July 5, 2011 09:54 pm
There will be some really minor spoilers in this review.
And watch me frontload them: Laserbeak was a surprise for me in Dark of the Moon. Not that he'd be in it, but rather that I'd enjoy him so much. I'm not super big on Laserbeak usually. I'm a Buzzsaw fanboy. But, well, when Laserbeak talked, I got like the hugest boner. Early Marvel Comics-style talking Recordicons represent! And all his dialog fleshed out Laserbeak as a character in his own right, rather than "that guy hanging out on Soundwave's arm," for maybe like the first time in ever. What an enjoyably creepy friggin' dude. Man, if only Ravage had gotten to talk.
Second minor spoiler: Laserbeak transforms into basically anything electronic and small in the movie. A laptop, a television set, a photocopier... But this is definitely not the case for his Deluxe class toy. No, just like last movie's Ravage toy, Laserbeak has a beast mode and a... well, what the hell else can we make this thing? mode. Laserbeak's toy altmode is a jet. It's not a terribly good jet. In fact, it's just a terrible jet. I'm not sure why anybody would want the toy in this mode ever. Which is just as well, since I like the bird mode a lot. It's a pretty good likeness, plus he's articulated all to hell, with multiple joints in his neck and tail, hinges and rotational places on his wings, and slightly useful joints in his somewhat oversized legs. And his mouth can open! Because, y'know, he can talk.
He comes with two MechTech cannons. If you shove one into the ass of the other, the barrel of the "catcher" swings around to become a differently-shaped barrel. Also, now the gun is twice as long, what with it being two guns. Interesting, but meh!
Man, it's been forever since I've bought a movie character and liked the toy MORE after seeing the film!