I bought my copy of the August issue of Japan's TV-Magazine from Books Kinokuniya located inside the Seattle Uwajimiya store. Their price was a little over $7 after sales tax, which is considerably less than some online retailers. They received their stock on Wednesday, July 23rd, and were gracious enough to hold it for me until the following Monday pending my return from a family trip to Oregon. Included with the issue was a repaint of the Prime Mini-Con (aka Sparkplug) that is included with Convoy (aka Optimus Prime). Now in a very nice shade of green, Prime Super Mode is ready to bowl the enemy Destrons over, literally.
Prime Super Mode is a green sports-car with similarities to that of a Lamborghini Countach, though I couldn't say for certain. His tires are black with silver axles and his windows are painted a dark gray. The Mini-Con emblem is molded onto his roof. His Powerlink port is smack in the center of his light gray chassis. There is a far amount of detailing on PSM that would stand out better with additional paint applications. But, considering the size and that it was a freebie with the magazine I can hardly complain especially since Sparkplug is not any better.
Also included is PSM's Dash Starter. Depicting PSM and Super Mode Convoy, this small, cardboard punch-out ramp and launcher, when assembled, can launch PSM in car mode toward the six Destron "pins" much like one would in a bowling game. The pins show the Dreamwave box art for Megatron, Starscream, Demolishor, Cyclonus, Thrust, and Sideways. While I haven't assembled it and am not sure I'm going to, it seems like it would be a good time. I just don't have the space to keep it safe when assembled.
Extend the rear wheel sections out and forward slightly. Flip the top of the car 180 degrees and then swing the head back around into the torso. There is a small peg and hole system there to keep it in place. Now, flip the roof of the car down and push into the peg on the chassis. Pivot the feet down and position the arms to your liking.
In robot mode, PSM pivots at the shoulders and ankles and has ball-socket joints for his elbows. Not the best for articulation, but considering the other Mini-Cons, he doesn't come off too shabby. Still mostly green with dark gray highlights, PSM also has some light gray showing from his legs and upper arms. Additionally, his face is painted completely silver.
If you're a fan of the Mini-Cons like I am or like the Sparkplug mold and can get Prime Super Mode for a decent price, I recommend picking up this issue of TV-Magazine. There are a lot of neat little Micron Legend stuff in the issue, though it's overshadowed by the sheer amount of the other stuff covered. Still, how many Transformers do you know that come with their own bowling game?
Thanks to Doug Dlin for posting the information about the magazine and to Techrat01 of TFormers.com for posting the information about the toy and launcher names.
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||July 29th 2003|
|Score||(8 out of 10)|
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