Transformers: Prime: Beast Hunters Construct Bots (Bumblebee, Ripclaw, Starscream, Optimus Prime, Shockwave, Skystalker, Bulkhead with Airazor and Wolfang, Unicron Megatron with Barrage and Ratbat)
I was pretty sure that these had been canceled, but I discovered, quite accidentally, that they were released in Canada and the UK. Is it really that hard for Hasbro to either release toys or not release toys? Instead they screw over the USA. You suck, Hasbro.
I decided to review these all in one blog since no one will care about them anyway. It should be noted that they are designed just like the Age of Extinction Dinobot Warriors with the same spring operated piece in the chest that makes them transform much better than the original toys did. I don’t have a lot to say about these, but I figured I should review them since a lot of people probably don’t even realize that they were released at all.
Scout Class Bumblebee
Bumblebee is pretty generic, very much like the original Construct Bots Bumblebee. I do really like his head sculpt.
Scout Class Ripclaw
Ripclaw looks pretty great. I love his colors. He has a great head sculpt in both modes. I think I even prefer him to the deluxe toy since he doesn’t have that ridiculous tail.
Scout Class Starscream
Starscream is pretty awesome looking. His jet mode is really nice. I love the three missile clusters. Really nice colors.
Elite Class Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime looks…different. The dragon head launchers look odd, but then, so did Beast Hunter Optimus Prime on which this toy is loosely based. I’m not a fan of Optimus’s snarling expression, nor those odd looking feet. Vehicle mode isn’t bad as long as you ignore that he has a green halo.
Elite Class Shockwave
Shockwave looks awesome. He’s probably the best of the bunch. I love his head sculpt, it looks really cool. I love his tank mode, though it would look better with treads.
Elite Class Skystalker
Much like Dinofire Predaking, Skystalker is pretty cool, and one of the better Construct Bots toys. He’s got a great head sculpt in both modes. His Beast Mode wings are a little cumbersome and hard to pose.
Triple Team Class Bulkhead with Airazor & Wolfang
Kind of cool, but really not much to his transformation.
I like this one, very cool. I love the orange and black.
Bulkhead looks awesome. I love the colors they used. Not a big fan of his head sculpt. It looks odd. His vehicle mode is nice. I especially like the plow on the front.
Triple Team Class Unicron Megatron with Barrage & Ratbat
Nice colors. I really like his insect mode.
Ratbat is very cool. His wings in bat mode look odd. Not sure if they would look better with the blades on top of his wings, but this is what he is supposed to look like. His saw mode is awesome. They did a nice job designing the blades so that they could snap together and still spin.
I love the head sculpt. The purple and bronze look really cool. I’m not a fan of his sword sticking out the back of the vehicle, but I guess it kind of looks like flames if you squint at it.
Overall: They are better than the first Construct Bots, but probably not quite up to the level of the AOE Dinobot Warriors and certainly not the AOE Dinobots. They probably won’t be worth the cost to get them since they are not readily available.
Thanks for reading!