The first in a series of three figures that form the "Cybertron Defense Force" (also known as "Vanguard Team" in Galaxy Force) Red Alert is the largest (Ultra Class) and most heavily armed, with a large missile/Energon cannon. The theme for this subset is “weapons, weapons and more weapons”, and those starved for military vehicle alt-modes will be happy! Legions of Scrapmetal/Ramble drones, watch out!Gimmicks
The missile/cannon electronic gimmick is very simple, and I felt very underwhelmed by the telephone sounding “beep beep beep” that Cyber Key initiates. The “whoooosh” of the rocket is not much better. A spring loaded arm-mounted weapon is the second Cyber Key gimmick, and the end of the weapon can be either a claw or hammer attachment that are stored within Red Alert’s legs, a feature that remains from his first Cybertron incarnation. This can be employed on either arm.Alt Mode
Red Alert has been reformatted as an ICBM missile truck. This alt mode is reminiscent of G1 Powermaster DoubleDealer (https://www.tfu.info/1988/Decepticon/Doubledealer/doubledealer.htm) or even Machine Wars Soundwave(https://www.tfu.info/1997/Decepticon/Soundwave/soundwave.htm). It is indeed ironic, that the medic of the team has the Weapons of Mass Destruction, but I suppose it makes sense, as the Hasbro bio points out “he is uncomfortable with the new armor and heavy weapons with which he has been upgraded, (but) he recognizes their necessity”. Red Alert is large and sturdy in vehicle mode, and is well detailed, however the whiteness of the plastic hides most of these finer points. His (non) color seems to make him look a bit plain. More paint apps would help, but this is a minor problem.Transformation
Not very complex, but also very well done. While no-one will be running for the instruction sheet, the transformation is intuitive and fun, with hinges being the main design implement used. One big gripe I had was that my figure had an extra “tab” of plastic on the joint between the arm and forearm on the right arm. This prevented him from posing his right arm properly and after nearly breaking the little “tab” off, I had to cut it with an X-Acto. Minor, but not cool. Hopefully this is a rare occurrence, but annoying nonetheless.Robot Mode
Wow! Plenty of articulation and an excellent head sculpt. Many of the designs from his Cybertron ambulance counterpart are represented here, the chest especially so. Some may call his shoulder-mounted missile/cannon disproportionate (his missile is nearly as tall as him!), but I think it looks very cool, especially since he is still so posable with all that weight up top! Engineering has gotten pretty amazing with this line, and Red Alert shows us what can be done with regards to weight distribution. He is one of the most imposing, brawny-looking figures in Cybertron, Autobot or Decepticon! Most of the brighter paint apps are reserved for his chest and his barrel-shaped shoulders are a dark gold. I would have liked to see more silver wash on a lot of the details. I have seen no difference in paint apps between Red Alert and his Japanese equivalent FirstGunner, which is good, considering some Hasbro’s recent choices. He suffers a bit from “hunchback” syndrome as well.Overall
I love this figure. Red Alert is the “heavy hitter” of the team and despite a plain-looking paint job, great articulation and big personality has quickly made him a favorite in the line. Great theme, cool subset. A must-get for Cybertron fans!8.5/10…or… 4 out of 5 Stars
|Date||February 7th 2006|
|Score||(10 out of 10)|
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