Repaints are a way of life. Repaints of older lines are also a way of life. Here's some proof, as Stockade from the 2007 line is resurrected as a G1 tribute to Gears for the ROTF line.
If there's a negative angle to be found in any situation, Gears will find it. It's not that he's a miserable guy, or even that he's unhappy on Earth. He just really likes complaining. Nothing makes him happier than having something to gripe about. The other Autobots actually find his complaining funny, rather than annoying, which is part of the reason he continues doing it.
As mentioned, Gears is a repaint of 2007's Stockade. This time around, the mold is gray. Most of the windows are done in translucent purple, except the rearward windows which are painted blue. Why the do that is beyond me, you would think they'd try to keep all the windows a constant color.
The sunroof and headlights are also done in translucent purple. On the hood, you'll find a big gear emblazoned with the Autobot insignia. On each front door are 2 gears with a ribbon done as a paint effect. The only other change from Stockade is the rear. The taillights feature amber turn signals, but the bottom half of the lights are unpainted.
Identical to Stockade.
Gears is quite the difference from Stockade in robot mode. Although there are no design or mold changes, there is enough change to fool the eye. The lower legs and shoulders are rust in color. The forearms and thighs are blue with gold accents. The chest and hands are silver. The head is blue with a gold faceplate and a red piped visor.
Like Stockade, Gears features an action punch feature. By sliding the roof rack panels on his forearms, you can extend his fists. It's a handy gimmick (a pun, pardon) and with the good amount of articulation the gimmick can be put to good use. Overall, the alt mode is a bit bland in the color department but the robot mode has enough pizazz to consider it again.
Knees are the only disappointment in the mobility department.
|Date||October 6th 2009|
|Score||(10 out of 10)|
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