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Cybertronian Mode Ratchet - Animated - Figure

throughout the lifespan of Animated on TV, viewers were teased by seeing some Cybertronian alt modes of certain characters. However, apart from the leaders and LongArm (cough, Shockwave), none of those alt modes made it to the toy line. With the encore of Animated rolling out, Toys R Us is leading the way with Ratchet, who is the first non-leader figure to sport his pre-Earth alternate mode.

Bio

"You call that a dent? Get back out there soldier!"

Back when the war was at its worst, even the Autobots that weren't programmed to fight were called into battle. More than once, Autobot Ratchet was forced out into the battlefield not just as a medic, but as a warrior. They're not memories he likes to recall, but he has learned more than one lesson that has saved his life in the years since.

Galactic Powers And Abilities

Injured Autobots often request him as their medic

Specializes in modifying armor and weapons to peak condition

When forced to fight, usually shoots to disable, instead of destroy

Robot Mode

Ratchet has his same familiar scheme as he did in his Earth mode, but it actually looks cleaner in Cybertronian guise. Maybe because the medic panels on his shoulders look more natural this time around. In any case, the figure is largely accurate to the TV depiction. The head scuplt is a younger, happier version of Ratchet, including both his horns being intact. There is blue piping for the eyes.

Although he has no tools or magnet claws in this earlier form, he still comes prepared via a pair of shock panels. These clip on around his fists. For an added punch (no pun intended, really), his right forearm is spring loaded. Press the stalk behind his elbow and his arm will extend for punching action.

Oh, and in case you didn't notice, his bracket remains on the left forearm for his EMP generator. You still have to hunt down Lockdown to get it back, though.

Articulation

Feet:Pin hinge, 90 degree downward bend (technical)
Knees:Pin hinge, 90 degree rearward bend, pinned above knee for unlimited lower leg rotation
Hips:Ball joint, 180 degree bend w/90 degree spread
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Ball joint, unlimited rotation w/90 degree spread, pinned below shoulder for unlimited rotation
Elbows:Double pin hinge, 180 degree bend
Hands:Pinned for unlimited rotation
Head:Ball joint, unlimited rotation

Posing is near perfect on this figure. The only suffering point, at least with the one I have, is loose elbow joints.

Transformation

Begin the process by pushing his head back into the roof. Pull back on the arms to release them from the torso area. Rotate his shoulder shields 180 degrees. Fold up both arms 180 degrees. Flip up the back to cover the head. This next part can be a tad tricky. While keeping the shoulder shields in the relatively same place, flip the arms under the roof. The shields will peg to the roof once done right.

Lift up the abdomen plate. Pull out on the two treads that the abdomen plate was hiding. Push the abdomen plate (front end) into the cockpit area. Pull the treads forward so they're at a 45 degree angle, they do not lock into place. Pull back on the legs so that the waist assembly folds back into the roof. Fold the feet completely back so they meld into the rear treads. Spread the legs out then rotate 180 degrees at the hips. Position the knee joints so that the lower legs fold against the thighs. Peg the lower legs into the rear. The shock panels clip onto the rear of the roof to complete the look.

Alt Mode

You have to give the design credit, it certainly looks other-worldly. The alt mode's tread design is similar to LongArm's crane mode. There are 4 molded wheels for motoring along. He also sports a rail on the roof housing 4 spotlights.

It might be me, but every time I stare at this alt mode I get mental picture of a metallic turtle with the belly carved out. Looking at any angle besides the front, you get a feeling that this alt form is incomplete or clumsy. There's a lot of robot kibble exposed and gaps in the hinging. Granted, this alt mode is a hard one to pull off, but it could have been executed better.

Verdict

Robot Mode: - Well done, with plenty of poseability
Alt Mode: - E for effort, D in execution
Overall: - Worth it for the robot mode. The alt mode will either perplex you or make you keep it in robot mode.

ReviewerBlitz-Wing  
DateFebruary 21st 2010  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  
Reads7908
LinkCybertronian Mode Ratchet via Animated Database  


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knuclear200x
2010-04-12
6:20 am

I just got one yestrday. Im still playing with the alt mode... 
TRANS-lego-MaN
2010-02-22
7:57 pm

i'm gonna figure out some way to have the emp device and the shock paddle on the left arm both at the same time 
paburrows
2010-02-22
5:49 pm

I lucked out and found an Arcee and shes awesome! I've wanted her since the real Transformers movie. Passed on Ratchet since my kid has the Earth mode one. But I really appriciate this review. It confirms my feelings about it. 
Nguyen_Dragon
2010-02-22
4:53 pm

I missed on Arcee but was able to find Ratchet... The way people are bidding on Arcee I probably would never see her... Last time I checked she went for 40 plus... 
PhantomMorphX
2010-02-22
2:00 pm

At my local TRU in Baton Rouge, they didn't have then a week ago, but this Friday they had three of each (Arcee and Ratchet), and as in stated in another post, Transformers went from half a shelf to a quarter of a shelf, sharing with G.I. Joe. I sure hope they put out a bit more of the MP Griml... read more 
Blitz-Wing
2010-02-22
1:38 am

There is a trick to it. The shock paddles do peg to his hand, but place the paddle itself against the back of the hand. 
TRANS-lego-MaN
2010-02-22
1:06 am

i don't know why but i've tried to put one of the emp devices i have on his arm and it never stays attach to his arm it always falls off, but overall i love the figure 
Metroplex82
2010-02-21
11:27 pm

I haven't seen Ratchet up here in Michigan either. I've only seen three Arcee's at my TRU. I bought one of them and haven't seen any since. But when you can find one defiantly worth getting her. 
Superconductor
2010-02-21
10:59 pm

Except for a couple of screw or pin holes on his right side, I don't mind any "unfinished" aspect to him, including the undercarriage. I just chalk it up to alien design aesthetic. I think he's pretty perfect, and I can't wait for the Ironhide repaint! However, the probl... read more 
knuclear200x
2010-02-21
9:41 pm

I love how Turtle-mode looks. I just wished owned one right now to see how it works. 
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