Archive for October 31st, 2010
What do you get when you combine a gluttonous dragon, a sadistic orthrus, a malodorous ape, a barbaric chicken, and a salamander with an inferiority complex? Abominus!
Abominus is a creature made of four psychotics and a military strategist with a penchant for violence.
Normally it would be difficult to keep a group like that in the same room, let alone physically combined into one tumultuous behemoth of aggressive, terrifying, amoral, literally bestial abandon. Having a commander that will, quite literally, eat you for disobeying goes a long way towards ensuring some rudimentary subservience.
Abominus is a ”Scramble City ” style Combiner. The name stems from the Japanese Scramble City: Mobilization. Though ending in a cliffhanger, this one-episode cartoon stars the new Combiners in an attempt to highlight the fact that, unlike Devastator, these Combiners were formed by one larger Transformer serving as the torso and four smaller Transformers that could serve as any limb. However, this can lead to some oddly shaped combinations. In the Terrorcons’ case, it is the fact that Blot alone has an inconsistent width and visually only really works as an arm.
There are what are known as “nominal” combinations, usually the version included in the instructions and boxart for the Combiner. However, Abominus has two thanks to a slight difference between his instructions and boxart. In the boxart Sinnertwin serves as the right leg, Cutthroat as the left. In at least one of the instructions images, they are reversed.
Thanks to my fascination with Transformers with odd alt-modes, he is the first G1 Combiner I have completed as a collector — well, mostly completed. I am honestly not sure if I will do it again. Unfortunately for everyone out there selling original G1 combiners on EBay, a company in China is making knock-offs of the combiner giftsets that are of ridiculously good quality. Both my Protectobots and my Stunticons come from this company and their absolutely mint condition and 100% complete-ness bring me great joy.
So, despite the fact that I’m sure someone will make a high-quality knock-off of the Abominus giftset one day, I am quite proud of Abominus in collection. There’s been some bumps, the tale of horror that was Rippersnapper’s decapitation and the subsequent damage done to Hun-Gurrr’s left arm in the attempt to extract Rippersnapper’s head. Also, he’s mostly completed because, as I’m sure the more hardcore Transfans have already noticed in the images above and below, though he has fists, those are not his feet. I actually stole the feet from my Wal*Mart exclusive “Urban Camo” Ruination (thanks for having purple feet Ruination!). I am still considering some minor paint application touch-ups and I might just break down and order my first ever Reprolabels to replace the aging stickers (have I mentioned how much I hate stickers?) ‘Til then, Abominus takes his place proudly amongst the combiners.
Graaaaaaaaargh! Forget Unicron versus the Death Star, I want to know who would win in a fight between Abominus and Godzilla.
Omnomnonom. Two heads means twice as many places to put food. Hun-Gurrr (or Hun-Grr, or Hun-Garr, or Hun-Grrr)!
Transformers love nothing more than to take their names as literally as possible, and Hun-Gurrr is the poster boy for this. To him, his two-headed dragon alt-mode means twice as many mouths to stuff food — “food” being anything metal or energy-based — into. He is insatiable. However, he is also a Terrorcon, leader of the Terrorcons in fact, so he has another love: wanton, violent, and excessive destruction. His tech spec elaborates on his definition of food:
“Since his mouth is usually full, his orders are usually misinterpreted. Prefers eating non-living to living things… doesn’t like anything that might still be wriggling about after he swallows it.”
His alt-mode is actually highly posable by G1 standards and unlike his followers, there is no doubts as to what he is meant to be. Recently, the bio for Shattered Glass Hun-Gurrr even put a name to the type of two-headed dragon, an “Algean Two-Headed Razor Beast”. Assuming there’s an Algea in our dimension as well, it’s reasonable to conceive that this is the same beast our dimension’s Hun-Gurrr scanned his alt-mode from. Weapon-wise in alt-mode, as far as I know he has the first ever weaponized spit-ball power in Transformers. He is able to take those materials he consumes and spit them back out as “crude missles”.
All gluttonous idiosyncracies aside, I’m relatively sure that Hun-Gurrr got his job as leader by the fact that he appears to be the most mentally well adjusted Terrorcon. He’s even considered to be a skilled military strategist.
All of the Scramble City leaders have an official third mode that is defined as a “Base” mode. Most of them make sense, but Hun-Gurrr’s official “Base” mode has been best described as… well, you can come to your own conclusion,
All Ice Cream dispensor modes, aside, his robot mode is pretty posable with actual elbows and knees. He can also mount the chestpiece from Abominus on his arm as a shield.
Given the dispositions (and alt-modes) of his troops, I’ll bet he uses the comman “HEEL!” a whole heck of a lot.