Have you ever noticed that almost every time a new Indy Car Transformer comes out, it's named Mirage? RID had one, Beast Machines did, so did Generation 2... I wonder how Skid-z escaped?
Well, I recently bought the original on Ebay, and like all the first year Autobots, this guy is a nice find.
Judging by the date from which the original toy Mirage is based on originated, this is probably some 70s/early 80s Indy car. The color is primarily a dark blue, with white to offset it. It's a bit boxy, which surprised me. The tires have no tread, which is a nice bit of realistic detailing, as is the Goodyear logo on the tires. The rear of the car is a dark grey metal, which gives the car a bit more weight than it would otherwise possess.
Transformation is simple. Pull the rear back, separate the legs, pull out the arms, rotate the waist and fold the hood down to form the chest. A lot of stickers are more visible in this mode, as is some more chrome around the shoulder areas.
Mirage doesn't have a lot of articulation. The wrists turn, elbows bend and the shoulders rotate up and down. Mirage has some big feet due to the size of the spoiler. He's a nicely detailed figure. If you're an old school TF fan, as I am, the lack of articulation didn't mean a lot then, and it doesn't stop my appreciation for the figure now.
Mirage comes with a rifle, missile launcher (which clips on the axle of either of his front tires) and three missiles. No spring in the launcher evidently, as the missile just sits there.
I have yet to obtain his box, but I intend to. I love that old packaging!
In short, if you have the opportunity to pick this guy up at a decent price, do it. He's a nice addition to any TF collection.
|Date||December 6th 2002|
|Score||(10 out of 10)|