The G2 Powermaster Gimmick:
The Powermasters of Generation 2 have nothing really in common with the original Powermasters outside of the name. Each toy has a pull-back-and-go feature similar to the Throttlebots or Battlechargers, but with a twist. Inserting one of the weapons into the left hole in the back of the vehicle will unlock the motor mechanism and allow the Powermaster to zip forward. If you don’t put the weapon in place, the vehicle will not go. The same effect can be achieved in robot mode, though it looks a little silly.
Function: Street Fighter
"I'm a fuel-injected firestorm screaming through the streets!"
Meanstreak would rather drag race than fight, but he's never shirked his duty when called upon for combat. A blur in battle because of his speed. Decepticon targeting sensors incapable of locking onto him. Due to body structure and ground clearance, rough terrain reduces performance levels. But on smooth city streets, he's a devastating destroyer of Decepticons!
Strength: 7 Intelligence: 7 Speed: 10 Endurance: 6
Rank: 5 Courage: 9 Firepower: 7 Skill: 5
So, he loves to race, but can be counted on in battle. And he doesn’t do the off-road scene. But, what about the two weapons he comes with? What do they do? Are they just above-average lasers? Gotta love those G2 tech specs, dontcha?
And while I’m on a semi-related note, I was surprised at how American the packaging looks on these two toys. There is no mention, at all, of any country outside of the US anywhere on the packaging. The Hasbro address listed is the one in Rhode Island. So, since I know next to nothing about these guys, were they originally slated for release in the states? Did I just open an extremely rare mock-up?
Meanstreak comes packaged in his vehicle mode, which is a dragster-like car and is about four inches long. There are two large wheels in the rear (with rubber tires) and two smaller wheels in front. Actually, the front wheels are hidden underneath the car and colored yellow. Smaller, black wheels are painted on the outside of the car to give the illusion of tires.
He is primarily a light blue with hot pink windows and two yellow sections on wither side of the engine block area. The G2 Autobot symbol is stamped onto his windshield in a faded yellow. On either door, he has a sticker With his name on it (in case others forget who he is) along with the Transformers logo, complete with the “Robots in Disguise” phrase and the designation PM3, which I assume, is for Powermaster toy number three. Also interesting to note that the Transformers logo had the Decepticon logo with it, rather than the Autobot one. Another double spy perhaps?
Also included with Meanstreak are two guns that don’t really look very threatening. They can be placed in pegs on either side of his vehicle mode near the rear spoiler.
Transformation is easy, to say the least. Pull the front of the car forward and swing up. Separate the hood and fold down to form the arms and there you go.
In robot mode, Meanstreak stands a whopping 3 ¾” high and has a lot more yellow showing. His head, torso, upper arms and the fronts of his legs are yellow with his face painted red. The front wheels that were hidden in vehicle mode now reveal themselves for what they truly are; Princess Leia danishes.
While the instructions would have you believe that his weapons should be placed in his hands, they fit best either where they go in car mode or in the holes on his shoulders. The instructions don’t make mention of this at all, but those shoulder holes couldn’t really be meant for anything else.
Also interesting to note is that you can cup his hands together in front of him, similar to the Transmetal Cheetor toy. Not that it really looks like a weapon, but with these guys, imagination goes a long way.
Meanstreak is a nice curiosity. But, with the technology available in todays Transformers toys, he just doesn't stand a chance in terms of play value.
|Date||June 19th 2002|
|Score||(6 out of 10)|