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First/Last Comic Appearance (US) - Issue 2, November 1984 / Issue 41, June 1988
First/Last Comic Appearance (UK) - Issue 59, May 3rd 1986 / Issue 100, February 14th 1987
First/Last Cartoon Appearance - Episode 14 (Season 1 #14), December 1st 1984 / The Transformers: The Movie, August 8th 1986
First Toy Appearance - 1984
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AKA 'Shadow Warrior PE01-F'
Manufacturer - Perfect Effect
- Added a Decepticon symbol to the chest
Frenzy has long been classed as 'the other one' when people eulogised about Rumble, but I always thought that his sonic weapon was better than Rumble's piledrivers. Perfect Effect have accepted the task of bringing this conniving little Decepticon to life. Read on to see if they have done him justice. Before you do so, please bear in mind that I believe Frenzy is blue, not red. The cartoon was wrong, you see.
Appearance (Robot Mode) 9/10
I finally opted for the toy-accurate colour schemes of Perfect Effect's 'Shadow Warrior' mould, and I'm very glad that I did. The mould itself has always been great, and now that the colour scheme is accurate to Frenzy (or Rumble, if you like being wrong) this little guy is pretty much perfect. His little punky face is full of attitude and it is remarkable that one of my favourite faces is on such a small scale. I stick the piledrivers onto his back, to differentiate him from Rumble.
Appearance (Alternate Mode) 6/10
Well, it's a gun. I'm personally not a fan of alt modes which cannot 'support' themselves, with the exception of Megatron, I suppose. It is nice enough to look at, though, but it just kind of sits there. It would make more sense if it was being wielded by Shadow Commander. I'm convinced that I should be able to come up with an unofficial alt mode but I really am too lazy.
Surprisingly complex for what is a small figure, Perfect Effect really know how to add value to a small robot. The legs fold in on themselves and the arms tuck into the legs, and the large gun barrels clip over the shoulders, once the head has been folded away, that is. The gun handle can be tricky to connect to the gun, though and has a tendency to pop off.
I would be happy if there was this amount of poseability on a deluxe, but for a legends-class toy, it really is outstanding. The head swivels and tilts (albeit downwards only) and the waist swivels too. The shoulders and elbows are ball-jointed, as are the hips and knees. The feet are also on ball-joints. My only criticism is that there are certain positions where the joints like to 'rest' so getting poses in between these spots can take perseverance. But this is more to do with size limitations rather than anything else.
He feels very solid for his diminutive size - there are no anxious moments when transforming or posing him. A miniature marvel. That said, his left hip has a tendency to pop out of its socket. Maybe I am unlucky, because Rumble (and the 2 Shadow Warrior variants) do not have this issue.
Overall - 39/50
Perfect Effect have carved a niche with their tiny figures, which are an absolute joy to own. I'm very pleased with the accurate colour scheme, as I have long been a fan of the mould. The one letdown is a slightly prosaic alternate mode, but then I guess cassettes were never very exciting.