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Name: Highline 1070
Series: Real Gear
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Mobile/Cell Phone

Thanks to griffin for loaning me Highline 1070 for this review



PHONE MODE
Height: 9cm Depth: 2.5cm Width: 4.5cm (closed)
Height: 15cm Depth: 5.5cm Width: 4.5cm (open)

   A red flip phone, Highline 1070 is a repaint of Speed Dial 800 and Wire Tap v20 is essentially on a 1:1 scale. The top of his lid is painted silver while there's a small display screen sticker on top of the lid. The lid opens to reveal a much larger display. Both sport Autobot logos, the outside one bears "1 missed call" while the inside one reads "TF4EVER" on top and "10:38pm" and "MENU". The control buttons are painted silver while the number buttons are unpainted red plastic, with all buttons featuring white type. There's a small silver Autobot logo above the graphite navi-key. It's not an especially realistic phone colour scheme, and I don't know why they didn't go for silver this time around.

   Most of the detailing here revolves around making the phone work visually, which I appreciate. The sculpt is good, but the sticker on the main display is cheesy. The keypad looks quite convincing - well as much as it can in the circumstances (it splits into three later). There's a ear speaker slot on top of the phone, a non-functional navi-key on the keypad and pads on the inside of the flip. There's a lid-release button on the right side of the body of the phone and a volume control on the left, while there's a camera lens on the underside of the hinge, complete with a transparent lens. There's even a little hoop on top of the lens for you to attach a lanyard!

   A good phone mode with great detailing, but Highline 1070 is held back by a dubious choice of red plastic and a silly main display. While Speed Dial 800 looked quite realistic, this looks like a toy, and it's a regression on the two previous versions of this mould.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Open the flip and rotate, fold it back down underneath the phone. Pull out the sides and swing down to form legs, rotate the boots so that the outside of the phone forms his shins, fold out the feet. Pull out the side panels with the controls (volume, etc), lift up to form the arms. Rotate the arms into position and open the panels below the lens to reveal his face

ROBOT MODE
Height: 11.5cm Width: 6cm

   The robot mode is based around red, as you'd expect. His face is silver while the lens forms a single eye. The chest is also silver, with the relevant button details still visible, while the groin is red with 2-5-8-0 buttons running down the middle. His hips, upper arms and claw hands are black while the forearms and feet are painted silver. The red isn't as silly now, but it's not amazingly good either - not enough to justify the red phone mode. That silver Autobot logo is now on his chest - probably the only element of this repaint which is an improvement over Speed Dial 800.

   Highline 1070's robot mode is inevitably dominated by phone elements, although this isn't a bad thing. The lens as an eye is rather unusual and take a a little bit of getting used to, but it's a perfectly viable option. If you don't like the keypad on his torso, you can actually alter the transformation so that it's on his back, although the back of the phone is all red, and makes for a rather dull robot mode in my opinion. Mind you, in red it's not actually dull - and not as dull as the grey or black of the other two versions.

   I'm quite impressed by Highline 1070's poseability. The head is basically fixed, since if you want to use the joint below it you need to lift the back up to the point where the joint is useful, you have no chance of standing him up. The shoulders and elbows are ball jointed while his claw hands are on hinges. The hips swing and lift out to the sides while his knees bend and rotate. The feet are essentially fixed, but the heelspurs are nice and big, allowing Highline 1070 to stand in a wide range of poses, which is quite impressive for a guy with such a large piece on his back. It's worth pointing out that the backpack is able to sit very close to the body, which really helps the stability of this robot mode.

   A good robot mode that manages to integrate a lot of the phone elements without looking cheap. What really impressed me is just how poseable this guy is despite the huge piece of kibble on his back. His colours aren't a liability now, but they look just okay, making this a fairly arbitrary repaint.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. As mentioned, he is a repaint of Speed Dial 800 & Wire Tap v20.

OVERALL

   A very good phone mode and a good robot mode with lots of poseability, but this is a repaint that went the wrong direction. While his robot mode looks fine in red, I don't see why they went from grey & black to red rather than silver. It's a great mould and is one that is very unusual, but we have better choices. Frankly, the phone mode looks stupid in this colour, and I'd recommend one of the other two instead of Highline 1070 - 6/10

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