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Name: G2 Inferno
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Search & Rescue
Alternate Mode: Fire Engine



FIRE ENGINE MODE
Height: 5.5cm Length: 14cm Width: 5.5cm

   Inferno is your standard red fire truck, with a big white ladder on top, a white hose on the left side and some chromed silver pieces. The headlights & grill, rear ledge and ladder base are chromed silver. The windows on the cabin are transparent plastic, as are the strobes mounted on top of the roof. The doors of the cabin have "FD" stickers on them, there's an Autobot sticker on the front of the cabin and a rubsign on the roof between the strobes (concealed by the ladder, if it's resting). The rear platform is die cast metal. His colour scheme is almost identical to the original, the only difference being the pinkish tinge of the red plastic unlike the solid red plastic of the G1 version.

   This is now a pretty old model of truck, it'd be early 1980s. While he doesn't look antique, it is a little dated. The sides of the truck are formed by the robot arms and there's a hollow bit in between them. Whilst it's not very noticeable, it's there.

   These drawbacks are relatively minor, and he has some very cool bits. The first is the fact that the ladder is composed of three sections and can swivel up and extend to an impressive 29cm. This ladder's base joint is strong enough to hold it's position, also. The cabin can fold forward to reveal a seat inside (for a Diaclone pilot). There are twin guns mounted on the end of the ladder and a chromed one on the left side of the ladder base. The good thing is that all can pass for both nozzles and guns, so they don't look out of place.

   In terms of play value, Inferno's blessed with six wheels that roll (and rubber tyres), as well as the cabin and ladder as mentioned. He comes with a red water cannon that's about the size of your index finger, with a white plunger on the back. It can clip onto the top of the ladder and shoot water, although it looks out of place since it looks more like a syringe than anything you'd see atop a fire engine. But it does add some play value.

   All in all this a good, detailed truck mode, but I'm not totally sold on the pinkish hue.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Spread the rear wheels slightly, then pull down the wheelbase and fold it forward 90 to form the legs. Fold the feet forward. Unclip the arms from the side and swivel them forward. swing the arms down and fold back the silver tabs on top of his shoulders. Attach his wings to his shoulderblades, insert his fists into his wrists. Fold the ladder back to reveal the head, swing the head up and attach the head assembly to his chest.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 16cm Width: 8cm

   Still essentially red with that pinkish hue, Inferno's robot mode has a fair bit of black thrown in, with the white wings on his shoulderblades and the chromed headlight & grill section now on his waist. His groin, fists, knees and head are black. The chest & waist are the front of the truck, and he has tyres on the uppersides of his feet and on his hips. The undersides of his feet are die cast metal.

   His face is silver and well sculpted, there's a fair bit of detail. His eyes are yellow. On the side of his head is the silver side mounted gun from truck mode.

   Inferno's pretty well armed. There's the head-gun as mentioned, but he comes with a black handgun as well. There's also the water shooter, although there's not really anywhere meaningful to attach it. He's lost the missile launchers in his wrist the G1 Inferno had.

   All of Inferno's poseability is in his arms. His wrists rotate and his elbows bend. There's two sets of joints in his shoulders, giving him full poseability.

   The pink hue is a little off again, but otherwise the only real negative is the lack of a waist. The wheels on the sides are the widest part of his torso, and sit at about where his waist should be. Otherwise this is a decent robot mode.

VARIATIONS

   An almost straight reissue of the original Inferno, but no variations as such.

OVERALL

   A good toy, Inferno had a fair bit of exposure in the G1 cartoon & comic series. While he has some flaws, they're pretty minor. Both modes work and there's some play value in this toy - the ladder itself makes him fun to play with. The original's colour is slightly better, but in truth he's almost the same as the original and makes a damn good substitute. A good toy by itself, but essentially redundant if you have the original - 7/10

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