So, people who have seen The Last Knight – who is Quintessa? In the movie, she’s “The Prime of Life,” and created the Transformers. “That’s silly,” you say. “Everybody knows that the Transformers were created by Primus, robot god who turns into a planet and is different from the other robot god who turns into a planet.” Well, in some continuities, sure, but Quintessa is actually a reference to the Transformers’ identity in the original cartoon series: Created by the Quintessons.
The Quintessons were a race of robots (or cyborgs. It was unclear, but they might have had organic brains) that originally develoepd Cybertron to manufacture consumer goods and military hardware. The machines became intelligent, drove the Quintessons off, and became the Transformers. The Quintessons themselves first appeared in the movie, which had no hint of their onnection to Transfomer past – you only saw their amazingly twisted kangaroo court (here’s a hint: you don’t want to be “innocent”). They went on to become major antagonists in the series, as they tried to wipe out all mechanical life n the universe. There were many kinds of Quintessons, with the most famous being the Judges – five-faced floating spheres.
Toys of these guys were never made back in the day. The only kinda-sorta Quints ine xstence are of the character Alpha Quintesson from a more modern cartoon, and Quintessa from the new movie. None resemble the classic Judges. There is a massive market for “third-party” Transformers… you know, bootlegs made of characters who lack odern toys, and a “Quint Judge” had been produced years ago. It’s now worth a mint. More recently, the third-party group SRC made a smaller Quintesson Judge, in scale with “Legion” class Transformers – so about three inches tall.
It’s tiny, but it also costs about $10 or so – you’re best off just doing an ebay search and seeing what comes up, as these things are surprisingly available. Your QUintesson will come unassembled, and its paint might feel tacky to the touch at first. Some exposure to oxygen will fix that last part, thankfully.
The Quintesson’s egg-shaped body comes in two pieces, and its tentacles are plastic-coated wires. You know, bendy twist-ties. They are wonderfully poseable, but you need to be careful not to damage them due to their thinness.
It also has a pink jet of energy that it can rest on, which is similar to the light-up energy the previous 3rd-party Quint used. You can light it from beneath if you want.
The five faces being removable is important, as the Quintesson Judges had different face configurations in the movie and series – consistency was never the cartoon’s strong suit, so you can set it up however you want! The five faces have official names… from two sources. Their original character designer had one idea for what the faces represent, whereas the peopel who ran the franchise had another. Death has always ben Death, but the other four have two names apiece. make sense? No? Your loss.
This is the Face of Death. It can be considered the “Main” face,thoughd ifferent Quintessons prefer to use different faces as their primary.
Representing either Bitterness or Wisdom, this obstinate face has ceremonial headgear that resembles a Russian onion dome.
Representing either Doubt or Judgement, this face is spiky, and filled with disapproval. Of course, Quintessons never doubt their own judgements, now, do they?
Representing either Laughter or War, this face is decorated like an evil jester. Interestingly, it was used as a primary face surprisingly often in the cartoon.
Representing either Rage or Wrath, this devilish face has one clear purpose, and that purpose always ends in violence. Of course, none of the faces ever represent the Quintessons doing kind or non-violent things, so it’s almost moot in a way.
The faces are arguably better-painted than on the larger figure, though still not quite as complex as onscreen. I wouldn’t call them under-painted, but rather they fit in with hasbro’s actual Transformers figures. And for $10, you are still getting a lot of value.
The toy is a little fragile, so be careful not to drop or bash it around. That said, it’s not going to shatter, and can withstand a decent amount of ordinary toy-use. Just be careful not to chip the paint or damage those tentacles.
It’s amazing how much we needed Quintesson toys. The judges were even (supposedly) based on a kind of spinning toy, so the lack of surreal multi-faced monstrosities has been quite a void all these years. And, even though this one is a little on the small side, it’s quite good.
Well, there you have it. A professionally-done indy/bootleg/knockoff toy, and one that’s surprisingly affordable! Also, there are no toys of the classic Quintessons, so unless you’re ready to shell out tons for the other third-party knockoff Quint, you’ll be looking at this guy. It’s a great figure, and one that I will enjoy displaying.