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Name: Bluestreak
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Gunner
Alternate Mode: Datsun 280ZX Fairlady



CAR MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 11cm Width: 4.5cm

   Despite the name, Bluestreak is silver, not blue, and it's a metallic silver. This is a realistic silver Datsun with transparent front and rear windshields, rear side windows and Targa roof panels. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Targa top concept, popular in the 1970s and 1980s, Targa tops consisted of removable glass panels in the roof above the driver's and front passenger's seats. It's a cross between a sunroof and droptop roof, without the cost of either. The front side windows are absent, they've been wound down, I guess. His bumpers are black, his tyres are rubber and the hubcaps are chrome silver. Bluestreak does not have a black hood like his cartoon incarnation.

   As with most Diaclone based Transformers, Bluestreak has die cast metal parts - his front section and the rear of the car are die cast, making him quite heavy, but also giving him a more solid feel. Mine's yet to suffer any paint chips, but I'd assume they'd be less of a problem with metallic silver paint anyway. There have been rumours of Blue Bluestreaks as long as there's been an online Transformers fan community, but no proof. The Diaclone toy he's based on _was_ blue (with a silver bonnet). This is where the rumours originate. The catalogues pictures this blue prototype, which was no doubt the inspiration for his name.

   The front headlights have blue stickers inside them, the license plates read "FairladyZ", the taillights are orange and red, and even have the white reverse lights in the right spot. Bluestreak's rubsign is on his left door, which looks a little odd, but you can always remove it. He has Autobot symbol stickers on his hood and the right side of his rear windscreen.

   His wheels roll, but he doesn't have axles so he wont roll freely very far. As with nearly all Diaclone Autobots, he's got a spot in his cabin where you can fit a Diaclone driver. The inside of the cabin is pretty much just robot kibble, but it doesn't hurt his overall look.

   The only major flaw in this mode is fragility. The roof has a habit of snapping off - roofless Bluestreaks are easy to find. Needless to say, this ruins the car mode.

   All in all, this is a nice car mode. The little things, like the taillights and the moulding are done well - he has doorhandles and other cool details. He's unmistakably a 280ZX, and the fact that this is a car you still see on the roads adds to the realism (I've yet to see a Sunstreaker clone on the road). One of the best Diaclone car modes, assuming he has a roof.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pull out the rear section, flip it down and pull the two halves apart to form the feet. Lift the groin locking plate up, rotate the waist 180° and lock the groin again. Unclip the fists from the shoulders, swing the arms up from inside the front of the car, fold the front down to form the chest - the head should reveal, if it doesn't, fold the roof down onto his back and the head will fold up. Open the doors to form wings. Position the arms, give him his shoulder missile launchers and his rifle.

   You'll notice that Bluestreak's launchers are red, while his chest and head are silver. If you like, you can play musical launchers - I've given Bluestreak Prowl's silver launchers, given Smokescreen Bluestreak's red launchers and given Prowl Smokescreen's white launchers.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 11cm Width: 9.5cm

   Before I go any further, no, he's still not blue. Silver again dominates Bluestreak's robot mode, his thighs, waist and the antennae on his head are red, as well as the missile launchers. His forearms, groin and toes are black, but otherwise he's still silver. The chest is the hood of the Datsun, and it's not black like in the cartoon. His feet are the rear section of the car, the taillights are on his toes and the rear window has become the shins. The doors are now wings, as mentioned - they stick out to the sides from behind the shoulders, but are far enough back that they’re not in the way of the arm poseability at all.

   This is a nice colour scheme, and with lots of well-integrated Datsun bits, Bluestreak has a really nice looking robot mode - better than Smokescreen or Prowl in my opinion, thanks to the colours. Even ignoring the colours, this is a good looking mould, the wings, wheels mounted on the back of his shoulders and detailed facial sculpt all work in it's favour.

   Bluestreak's poseability is limited to his arms, which are very poseable for G1 - his wrists rotate, his elbows are hinged and there are two swivels in each shoulders giving them full motion. Adding to the play value is the missile launchers, which shoot chrome silver missiles maybe 6 inches. Okay, it's not great, but it's a feature. His gun, which is chrome silver, fits in one hand, but the barrel can rest on the other, simulating a two-handed grip.

   There's a lot of sticker detail on the black parts in this mode - the groin and the black inside his shins (behind the windows), and there are yellow stickers at the top of his thighs. All of these stickers are subtle enough that you don't really notice them, but they give him mechanical detail - Bluestreak without stickers doesn't look quite as nifty.

   This is a great robot mode, thanks to an aesthetically pleasing mould and great colours. He has good poseability for a Diaclone, I can't really flaw it.

VARIATIONS

   Released in 1984 in silver, no actual Transformers release of the blue Diaclone has been confirmed. Reissued in limited numbers by Takara in "Anime" colours - ie with the black hood, and then in silver - the _entire_ toy was chromed (even the windows). Hasbro released a reissue in 2003, but I'd recommend against this one - it has black unchromed weapons and the plastic used is matte grey, which looks pretty terrible in combination with the metallic silver paint on the die cast parts. Or just get this one to fix up a roofless original (c8

OVERALL

   You've probably already worked out I'm a fan of Bluestreak. At the time this was a great mould, and Bluestreak has the best colour scheme of the three toys that shared it. Even if you have the others, I'd still recommend him. For fans of the Cartoon with cash to burn, the anime version is more show-accurate, but this toy is still quite show accurate - 9/10

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