Articulation: 15

Build Quality: 20

Paint Applications: 15

Accessories: 10

Transformation: 20

Total Score: 80

The Rant: I like hound but before I go into the overview I need to say something. Hound’s box art is nice dark army green but Hound in plastic is well a bright forest green. What if, just what if we could switch his and brawls colors? Would not the world be a happy place? I guess at least his gun is shiny. Enough of that on with the review!

Overview: Hound is a commando and well he looks like one. Hound is the mold brother of swindle and retool of Rook. We get a different head and that’s it, but I guess at least he got a new head. Looking at you Blast Off with furious anger! This 5 ½ inch tall 4inch wide shoulder to shoulder figure has the beef that Hound deserves. I think more so than swindle. Hound alt mode is a non-descript military jeep with loads of detail. Other than my rant there is not much I really dislike about the character.

Build Quality: My running theme for these figures pretty much is there Combiner Wars figures and for the deluxe class the plastic is ok. Hound is not really thin anywhere and he doesn’t feel like he could float like a hot air balloon. He is solid. His joints are noticeably tighter than most of the older waves which is awesome in my book. I did not notice any stress marks or worrisome transformation issues.

Articulation: Hound has the basic Combiner wars articulation. Waist swivel, 90 degree knee bend, ball joint arm, bicep and thigh swivel. He does however think outside of the box and sports ankle pivots but as all things with Hasbro what they giveth with one hand they take with the other. Hound has an almost nonexistent head tilt. The head does have 360 degree rotation. Hound does have ratcheted elbows which I find a plus.

Paint Applications: There are very few areas with paint but it is not Wheeljack bad. Waist, chest headlights and face have a nice application of silver paint. Toes, faux chest grill, handle bars, pipes, and roof has a charcoal paint applied. Figure sports tamp graphed star on the hood. I wish there was more paint. With so many good molded in details he could have used it.

Transformation: Like most of the figures in the line the transformation is simple but not too simple. It does what needs to be done to transition between modes. So there is really nothing I can say good or bad about it.

Accessories: Hound comes with the obligatory hand/foot gun which is the same one that comes with swindle. He also comes with the same Gatling cannon which are painted nice silver. I do appreciate the paint. Hound as with all the other Combiner Wars deluxe figures comes with a comic book Combiner Wars #19.

Final Thoughts: I did not like his color, paint apps are sparse, I wish he had the trademark shoulder cannon and the head had more articulation. Besides that he is a solid figure in this line. He stands next to Smokescreen as the standout in the wave 4 deluxe figures in my opinion. I am happy to have added him to my collection. But I will say this again, as much money as Hasbro has saved on paint apps and mold reuse let us hope for Titan Returns they splurge a little.

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