H-01 Minos is a battle robot that can transform into a fighter jet.
Minos also becomes the left arm the combining figure Hades. Minos is a very nicely articulated robot, featuring double-jointed elbows, twisting wrists, and just about every other joint you need for dynamic poses. The only slight limitation is that his bulky lower legs prevent his knees from bending farther back than about 70 degrees, but that’s still quite enough for posing. He has a very nicely sculpted head that bears a strong resemblance to Hellbat’s noggin’ from the Victory cartoon series and he can even pull off that weird hypnotic dance pose Hellbat did. Very nicely done.
The original Hellbat toy was part of the ‘Breast-Force’, Transformer with detachable breast plates that could transform into animals and handguns. More on that below. Just saying here that Minos has fully realized this strangely-named gimmick and looks good with and without his detachable breast plate. Overall Minos is a really cool robot. Very nicely detailed, fully poseable, and no flaws worth mentioning. Two thumbs up. Alternate Mode: Minos transforms into a blue Rafale (French for squall / gust of wind) fighter jet from the French Dassault Aviation company, used by the French Aéronavale (Navy) and Armée de l’Air (Air Force). Despite being a pretty basic transformation, Minos just lays down on his stomach and tucks in his arms and legs, basically, the resulting jet looks pretty good and streamlined with no visible robot bits except for the crown of the robot head peeking out underneath. The jet does have an underbelly, as most jet Transformers do, but overall it looks pretty good. Features include an opening cockpit, a working landing gear, working wing flaps, and you can mount Minos’ bat companion underneath in gun mode, though that doesn’t look all that great in my opinion. Anyway, there is nothing wrong with this jet mode at all, it’s very nicely done. No complaints and thumbs up.
Partner / Accessory: Minos comes with a small add-on figure that can transform from a bat-like creature into a gun and into his breast plate. The TFC version doesn’t have a name of its own, the accessory of the original G1 Hellbat toy was named Kômoribreast. Not a terribly great weapon, but nice as a bat and a chestplate. Combiner Mode: Minos becomes part of the Hades combiner, aka Liokaiser. He transforms into either the right or left arm of the combiner (the figure comes with both a right and a left hand). I’ll do a separate review of Hades once I’ve assembled the entire combiner team.