Well this isn't my first experience with this figure, in a sense. I've owned Red Geist, the repaint from the Brave line, for quite a while, but I'm proud to say that I finally own the actual Transformer figure now too. One of the figures that I was recently able to acquire though selling off my Seeker collection, this guy has been on my "wants list" for quite some time.
Released in 1989 as part of the Japanese Victory portion of the Generation 1 toy line, Deszaras also came with Tigerbreast, Eaglebreast, a Rifle, and a tail that also doubles as a shield. As part of the Victory line, this figure was never released in the United States, and as such translates into it being rather rare over here. Through sheer luck I was able to get this guy for about half of what I'd seen them going for on eBay, so I figured it was time to finally pull the trigger, and add him to the collection.
I won this figure on a Japanese auction site, so I was relying heavily on the pictures, and Google Translate to know what I was actually bidding on. Right away I could tell that it was missing the rifle, but I've seen them pop up on eBay from time to time, so I wasn't really worried about that as long as the price stayed in line with what I wanted to pay. One thing I couldn't tell from the pictures or description, was rather or not Eagle Breast included his two small guns; these things hardly ever show up for sale, and when they do they cost an arm and a leg. despite my uncertainty about the weapons I decided to take the gamble. If they weren't included I'm sure I could have found a way to display him where it wouldn't be glaringly obvious, and I would just have to be on the lookout for an Eaglebreast that did come with them. To my utter surprise, when they finally arrived Eaglebreast did in fact have his weapons! I couldn't have been more happy.
One of my favorite things about this figure (as I mentioned in my article about Red Geist) is the transformation. Before I ever had a chance to get my hands on this mold, I really couldn't figure out the transformation scheme by looking at it. Given that most G1 figures are pretty simplistic in their designs, this is a huge plus.The way the his legs swivel around to form the arms in robot-mode remains one of my favorite features of this figure. The Breast Master's transformations are pretty simplistic, and blatantly obvious by looking at them. Because the Brave release didn't include Eaglebreast, this was my first experience with this mold, and I was pleasantly surprised with it. Like I said before Generation 1 transformations are usually pretty easy to figure out by looking at them, and the actual transformation was pretty much what I thought it was, but I was totally wrong about how the weapons attached. From all the pictures I had seen I was under the assumption that the guns just flipped out, I mean they stored underneath of the figure, and rest in the same spot when deployed, so they must flip out right? Wrong. The guns actually peg into place; you have to remove them, and re-attach them. It's a minor thing, but I like surprises.
Overall a great figure, and he's going to look great displayed next to his Brave counterpart, along with my other Japanese exclusive Decepticons. Since I've completed my list of figures from the Brave line that utilized Transformers molds, it feels good to have another one of the originals to display next to them... now I just need to find Sky Garry and Grandus to complete the whole thing. Here's to happy hunting!