Well it only took thirteen years (!) but I finally found a seller with one for under $100 (I have seen him go for as much as $180 on eBay). Even better, this sample arrived to me MISB, which I was not expecting but was very happy about. I have the re-deco of this mold, Transmetal Tigatron from Botcon 2001 so there weren't any surprises as far as the mold goes, but I was stunned at the appearance of this figure in person; I'm not sure pictures can really do it justice. The black glossy plastic is just very pretty, for lack of a better word.
|Black figures almost universally look good.|
|Once you go black...|
|Shadow Panther, X-9 Jaguar and Tripredacus Agent|
Fortunately since the Cheetor character had three different molds this allowed for three different Ravages. The first was originally called Shadow Panther and I believe was retroactively called Tripredacus Agent (Ravage was an agent of the Predacon Tripredacus Council) and then of course the actual Tripredacus Agent which was a repaint of Transmetal 2 Cheetor and only available in Wal-Mart. Out of these three figures X-9 Jaguar is the only one which actually features any remolded parts and thus is the most valuable.
|The original Transmetal Cheetor mold and X-9 Jaguar|
|Open Spark Chamber|
|Classic Decepticon symbol on a grid. *Love*|
|He done growed up guud!|
|It is just too bad they couldn't have made X-9 transform into a cassette like he did in the show. Ah physics, you are an unforgiving temptress sometimes.|
With This Comes a Complete loose Beast Wars Collection