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Deluxe Ratchet - Dark of the Moon - Figure

Ratchet

Last year, Ratchet was released as a Deluxe class mold. The results weren't exactly positive. The rear panel could easily develop stress marks and the paint job was over the top bright. Combined with the flighty gun that had a hard time staying in place, it ended up being more of a pain than a want. Hasbro gives it another try by going back to roots, sort of, and gives us a whole new mold.

Bio

Autobot Ratchet has dedicated his life to healing the sick and repairing the wounded. Ever weapon he has ever carried has served a dual purpose as both a means of defense and a rescue tool. Even has he battles the Decepticons, his mind works overtime to process the most efficient means of saving his enemies' lives once the battle is over.

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Intelligence
Speed
Endurance
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Courage
Fireblast
Skill

Alt Mode

Right away, you can notice that this is an all new mode. Ratchet ditches the Baja style SUT body for the more traditional SUV package. The fluorescent green is now broken up by a big white strip going across the sides and rear. White also takes over the front end. The Autobot insignia on the doors is surrounded by a red circle reading "Search & Rescue Fire Dept". Overall, there is far mode detail in this alt mode than with the previous deluxe mold.

Ratchet is supplied with a large drum magazine type rifle that bolts on the the spare tire on his roof. Pulling back the hammer has no real use in alt mode, but does have a use later. Ground clearance isn't much of an issue when rolling. Although still somewhat low to the ground for a typical SUV, he has enough room so nothing should scrap on a flat surface.

Alt Mode Summary: A noted improvement over the predecessor, both in detail and in construction.

Alt Mode Specs

Length:4.5in/114.3mm
Wheelbase:2.5in/64.5mm
Width:2.13in/54.1mm
Height:2.13in/54.1mm
Scale Ratio: 42:1 (est)
Wheels:4 rotating
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Transformation

Transformation is definitely less nerve-wracking than the previous deluxe. None of the plastic catches or is subject to the type of stress that was endured previously. Overall, the process is very smooth doesn't have much hangup.

Robot Mode

Ratchet also wins brownie points over the ROTF mold in robot mode. The green has definitely been toned down for the DOTM mold, which is a good thing. He also has regained some proportion, with the chest being larger and the legs being shorter. Even the head sculpt shows major improvement, and includes green piping. That's not to say he is perfect. Some might find issue with the backpack, which doesn't lay flush against the body and creates a gap.

As for the MechTech weapon, it can be held in either hand. However, it is a bit loose and might swivel around on you. Pulling back on the handle will expose a circular saw blade. As a bonus, the blade will spin as it's being pulled out. You can also spin the blade freely while exposed. A little deeper peg or tighter grip would do wonders.

Articulation

Feet:Ball joint, 90 degree bend.
Knees:Dual screw hinges, 105 degree bend.
Hips:Ball joint, 180 degree bend, 75 degree spread and 45 degree flex.
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Ball joint w/pin hinge, unlimited rotation and 90 degree spread. Pinned below elbow for unlimited arm rotation.
Elbows:Screw hinge, 90 degree bend
Hands:Stationary
Head:Pinned for unlimited rotation

One unfortunate change is that the footprint has shrunk, which makes balancing a little tricky. Besides that, no complaints.

Robot Mode Summary:Little more support on the footing would make this perfect.

Robot Mode Specs

Height:5.5in/mm
Width:4.75in/mm
Depth:3in/mm
Supplied accessories:(1) Mechtech weapon

Value

Hasbro has made major improvements to this mold over the ROTF version. Most, if not all, of the complaints have seemed to be resolved. Where some of the other figures seem to suffer from lack of attention to detail, Ratchet seems to be brimming with it. As a plus, the durability issues have also been resolved.

Summary

Hasbro saw a need back in 2010 to give us a deluxe mold of Ratchet. However, it was mediocre at best with the soft plastic and overly bright paint scheme. With this Ratchet, they have successfully atoned for that 'sin' mold with the added detail and more fluid transformation that won't risk breaking parts off. Definitely one of the jewels of the line when comparing to established characters.

Final Verdict:

Class:Deluxe

MSRP:$12


ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateMay 25th 2011  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  
Reads10135
LinkRatchet via Movie Database  


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AnimatedPlastic
2011-10-23
1:35 am

I really like this figure, but I hate that green color. I want the Red repaint and I'll pick it up. Is that ever going to come out or am I going to find it at ROSS / TJM / Marshalls instead?  
Dr Traveler
2011-10-22
11:10 pm

I have to echo that this is one of the hidden gems of the line. My son insisted we buy him and I am glad we did. Just a well done fig. Note that he has enough articulation to use his Mech Tech weapon two handed and look good doing it. 
Lord_Onslaught
2011-05-27
12:57 am

The Voyager Ratchet mold from the first 2 lines is being repaints again to look like his new look. It's supposedly a Target exclusive 
StarLurker
2011-05-27
12:55 am

I would have preferred a Voyager as well, but that's no knock against this figure. I fully intended to pass on it and only bought it cause it was the only thing on the pegs when I took back Starscream. I thought I would be returning him too, before I opened him and witnessed the awesome. BTW, ... read more 
jeffafa
2011-05-26
1:12 pm

From the pics the shoulders dont look that bad. I would have to say he looks great (other than the backpack) in the review. There doesnt seem to be much kibble at all, again, other than the backpack. 
Timothy.R
2011-05-26
3:29 am

the shoulders on this figure are just so atrocious that i can't bring myself to pick this up. i really wish they would've given us a new voyager ratchet. 
Lord_Onslaught
2011-05-26
3:28 am

he was already on the non priority list, Still interested in the Voyager repaint 
Blitz-Wing
2011-05-26
3:25 am

Wow, I've had no such problem with the backpack falling off. Perhaps you have a defective unit? 
madman1366
2011-05-26
2:06 am

IMO it's like they merged the best parts of the voyager mold in with the best parts of the deluxe mold. He's simply a beautiful figure in every way. Funny too because he was almost going to be a first day pass for me, but as with many others, I caved and grabbed him too. Just couldn't s... read more 
StarLurker
2011-05-26
1:45 am

Probably my second favorite DotM figure I have next to Voyager Megs. Only problem is with the weird shoulder spread and backpack falling off. His mechtech is actually nice and appropriate for the character, which seems a rarity for a deluxe... Though the blades on the saw are actually backwards if y... read more 
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