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Name: Glyph
Series: Convention Exclusives
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Archeometrist
Alternate Mode: Classic VW Beetle



CAR MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 5cm Width: 4cm

   A small blue superdeformed VW Beetle hatchback. While the Beetle isn't really a hatchback, Glyph is thanks to her superdeformed shape. The blue plastic has a sheen, unlike Bumblebee, of whom she is a recolour, who had a flat yellow plastic. She's got a grey rear bumper, grey windows and trim on the bottom of the sides and a silver panel on the back. The tyres are rubber and the wheels chromed silver. She has a tailpipe on the right side of the bumper and a loop on the left side to attach the keychain she comes packaged with. There's a yellow sticker on the back panel with red flower like pattern in the centre - This sticker is the same as the one on Bumblebee. Despite no longer matching the toy's basic colour, this sticker looks fine.

   The toy's play value is limited to rolling along on it's wheels. Without any axles, she doesn't roll very far when simply pushed, but rolls fine when guided by a hand. The rubber tyres provide some traction, so you can make her do controlled cornering and other tricks. The level of detail is pretty good for a toy this age and size. You can also hang her off your keyring, but I'd recommend against doing this with a convention exclusive toy..

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Identical to Cliffjumper, Hubcap and Bumblejumper. Pull out the front of the car and fold up to form the feet. Lift up the rear panel to reveal the head. Pull the wheels out from the sides to form the arms.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 5.5cm

   A blue robot with grey arms & legs (but blue feet). She's got a yellow face, which matches the sticker now on the back of her head, I suppose. She's got good moulded detail on her head. She's got an Autobot symbol on her chest and wheels attached to her arms. It's a fairly nice robot mode, and the colours work really well.

   Poseability is limited to swivel joints at the shoulders, which is standard for the Minicars. She's not necessarily better or worse than the others of this design, but it's a pretty good design, and the robot mode works well. The good thing is that she's clearly not Bumblebee, despite being the same mould.

VARIATIONS

   None I'm aware of. She's most likely from a single production run anyway.

OVERALL

   A nice little Minicar, and a good convention exclusive. Being a female character will increase her appeal somewhat, but some might be put off by the fact this is a mould that's 20 years old. For what she is, Glyph is a good toy. Both mode are cute, the colours work and the metallic sheen of the blue plastic does give her something the original Minicars didn't have - 8/10

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