Kingdom Cheetor is an A+ on just the cheetah mode alone. Remember the original 1995 Cheetor? That thing was, like, a badger or something, maybe disguised badly as a cheetah after dabbing itself with a Sharpie. 2009's Universe Cheetor tried harder to make a believable cheetah, and it definitely wasn't as chonk, but, like, it had hulked out muscles and stuff at the other ends of its wiry limbs. It had thighs that Liefeld drawings only dream of.
But now Kingdom Cheetor is here, and it... looks like a cheetah? I've seen cheetahs at the zoo, and this is definitely the closest by far. It's skinny and not hulked out. It's just the shape of a cheetah. Sure, you can see some robot parts and joints poking out here and there, but it'd be impossible not to. It's an incredible feat, the level of which only made more apparent by previous attempts.
Cheetor falls in line with Kingdom Rattrap in that both try to have more naturalistic beast modes that attempt to transform into the cartoon robot mode best as possible. Cheetor's robot mode legs fall the most short, but they were always going to be the weak point. Even at Masterpiece complexity, it was impossible to get clean, skinny cheetah legs into the shape of Cheetor's robust robot legs. They're different colors, even! But I think this toy makes the best choice for the price point. The cheetah shins just fold up into the cheetah thighs, with the details of the robot thighs hidden behind the cheetah shins. It's an approximation that sacrifices robot accuracy for cheetah accuracy, and that's the right call. Beast Wars toys should transform into, y'know, believable animals.
Perhaps the weirdest thing about the transformation to robot mode is how the cheetah head-to-chest portion works. There's a 3mm peg mounted on a diagonally-reaching staff, erected from just above the crotch level. The cheetah jaw opens and you shove this peg deep into its throat. Yeah, transformation kind of looks like Cheetor goes down on himself. It'd be less weird if it felt like it worked better? It's a very tight fit, and you kind of feel like you're breaking it every time you try to yank his cheetah head off of his tummy dick. The original Cheetor's cheetah head kind of hung limply from the chest in robot mode, so at least this secures it.
Part of the reason original Cheetor was so chonk was that he came with multiple weapons that all integrated into the cheetah form. One hid well enough in the butt and came off to form a gun from the tail-section, but there was also a working water squirter that fit onto his stomach. Kingdom Cheetor ditches both of these in service of a more svelte cheetah mode, with the tail and less of the butt detaching to form a hook-ended whip. The whip purposefully looks like 1998's Transmetal Cheetor's whip weapon. This new toy doesn't give you either of Cheetor's classic weapons, but it also doesn't give you a cheetah that looks like it's pregnant with a water cannon.
By far, Kingdom Cheetor is the best Deluxe Class Cheetor. It looks like the character, it looks like a cheetah, and it's mostly annoyance-free.