Ransack - G2 - Figure

Y'know, they just don't make enough vintage alt modes in the various Transformers lines (unless you count dinosaurs). In G2 Ransack we have the only example of a non-modern aircraft, and a very cool one at that.

Special thanks go out to Mike Haring for lending me his Rotor Force collection to review.

Vehicle Mode: Ransack is an American F4U Corsair, a legendary WWII-era fighter distinguished by its bent wings and outsized propeller. Measuring 11.5 cm{4.5") long with a wingspan of 10 cm(3.9"), Ransack is primarily purple with dark green fuel tanks, a translucent red cockpit, and an orange rotor (later versions came with a black rotor). Despite his relatively small size, he's got plenty of impressive detailing. Look into his cockpit and you'll see that the interior has been moulded to look as though a humanoid pilot is at the controls. His wings have white identification stripes and the left wing features a moulded radio antennae, a purple, orange, and yellow G2 Decepticon insignia sticker on top, and a smaller G2 logo on the underside. Pasted on his sides are the initials "D.C." which presumably stand for DeceptiCon. And on either sides of his stabilizer fin is an upwards-pointing arrow and "9824L"

Now for the main selling point. Turn Ransack's rotor clockwise, then push the small button at the base of the launcher, and the rotor goes spinning through the air for a distance of up to 20 feet or more! Of course, this leaves poor Ransack without any means of staying aloof, so I guess it's his last-ditch kamikaze attack.

Transformation: Surprisingly complex. The launcher detaches and the body of the aircraft unfolds completely, then refolds to become a robot, with the fuel tanks as arms and the tail as a torso plate.

Robot Mode: In robot mode, Ransack stands 9 cm(3.5") tall at the head, with the panel on his back adding another centimetre or so. He's still mostly purple with green arms and black feet. His arms have moulded fists, but end in rounded tips, making it look like he's wearing sparring gloves of some sort. His head is moulded to resemble a pilot's helmet, complete with a translucent red eye visor that glows before a strong light.

Ransack's articulation consists of his shoulders(two joints) and elbows. His launcher fits into either fist and works no less effectively in this mode.

Overall, Susp Sez: Ransack's probably my favourite Rotor Force member, largely in part due to the fact that I'm a WWII buff. The robot mode is nice and stable, the Corsair mode is positively gorgeous, and the rotor gimmick rules. 9/10


"If there's a chance for destruction, I take it!" -Ransack

DateSeptember 27th 2002  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  

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