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Name: Ramjet
Series: Collector's Club Exclusives
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Warrior
Alternate Mode: Modified F-15 Fighter Jet

Thanks to Griffin for loaning me Ramjet, making this review possible.



JET MODE
Height: 6cm Length: 17cm Width: 12cm

   A purple F-15 fighter in the spirit of the original Ramjet toy, with black swept back wings and a black nosecone. The engines and fins on his wings are jade, just on the original G2 Ramjet. Ramjet is a repaint of the regular Classic Ramjet. He sports purple stamped Decepticon logos on his wings and his name in white on either side of the cockpit - in true unsubtle G2 style, and there are some stickers on the wings and air intakes. The colours are truly hideous, but they're meant to be since they're recreating those seen during G2 - and to a faithful job of that.

   He's not a true F-15, in keeping with the character's wing modifications. They tapering towards the back of the jet like a space shuttle rather than sticking out to the sides. Ramjet's tailfins protrude from the back of the wings rather than the sides of his engines. Sadly there's some mould degradation here - the mould has been used many times now - so the fuselage isn't quite flush, with some gaps (at least on Griffin's).

   The bombs underneath his wings are actually missile launchers, the missiles fire about a metre, and aren't susceptible to popping out the moment you touch the triggers, which I appreciate. The launchers detach for his transformation, but I'm happy to report that the wings and tailfins do not - fuselage-only G1/G2 Seekers are far too common, but this guy won't be ruined by a missing tailfin. There are four pseudo-tyres underneath - moulded lumps rather than wheels, and while Ramejt sits flat on the table, rolling would have been nice.

   A great repaint which really nails G2 Ramjet well. It's a shame that there's mould degradation here, really. The colours work in that G2 way and being a repaint of a Ramjet toy, the design already works for the character.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Detach the missile launchers, extend the rear to form the boots. Flip over the wingstubs attached to the torso (most of the wings stays attached to the boots). Fold down the feet and stow away the front wheels. Stand him up, swivel the wings up. Fold out the chestplate, rotate the canopy and pivot down to form the centre of his chest, rotate the nose to reveal his face. Flip out the arms and fold the chestplate back into position. Flip out his fists, give Ramjet his weapons, either on the upper arms as traditional arm bombs or as handheld missile launchers.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 14.5cm Width: 11.5cm

   A purple robot with jade on his forearms, chest, feet and weapons along with the engines on he bottom of his wings hanging down off the side of his boots. Ramjet has a black chest and black wings while his conehead and face are also black while his eyes are gold. This colour set is true to the original, down to the various stickers on his torso, air intakes and feet. The missile launchers are based on G2 Ramjet, and so the jade launchers differ from the G2 launchers, in both shape and colour. There's no allegiance symbol here.

   There are several improvements in this design compared with the original seeker design. For starters, this Ramjet has thighs. He's also more poseable - the head turns, the shoulder swing and lift out to the sides while the elbows bend. The wings are no longer detachable - and hence can't be lost. The hips are ball jointed and the knees have both hinges and swivels. The waist is fixed - but I don't mind. Adding to the play value of this improved Ramjet are the missile launchers, which not only fire missiles but can be held in his hands. It's worth mentioning that the slightly slimmer bombs look far more natural on his arms than the huge things he carried in G1. The conehead - which is now by design rather than retro-engineering, looks much better than the (unofficial) conehead of the original, since it's not quite so tall. This does impact on the jet mode, but I'd rather a slightly shorter nose than a Ramjet who looks like he's part of the KKK.

   As with most Classics figures, Ramjet lacks any true gimmicks - instead the toy focuses on being a good Transformer. The added poseability, solid build, hand weapon option and thighs are enough for me. We do of course get firing missiles - and these weapons look much better than the originals, but they don't really qualify as an added gimmick.

   While it's simple in many ways, this is a solid robot mode without any significant flaws. The poseability is good, with the tailfins on the back doing a good job as heelspurs. The weapons are very nice if not those of G2. The conehead actually looks good and the G2 tribute is fantastic, in all its garish glory. While you have to appreciate the history to "get" this colour scheme, the execution is fantastic.

VARIATIONS

   As mentioned, he is a repaint of Classics Ramjet. He also shares the mould with Classics (BotCon) Dirge

OVERALL

   A very thoughtful and well executed repaint - in many ways it's a natural repaint to do, but they've done it well. With nice play value and a real G2 feel about it, this is a good toy despite some mould degradation getting in the way of the vehicle mode clipping together properly (mind you, this is minor). A pricey toy due to his limited nature, but if you're a fan of the idea - or of G2 - then it's worthwhile if you have the funds - 9/10

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