Deluxe Autobot Prowl
Series: Robots in Disguise (2001)
Size: Deluxe - 5 inches
Function: High-Speed Chaser
Stat Average: 7.71
Prowl is a really slick looking Japanese police cruiser. With his extra keen vision and detection abilities, he is an expert at rooting out and finding the enemy.
On the Card
Prowl comes in car form on the card. The two missiles are detached and formed into the bubble separately. As a car, I think Prowl is one of the tightest Transformers I have ever seen. If I didn't know it was a transformer I would never have guessed. There is no indication a robot figure is hidden inside the car. The auto is a clean white with wide black side stripes. Japanese characters are printed on the doors and a medium size Autobot emblem is painted on the front of the hood.
Prowl is armed with two plasma missiles and a shield. While his strength lies in his ability to see and detect enemies Prowl can let loose some serious fire power when he needs to. I found the figure more fierce and menacing looking then he comes across on the show. The designers make him look tall and bulky by giving him long legs, a pumped up torso and those shoulders that extend outward. Prowl is made mostly of a white plastic and painted with touches of navy blue, silver, black and red colors. The figure makes great use of translucent plastics as well. The clear wind shield and tinted side windows are nice touches. The missile launchers leave something to be desired. Skipping the usual spring loaded mechanism for a newer plastic clamp sort of thing. There is no button to release the missile. You just push on the back of the plastic post to make it shoot, sort of anyway. One good thing is the missiles don't shoot off by accident when handling the figure.
Once you figure out how to unfold the car doors, the bot emerges quick and easy. Just flip the hood up and fold out the doors to extend his legs. The rear quarter panels fold out and to the side to form his broad shoulders and arms. Extending his arms reveals his head and torso. A fold down red chrome Autobots symbol covers his chest plate. Mounted on his chest are what looks like two machine guns that point up, forward or down. The car trunk pops off to function as a shield and rocket launcher.
Prowls head will only move from side to side which makes posing him a bit of challenge. The figure is well balanced so long as he is holding the shield and missiles. His joints are well articulated, but obstructed at times by car doors and panels. The designers over did it somewhat by combining the shield and the missile launchers toogether. This makes for a rather heavy and bulky object for this figure to hold up. I had to fidget with him quite a bit to find a pose that he could hold the shield upright.
Where to get Prowl
Don't waste your time hunting for one on eBay. RID figures are found in almost any toy store nowadays. Kmart, Target, Toys R’ Us, KBKids.com, and the specialty action figure sites should have plenty of Prowl figures in stock. Look to spend anywhere from $10 to $14 depending on where you shop.
The Final Word
Prowl is a great figure. My favorite of the deluxe Autobots. He looks great in robot mode and even better in auto mode. Loads of fun in either mode and at a cost of just $10, you won't find a better figure in the RID series.
|Date||September 29th 2001 |
|Score|| (9 out of 10) |