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Name: Frenzy
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Warrior
Alternate Mode: Sports Car



CAR MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 7cm Width: 3cm

   A metallic crimson sports car that's either a Porsche or meant to resemble a Porsche, Frenzy's a nice diplomatic shade between red and blue this time. As bad as metallic crimson might sound, it's actually pretty nice (although Megatron's Silver is better). This mode is pretty much entirely crimson, with black windows and black tyres. He has chrome silver hubcaps painted onto his tyres. The black of the tyres is actually the only part of this mode unpainted - the crimson body of the car is actually a metallic paint over the base plastic, which is magenta - not that you can tell from the topside - there’s some hints underneath where there's some robot kibble present.

   The moulding detail's pretty good for a toy this size. Frenzy has door seams, door handles, side mirrors, an engine grill behind the rear window, popup headlights, taillights, an indent at the back for a licence plate and even front indicators. None of these details are painted, so it's subtle, but considering that for a $4 toy the paint mask would have invariably been riddled with paint spills, I'm glad they left the details unpainted.

   As with all Gobots, Frenzy has front and rear axles, and can roll quite well, and is designed to fit into Hot Wheels tracks. That's about all for the play value, but for a $4 toy I'm not complaining.

   One of the better Gobot moulds, and it avoids the question of red or blue which rumbled on in G1 (pun _not_ intended). The crimson paint on mine, at least, is a little sparse in places, which end up looking pink - though I'm not sure if this is a common trait for this toy. I'm glad they covered up the magenta, which would have looked terrible. It's a good reincarnation of Frenzy, the simple colour scheme works well and the level of mould detail is good.

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 crimson paint is now confined to his chest, with his arms being the basic magenta. The magenta is a pretty bad shade, but unlike Soundwave or Ironhide, it's sparse enough it doesn't hurt Frenzy's look. His head and thighs black and his lower legs a slightly metallic grey. His face is painted white and while it's a tad thick, the details of his facial moulding show up more than on Blowout or Megatron. Oh, his gun is magenta.

   Again this colour scheme avoids the red vs blue debate, and it's fitting of Frenzy. It's not bad, actually, it's only real flaw being that magenta, but as I said it's not really prominent. Poseability is about what you'd expect of a Gobot - his shoulders rotate. It's not great, but for a $4 toy it's enough. The play value's in the car mode, anyway.

   A good Gobot mould with decent colours, and while Megatron looks better, this is a worthwhile redoing of a G1 character (unlike some G2 Gobots, such as Soundwave).

VARIATIONS

   None as such, but it's a well worn mould.

OVERALL

   A good Gobot mould and a good colour scheme, but for me the biggest attraction of this toy is that it's the only time any of the microcassette characters were redone in the toy line. It's worthy of the name, and is a decent toy in it's own right. As I've mentioned, Gobot Megatron is better, but I'd honestly recommend both - 7.5/10 - assuming you like Gobots.

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