Due to a recent eBay sale I added Mech Fans Toys Sharktticons (the extra “t” is for intellectual property rights!) to my collection.
The box features a movie-inspired scene of the Sharktticons attacking Hot Rod.
Inside the box are three Sharktticons, their maces, antennae (including spares!) and newly-designed pistols.
Note: The antennae do not come installed, I installed mine before taking this photo so the ones you can see here are the spares
The Regular Edition
A much darker version of the Legends Sharkticon, with the paint apps on the head removed and the beast hands painted blue like Titans Return Gnaw. In addition to the antennae, the robot fists have been modified so that they can be rotated or removed.
The antennae are extremely thin and, in robot mode, point down. I’m actually worried about leaving them in robot mode for fear that they’ll wobble and snap one off.
Here is where those antennae really shine!
The Special Edition
The third shark in the box is a version with clear pink parts and a slightly different paint application.
I’m not crazy about this version, but I do like that they put a little extra effort into it with the new paint scheme on both the figure and weapons.
The antennae are clear pink to match the arms, fin and jaw.
Quality Control Issues
Sadly, the left arm on mine came off during the first transformation. Also, the left side of the beast head was loose out of the box and eventually came off of the rivet.
Comparing the Editions
As mentioned above, it’s not just clear plastic, but a reworked paint job that makes this version stand out.
Standing next to the regular version you can see that the special edition is very pink in robot mode.
The beast mode is not quite as pink since those parts are mostly on the underside.
These are 1 to 1 knockoffs of the original.
Legends on the left, Sharktticon in the middle and Titans Return on the right.
The first thing to remember is that these are not toys, the antennae alone would fail any safety inspection. That said, they do make nice display pieces.
Here’s a shot with the rest of my Sharkticon swarm.