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Stakeout - PCC - Figure

Stakeout

For wave three of the PCC lineup, we're going to be treated to the mix N match game. 5pk commanders will become 2pk commanders and, in this instance, a 2pk commander will become a 5pk commander. Stakeout is a repaint of Smolder, with drones from 2 previous 5pks mixed in.

Bio

Before he became a team commander, Stakeout was considered a loose cannon by many Autobots. He often ventured out on his own, against orders, determined to win the war on his terms or not at all. Undergoing the power core process has mellowed him. He has learned that with power comes responsibility, and is determined to use his new power for the greatest good.


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Courage
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Commander Mode

Stakeout adopts a mostly white paint job. The upper arms and thighs are doie up in sky blue. Being that this is pinned as a Protectobot set, the color scheme is appropriate. There are no mold changes.

Which isn't a bad thing. Smolder has some of the best articulation in the PCC line thus far, and Stakeout benefits from that. It's a smart repaint, so long as the sky blue doesn't get to you.

Articulation

Feet:Pin hinge, 45 degree bend
Knees: Screw, 165 degree bend. Pinned above knee for unlimited lower leg rotation.
Hips: Dual pin hinges, 180 degree bend and 105 degree spread. Also pinned for unlimited thigh rotation
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Dual pin hinges, unlimited rotation and 60 degree spread
Elbows:Pin hinge and ball joint, 180 degree bend and unlimited rotation
Head:Pinned for unlimited rotation

Lack of waist articulation is the only downside.

Commander Mode Specs

Height:4.5in/114.3mm (4.88in/124in including shoulder plating)
Width:3.38in/85.9mm
Depth:1.5in/38.1mm
Supplied accessories:N/A

Transformation

Commander to Vehicle Mode

Identical to Smolder.

Alt Mode

Instead of being a fire rescue truck, Stakeout goes for the unmarked rescue truck. Aside from blue light bars on the roof, the Autobot insignia on the hood and the reflective striping on the sides, Stakeout is largely without logos or shields.

Besides the gaping hole on the rear end, it's a nicely done repaint. Though one might argue that it could use some scripting on the doors, nonetheless it advertises it's purpose well.

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 3.58in/90.9mm
Wheelbase:2.13in/54.1in
Width:1.88in/47.8in
Height:1.38in/35.1mm
Wheels: 4, rotating
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Drones

Stakeout features 4 drones repainted from previous releases. They are the APC from Bombshock, the jet from Skyburst, the tank from Bombshock and the rescue helicopter from Skyburst. Like the other 5 pack drones, they combine with Stakeout (or any other Commander) to form the Combiner mode. Why they pulled Combaticon drones to use as Protectobot drones makes no sense to me.

Transformation

From Commander to Combiner Mode

Identical to Smolder. The helicopter and tank form the arms, while the jet and APC form the legs..

Combiner Mode

The jet drone from Skyburst is a horrible leg module. Why it was seen fit to reuse it is beyond comprehension. Not only do the wings not stay in place, there is a permanent 'limp'.

Otherwise, Stakeout looks rather well. The extra benefit to Stakeout is the 'cheat' shoulders that will allow you fuller arm articulation. The only thing that could have made this better is a better selection of drones..

Verdict

Commander Mode: Nice repaint, above average articulation
Alt Mode:Somewht plain looking, gaping rear end can be a drag, but still well done.
Combiner Mode:Poor choice of drones for a 'Protectobot', especially the jet leg module.
Overall:A nice, no-frills repaint done injustice by being paired with awkward drones.

Class:Scout plus drone 4 Pack

MSRP:$20

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateNovember 17th 2010  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  
Reads7386
LinkStakeout via Movie Database  


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Blitz-Wing
2010-11-20
7:12 pm

Here's a tip. If I don't make a disparaging remark about a minicon being subpar as a limb, it means that it works fine  
deceptikhan
2010-11-20
6:47 pm

I would like to see a review on Crankcase (im debating whether or not to grab him while hes on shelves now) and the Destrons. Also, is there anyway you can tell us more about each drone and their capabiilitys to stay on or pop off? Im not keen on some of them, but others are wicked fun. Thanks! 
Blitz-Wing
2010-11-19
10:59 pm

Decepticons are terrorists, they have no scruples about using safety enforcement vehicles. 
Jason X
2010-11-19
10:44 pm

I figured they had faction symbols because the concept is that they are awarded to bots who in one way or another prove their prowess in battle. So is this guy supposes to be a Hotspot homage then? He looks cool for a repaint but doesn't really feel like the Protectobots leader. Either way I&#... read more 
Hip-Hoptimus Rime
2010-11-18
11:05 pm

Looks nice, but I'll prob skip, I have the originals of all these molds. Does that blue jet leg have a Decepticon symbol? Which reminds me, I don't think any of the drones should have any faction symbols. IMO, they are controlled by whomever can get to them, kinda like Mini-cons. 
Ferry
2010-11-18
3:49 pm

This set was actually available in Europe (local toystores seem to have skipped the first few waves) and I got it before the review was up. Remarkable as Europe is always lagging behind. I like Stakeout but the drones are awkward. A good set but the Destron set is much better. 
Transmitte
2010-11-18
3:05 am

I bought Smolder and a couple of others. They have been re-purposed to some used toy bin. PCC's are officially off my list of things I want or buy. 
Lord_Onslaught
2010-11-18
2:34 am

Easy Skip 
MikePrime
2010-11-18
12:51 am

I have Smolder, but I don't like it enough to buy a repaint, even if the repaint is not bad. 
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