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Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Every film needs its baddie & Battlestar Galactica’s is the Cylon Centurion. So Revell has released a fitting tribute to this movie menace.

The Centurions are basically foot soldiers & deadly dog’s bodies who do a range of tasks from executions to simple guard duty or even manual labour. Whereas some of the more advanced Cylons can be identical to humans in form & appearance, a Centurion has the look of an out & out robotic killing machine.

Though humanoid in design, gait & stance, these killers are constructed of metal armour & are impervious to most human small weapon systems. They are characterised by their “Knightrider 2000-like" ruby-red scanner where you might expect a set of eyes. The robot's hands, meanwhile, can be retracted to reveal integrated weapons. A Centurion can also carry & operate a larger weapon.

They are known as “Chrome Jobs” or “Toasters” by the Colonial forces. Sentient by design, they are not as self-aware as the higher-level Cylons. However, in some episodes, the implant controlling self-awareness was removed, meaning some Centurions reasoned for themselves & changed sides. They became so-called “Red Stripes” – a reference to their external marking denoting alliance.

It’s an attractive if rather deadly-looking machine, worthy of being kitted in plastic. So it’s great to see Revell release a 1:6th scale model kit of the robot (Ref:04990).

This is a re-release & reboxing of the 2013 Moebius Models kits. These were of high quality when first introduced & the company had access to the original props as part of the licencing deal with the re-imagined TV series. So the standard is top-notch.

Inside the kit are several sprues with 100 or so parts that come in a crisp clean pale grey plastic. There's a tiny bit of flash here & there but it's of no real consequence & the moulding stands up really well.

Talking of standing up - this is a big kit when assembled leaving you with a figure 36cm tall - so it's useful to see a base included on which to mount your Cylon.

There’s only one clear plastic part for the scanner which slots into the helmet & which can be animated with various after-market upgrade sets from smaller companies.

The challenge will be the paint job. The Revell box-art shows a highly polished silver finish that will be hard to replicate but which could be tackled with something like Alcad.

It’s worth doing some visual research though, as a quick internet trawl & a gander at the TV box-set sometimes shows a more matt, darker, alloy shade - as well as weathering & battle damage or even blood splatter from one of their victims.

You could even custom-paint a “Red Stripe” Cylon that has changed sides! So there’s something for everyone.

A great kit of a striking subject.

Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model stores. For details visit the Revell website.

Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
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