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Name: Gearhead
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Warrior
Alternate Mode: Stock Racing Car



CAR MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   A mustard yellow "NASCAR" style stock racing car, Gearhead has black painted windows, a red painted spoiler, red stripes on his sides and the number 1 on both the sides and roof. Lastly, there's a red eagle insignia on the hood with the words "Stock Eagle" integrated into it's pattern.

   The rollcage is a nice detail in this mould, but it's lost in the black paint of the windows. I do like the fact that this toy has a lot of detail in it's mould for it's size, even if the paint job doesn't do it full justice. The detail is much better defined on Gearhead than Gobot Soundwave, mind you.

   One of the weaker moulds of this series, but Gearhead still has the axles that allow him to roll quite well, and fit in Hot Wheels tracks, so he has play value. He looks more like a NASCAR racer than Soundwave or Wars, in terms of paint job. He has some weaknesses, but overall this is a decent little car.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pretty simple. Pull down the rear to form the legs, fold down the hood to form the chest, pull out the arms.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 6.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   The yellow is joined by more red and grey in this mode. These two colours can be either solid (the first version) or transparent (second version). His chest and arms are yellow, his head and thighs grey, and his lower legs red. He has a red face, which has reasonably good moulded detail but this is lost under the paint to the point where is face looks like a red stripe. The eagle is now on his chest, forming something of a centrepiece to this mode, and looks pretty good on there.

   The colours work fairly well, but the shape of this robot mode doesn't work very well. His thighs are very short, his arms too long and his chest is huge (and it sticks out more conspicuously than most Gobots). The arms themselves aren't _that_ long, but the panels on their outsides formed from the car doors are. So he's all arms and chest which almost no thighs, making him look rather squat.

   The shoulders rotate and that's it for poseability. I don't expect much more of a toy at this pricepoint, but I do expect more of the proportions. The paint job and shoulders aren't enough to save Gearhead's robot mode, unfortunately.

VARIATIONS

   The solid and transparent versions as mentioned above. This mould has also been used for Gobot Soundwave and Wars.

OVERALL

   A good car mode and good colours are pretty much ruined by a badly proportioned robot mode. The car mode paint job is the most realistic of the various incarnations of this mould, even if Wars has a nicer colour scheme. The car mode isn't really enough to save him though - 4/10

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