Intelligent by Design: Armarauders Bellerophon Present Day
Intelligent by Design
When I first heard that a review sample was being sent out this way they immediately apologized for the figure already being highly “reviewed” and a bit worn and would also be missing two small thrusters, I assured them that I understood. So I was expecting this rag doll bot almost or something of that nature and it gets here and is making all the “clickety” noises we as collectors always look for, I was delighted. It was better than some 3rd party Transformers stuff out of the box even in it’s so called “current state”. Later on though I did figure out that because this bot was a little loose in a couple areas it was hard to get to posed without the use of the stand on uneven surfaces (as you can see from my Terminator impression in the first few pictures walking off platform). Please also note that these review samples are shipped around the world and each part gets inspected, photographed, filmed, rated, and lord only knows what else many times over. For being a review sample instead of a production sample to start with and then highly “reviewed”/used on top of it this thing is going to be fantastic! Did we mention it is being manufactured in Sentinel’s factories (recently released the Gigantic Action Scorponok) is already more than a win in my book is my first impression.
Cameron “Cam” Knox: Pilot
“Name: Cameron “Cam” Knox
Rank: Private First Class
Serial Number: 1703131078
Specialty: Bellerophon Mech Pilot—Infantry
Birthplace: International Waters, Earth”
as quoted per online wiki found here.
Let’s examine Cameron first. Roughly a two to three inch tall figure who can move in just about every way you could think of or want and is made very well but just in a much smaller than expected scale. It had almost every movement I could think of then some except ankle or finger movement which I am even afraid to type that it is impossible since they have cleverly broke so many hurdles with this figure. He also has twin cannons that mount together with a tiny grey piece that can stay attached while they are in use to form a backpack. He in turns wears this backpack on his jetpack. Yes, you read that correct he also comes with a jetpack and even pilots the mech wearing his full gear while weapons have their own storage. As you can see below I depicted them being used as shoulder cannons as well (forgive me if either way is wrong as I am still learning a lot about Armarauders, especially the storyline.)
Also please note that it does include a small clear stand to hold Cameron posed how you would like. This I thought was a nice touch and always a sign of a good piece to me (Takara MP-24 Star Saber, Perfect Effect PE-DX03 Warden to name a few official and 3p).
Bellerophon Docking Station
This thing is amazing, highly detailed, modular designed, adjustable, and above all else functional! Has a slider middle section that slides in and the two upper levels then separate and split to open up for room for the mechs to enter and leave. The two upper levels are also adjustable in height separate from one another. As far as the bot holding bits they are very effective, well designed, and even lock.
He comes with two rifles and six ammo clips with storage for all on hips or anywhere else you choose thanks to an interlocking system that seems extremely well thought out. He also come with two ring like weapons with 3 blades that attach to each one slightly larger than the other two in clear green sharp plastic. This of course also include clips to lock these onto Bellerophon almost anywhere you can think of. Bellerophon does have a few hidden tricks up his sleeve as well such as… Shoulder mounted missile pods and even hidden neck launchers all color coded to match their specific set. Huge dual cannons on each shoulder we cannot forget those. They really did arm this thing to the teeth I am not even going to bring up the shields, the armor, thrusters, extra clear helmets, just so much to this guy we will leave them out and stick to basic weapon coverage just know almost every piece that you see sticking off him externally can probably be reconfigured in some manner.
We seen someone recently asking about 5mm ports on Bellerophon and I did not realize they were even on him until it was time to package him up but they do exist and only one set, these are located on his back sides where the main thrusters usually attach.
Now time for the bot, bring on Bellerophon!
We shall be brief and keep in mind a lot was skipped. Has several diecast parts, highly detailed with the finest paint apps, high quality materials, designed and worked on by so much talent this is one piece that will one sought out by higher end collectors for sure everywhere. Bottom line, do I feel you get your monies worth on this one? Yes, very few products except a couple such as Warden or MP-24 Star Saber I feel you got your monies worth then some in these occasions. It has more than enough stuff with it ranging from comic books to docks, and stands, and we cannot forget the fact that it is extremely articulated. More surface area, higher the part count, the design from start to finish this has been Grade A all the way. A special thanks to Don Figueroa and Valent Wang for this wonderful creation and anyone else involved, soundtrack, prototype on down… Thank you! We here at TF-Prototype support and will continue to follow all that we can, so stay tuned Transformers fans as it is going to be one hell of a ride.
Interesting side note: Photography studio has been upgraded because of Bellerophon and dock size, I realized the limitations of what I was working with so forgive what you can and enjoy the rest. It was a joy to work with very tedious at times though with so many options, but the Devil is in the details.
Suggested US Retail Price: $200 – $250
By the way for the Transformers fans waiting for a reason to pull the trigger, this is for you…
Jetpack / Drone / Sentry
This will attach to Bellerophon’s back as shown in the picture but wait, what is that? It is not Bellerophon! Stay tuned for more coverage!