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Ratchet - Universe - Figure

Ratchet

Everyone pretty much knew (or at least hoped) that with the release of Universe Ironhide, Ratchet wouldn't be far behind. Sure enough, the 25th Anniversary line has bestowed upon us the Autobot medic. Taking more from his comic personality than his anime presence, Ratchet is a party bot turned sour by the vigils of war.

Bio

Back on Cybertron, Autobot Ratchet was the best mechanic and machinist around. The only thing that kept him from true greatness was his constant partying. Years of war and a series of tragic encounters with Megatron have tempered his good nature, leaving him with a melancholy edge and a sour bedside manner. he's still the finest medic the Autobots have at their disposal, but these days he's more distracted by his bad memories than his late nights.


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Alt Mode

Ratchet shares his alt mode with Ironhide, and for the most part the mold is the same. The color scheme is white, with a red striping in various parts of the vehicle. There is a white pulse line along the striping on each side. The brushbar in front is also in red. His license plate reads H3L PU2 (Help you too). The lone add-on is a translucent blue lightbar on the roof. You will find red and blue stickers on top of the lightbar.

Since the mold is mostly unchanged, the shortcomings of the mold are also the same. The jigsaw-like look of the vehicle mode, particularly on the sides, take away from what could have been a great mode. Again, the windows really throw off the looks. While it's understandable that they have to use painted apps for the sides, they could have at least foregone the baby blue or at least more closely matched the windshield and rear glass.

Transformation

Identical to Ironhide

Robot Mode

Again, there are mostly no changes is mold between Ironhide and Ratchet. The only difference is the head mold, which has the traditional red forehead visor. There is also blue piping for the eyes, but you have to hit the light just right to get the effect. Ratchet's medical dispenser (are you kidding me?) is also a combat knife depending on which side you insert it onto his arm.

You think that they could have at least fixed the head mounting for Ratchet. Alas, the head still looks like it's not fully popped out of the chest. There are fan-instructed fixes for this, but you'd think Hasbro could have fixed it on it's own.

Articulation


Feet: Pin hinge, 45 degrees bend
Knees: Pin hinge, 60 degrees bend
Hips: 2 stage pin hinge, 180 degree bend with 90 degree spread. Also pinned on thighs for unlimited leg rotation
Waist: Pinned for unlimited rotation
Shoulders:Dual pin hinges, unlimited rotation with 105 degree spread
Elbows:2 Pin hinge, unlimited forearm rotation and 45 degree bend
Hands:Ball joint w/pin hinge, 180 degree inward bend with unlimited rotation
Head:Pinned for 180 rotation

Joints are set up well for the most part, but the arms can't fold flat against the sides.

Score

Vehicle Mode - :Nice update, but the many seams take away from the overall look.
Robot Mode - :Still has a restricted head and cumbersome backpack
Overall - : Hasbro had a chance to fix some small but annoying issues with Ratchet, but they didn't. For shame.
Size Class: Deluxe
MSRP: $11

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateMarch 22nd 2009  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  
Reads8956
LinkRatchet via Universe Database  


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mistajonz
2009-04-03
7:13 pm

yeah, i bought one this morning from wal-mart and noticed when i transformed him he was missing the autobot emblem as well. i'm not returning it, but i still think it's odd how they forgot it. 
sageofgrapefruit
2009-03-31
10:30 pm

Actually, the license plate is supposed to mean Help Us from the US Marvel comic, where Ratchet and Megatron were fused. 
Nguyen_Dragon
2009-03-26
3:23 am

I still cant find him... 
roi
2009-03-26
2:15 am

lol I agree Mike, reading some of these responses on why they don;t want to get the toy is hilarious lol 
MikePrime
2009-03-25
7:25 pm

Oh please.  
KFGatri
2009-03-25
6:50 pm

Hmmm. Not sure about this guy. I was completely underwhelmed by Ironhide, and I'm not sure I want another version of that mold. I've been assigning Cybertron Red Alert as my Classics Ratchet and he works well for that. 
Bottalk_Wrecker
2009-03-25
1:51 am

Anyone else get one that has a missing chest piece? 
roadbuster#1
2009-03-24
1:19 am

Sorry to say this mold blows. It fits right in as worst of classics/universe alongside grimlock, galvatron, and the repaints of thundercracker and skywarp. Not that they're bad but way over priced. "lets make something every one wants but no one can have. BTW SCALPERS SUCK!!! 
RentedKitten
2009-03-23
2:46 am

What's with the Bio? It's very Animated Ratchet, i want him. can anyone show me a link to a site to fix their heads? 
Liege Evilmus
2009-03-23
2:38 am

that day glo red isn't sitting well with me. Same as Ironhide, there are certain pros. I'm getting it, but I realy think they could have done much better. 
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