It’s time for a new Transformers toy gallery for you. In keeping with the impending return of Transformers Prime to our televisions with the premiere of Beast Hunters later this month, we have a look at another one of the Predacons for you. She’s a lean, draconic Autobot hunting machine and her name is Ripclaw!
Beast Hunters Ripclaw is one of those “love or hate” toys, I feel. Her design is excellent, with nice detail on the wings and a brilliant shape to both modes that gives her a unique silhouette. Her weapon is a “syphon claw”, in the style of a Spark Extractor from Beast Machines, and it is kind of cool, as the claws lock open and only snap shut when a button in the middle of the claw is pressed. The bad, though, is that Ripclaw is a bit lacking in the articulation department. She’s got nice movement in the legs, but no bicep swivels, and her head is mostly limited to looking up and down, thanks to her collar in robot mode.
Ripclaw’s other main feature is her tail, which features a rubberized core. It can be locked into a C-shape or left unlocked to give it a little free movement. It is possible with this feature to put Ripclaw in some cool poses mimicking Ser-Ket from the Rage of the Dinobots miniseries, who shares Ripclaw’s design. However, weight can become an issue with the tail in robot mode, making Ripclaw’s legs occasionally give way.
All in all though, Ripclaw is a fun toy with a very nice design. She’s not for everyone, but what she does, she does well.
Check out the gallery by opening the link below: