Onslaught, the Tactician
Onslaught is the tactician of the Combaticons, the brains of the group. In the G1 Transformers storyline, many Decepticon subgroups are lead by their strongest member, who dominates his followers by violence or the threat thereof, but Onslaught leads the Combaticons because they respect his superior intelligence, and his strategic and tactical acumen. In the Fall Of Cybertron video-game in particular, the Combaticons are described as the Decepticon military’s élite special forces unit. Whilst the majority of ‘cons are petty tyrants and brutish bullies, the Combaticons come across as actually being the sort of Proud Soldier Race Guys that the other ‘cons think of themselves as: disciplined, cohesive and organised as well as brutal and ruthless.
All warfare is based on
Onslaught is a Voyager size-class figure, standing about half-again as high as a Deluxe-size Transformer. This puts him slightly more than head-and shoulders above his followers in terms of sheer height.
Onslaught looks great, with a very G1 face, an impressive set of shoulders and and some lovely sculpted details on his dark-grey plastic arms that I’ll never be a good enough photographer to show you. I loved this mold when I first saw it as the Protectobot leader Hot Spot (but resisted buying, knowing that cabinet-space is limited and Bruticus was on the way), and I’m very chuffed with the way Onslaught looks. Onslaught’s a fairly extensive re-tool, with a lot of new detail on the upper body, and alteration of the alternate mode from a fire-engine to an anti-aircraft artillery truck.
I have a few reservations about his robot mode, though. Firstly he has a hell of a backpack, mostly made of artillery- and Bruticus-parts, which means he’s a wee bit unstable unless you pose him leaning forward.
His knees don’t peg into place well, due to needing an additional hinge for Combiner purposes, which further contributes to stability problems. It turns out, and I found this out whilst writing this article, that there are some pegs in the knee joint which can be used to vastly improve his legs. These are not mentioned in his instructions, and he is mis-transformed in-pack without these pegged in. I only learnt these pegs exist from the tfwiki article on Hot Spot.
His heavy blasters don’t help when they’re mounted on his back, but can be used as counterweights when held in his tubular hands. These blasters have little hoses on the sides, like they’re water cannons from a Japanese airport fire engine. Just sayin’
Onslaught has well-articulated arms and legs, with multiple hinge-joints, and sturdy ratchet-jointed hips, but his head lacks any articulation at all: it is fixed in place relative to his torso. He has a lot of paint operations on his chest to replicate the detail that was added to the G1 toy with stickers.
Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.
Sun Tzu knew what he was talking about, but for the Combaticons, and indeed any Transformer, secret operations involve an element of disguise.
Onslaught’s alternate mode is an anti-aircraft artillery truck. If he’s based on any real-world vehicle, I haven’t heard of it. He bears little resemblance to his mold-mate Hot Spot in this mode (—big tick), and pretty much all of his green details from robot mode are hidden away (—big tick) so he is uniformly blue-grey. He rolls quite nicely (—that’s more of a little tick, but it’s still a tick!), and his two guns can be rotated up and down, but the “turret” doesn’t turn. Apparently, he has a slot on the top for the upcoming Legend-class Shockwave to be plugged into him: that slot appears to be a 5mm post-hole, which would grant a lot of accessory options.
If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight.
Onslaught is a Voyager size-class figure, and in Combiner Wars, that means that he transforms into a torso, with attachment points for two legs and two arms.
As Bruticus’ torso Onslaught provides ball-jointed Bruticus head, and four nice sturdy combiner ports. I like how the shoulder ports are hidden behind the folding chest-plate: it’s a shame they couldn’t do anything so cool with the knee-ports. Bruticus’ thighs are better articulated than the combiner-thighs on Optimus Prime.
Do you want to build a robot?
Combiner progress: Two legs and a torso. He’s already doing at least as well as Big Rescue Force! Better, in fact, since he has a head.
Tomorrow: Team Rocket This Guy at the Speed of Light!
Surrender now, or prepare to fight!
(Yeah, it’s Blast Off…)