Another terrific toy bringing back the realistic vehicle modes to the Transformers mythos, Prowl is one of the best Transformers toys to be released so far this year.
Measuring in at just under 5 inches, Prowl's vehicle mode is a sleek Lamborghini police car, though it more closely resembles Red Alert from the original line back who was released in 1985. He is mostly white with black trim around the bottom of the car. The headlights are painted a light gray and the emergency lights are a subtle yellow in both front and back. The tail-lights are painted a dark on either side with the middle being clear to give the illusion of functioning turn signals. Japanese characters adorn both doors and the roof lights are a nice red with molded in bulbs, giving it a realistic touch.
By flipping the outside tips of the spoiler up to a 90-degree angle, two missile launchers can be placed on the pegs revealed by the flip. With the missiles looking like shooting flames, it leads to the imagination that Prowl is flying down the streets to save the day.
To get Prowl into robot mode, you start by opening the doors out and upward. Raise the roof and windshield assembly up and then do the same with the front hood of the car. Next up, flip out both legs and rotate them around at the knees and ankles. Move the hinged portion of the hood assembly into the area vacated by the legs and fold the hood flat against the back of the robot. Close the roof and windshield assembly and push in the pegs to the torso. Grad a hold of the tailpipe assembly and flip it down, then down again to reveal the robot chest (nicely emblazoned with the Autobot insignia) and push in. You can then flip the tailpipes upward to get them out of the way. Separate the rear of the car at the seams to reveal the robot arms. Starting with the right arm, pull it down and rotate 90 degrees to form the shoulder, then position the arm as desired. Do the same with the left arm, except you can rotate the rear trunk area around the left arm to form a shield. Turn the robot head around and you're done.
In robot mode, Prowl stands at approximately 5 1/2". Although it seems as though he should fall over to the left with the shield, he is actually very well balanced. There is a ton of detail molded into the shoulders making him look very robotic. One of the nicest features comes from the missile launchers. You can position them in various spots on his robotic form. You can position them on his right forearm or on the shield to use as weapons. Or, you can place them on his back, connected to his lightbar, to make like a jetpack. Finally, an Autobot that can fly!
I highly recommend Prowl to anyone who longs for the days of Transformers with alternate modes that are recognizable (though I don't see too many Lamborghinis where I live). The launchers, though, are a bit small when not holding the missiles, so I can't recommend this toy to younger children.
|Date||October 26th 2001|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|