popular basic-sized figures in the line-- I actually had to do some serious digging through bins to eventually find him in the bowels of Tucson, AZ Toys "R" Us stores. (Ask my roommate at the time. He drove.)
In his creature mode he's pretty stiff-- the tail and claws are movable, as is the tail, but the legs just sort of sit there. It looks like a scorpion and unlike the other, larger scorpion toy in the line, he's a little lacking in stuff to do. The squirting cobra head remains usable in beast mode, but other than that he's really not going to do much. His pincers are cool, but too small to be functional. In short, this is a great toy for the shelves, less so for the toy box.
Another toy in Beast Machines was named Quickstrike, but there's no relation between that wolf toy and this... scorposnake or whatever it is. Fuzors Quickstrike, being an on-screen character from one of the more popular Transformers TV shows, is going to cost you-- the formerly $5 toy will probably set you back at least $20. And that's packaged or loose, although some packaged samples go as high as $30 these days.
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