Before Depth Charge, before Devcon, before even Grimlock, there was Brawn, the original Autobot Badass. This is a guy who opened doors by smashing right through them, beat the lube out of Soundwave, Thundercracker, and Skywarp all at once, and shot Megatron with his own fusion cannon! And, contrary to what you *think* you saw in the movie, he is definitely NOT dead.
Packaging: Brawn comes in a small blister card with the familiar G1 logo, character art, and red, yellow, and black grid pattern on the front. On the back of the card are photo instructions and a reproduction of Brawn's original tech spec, albeit with a different border and font.
Vehicle Mode: Brawn is a Land Rover Defender 4 x 4 jeep. A little under 5.5 cm(2") long, he's military green with silver hubcaps, black tires, windshield, and hood panel, a chrome grille. His detailing includes moulded doors and roof lights and a gas tank at his rear. Plastered on his hood is an Autobot decal. Jutting out from beneath his grille is a dark yellow circle that connects him to the metal keychain. Removing the chain without snapping the circle is difficult given its relative thickness, but doable. I did this because I don't want to ruin Brawn by banging him up against a set of keys all the time.
Despite its relatively small size, Brawn's jeep mode manages to look rugged and powerful.
Transformation: Very simple. Legs swing down, side panels slide out, arms unfold.
Robot Mode: In robot mode, Brawn stands 8.5 cm(3.3") tall. He's articulated at the shoulders and hips, which is about as much as you can expect from a G1 mini-car. His arms are chrome and end not in fists, but two-pronged claws. The front of his torso is dark yellow with an Autobot decal and two waist decals. His head, which bears a slight resemblance to Darth Vader's helmet, is metallic silver with a black eye visor. For the G1 cartoon, Brawn would be fitted with a proper face.
Again, despite his small stature, Brawn gives off an aura of strength and attitude. I can easily picture him fearlessly taking on my reissue Starscream and Thundercracker---and winning.
Overall, Susp Sez: Brawn was one of my favourite characters as a child, so I'm grateful to Fun4All for releasing him. 9/10
"Might over microchips!" -Brawn
|Date||April 12th 2003 |
|Score|| (9 out of 10) |