Gears - G1 - Figure

In the summer of 1984, my father took me to the Sears store at the Tacoma Mall in Tacoma, Washington. There, on an endcap, were a group of six small vehicles encompassing eight pegs (four across and two down). These "Transformers" were new to me, having grown up with toys from a galaxy far, far away. And I was intrigued. These vehicles could change their shape into robots. On the back of each was a card, detailing that toy's particular character and stats. Not only were these Transformers essentially two toys in one, they had life to them as well. So, with my allowance in hand, I took one up to the cashier and thus began my collection of Transformers.

Tech Specs
Autobot: Gears
Function: Transport / Reconnaissance
"Nobody wins a war - somebody loses."

Gears is anti-social, a self-proclaimed misfit. Finds fault in everything and everyone. Acts this way to help cheer others up as they try to cheer him up. Tremendous strength and endurance. Totes heavy loads long distances. Launches to height of 20 miles, floats down on compressed air. Becomes an easy target due to limited maneuverability. Can detect infrared.

Strength: 8 Intelligence: 7 Speed: 6 Endurance: 8
Rank: 6 Courage: 9 Firepower: 1 Skill: 7

What drove me to pick Gears out from the other five Mini-Bots? It was his character more than anything. Here was a hero who possessed great strength and courage, yet was anti-social and found fault in everything. He reminded me of myself and that seemed to make him all the more special to me than your run-of-the-mill robot toy.

Set Includes
Gears is an unknown model of 4WD off road truck. Measuring at 2" long, 1½" wide and 1¼" tall, he is mostly blue with black tires, windows, sunroof and hood with red compartments in his bed and bumper. His front grill is chrome. Gears doesn't roll especially well, due to the tread on his tires. But, with a good push, he can go a decent distance.

To transform Gears in to robot mode, follow these easy steps. Start off with flipping the truck bed back to form the legs. Stand him up, pull the front wheel sections out and rotate the hands forward to your liking.

Transformation Completed
Standing at 2 3/8", Gears is ready to do battle with the evil Decepticons, or just gripe about battling them. He possesses four points of articulation: shoulders and knees. His upper torso is predominantly red, as are his lower legs. His arms are blue and his upper legs are chrome. Interestingly, his face appears to be divided into three separate sections; his blue visor and silver mouth-plate in the center and two smaller silver sections to the right and left of the main area. There is a small sticker in the center of his chest pointing downwards that feature a yellow vent ending in a small, red triangle. An Autobot insignia sticker is one what would be the equivalent of his belt buckle.

Understand that I am biased towards Gears. He was my first Transformers toy ever and his character is one that I can identify with. So, he gets fairly high marks for that alone. He does look decent in both modes, especially considering his age. So, if you have a hankering for some old school charm that won't ruin yourself financially, consider picking up Gears. Who knows? You might be the one to finally cheer him up for good.

ReviewerRichard C. Mistron  
DateApril 6th 2003  
Score 10 stars (10 out of 10)  

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