Transformers Movie (2007) Jungle Bonecrusher Review

in 2008, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Movie (2007)

Transformers Live Action<br />

Jungle Bonecrusher box art

General Information:
Release Year: First Quarter 2008
Retailer: General Release (Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Target etc.)
Price: $9.99
Accessories: None


Tech Specs:
Barely functional after his battle with OPTIMUS PRIME, BONECRUSHER crawled away from the scene of his defeat and hid. Effecting what few repairs he could on his own, he also removed his locator beacon and communications hardware, cutting himself off entirely from the other surviving DECEPTICONS. Fleeing south, farther and farther, he eventually found himself deep in the jungles of South America. Hidden in the most remote area on Earth, he is free to indulge his rage on the rainforest without interruption.

Strength: 9  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 10
Rank: 6  Courage: 8  Firepower: 7  Skill: 5

It's funny how a character can take on a life of its own despite only appearing briefly in a film with barely any dialogue. In the Star Wars universe, Boba Fett is a great example of this. In the Transformers Movie universe, Bonecrusher fits the bill. His character formed one of the most enduring action images from the trailers as he skates across a highway and smashes into a bus, blowing it to pieces. There is no doubt this character was formidable looking and the first toy on him drew much praise from Transformers fans, so much so that fans wanted a Voyager sized figure (which is not in the works as far as I know). For the Allspark line, it was decided to redeco the character and show that he lived after the events of the movie. This review will focus on the changes made to this figure for this release. For a more detailed look at the sculpt and functionality of the figure check out the Bonecrusher review.

Vehicle Mode:
Jungle Bonecrusher is a really simple example of a redeco. His color swaps basically amount to the beige plastic being replaced with a dark green and the brown plastic being replaced with a light olive colored plastic. A third green color that is a middle ground between the other two greens can be seen on the sides towards the back. These parts become part of his feet in robot mode.

The wheels are cast in a grey color that seems slightly lighter than the one used on the first Bonecrusher. The rims are painted beige, much like the first Bonecrusher, but they seem to have slightly more of a yellowish tinge to them. Like the first Bonecrusher, the windows are painted metallic blue - but with the "Allspark Power" blue now being used in the color schemes, it takes on a different meaning than before. Yellow replaces the orange on the lights towards the front and a purple Decepticon symbol appears on the base of his claw arm mounted on the front of the vehicle. The familiar "Bonecrusher" logo with a bulldog is still present on the right side towards the back.

Jungle Bonecrusher looks cool, and this color makes him look like he's equipped to serve a branch of the military outside the desert, which is really neat. There is however one significant problem with this figure. The minesweeper/claw arm that attaches to the front constantly comes off if you manipulate it. This was not an issue on the first Bonecrusher. Indeed, if I tug at the arm on the first Bonecrusher, it holds in tightly. With Jungle Bonecrusher, it comes out without much force at all. I'm really shocked because it is not as if this is one of those tools that has been used repeatedly. This is only the second version of this figure to be released in the US and it's a bad sign of quality assurance that the arm pops off so easily. I grant that this may simply be the case with my figure and others in the run may be fine, so be wary and test this out if you purchase this figure.

Robot Mode:
The plastic color swaps from the vehicle mode carry over to the robot mode as one might expect. The beige parts such as his shoulders and the top of his chest are now dark green while the brownish parts from Bonecrusher are now a light olive green on Jungle Bonecrusher. The front and side claws on his feet are a medium green color.

One of the hallmarks of a good redeco is the use of a different deco pattern than other incarnations of the figure. This makes it look more distinctive and in that sense, Jungle Bonecrusher delivers. The main colors used in this form are silver and light blue. The blue represents the Allspark power and it is found in patterns different than the previous version of this figure. For instance, there are segments on the forearms that are painted blue that were unpainted on the first Bonecrusher. On his head, the area around his central crest is painted blue rather than the crest itself on on his waist the plate there is painted silver instead of just the outline. His eyes are neon orange instead of red, which goes with the light blue color found on the rest of his body.

While his joints remain just as tight as before, and his arm extending gimmick is fully functional - his mine sweeper claw still comes off far too easily in this form, making it frustrating to use the claw's grasping action.

Final Thoughts:
While I like the deco pattern on this figure it is really sad that one defect in the figure can really be its downfall. The claw arm falling off constantly is just frustrating and wholly unnecessary considering the first version of this figure did not have this issue. Not recommended unless you want to gamble that you'll get a copy that does not have this issue.