First off, I'd have to say way to go Hasbro and Takara! I think its great that decided to re-issue classic G-1 figures. that being said I also hve a few complaints about this re-issue, don't get me wrong its pretty damn cool but there are things that could make it a lot better. I personally purchased the American Hasbro version of Prowl.Complaints:
To start off, is of course the avaliabilty of the product. Simply put it sucks that the G1 re-issues are only avaliable at Toys R Us. Second, the price is pretty high. I understand that it cost more to re-issue these because they have to re-purchase the rights of the original molds and Transformer names. This presents some problems for example Hot Rod being re-issued as Rodimus Major. But still $29.99 for most of the figures is a bit outrageous. Third, the stickers are too big! When applied they stick out past the parts making it difficult move some parts. The star badges on the arms, for example, hinder the movement of the arms. If you try to bend the arms the stickers bind and come off. Other stickers stick out past ledges, which results in easy sticker removal. Finally, I was a little disappointed with Prowl's gun and missiles in his shoulder cannons being black instead of the original chrome color.Vehicle-Mode:
I think his vehicle mode is great! Looks exactly like the Generation One Prowl car. It's white a black bumper and black trim along the bottom of the car. The doors are about 4/5 black with the rest being white. I dig the cop lights on the dome of the car. One big plus is Hasbro released it with rubber tires.Robot-Mode:
he looks pretty sweet! He's pretty easy to transform. His two shoulder cannons have pegs that attach onto two holes on the sides of his head. He didn't have these cannons during the G1 cartoon but he looks sweet both with and without him. I kind of like his legs being grey plastic instead of chrome-painted diecast. I like this because you don't have to worry paint chipping and wear.Box-Art:
I love the Dreamwave art that is on both the front and back of the box. The box has velcro that allows you to see the car inside the box.Final Rating:
Overall a pretty cool product! I love both the robot and car modes as well as the sweet Box-Art. I think this a must have for any G1 autobot car collector or anybody that missed out the first time it was produced, like I unfortunately did. Despite its few minor flaws that I mentioned earlier its a solid product that makes up for Hasbro's recent blunderings with the Armada toyline/cartoon/comic.
|Date||February 7th 2004|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|
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