Laserbeak (Transformers Generation 1)

Transformers Generation 1 Laserbeak

Decepticons faction symbol
Name: Laserbeak
Allegiance: Decepticons
Function: Interrogation
Sub-group: Cassette
Timeline: Generation 1

The only point I like in Autobots: melting point.


Transformers Masterpiece Laserbeak condor mode
Much like a vulture, Laserbeak can often be found circling a battlefield after the Decepticons have already claimed victory, sadistically picking off any survivors one by one. Laserbeak gained infamy for the way he slowly crippled his victims before finally moving in for the kill; his viciousness earned him Megatron's attention, and a role as the Decepticons' interrogator. This was a role at which Laserbeak excelled, extracting information from victims before terminating them; and all this in spite of the fact that Laserbeak lacks a traditional vocal processor. Laserbeak so impressed Megatron that he earned further promotion within the Decepticon ranks, being deployed for more dangerous missions like spying and assassination. Unfortunately this exposed Laserbeak's critical flaw: he is an undeniable coward. Laserbeak generally prefers to prey on victims incapable of fighting back; the prospect of an opponent who could - or worse, facing an entire Autobot squadron alone - fills Laserbeak with dread. The actual confrontation often sends Laserbeak into a panicked retreat. Laserbeak's cowardice is well known, and it is only a combination of his loyalty to and fear of Megatron that makes him stand his ground and carry out his missions. Indeed, it is a testimony to Laserbeak's character that in the time he has served as a spy and an assassin he's used his cowardice as motivation for becoming very good at his function, knowing that by slipping in and out of Autobot bases unseen he minimises the odds of a confrontation.

Cassette mode:

Transformers Masterpiece Laserbeak cassette mode

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Transformers Masterpiece Laserbeak

Transformers Masterpiece Laserbeak condor mode in flight Transformers Masterpiece Laserbeak condor mode, view from above Transformers Masterpiece Laserbeak condor mode with camera deployed
Masterpiece Laserbeak is a tiny marvel of a toy. The transformation is incredible, and intricate; an example of the Masterpiece line at its very best. I particularly like how this Laserbeak's cassette mode is the same size as the original toy, meaning he is compatible with the Generation 1 Soundwave as well as Masterpiece Soundwave. My only complaint is how fragile the guy is, he's got so many thin parts and so many of them have hairline cracks that I'm concerned he might break. In fact, he did break at the neck while taking these pictures, but fortunately I was able to put the parts back into place and should be able to mend the damage (or pick up a replacement).

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