Review and photos by Phillip Donnelly
Let's take a look at the Sharc Tooth. As I noted earlier, Hasbro has a fine tradition of naming this vehicle something different with every release. It would appear that they are still continuing this trend. To be fair, though, I'm guessing the added "Tooth" is to deal with the dreaded name copyright issues that have plagued this line and others (*cough*Transformers*cough*) for several years now.
This iteration of the venerable S.H.A.R.C. closely approximates the original vehicle. Not having an original vehicle to compare to, I can only guess at the differences in color. Rather than do that, I'll instead mention the one thing new about this vehicle - added backpack pegs for the newest style of figures. The torpedoes are still held on by the classic backpack peg, so this appears to be the first vehicle to accommodate both.
I should note that the torpedoes on my Sharc Tooth like to rest in any direction but straight ahead, making my job as photographer that much more difficult. Also, the tail fin assembly seems to be upside down now, a trend I also noticed in the Night Specter. This makes them rather loose and wobbly, but thankfully this is an easy fix.
The decals are, as ever, the bane of my existence. Let it be noted that patience is a virtue and straightness akin to godliness. And don't be fooled by the vagueness of the instructions on where to place the "Absolutely No Access" decal. It goes in the back of the cabin, not on the cockpit window. That's a mistake I made initially based on official Hasbro photography.
Going with tradition, the pilot is Deep Six. Going a little too much with tradition, the Hasbro designers obviously emulated his initial figure as the basis. The result is another figure with very little articulation. True, this new Deep Six has a removable helmet and more than triple the joints of the old, but you still can't move the legs. I'm not asking for ball joints on the legs, but some swivel joints at the hips and knees would have been very appreciated. Deep Six comes with that weird plunger thingy to make him rise and fall in water. As a gimmick, it's usefulness is limited. As an ignorable gimmick, it's rather harmless.
Summing it up, this new Sharc Tooth doesn't have a whole lot to offer - a nearly identical release of a 24 year old vehicle and a figure with limited articulation. Still, if you're missing the original S.H.A.R.C. or yours is simply yellowed beyond comprehension, you could do worse than pick this sucker up. After all, it's a flying submarine. Who wouldn't want one of those?
Deep Six (v5)
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