Race cars, just like tanks, fighter jets, and semi trucks, seem destined to be a stable of TFs. I dunno, personally, I'd like a Mini-Con Barnyard Action Team consisting of farm vehicles.
Robot Mode: In robot mode, Dirt Boss stands about 7 cm(2.75") tall. He's articulated at the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and ankles, but he's not as poseable as I'd like him to be. His legs are really too bulky to be put in active poses and his arms can only angle out to the sides with the elbows straightened or bent, as if he were putting up his dukes. His rounded head lacks any painted detail due to the fact that it doubles as the handle for Skyboom mode.
Robot Mode: Standing 6 cm(2.4") tall, Downshift is slightly reminiscent of a G1 Autobot from 1984 in that his upper body consists of the vehicle hood, so that he can't see anything directly beneath him. And with massive arms as long as his legs, he looks he's like the brawler of the Race Team trio. His shins, fists, and face are all painted with sky blue. His face actually looks something like a cross between BW Rattrap and a Storm Trooper. He has double ball-jointed shoulders and hips that do the splits.
Robot Mode: Mirage stands just over 5.5 cm(2.2") tall. His black and red head is slightly larger than Swindle's and the face is completely different. Aside from the aforementioned waist joint, he's just as poseable, or unposeable, as Swindle. His arms swing out to the sides and his legs do the splits. And to top it off, the legs on mine keeping popping off.
From vehicle modes, split Dirt Boss open down the centre, unfold the yellow wings, and swing out the handle, fold Downshift into a Y-shape and snap him onto Dirt Boss, then attach Swindle via the slot in his head. The result is Skyboom, a 16 cm(6.3") long, 8 cm(3.14") wide object that functions either as a very ugly jet or a rather nifty shield that fits snugly into the fist of Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, or Red Alert. Skyboom also holds together better than its counterpart, the Star Saber. 7.5/10
|Date||October 29th 2002|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|
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