Transformers Reverb
Transformers Reverb
Transformers Reverb
Transformers Reverb

I don't know who Reverb is. I don't care who Reverb is. I doubt anyone else cares either - this was a random recolour of another vapid Revenge of the Fallen Scout named Knock Out that I happened to get in a job lot with Ravage so I'm reviewing it while I've got it.


Reverb has a motorcycle alternate mode - one that seems to be modelled on the Gobots figure Dart, which is pretty random. It seems it wasn't a deliberate homage - in this case the designer just stole it. I'm not sure what model of motorbike was stolen for the alternate mode, but it looks a bit off - like a fat bloke's been sitting on it. Sadly the random racing deco looks even worse on a more modern toy than it did on the original - it's too flashy to pass as a road bike but has nowhere near the detail to convince as a racing bike.

I'm going to go off on a tangent here, but to be honest we've covered everything interesting about Reverb's alt mode (oh, in fairness I should point out that even this half-arsed thing should have two handlebars, this one was missing one when I got it). This toy is an indication of what the generally terrible Scout assortment could have done - Reverb is a pretty decent size for a motorbike compared to the meat of the line and it really is a missed opportunity that we have case-filler dross like this when the Arcee bikes could have been made in this size (also possibly leading to more thought-out transformations).


The transformation is very simple, the only real problem being the way the panels on the outside of the legs aren't attached properly and fall off. This is classic half-arsed engineering. The robot mode is similarly unimpressive, bringing more maroon and grey into things and clashing very badly.

It's all topped off with a head that looks like something from Beast Wars (it's apparently a specific reference to the Predacon Inferno for some stupid reason or other) - not a problem in itself, but clamped on a toy that looks like something left over from the dire Unicron Trilogy range? Ugh. Reverb does have respectable articulation and decent balance but that really should be par for the Revenge of the Fallen line, and not something to aspire to - the toys that can't achieve this are failures, this one just gets a basic thing right. The way the bike exhaust forms a gun on one arm is nice enough, though the hollow arms themselves outweigh this neat touch. It's a real shellformer for the most part, the bike parts moving aside to allow limbs to sprout from inside. Really rather poor.


So, in summation, Reverb is bad on just about any terms. He doesn't look particularly good in either mode and even by the low standards of other Scout figures is downright poor. If they'd wanted a Scout-class bike, Arcee would have been a more fitting subject and might not have turned out quite so uninspiring as Reverb did.