South Claw

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South Claw is a Renegade who serves as part of the Monsterous combiner. He is armed with a freeze ray as cold as his claws are sharp.

He is sometimes known as Weird Wing.

Fiction[edit]

Robo Machine catalogues[edit]

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Years into the Robo Machine conflict on Earth the new enemy threat of the Puzzler Fiends appeared. Fright Face, Heart Attack, Weird Wing, South Claw, Fangs and Gore Jaw combined into Monsterous, who announced his intention to confuse and destroy. Challenge of the GoBots - A Robo Machine Product

Fun Publications[edit]

Renegade Rhetoric[edit]

While stranded in the multiversal hub of Axiom Nexus, Cy-Kill worked to rebuild his power base with new Renegades. South Claw was part of a group of Predacons camped out in the Heap that confronted Cy-Kill during his exploits. After Cy-Kill defeated their leader Fright Face in single combat, the Predacons became loyal members of his Renegade force. Cy-Kill even used his old Puzzler technology to give the Predacons a combiner form as Monsterous. South Claw and the others traveled with Cy-Kill back to his home reality when he abandoned Axiom Nexus. Renegade Rhetoric Cy-Kill and his new recruits emerged in the midst of an epic battle between the Guardian fleet and Rogue Star. As Monsterous, South Claw and his team gleefully tore through the surprised Courageous before turning on the Command Centers. Unfortunately, Leader-1 tricked Cy-Kill into firing a killing shot at him, which he dodged so that it hit Monsterous instead. This respite allowed the Guardians to retreat, but the Renegades had clearly won the day. Opportunity Knocks Part 2

Cy-Kill dispatched South Claw and the creature warriors to Philadelphia as Monsterous to draw Courageous out for another battle, but Monsterous was overwhelmed by a squad of Guardian Boomers. Six Heads are Better than One The Monsterous Renegades began to integrate with the rest of Cy-Kill's troops. South Claw and Stinger oddly developed a fast friendship. Cy-Kill brought Monsterous to an ambush to try and seize a matter transmutation ring, but the surprise appearance of Courageous made it a fair fight, and so the Renegades retreated again. One Born Every Minute When the Guardians and UNECOM came to Quartex to sign a tri-planet alliance treaty with Boulder's Rock Lords, Cy-Kill and Magmar decided to intervene. Monsterous and Puzzler were pitted against Courageous and the Fossil Lords' Fossilsaurus until Cy-Kill tipped his hand and revealed the Renegade Power Suit Warrior, Nemesis. Combiner Wars Part 1 The forces of good rallied, however, and prepared a counter-strike. Monsterous was diverted into battle with the Action Shock Rocks, leaving Courageous and Fossilsaurus evenly pitted against Nemesis and Puzzler in the rematch. Combiner Wars Part 2

Toys[edit]

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GoBots[edit]

Monsterous[edit]

  • South Claw (GoBots, 1986)
    • Giant Monsterous Arm
    • Accessories: none
South Claw was released by Tonka in the third series of GoBots, and converts from robot to flying monster jet thing in 4 steps. The toy shares a mould with Death Claw from the Devil Satan 6 set in Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos toyline, with a different purple primary colour scheme; it is unclear which was the original release. South Claw combines with his team-mates Fright Face, Weird Wing, Heart Attack, Fangs and Gore Jaw to form Monsterous; South Claw nominally forms the right arm but can be used for the left if so desired.. Individually, he has articulation at the shoulders, hips and knees. He is the only member of the team whose arms can move in front of his body, but this comes with a price - his shoulders can work loose, which can compromise his alternate mode and whether he can stay in the correct configuration for Monsterous or have his arms flap around like wet spaghetti. Like the rest of the Monsterous team, the rear of his card featured a character biography, while the instructions were printed on a separate leaflet.
  • South Claw was made available during the third series as part of the Monsterous assortment (#7301) and remained available for the rest of the line's life on toy shelves.

Renegade Robot Giant[edit]

  • Monsterous (GoBots, 1986)
    • Renegade Robot Giant
A giftset containing unchanged versions of South Claw, Fright Face, Weird Wing, Heart Attack, Fangs and Gore Jaw was also released by Tonka.

Robo Machine[edit]

Puzzler Fiends[edit]

  • Weird Wing (Puzzler Fiends, 1986)
    • Monster Arm
    • ID number: 2
    • Accessories: none
In Europe, Weird Wing was available individually as one of the carded Puzzler Fiends. The toy was unchanged from the American release, but referred to the combined mode as the Monster Fiend. The name change appears to be a last-minute attempt to make the pun in South Claw's name work.
  • Puzzler Fiends Set (1986)
While Monsterous was sold in Europe individually a giftset was also issued containing all six Puzzler Fiends. The figures were identical to their respective GoBots releases, but the combined mode was referred to as the Monster Fiend. The names of Weird Wing and South Claw were switched for the European release.

Machine Men[edit]

Puzzler Fiends[edit]

  • Weird Wing (Puzzler Fiends, 1986)
    • Monster Arm
    • ID number: 2
    • Accessories: none
In Australia, Weird Wing was available individually as one of the carded Puzzler Fiends. The toy was unchanged from the American release, but referred to the combined mode as the Monster Fiend.

Notes[edit]

  • South Claw's name is a play on South Paw, a boxing term for someone who fights primarily with their left hand. However, according to all card art and official photographs South Claw forms Monsterous' right arm, which misses the point. Bandai seem to have noticed this in time to switch the names for the European and Australian releases. Oh, Tonka...
  • South Claw's Cybertronian-style body from the "Cataclysm universe" is modeled on Wildfly from the Generation 1 toyline.