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Name: Mixmaster (well, none officially)
Series: "European" Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Materials Fabrication
Alternate Mode: Cement Mixer

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



MIXER MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 9cm Width: 3.5cm

   A yellow cement mixer truck with a rather boxy yellow cab and a yellow mixer section. The windshield is a dark purple and the grille silver. Otherwise Mixmaster is all yellow except for the black tyres, which have silver painted hubcaps.

   The mixing drum spins, the front wheels and both sets of rear wheels rotate, although he doesn't roll all that well, especially if your Mixmaster sags at the front. There's a large hole just in front of the drum, designed for Devastator's gun. This version lacks the gun, and therefore an attack mode, although his black handgun can still plug into the roof.

   Overall, He's dominated by yellow, just as the original was dominated by lime green. But he's pretty good. Smallish, but a good cement mixer for his size.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Rotate the cab over 180 degrees, pull out the rear wheels to form the arms and position them. Give him his gun & missile.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10.5cm Width: 4cm

   With a lot more purple in this mode, Mixmaster has a markedly different colour scheme as a robot. With yellow feet, purple & silver legs, a die cast purple chest, yellow arms, black head and a yellow hood, he looks pretty good.

   Above the head, the hood looks pretty bad since this toy comes without a missile to load into the launcher. The trigger is still there, although the spring has been removed. Okay, the original missile launcher didn't offer much play value - but it looked nice and I'd have preferred a missile with no spring to the gap we now have. His arms swing up and down, though the shoulders are a little far down the arms. Overall this mode looks decent, but Mixmaster's robot mode doesn't do all that much.

   This robot mode suffers from the loss of the launcher, but is otherwise pretty similar to the original. It stills feels like Mixmaster, but it does feel cheaper.

VARIATIONS

   A cheapened recolour of the original Mixmaster, and fairly similar to G2 Mixmaster, which has a missile launcher, the Devastator gun and a lighter shade of purple. No actual variations that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   Mixmaster himself is a decent toy, but this version is a bit of a disappointment. The loss of the missile launcher hurts and this version doesn't come with Devastator's gun either. If this is the only version of Mixmaster you can get, maybe, but otherwise I'd skip this toy - 4/10

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