Thanks to the cooperative development of Daimler-Chrysler and Hybrid Technologies Corporation, this Autobot tracker is equipped with all the latest detection functions. Hound has a supreme love of Earth's natural environment and longs deep in his spark to become a human being. He feels the Binal-Tech Plan is just like the first step to his dream coming true, and as a staunch supporter of the project, he has volunteered his cooperation in advancing the introduction and testing of new technology, with all their accompanying dangers. In addition to his deep loyalty and fearless heroism, he is awakening to a higher level of perception thanks to the high-precision sensors equipped all over his structure.
Bio written by Hirofumi Ichikawa, translated by Doug Dlin.
Hound's vehicle mode is a Jeep TJ Wrangler, measuring 6 3/4" long, 3" high, and 3" wide. He is mostly green with black trim, accurate front, rear, and signal lights, and Jeep molded into the spare tire cover and front bumper. Speaking of that front bumper, the license plate is emblazoned with the Autobot insignia. On either side of the Jeep, just past the front wheel wells, you can find the words Sport Jeep Wrangler.
Among the amazing features are the "Cybertron Radial" tires with some nice tread on them, the independent suspension on each wheel, pivoting, bucket seats, and working rear-view mirrors. Also, each door opens to grant easier access to the interior than hoping over the rails. The interior has amazing details of vents, dials, six-disc CD changer (okay, I don't know that it's a six-disc CD changer), emergency brake, gear shift, and cup holders.
Pop the hood and you'll find a highly detailed engine block. It's split down the middle, but that's due to the nature of Hound's transform. Additionally, the engine doesn't form Hound's weapon like his contemporaries. His gun is actually folded up and tucked inside the spare tire cover. Binaltech Hound also features die-cast construction in the front fenders, hood, grill, and doors, making this version much heavier than his Alternators counterpart.
To transform Hound into robot mode:
Measuring in at 7 1/4" to the top of his head, Hound is now ready to battle the Decepticons alongside his Autobot brothers. Hound keeps some of the same aspects of his G1 toy. The front of the Jeep forms his upper torso, with his robot head coming out from the center. The helmet and face bare a remarkable resemblance to Hound's G1 self. Additionally, he has blue eyes, giving tribute to the blue-eyed Autobots from the original cartoon.
Unlike the other toys in the line, Hound's weapon is actually rather puny looking. However, that fits with his function as a scout. It also doesn't lock into his hands like Smokescreen and Silverstreak. He can grasp it tightly in his hands though, so it's not that much of a concern. One concern is that Hound is top-heavy due to the die-cast construction of his upper torso. He can fall over easily if his pose isn't properly supported. And while it hasn't happened to me yet, I imagine that the die-cast parts are prone to chipping, especially the hood latch.
Hound is no slouch in articulation. His head is on a ball-socket, enabling a wide range of positions. Each arm has five points of articulation: ball-socket shoulders and hinges on his elbows, wrists, index finger, and the other three (they're molded together). He can turn at the waist, has ball-socket hips, and double-jointed knees and ankles. The only thing that would make the articulation better would be a swivel join on his elbows as they are limited in the poses they can support.
Hound is an excellent example of the Binaltech line. The transformation isn't too challenging and it's a great homage to the often-neglected G1 character. Outside of the elbow joint and possible die-cast chipping, there really isn't anything wrong with Hound. This is definitely worth picking up if you get the chance.
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||July 5th 2004|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|