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Name: Electrons (for legal reasons)
Series: Convention Exclusives
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Pickup Truck



TRUCK MODE
Height: 5cm Length: 13.5cm Width: 6cm

   A gold truck with a slight sparkle, Electro features some pastel green and pink patches on his doors and good, similar to those found on the original. The hubcaps and front bumper are painted silver while the grille, tyres, inside of the tray and some elements of the tailgate are painted black. He has colourless transparent windows & headlights while his taillights are painted silver. There's a silver stamped G2 Autobot logo on his hood. The colours are very similar to those of the G2 toy - the Autobot logo even approximating the pop-out engine on the hood. It's a good enough fit that it's not immediately obvious that this mould was designed for someone else. Perhaps my favourite aspect of this colour scheme is that they've revisited the the gold with a slightly different hue (and without Gold Plastic Syndrome).

   I'm not sure if this is a real model truck, but the retro feel of the Chrysler PT Cruise is here - which is in keeping with the hotrod-truck of the original toy. This truck feels both generic and realistic at the same time. There are some finer sculpted details such as side mirrors, an exhaust at the back, indicators on the front bumper and a fuelcap behind the left side door. The front end is curved and sleeker than most pick-up trucks, but in a rounded way.

   The play value here is minimal but better than you'd expect of a truck like this. The wheels roll - as you'd expect while the tailgate can lower (using transformation joints). There are two notches on his roof which allow his grey rifle to plug in, giving him a weapon which could be fired by someone standing in the tray (like a game hunter, if you will). That same gun tucks way nicely underneath, visible only as his exhaust at the back.

   A very good co-opted repaint - this really does feel like Electro. Okay so the pastel green and pink look goofy; but they do make this toy Electro and the colours work well otherwise. The G2 Autobot logo on the hood is a great touch. The play value is limited to mounting the gun; but I don't expect much more at this size.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Remove & set aside the gun, if attached. Pull the doors out to the sides, revealing his arms. Fold the tailgate down, swing out the base of the tray to form his feet (with the tailgate forming his heelspurs). Split the legs, swing the panels immediately behind the side windows back & fold down the back of the cabin to form his shins. Lift up the hood, rotate the core of the cabin back to reveal his chest & head, which also rotates the roof & hood onto his back as a backpack. Position his arms, rotate the panels on the outside of his forearms & place the gun in either hand.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 15cm Width: 9cm

   A gold robot with black feet, Electro has silver plastic on his thighs and arms, along with a silver painted head with blue eyes & a mouthplate quite reminiscent of the original. There's more pink & green now - some of which is carried over from the truck mode. There's a colourless plastic false windshield, below his chin. Electro has no allegiance symbol in this mode. The colour map isn't all that close to the Laser Rod, but the pink & green pattern on his chest is the same and his face is a close match, so you don't really notice. There's no yellow here as was the case in G2; but that's a good thing IMO.

   I should mention that most if not all Electros come misassembled. There's a piece inside his chest that's not visible but inserted backwards, and this prevents his torso from fully rotating & locking into place. It's not hard to fix since all you need is a screwdriver & a little patience. BotCon MW Hoist also comes with this same issue; as well as misassembled shoulders which are much harder to fix - luckily Electro's shoulders are fine.

   There are some wonderful visual aspects here. The front fenders form the outsides of his chest, complete with the headlights on his shoulders. The resculpted head and face really does make this toy Electro & not a repainted Kup. The gun is new to the character although he is capable of holding the Laser Sword; so you can take that from what remains of your G2 Electro & use it here if you like.

   The play value here really centres on his poseability, since he doesn't do much else aside from posing & holding his gun (or the sword I guess). The poseability is excellent despite a relative lack of ball joints. His head is on a restricted ball joint while his shoulders swing and lift out to the sides. His elbows are hinged in two directions _and_ are supported by a rotator in his upper arm. His wrists rotate although his waist doesn't (which is the only significant limitation in his poseability). His hips are ball jointed with rotators below them - these supplement the hinged knees. The ankles are hinged in two directions & Electro has good solid heelspurs, allowing a wide range of stable poses.

   A nice robot mode with some interesting visual aspects, a strong tribute and excellent poseability. There are no gimmicks here, but he doesn't need them since the poseability works so well and the tribute is effective. And of course there's no GPS issue here.

VARIATIONS

   A retool of Generations Kup who shares the mould with BotCon MW Hoist; but not variations that I'm aware of. Given the limited production run, variants are unlikely.

OVERALL

   A good Classicsverse mould used very well to make an Electro tribute - and given the issues with the original toy I think it's an excellent character to revisit. Both modes are well designed sand the colours while a little tacky fit the character well. The retooled head is well done and the vehicle integrates into the vehicle mode nicely. It's difficult to recommend toys of a limited nature such as this since you'll pay a premium; but given how well this tribute has been handled (and how difficult to handle the original toy is!) if you've got the means & inclination, I'd definitely recommend this one - 9.5/10.

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