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Deluxe Class Ratchet - Movie - Figure

Deluxe class Ratchet

Ratchet has been revisited a couple of times since his 2007 premiere. Now, it's time for some downsizing as Ratchet gets the Deluxe class treatment to be on more of a playing field against Lockdown.

Bio

Autobot Ratchet doesn't know why Lockdown is after him. He just knows that the Decepticon bounty hunter will stop at nothing until his Autobot prey is in chains. Autobot Ratchet isn't configured for heavy combat, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a few tricks up his manifold. Lockdown may catch him eventually, but Autobot Ratchet isn't going down without a fight.


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Intelligence
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Courage
Fireblast
Skill

Alt Mode

Although miniaturized, Ratchet still keeps his H2 alt mode... albeit altered. He is now an SUT,complete with a Baja style bedrail package. To show he's taking Lockdown's threat seriously, he's also armed himself with a roof mounted cannon. This cannon, by the way, is armed with a launchable missile.

For the most part, it would seem the smaller scale mold didn't affect Ratchet much. That is, until, you look at the undercarriage. The robot mode appendages not only are solely visible, but do nothing for ground clearance. With no ground clearance, it makes for no rolling action which tends to ruin the fun of the alt mode.

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 4.75in/120.7mm
Wheelbase:2.88in/73.2mm
Width:2.25in/57.2mm
Height:2.25in/57.1mm (3.13in/79.5mm including gun)
Scale Ratio:40:1
Wheels: 4, rotating.
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Transformation

Transformation can be a bit tricky... and dangerous. Remove the roof mounted cannon. Pull down the legs, then pull the doors out and away. Pull the rear quarterpanels from the rear end. Fold up the tailgate, then collapse the panels forward against the roof. Spin the legs just above the knees a full 180 degrees, then pull them down. Spread the outer rear haunch for stabilization.

Now comes the dangerous part. When folding the rear quarterpanels in, realize that they are EXTREMELY weak and will stress easily. They're also trick to get bent. Here's how to do it without damage. First, fold the wheel portion back, making sure to catch the top hinge in the process. Now, fold the bottom hinge forward 90 degrees to make a Z pattern. Now, fold the wheel forward completely. Take great care in this, as it will fight you if not done perfectly.

Pull the head assembly down and forward. Spin the head assembly 180 degrees, then carefully push the head assembly back in and up. You will need to work it around the "hook" at the front end. Once the head is in place, pull the hood assembly down to form the chest. The "hook" will slide into a slot in the waist. Pull the lower front bumper down. Rotate the forearms into place. Rotate the front fenders so the wheels stick up. Fold the front wheels in. Fold the fenders in.

Robot Mode

Ratchet has slimmed down a bit versus his Voyager version. He's also seem to pick up some more 'realistic' limbs. The head sculpt is faithful and features blue piping. Unfortunately, the window is blocked by a tab so it's almost impossible to use the effect.

So you might wonder what to do with that roof mounted cannon. The answer is that it slides into place via a slot on his right forearm. The socket is spring loaded, which means that the gun can pop off at a second's notice. It's a cool effect, but the mechanism is so hair triggered that it usually pops off without prompting. It can also be a pain to lock in place. Finally, a mech alive feature. Spinning the legs will simulate gear spinning in his thighs. Notihng to get excited about, but it's there.

Articulation

Feet:Ball joint w/pin hinge, unlimited rotation and 180 degree bend
Knees:Pin hinge, 90 degree bend. Pinned above knee for unlimited lower leg rotation
Hips: Ball joint, 75 degree bend and 75 degree spread
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Ball joint, unlimited rotation and 90 degree spread. Pinned below shoulder for unlimited arm rotation
Elbows:Pin hinge, 135 degree bend
Hands:Pinned for 90 degree inner bend
Head:Stationary (technical)

The joints are there, but not the range. It's not so much the kibble, but the bulk of the hips that limit motion.

Robot Mode Specs

Height:5.75in/146.1mm
Width:4in/101.6mm
Depth:2.75in/69.9mm
Supplied accessories:(1) cannon w/ launchable missile

Verdict

Alt Mode: Tucked in body limbs don't make the alt mode too appealing
Robot Mode:Fickle gun gets annoying, limited leg motion disappointing
Overall:With all the deluxes out there to have right now, this is a back burner figure. Solely for completists

Class:Deluxe

MSRP:$13

ReviewerBlitz-Wing  
DateFebruary 20th 2010  
Score 6 stars (6 out of 10)  
Reads8458
LinkDeluxe Ratchet via Movie Database  


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Liege Evilmus
2010-02-25
7:38 pm

the shoulder and hip kibble is a bit in the way. Once you find a way you like it though it actualy adds to the figure. I will admit there is to much green here, it needs to be broken up. The transformation though out of the 9 figs I bought yesterday was probably the most fun which was very suprizin... read more 
MikePrime
2010-02-25
7:10 pm

I think Ratchet does look pretty good, but the color sucks. I would buy any decent repaint of it, though. 
AnimatedPlastic
2010-02-25
6:53 pm

That was the main reason I got him. I hated the bulky legs of the Voyager figure. I like that they are nice and lean. My 2 complaints about the figure is.... This should have been a voyager figure The Leg kibble beneath the figure. I think the 3 star rating is right on. I might have given him 3... read more 
Blitz-Wing
2010-02-25
6:41 pm

I'm glad you like your figure. Be aware that the rating is just my opinion and everyone's opinion is different. My rating was down for two reasons. One, the annoying snap action on the arm gun. Two, the flimsy plastic on the quarterpanels. 
Lioconvoy
2010-02-25
4:26 pm

I was really surprised to see such a low review rating for such a remarkeable Deluxe figure. Usually your reviews are very precise but I have to say that this figure is an exception. Just 3 stars! You have to be kidding me. I picked up this figure about 3 weeks ago figuring what the hey,it is Ra... read more 
masterminicon
2010-02-24
1:35 pm

Picked him up yesterday at Wally World. He's not bad. I did however give him a little more mobility in his neck so he can turn his head a little more to the sides now. The colors aren't terrible. Plus the best part IMO is that he's far more movie accurate than his Voyager counterpart. 
Timothy.R
2010-02-22
3:40 am

guess i should eat my words. i picked him up today.. for the gun. i found a couple old target gift cards.. they each had like $2+ on them, so i wound up getting him for like $5 (he was also on sale for $10) i haven't opened it up yet. 
TRANS-lego-MaN
2010-02-21
5:38 pm

the only reason i would get this Ratchet is for his gun, i'm gonna get him just for that reason 
Breaker
2010-02-21
3:47 pm

I had high hopes for this mold but not anymore. Thanks for the review, Ill be saving my $$$ for something else. 
austin
2010-02-21
3:30 pm

About the head with no range, try taking the head off and putting it back on, just don't push all the way down. Mine had the exact same issue, but when I looked in the head's hole, there appeared the be a ring, almost like two levels for the ball joint to go. When I put the head back on an... read more 
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