Another pleasant suprise from the Revenge Of The Fallen toyline, Brawn is a solid figure that homages the original 1980s toy, and makes good on that character's bio of being the Autobot's muscle. This also makes up for 25 years of having one of the Autobot's strongest warriors represented by a largely rubbish toy, so hooray for that.
Brawn takes his cues from some of the Movie-verse's ancilary military vehicles, and is some sort of armoured pick up truck. Those who care overmuch would be able to tell you the exact make and model. its a nice, chunky little thing with some nice detailing and a suitably murky colourscheme for urban assault. Transforming Brawn is relatively simple. He's a shell-former, with the robot mode foling out from the chasis and the vehcile parts folding around the robot mode. Its a simple enough sequence devoid of any major frustration, which means he makes an excellent plaything. The military grey opening up to reveal a mix of silver, green and gold, accented with red highlights is a winning combination too! I like that the roof mounted weapon can also be moved into position above his head, so that along with his two hand held pistols, Brawn looks every inch the Autobot warrior - much in the vein of Ironhide, but more successfully realised.
A good, solid figure and one that transcends his 'homage' status, managing to be a character in his own right. A nice suprise from a line that has shaped up to be one of the best offerings from Hasbro over recent years. As ever, a steep retail price is the toy's biggest failing, which makes him only worth bothering with if you can find him for a tenner or less.
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