Second in a series of Micromaster Combiner reissues, SixTurbo returns. Originally released in Japan around 1992 in the Transformers: Operation Combination line, the Autobot SixTurbo fought with his Autobot brethren against the evil Battle Gaea.
Each SixTurbo component is packaged in the identical boxes similar to the Takara SCF line. Thankfully, they aren't random like the SCFs as there is a small hole in the front of the box with a number 1 through 6 showing through. There is a random element thrown into the mix as some of the toys are completely black, Reverse-Evolution variants.
In addition to the individual toys, included in the box is a component to help assemble SixTurbo along with a small brochure featuring the instructions and bio for that individual toy along with a short story of SixTurbo and his descent and rise from Reverse-Evolution.
Leading the SixTurbo team into battle is Road Police, the police car. Mostly white with black trim, red roof lights, and silver windows, he almost looks more akin to a fire chief's car. To transform, flip the rear of the car and the hood back then position the arms as desired. In robot mode, Road Police has the standard Micromaster articulation in the shoulders, hips and knees. His upper legs, torso, and head are blue with a black painted waist area and sliver-painted face and chest highlights. Just below his chin is what appears to be a tie, adding an air of professionalism to the toy.
Gliding in on his two wheels is our next member, Glide. He is a blue motorcycle with a black seat, silver highlights and tailpipes and gold windshield, headlights and detailing on the rear compartment. To transform, flip the front of the cycle forward, stand, flip the rear compartment down. The sides of the compartment become the arms. In robot mode, Glide is a fair mix of gray and blue with the same highlighting and details as in his motorcycle mode. As with the others, he features the usual articulation for Micromasters.
Next up is the fastest member of the team, Circuit. A white formula-style race car, Circuit has a gray spoiler and red highlights throughout this mode. To transform into robot mode, flip the rear and front sections back and move the sides forward to form the arms. Circuit doesn't stand too well in robot mode due to the front section of the car jutting from his back. To remedy this, swing his hip joint back and his knee joint forward, or simply stand him with his back to a wall. His head, torso, and upper legs are yellow, which add to the white and gray from the car mode. He also has some blue highlights on his chest and silver face and abdomen.
The yellow Lamborghini is Neo-Wheel. Black windows and wheels are the only complement to the yellow outside of the Autobot insignia on his hood. His transform to robot mode is identical to Road Police with one exception. There is a small, gray part between his legs that is used to connect him to the SixTurbo components. Make sure it stays with the open end down in robot mode, otherwise it looks a little funny. In robot mode, Neo-Wheel's head, torso and upper legs are red with gold and silver highlights. As with the others in the team, his articulation is standard for Micromasters.
Despite the alt mode of a red fire engine, Discharge is the female of the team. She features black windows and wheels, silver highlights, and a short, white ladder than can turn 360 degrees. Transformation is similar to the others in that the front and rear sections flip back and the sides become the arms. The main portions of her robot mode are white. The middle portion of Discharge's head, including her face, is painted silver. Her waist area is painted blue to give her some contrast against the red and white. Her head and helmet resemble a firefighter's helmet.
The final member of the SixTurbo team is Sireen. A white ambulance with black windows and wheels, silver front grill, and red stripes and roof lights. Sireen's transform is unique amongst the Micromasters, which is a refreshing change. Swing the chassis down 90 degrees, bring the front section down, parallel to the chassis and snap into place. Swing the sections below the windows down to form the arms. In robot mode, Sireen's head, torso and upper legs are black with a yellow waist and silver chest detailing and face. Above his head, almost hidden from view is what looks like a weapons system, making Sireen the most heavily armed medic in Autobot history.
The parts that combine the individuals into SixTurbo also are used to form a jet that the Micromasters can ride. Attach the torso and upper legs together, slide the rifle in-between the upper legs, push the fists into the pegs on the sides of the torso and attach the feet to the fists. Place the robot head onto the top of the torso with the head facing back and attach the gray radar assembly to the back of the head. There is a small peg in the center of the torso for you to stand any of the individual robots.
To start, disassemble the fists, feet and rifle from the SixTurbo jet. Next, transform Discharge and Sireen into their vehicle modes. Attach them to the foot components at the rear of the vehicles and the upper legs at the front bumpers. From Circuit and Neo-Wheel's robot modes, rotate their lower legs back ninety degrees and attach the fists they came with to the underside of their vehicles. Attach Circuit to the left shoulder and Neo-Wheel to the right, attach the radar assembly to Circuit. The arms can interchange if one desires. With Glide in robot mode, flip his chestplate up and bend his legs up around where the chestplate was and attach him to the peg on SixTurbo's back. With Road Police in robot mode, flip the car front up and bend him ninety degrees at the hips. Then, attach him to the center of SixTurbo's torso.
SixTurbo is a colorful combination of the individual robots. His arms are rather close to the sides of his body due to the design of Circuit and Neo-Wheel, which limits his articulation, somewhat. Due to the nature of said design, his only articulation is in the shoulders, which allows for some poses.
I recommend picking up SixTurbo, if you get the chance and like the Micromaster six-combiners. He's not as attractive in the combined robot mode as some of his contemporaries, but a much better deal than affording the original version.
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||August 15th 2003|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|