Knockoff Spotlight - Beast Tech Fighters
By Anthony Brucale
came across these at a local Big Lots a few months ago. Though knockoffs
of G1-era and Japanese figures are often commonplace, Beast-Era knockoffs
are a little bit harder to come by. Packaged on cards entitled "Beast
Tech Fighter," I was able to find knockoffs of Armordillo,
BW Sonar, TM2
Spittor and Scarem.
Overall the quality leaves a lot to be desired, as the figures tend to
fall apart more than your average knockoff.
Scarem had the most changes made to his coloring, having
the normal blue vac-metal paint replaced with silver vac-metal. The silver
suits the figure nicely, though the lower grade plastic make his legs
hard to keep locked in robot mode.
Armordillo may have gotten the nicest makeover of the
bunch, having some of his more sedate orange and greys replaced with
a brighter orange and tan, respectively. He also comes with all the
same weapons as the original and a bonus chrome knife accessory which
he is incapable of holding.
Spittor's color changes aren't very drastic, but this
knockoff suffers a lot from the cheapened plastic, His head is nearly
imobile, even though movement is imperative for the transformation.
Moreover, the makers of the knockoff have removed the claw feature located
in Spittor's shoulder.
Sonar seems to have changed the least of all the figures,
though some feature-used hinges have been removed, making some of her
parts immobile. The purple vac-metal on her chest has been brightened
up a bit.
Additionally, each figure came with a little rubber dino-lizard
humanoid. Not really sure what they are, but packed in on cheap toys
under $5, I'm not going to complain.
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