I already reviewed this guy, but my old account had its password wiped by a hacker, so I'll review him once again, coming soon-a review of the Takara reissue Optimus Prime!-
Car mode: Modeled on a Datsun ZX280, Prowl's version of it is a police car and a very sweet mode it is too. The colours are black and white with a red siren that has a sliver strip down the middle. There are plenty of great details, the doors open, the wheels roll smoothly and they're rubber! So much better than the hard plastic they use now and the stickers, when added on (yes kiddies, we used to have to put the stickers on our toys when we were young), look great, but seem to have problems staying on, so you might need some duct tape to make them stick, like I did for the stickers on the front of the car mode.
It's made mostly out of die case metal, as I remember Optimus Primal saying (I saw a few episodes of BW)
"Diecast metal, it's a lost art."
There is plastic used in a few areas, like the back and the roof and underneath for the most part, just the main shell if metal. There's an old heat sensitive sticker on his hood that is nice to see and the police style details are lovely, a great mode, just don't be too rough with him, G1 toys aren't very strong, so be very gentle.
Robot mode: Easy transformation, be gentle when doing so though, I've noticed that the metal at the legs when you pull them apart to form the feet seems to come loose, so be very gentle. Plus the roof, when it flips down, is fragile, so be careful, he can't be repaired like the Transformers now.
In this mode he has no way pose ability, only his arms move a little, yet that doesn't stop the imagination having a fun time. While he may not be able to pose at all, you can still imagine him in your mind as you play with him, running, firing, rolling and jumping, that's what really matters.
The colours are still black and white, he has two missile launchers that slot into the side of his head, spring triggers at that, so be careful not to lose the missiles. His head doesn't turn, try to and you'll rip the roof right off since his head is attached to it. His legs don't move and he's mostly like a statue, a pretty statue. And you know something? I DON'T CARE! HE'S A LOT OF FUN! His doors form wings, of a sort, as well, so use your imagination when playing, no fancy gimmicks here, just good ol' imagination required.
I've reviewed the Takara reissue, like the last time, and I've heard of Hasbro re-releasing their version, I think they'll mess it up by making his missiles too big and taking something that keeps the toy sturdy, silly US safety laws, who would be stupid enough to eat a Transformer anyway? This is a great toy, I got him from Epic Heroes, you might be able to order him from somewhere, it's worth the look. This is the real McCoy of Transformers, Takara style, excellent. Full marks from me, for many reasons.
|Reviewer||Tony Neil Watt |
|Date||May 1st 2003 |
|Score|| (10 out of 10) |