Joining the Autobot ranks to help the preschooler in your home battle the forces of evil, Speedbot is a nice addition to the Playskool Big Adventures Action Heroes for Preschoolers line of Transformers. Packaged in robot mode, he stands at about 5 ¾ inches. Speedbot is a new character and doesn’t appear to be any other Transformer. The face, especially the eyes, resembles Spychanger Side Swipe. Speedbot is primarily red with yellow highlights and arms. He also has metallic-blue colored windows and brown torso. He also shares his mold with Motortron.
As with the other toys in the Playskool line, Speedbot comes with a short bio-card. His bio-card reads as follows: “Speedbot races to the rescue with his high-speed turbo-charged engine! In robot form, he has super-sensitive night vision that lets him find his evil enemies in the dark! This is one vehicle – and robot – that really rules the road!”
Like his teammates, Speedbot wears a cuter version of the Autobot symbol. His is yellow and located on his chest, above the four fog lights. Unlike Cheetor, Speedbot is rather limited in him movement. His hip articulation only allows for outward movement to the side. He is also articulated at the shoulders, but his chest, which also forms the car hood, sits in a manner that limits his range of motion.
Like all the Playskool Transformers, Speedbot “changes in 4 easy steps!” Snap the legs together to start out, forming the rear of the car. Turn the upper torso 180 degrees counterclockwise. This will cause his robot head to sink into the body of the car. Hold his arms to the sides while raising the chest plate into position. Keep holding those arms in place while you slide the car halves together. The hood/chest can be a little tricky to get to stay in position until after you’ve completed the car mode.
Measuring at 5 inches from front to back in car mode, 2 inches in height and 3 ¼ inches wide, Speedbot doesn’t really look like any specific model of car. He does bear some resemblance to the Throttlebot Searchlight, however, if only because of the fog lights.
Playskool Speedbot is a decent toy. He’s pretty cool looking in car mode, but his robot mode leaves a little to be desired. At a price of $7.88 at K-Mart, he is worth it, though Cheetor a little better. Considering the target audience though, kids will probably love him all the same.
|Date||May 10th 2002|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|