He’s been doing it with style for eighteen years and it doesn’t appear that he’ll slow down. Thanks to Takara, the Autobot’s right-hand-man is back and is better then ever.
Tech Specs & Profile
(Translation courtesy of Doug Dlin)
06 Cybertron / Deputy Commander Meister
Function: The Cybertrons' Second-in-Command, who assists Convoy.
Transformation: Racing Car
Abilities: Wields a Photon Rifle and a Spectrum Beam. Has high-performance stereo speakers and can confuse enemies with light and sound.
Personality: Has come to love Earth culture, and with the varied knowledge he gains, he can safely complete dangerous missions. A capable Cybertron.
Profile: Meister loves Earth culture and is always looking to learn more. Recognized as Convoy's right-hand man because Commander Convoy relies on him owing to his outstanding knowledge of Earth. Takes most dangerous missions. Very cool, very stylish, very competent. For weapons, he carries a solar-powered photon rifle and has a shoulder-mounted flame-thrower, and can use his spectrum beam and 180dB stereo speakers to confuse opponents with light and sound. He can also use these in car mode. However, though he displays an unquestioned excellence in decisiveness and courage, his friends know he also has a weakness of being easily distracted.
Strength: 5 Intelligence: 9 Speed: 7 Endurance: 7
Rank: 8 Courage: 9 Firepower: 5 Skill: 10
The packaging for Agent Meister is quite a piece of work. The box measures 8 ¾” x 6 ¾” x 2 ½”. The front depicts Jazz as portrayed by the Dreamwave G1 Issue 2 Autobot comic cover with a gold and white grid in the background about halfway up. The words, “The Transformers More Than Meets The Eye! Collection” are above the character art with “Transformers” being embossed. There is a red gem-like box just underneath the main logo with the number 1 in it, noting that Meister is the first in this new series of reissues. The sides resemble a book spine with a smaller representation of the Jazz art and the Transformers Collection logo.
On the back, is a “Set Includes” sort of pictorial of what comes inside: Meister, photon rifle, missile launcher, three missile on a parts tree, tech specs card, label sheet, and display platform (more on that later). Also included is the first past of the T/F World Card book, data pages, episode synopsis for several of the first season episodes, a Cybertron “catalog” and a poster of the Dreamwave G1 Issue 2 Autobot comic cover. Also included is an instruction sheet (not shown). The reissues for Prowl, Skids, and Tracks are also shown.
Opening the front flap of the box, held shut be two small Velcro pieces, brings you to the inserts listed on the back. The inside flap lists a table a contents while the front page of the T/F World Card shows the battle scene from the back of the first season of Transformers packaging. The next page is titled “The Beginnings of the Transformers, Part 1” and describes Takara’s plans to export Diaclone and Microman overseas and how they met Hasbro. It also makes mention of the Transformers initial success and that they would be re-imported to Japan.
The next two pages focus on Meister and Convoy. Each page shows some very nice artwork of both in vehicle and robot modes, a couple screen captures from the first season, character profiles, spec numbers, part and weapons listing as well as a history of the different versions of these toys released throughout the world. Following that, the next two pages summarize the events of the first season from “More Than Meets the Eye” part one to “Countdown to Extinction.”
Lastly, there is a fold out spread depicting the comic cover mentioned earlier with the Cybertron catalog on the reverse side. All of these pages have a total of six holes near the spine and are perforated for easy removal. So, you could start your own little notebook with the T/F World Card series if you so desire.
Once past the World Card, you see Meister in all his glory. Beneath a plastic window, Meister is in car mode with his weapons nicely spread around him. Upon removal, you can take the inset that Meister is placed on and invert the sides to create a display platform. When assembled, it has a cyberspace sort of feel to it with a dark blue background and light blue highlights. There is a metal plate colored area for Meister to sit and each accessory for the toy can be placed around him in car mode. Each section is labeled in English so one will know where to place the accessories. Although, they designated spots only fit one accessory, so it really shouldn’t be too hard to figure out.
Toy – Vehicle Mode
From the end of the spoiler to the front tip of the car, Meister measures 4 7/8”. A Porsche 935 Turbo, he features rubber tires, opening doors and a rather uncomfortable looking seat for a Diaclone driver (not included). He is primarily white with red detailing on his front bumper and some silver and black parts that can be seen through his windows. In place of the “Martini” stickers from the original release of stickers with “Meister” or Agent Meister” on them. It’s also interesting to note that the only copyright indicia on the toy are “©1992 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Made in China.” And while there is no hole in the roof, it would appear that this toy is made from the Generation 2 mold. There is also a working rub-sign on the front right of the hood.
Toy - Transformation
Extend the front of the car forward and pull the roof back. Open the doors and extend the arms from under the hood outwards. Bring the front of the car, including the silver portion, down. Raise the hood section up and then down on top of the silver section. Raise the torso up and separate the legs apart slightly. Flip up the feet, place the missile launcher in to the holes in his back, load, and put the photon rifle in either hand.
Toy - Robot Mode
Measuring at 4 ¼” to the top of his head (4 ¾” to the top of his missile launcher), Meister is ready for action. Still primarily white, he does feature more black now, mostly in his legs, arms, and torso. Considering the age of the mold, Meister features an astonishing number of articulation points. Sadly, they are all in his arms. Each shoulder has a swivel and hinge, the elbows bend and the wrists swivel. This is due to the nature of his transformation and is likely just a bonus of his engineering.
The missile launcher, unlike the US G1 version, is fully functional and can propel his missiles over twenty feet. Talk about shooting your eyes out. And while I no longer have my original Jazz, I do still have the G2 version to compare. With the exception of the hole in the G2 version’s roof, there are only a few areas where I can detect any differences in the two toys, all are in the face. The black tab that comes down prominently in the center of Meister’s visor is shorter and his mouth is wider and slightly more open. The chin is also more fluid to the rest of the face, rather than a separate piece that juts out slightly.
Jazz was the third Transformers toy I ever bought, so I naturally have a lot of fond memories of that toy. Agent Meister faithfully restored my childhood love for Transformers, especially the first two years worth. If you love G1, are a Jazz (or Meister) fan or just want to get a good feel for how they made Transformers back in the good old days, I highly recommend the Agent Meister reissue. Five stars! An 11 on a scale of 1 through 10! Two thumbs way up!BUY IT NOW - JAZZ RE-ISSUE
|Date||October 4th 2002|
|Score||(10 out of 10)|
|Link||Takara's Official Transformers Site|
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