Criminals beware! Prowl has been reformatted! ….yet again. I shouldn’t complain, I’ve got versions of the previous three molds: R.I.D. Prowl, Armada Prowl mini-con, and both Energon incarnations of the racecar. This mold is also worth picking up.
The car selected for this vehicle is the Acura RSX, the “entry level” Acura. Like the actual car it features two passenger doors and a hatchback. Through the hatch you can see what will later become his feet. Unlike the actual car there is no room for additional passengers in the back. The top features a contemporary curved and aerodynamic light bar. The color of the light bar should be blue, the traditional police lights color, but these are red, usually reserved for fire and ambulance vehicles. Keeping with the original Prowl’s décor they didn’t want blue lights. The paint is the same on this figure as with the Gen-1, black bottom and white upper areas, even maintains the “hood cleavage.” The Autobot symbol on the hood has been moved from the passenger side to the center just below the generic shield and star. The doors have “highway patrol police” along with another shield and star. Looking through the windshield one may think the interior a little bland, bluish grey seats, dash and floorboards, however the dials on the dash have been painted in silver with a black background. Other interior details include silver radio, black emergency brake, and painted gearshift. The headlights are clear with chromed details on the inside and amber painted where the turn signal would be. Also worth noting is that the windshield wipers are on the glass and painted, not against a black background like other Alternators in the past. As usual the doors, hood, and hatch all open so you can examine the goodies inside. The tires are also a little smaller than those of other figures, partially because of the transformation.
The car selected for police styling doesn’t sit well with me. After a little research on Acura.com I found that this model car is a 4 cylinder, another reason it would make a traditional car. It boasts the most horsepower per liter of any engine in production but I feel this is not the car of a policeman on COPS who arrest people, nor the car of one who primarily writes speeding tickets, but that of a meter maid. The original Prowl was a Datson 300-Z, aerodynamic, fast, nimble, one could see it patrolling highways and getting into high-speed chases even if it wasn’t the most practical police car. Hell around here in the late 70’s early 80’s a local police dept bought a fleet of Pontiac Firebirds for police use, they made a killing in speeding ticket just cause people wanted to see if they could outrun the “hot rod” police force.
Prowl maintains the same colors as in vehicle mode except for the silver that makes up his hands and thighs. His arms are blocky with good articulation due too ball joints in the shoulder and wrists and a double elbow. When his fingers are extended they create a very “kung-fu grip” look to them. On his shoulders he has another set of shield and stars. His legs are biggest letdown. Due to the transformation style they have almost no knee movement. Also the front side of the legs is very bland, almost no paint applications. The ankles consist of a ball joint and thin curved piece of plastic, it poses well but if the figure were any heavier he would constantly topple over.
This is the mode that made the sale for me despite some early reservation I had. What says Gen-1 more than the front half of a car as the torso? The body style ends up being that of a spychanger, car hood facing the ground and rear half of car on the back of the legs. The result is of a very masculine torso, broad and flat, powerful looking. The hood opens up and you can store the gun/engine in robot mode just like the billie-club has it’s own storage spot. I was also worried we were getting another Smokescreen/Silverstreak head but to my shock it was in fact different. The face is the same and the red fins above the eyes are similar but the helmet sides and top are different. They are sleeker and have round ears. I suppose this figure should be named Red Alert and Red Alert be named Prowl since in Gen-1 prowl was the same mold as Smokescreen and Blue(Silver)streak but I guess he got an upgrade.
It’s great to have a new mold. They décor is good even though I don’t see this car ever being used as a serious police car. The classic spychanger design is a delight. We’ve all had them at some point and loved them. I didn’t say much about the weapons but suffice it to say I like the club but the engine is a little thin.
|Date||October 13th 2005 |
|Score|| (9 out of 10) |