First off, I've been a fan of the Transformers since I was a little kid, so this review may be a bit on the fan-boy side of things be ye warned.
I like almost all of the G1 transformer characters, but the cassetticons and the combiners have always had a special place in my heart. I hadn't known as a kid about the few sets of cassette-combiners, when I tried to get them for my collection as an adult my efforts were stymied by others outbidding me. Until I managed to snag a weaponless BeastBox. Clunky and rather basic this little simian Decepticon was still very much fun and offered me a glimpse at the Squawk-Box combiner's workings.
Then I saw this set here on Chimungmung's shop; The Box-Bomber set. I could hardly wait till it arrived, but it just did and wow! Was it worth the wait? Definitely! This set comes in two small boxes with artwork on the front and a bio on the back, contains the same on cards and has the manuals folded in. The little cassettes (size comparable with official G1 cassettes) come with their weapons and semi-clear purple cassette cases and can be extracted with a minimum of fuss.
Once transformed they are a little gorilla and a little condor. B-Box's weapons slot in nicely, but Birdbomber's can't quite get a grip. A minor issue, but still a relevant one. In these forms they already showcase a level of articulation that you could only dream of and despite being seemingly fragile they're actually quite sturdy.
Combining them takes a bit more effort as ball-joints have to be rotated and part of B-Box has to be folded away, but once done you're left with a tiny gestalt, a bit bigger than G1 Bumblebee that can do a variety of poses with ease. I can honestly say it's one of the best buys I've made this year and a welcome addition to any collection.Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]