In the initial wave of Galaxy Force toys, there are two teams of Microns. One is a recolor/remold of the Street Speed Team from Micron Legend. The other is a set three, all-new Microns in what can be described as some of the best Microns made to date. Though they can still link with larger Transformers, the gimmicks that ruined many of the Micron Legend designs were traded in for plain, simple, transformations. Thank goodness.
Packaging & Paperwork
The Micron Team comes packaged on the basic-sized Galaxy Force card with the Galaxy Force logo on the upper left, their designation, GC-07 in this case, on the right, and artwork of all three in robot mode in the middle. The planet Cybertron hangs on the left side of the card with the word Cybertron running down the left side. Galaxy Force, in English, runs down the right side.
Below the artwork are the toys, secured in their bubble with the Galaxy Force catalog visible behind them. The back of the card shows the first wave of Galaxy Force toys in a battle situation, the Micron Team in their robot modes, and them again, transforming from robot to vehicle mode. The usual legal information is located at the bottom of the card.
Included in the paperwork is the aforementioned catalog, instruction sheet, response card, and bio and tech spec card.
Bumper's vehicle mode is a 4WD of an as yet unknown make and model. Bumper is dark blue with silver windows, windshield, and front grill. His headlights and cab lights are painted yellow. The tires are a blue-green color with silver "hubcap" pins holding them in place. Behind the cab is a Micron insignia, painted yellow. You can also see Bumper's forearms and fists, also painted orange, in the bed of the 4WD. There is a link port underneath the driver's side of the bed.
Split the bed apart and then bring the halves down from the shoulder joints. Flip the front of the 4WD forward and connect the waist to the torso. Raise the robot head to complete the transformation.
Bumper looks very strong in robot mode, probably the true muscle of the group. Some more silver reveals itself in this form as his face is painted. It's a very friendly looking face too, two eyes, a nose, mouth, and a slightly Convoy-esque helmet. He has pretty good articulation for a Micron too. His shoulders pivot in and out and his elbows bend. His hips rotate and knees bend, enabling him to sit down or run wild.
The flyer if the group is Hop. His cockpit interior is blue-green, visible through the clear portions of the canopy. The rest of the canopy is painted white, to help hide the robot head. The main body is a light red with black running boards and rear rotor assembly. There are also gray sections near the top rear of the body with gold-painted panels. Held on by a white pin, the main rotor is black and spins very well. There is a link port on the underside of the black running board.
Flip the gray sections back and swing the feet down. Raise the rear rotor assembly up, swing the running boards to the sides, and rotate the canopy halfway.
Hop was the main reason I wanted this team of Microns. He looks like a deep sea diver or astronaut with the way his head is encased in the helicopter canopy. His face, painted silver, reminds me a lot of G1 Wheeljack and Hop even has some small panels on the sides of his helmet that could represent Wheeljack's "ear" design. His lower torso is highlighted in silver, showing off his six-pack abs. Hop's no slouch in the articulation department either. The shoulders are on ball-socket joints, the hips rotate, and the knees and ankles bend.
Last up is Blit. It's an odd name, especially as it's a computer term meaning (generally) to perform some operation (such as toggling) on a large array of bits while moving them. Not sure what that has to do with a race car though. That aside, Blit is mostly green with a clear canopy, painted partially in gray down the center, covering where the driver would sit. There are two white sections, painted on either side of the driver's area. His wheels are the same blue-green as Bumper's and two sections of his spoiler are painted gray. There is a lot of detail unpainted on Blit which is a shame since it would likely look very nice given the right colors.
Blit's transform is almost a straight adaptation of the standard Micromaster transform. Flip the rear of the car back, swing the front of the car down, raise the head and bring the sides of the car down to form the arms.
The tallest of the Micron team, due to his tall shoulders, Blit has a nice looking robot mode. His forearms are painted gray to match the spoiler and canopy sections of the same color and his face, which somewhat resembles a football mask, is painted silver. As for articulation, Blit rotates at the shoulders, hips, and knees and can move his head back and forth.
I am very happy with the Micron team. Initially, Hop was the only draw for me, but Bumper and Blit grew on me the instant I opened up the package. Other than adding a few paint applications, I really have no complaints about this set. Definitely look into getting this team for yourself if you like your 'bots small and fun.
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||February 14th 2005|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|
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