Crankstart - HFTD - Scout Figure

The first wave of the HFTD figures contained 2 redeco's. One was Backfire and the other was Crankstart, one of the few wide release black redeco's. This is a short review on him.

I already own Dune Runner (Beachcomber was never released in my country so I do not have him.) and though it is a good mold it just never did "it" for me. When I saw Crankstart in the store I did not immediately pick him up for that reason. While I did pick up Backfire despite that being the third version of the mold. Today I did pick him up Crankstart because I am a hopeless addict.

Note that though I have Dune Runner he is in a box at the moment so I cannot do a detailed comparison between him and Crankstart. On to the review.

Robot mode:

Crankstart is an ideal redeo. Not only is he completely different from the first versions but he is also a very cool redeco. It of course differs on personal preference but I think he is the best looking of the threw. Beachcomber has the G1 tribute and Dune Runner's colors are more realistic but I have a thing for black repaints.

The robot mode looks pretty cool. Crankstart has no less than 5 colors (7 if you count the visor and yellow for the lights) There is silver on the chest and head, there grey on the upper arms and legs, the underarms are rust brown. The buggy panels are black with yellow accents.

I realy like the lower legs which are black and yellow seperated down the middle. The cannons are grey but the barrels are black which I also appreciate. The silver head looks good as well with black moutplate and red eyes.

There is a silver Decepticon symbol on the chest. What strikes me about the symbols on the HFTD figures is that these are the original Autobot and Decepticon logos rather than the movie logo's which makes this a completely seperate line in my opinion.

Functionally he is identical to Dune Runner so nothing new there. Great posability and 2 cannons that are part of the figure. Built in weapons are always nicer than loose weapons because those can be lost. The guns on this mold fall in that category but with the comment that it is still rather easy to remove them (without using any tools) which I imagine people would do with Beachcomber whom is a pacifist.

Transformation: it is similar to Dune Runner (or Beachcomber for that matter) and it is rather simple but fiddly at the same time. I can never seem to get the panels to line up perfectly to my satisfaction on Dune Runner or Crankstart. That may have been why I never liked the mold that much. Not that it is bad mold (I have to say so again) but things like that irk me a bit.

Vehicle mode:

Crank case retains the colors in the vehicle mode (and even gains a new one- red for the taillights) but the black is the dominant color here. Along with the yellow of course. Yellow is generally an awful color on Transformers but here it looks great. Like a racing stripe.

The bumpers are grey (with red/yellow for the lights) and there are silver accents on the roof and engine block. The rust brown is limited to the inside of the cockpit and the base of the cannons. The Decepticon logo is on the roof now.

It is a neat little vehilce with the posable cannons and all.


Crankstart is a cool little scout. Nothing is wrong with the mold but I quess I found Dune Runner's colors a tad drab and these colors really make the mold shine. If you have any of the other 2 versions, this one may not be worth it but if you missed out on those I would definetely grab this guy. And even if you do have Dune Runner and Beachcomber you will probably love this guy.

ReviewerFerry Rudolph  
DateAugust 7th 2010  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  

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