Packaged in robot mode with a hole in the front of the bubble so one can try out the voice chip, Mirage-Bot is one of the first Go-Bots to come with actual accessories; a Driver-Bot and Dog-Bot. They aren’t named, however, so I went with names that would make sense in the Go-Bots world.
“In the race against trouble, Mirage-Bot thinks fast and moves even faster. With a little helping hand, he roars onto the road as a turbo-charged race car. More than meets the eye, he saves the day on the fly.”
As with most of the newer Go-Bots, the tech specs makes a reference to the consumer “making the change” in one way or another. I would have preferred some actual character development, but I’m not the target audience so what can I do?
Driver-Bot and Dog-Bot
At about an inch high, Driver-Bot, who bears little resemblance to the image on the tech spec card, is mostly gray and blue with some orange highlights. The most notable difference between the actual product and the picture is that he’s clearly robotic in person while the picture has what little of his face that shows painted in flesh tones.
Dog-Bot looks more like a cyborg, however. His head is clearly organic while the rest of him is robotic. Or he could be a dog in an armor suit. There’s really no way to tell unless there’s some other media in the works for this line to expand on the characters.
Mirage-Bot is a clunky formula style race car. The color scheme as well as the number 26 on the front of the car hearkens back to the first Transformer to carry the name Mirage. Pressing the steering wheel in this mode will activate one of two sounds; Mirage-Bot will say “Start your engines!” or you will hear the sound of an engine racing. They alternate back and forth and are not random. Driver-Bot fits in the driver’s seat.
Pressing down on the vent in front of the spoiler does most of the work for you. It releases the legs, which in turn release the front of the car to fold down. Flip the feet up and press the chest in to lock it and you’re done.
Mirage-Bot’s face looks a great deal like a kiddified G1 Mirage. That’s where the similarities end though. He features shoulder articulation and can also bend his elbows outward. The steering wheel activates more voice clips in this mode including; “Go-Bots power up!” “Power you engines!” “Go-Bot power!” “Power up!” and “Go-Go-Go-Bots!”
Mirage-Bot is a neat toy. His lack of articulation is disappointing, but I’m sure that the children out there probably won’t miss it. The added accessories are nice too. Shame Hasbro couldn’t have given us just a name for them though.
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||January 24th 2003|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|