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Name: Camshaft
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Scout
Alternate Mode: Mazda RX-7



Click here for my fanfic tech spec for Camshaft.

CAR MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 10cm Width: 4.5cm

   His car mode is a pretty good RX-7 with few non-car bits. He's got rubber Omnibot size tyres - tyres shared with Skids, Sunstreaker, Ironhide/Ratchet & Prowl etc. The car's mainly silver with blue rear window & windscreen - no side windows (I suppose he wound them down) - he also has the outline of a sunroof. The non-car bits extend to a small tab on the roof (used to lift up the robot head), a tab on his rear window (the trigger of his missile launcher) and a silver sticker covering a hinge joint on the rear end of the car.

TRANSFORMATION TO ATTACK MODE

   Lift up the rear window to reveal a missile launcher. Add missile.

ATTACK MODE

   Not bad, similar to the effect of Hound’s rear gun - although this gun is coming out of his rear window. The main shortcoming is that he can’t shoot the missile directly forward (or very far, but then no toys of his era could), it points up, though it can come down to a point of "shoot up and forward", so I guess it's a long range missile. It's really not that different to the car mode, so it looks like a sports car modified by the Constructicons (think robot taxis from "City of Steel" and you get an idea).

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pop up the rear window and insert missile. Pop up panel in roof (similar to that on Hoist) to reveal head (this works a lot better than you’d think), swivel down and pull out rear fenders to form arms, push back of car in to form shoulders. Lower the front, swing down to form legs. Swing down feet and spilt (the feet are the same as Wheeljack in this manner), swing down heelspurs.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 9.5cm Width: 5.5cm

   A mainly grey robot, with black groin & hands, silver thighs. The feet are metal, by the way, with metallic sparkly paint. The head is black. The shoulders are set a bit far back, but he’s a nice toy. The head on mine has a habit of falling back into the roof, but mine’s second hand anyway. The shoulders join the middle of the arms (like Scavenger), and offer the only poseability. Other than the shoulders, which have the problems already mentioned, Camshaft is a nice robot. The cab forms the chest in a way similar to Trailbreaker/Hoist, and looks pretty good - Camshaft shares a lot of the "use car bits in the robot mode" with the Diaclone cars, something a lot of later Transformers lost. The missile launcher & rear bumper give him a backpack, and while it's not a problem as such, he looks a little odd from the side.

VARIATIONS

   None that I know of.


OVERALL

   Camshaft is worth getting if you like the original Diaclone-based Transformers. Quite a good replica of a Mazda RX-7, for the size, if lacking details such as tail lights. I have a suspicion the Omnibots were part of the Diaclone range – or were meant to be - although unlike the other two Omnibots, this guy has nowhere for a Diaclone pilot to sit. He's on par with the better Autobot cars, if slightly smaller. Worth getting if you like toys like Jazz & Mirage for the toys themselves. His biggest hindrance in terms of coolness is that unlike most of his Diaclone brethren, he never appeared in the TF media - 7/10

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