unlicensed, "third party" action figures and accessories and while there is a lot of shadier going-ons, you can't find too much fault in the more accessory-driven companies like Spy Monkey and Dr. Wu. In fact, the former has been so successful that they've expanded their operation beyond it's initial format of "home-based", small-scale manufacturing, to full blown factory production. The latter organization, Dr. Wu, has been crafting lots of smaller items that wouldn't immediately standout as being "lucrative" products, yet fill a void nonetheless. Let's take a look at the first weapon-based release created for Transformers Universe Hound and Ravage.
$10 - 15.00
The set, which consists of one blaster for Hound and two missiles for Ravage, is packaged in a small, black plastic box that opens from the top. The image displayed in the introduction is actually printed on the top of the box. It's a nice little container, but it seems like overkill for only three pieces that just slide around inside. I guess you could always repurpose it to hold other small trinkets. Upon opening the box you find the three weapons wrapped inside a small clear baggie. Nothing fancy about that, but at least you won't have to worry about the weapons getting scratched up.
this one, not this one, which doubled as a rear-mounted cannon when in vehicle mode) and now has something to use against his pack-in enemy other than a holographic projector. It's constructed in the same fashion as Ravage's missiles, but since it's faithful to the cartoon weapon's appearance, is must simpler in design. Interestingly Dr. Wu made the blaster's handle rectangler instead of cylindrical, yet it fits perfectly in either of Hound's fists. The most intricate detail on the weapon is it's barrel, which is hollow at the end and has a slot cutting into it horizontally. They could have just glazed over this detail, but I'm glad the crafted it correctly to the source material.
Unfortunately there really isn't a spot to store the weapon in when Hound transforms into his jeep mode. I can't really blame Dr. Wu for that, but it would have been nice if they figured someting out that would allow you to conceal the gun in the vehicle.