As a child, I can remember feeling annoyed at how the Bluestreak toy didn't actually have any blue on it. So in a way, it's kind of appropriate that Hasbro lost the trademark to that name and ended up having to name their reissue Silverstreak.
Packaging: Silverstreak's box is roughly the size of a hardcover novel and has the familiar G1 colours and grid pattern all over the front and sides. The character art is that of an earlier Takara reissue as opposed to the original US Bluestreak. Although both the art and the photos on the top and bottom show Silverstreak with a black hood and canopy, the toy itself is all silver. According to head TF designer Aaron Archer, this was done because he wanted a straight replica of the original Bluestreak toy.
Lifting up the velcro-fastened flap reveals Silverstreak and all his accessories. On the inside of the flap are photos of Commemorative Series II (Powermaster Optimus Prime and Starscream) and III (Autobot Jazz and Thundercracker). On the back of the box is a somewhat grainy Autobot group shot drawn by Pat Lee and, of course, Silverstreak's tech spec. Although his stats remain consistent, his bio is significantly different from Bluestreak's and reads as follows:
"I never met a Decepticon that I didn't dislike."
SILVERSTREAK is not the "typical" Autobot. Always on overdrive, he is an incessant talker whose endless banter and sharp humor can lighten tense situations. Memory of his home-city's destruction by the Decepticons causes him to hate war. Long distance bombing capability of up to 8.3 miles; lightning-like 80,000 volt beam travels up to 12 miles with limited accuracy. Armed with formidable weapons and incendiary speed, but sometimes impeded by his distaste for combat.
Car Mode: Silverstreak is a Datsun Fairlady Z, and as such shares a mould with Prowl and Smokescreen. 11 cm(4.3") long, he's a nice metallic silver with black front and rear bumpers, chrome hubcaps and rear panels, and clear windshields. His license plates both read "STREAK," which is good advice if you ask me. His rear light decals are red and yellow. Silverstreak's doors can be opened to reveal a rather uncomfortable-looking interior. On his left door is a rub symbol, stuck on sideways, unfortunately. He rolls very well on either bare surfaces or carpet.
Transformation: Pretty complex. The rear of the car extends, swings up, extends out to the sides, and rotates around, the arms unfold from underneath the hood, the hood swings down, and the canopy folds back to reveal the head. Be especially careful with the canopy piece or you might end up with Silverstreak's undocumented third mode---a convertible.
Robot Mode: Silverstreak stands a mere 10.5 cm(4") tall, which seems a lot smaller than I remember these G1 toys being. I guess I really have grown up a lot over the last 19 years. Anyhoo, Silverstreak is considerably more colourful in this mode, with black for his forearms and waist, red for his thighs, midsection, and shoulders, and lots of decals. His head is silver with red eyes and the familiar metallic red "horns." His car hood chest doesn't really lock in place, so it has a tendency to flip up during play. As far as articulation is concerned, his wrists turn, his elbows bend, and his shoulders each have three joints. Pretty sad compared to a BW-era toy, but back in the day, this was considered poseable.
Whereas Bluestreak's disperser rifle and three missiles were chrome, Silverstreak's are flat black. As well, his missiles have been lengthened in order to meet with current safety regulations. He comes with two red missile launchers that attach to either side of his head. Actually, they should be called missile *holders*, since they don't fire. They still look cool though.
Overall, Susp Sez: While Silverstreak looks great in both car and robot mode, I find he's relatively fragile and puny. And at a hefty $39.99 Canadian/$29.99 US, he's clearly intended only for serious collectors and nostalgia buffs. In fact, every time I place him next to say, Armada Jetfire, who costs around the same, or even Rodimus Major, who was $10 cheaper, I can't help but feel somewhat gypped. But that's just me. 8/10
"Watch the birdie, Laserbeak!" -Bluestreak
|Date||April 9th 2003 |
|Score|| (8 out of 10) |