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Name: Barricade
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Mustang Saleen Police Cruiser



CAR MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3cm

   A small black Mustang with white doors, the word "POLICE" in silver on both doors and the spoiler, a silver Decepticon logo on the hood, silver headlights and red taillights. Rounding out a fairly good plaint mask at this size, Barricade has a red and blue lightrack on his roof. While some detail is inevitably lost compared to the deluxe - notably the "to punish and enslave" mottos on his fenders - this is a pretty good scaling down, and one of the best paint jobs I've seen on a Legends toy's alternate mode.

   The small black plastic tyres roll, although he doesn't roll too well. The windows are unpainted black, which works perfectly well for Barricade, who's all about black, after all. The doors don't open - but then that was the case with the bigger toy anyway. There's no Frenzy toy in the engine this time - just not enough room for that here. The impact bar still swings down for some reason - it's useless but I still like the fact that this element was added.

   A really good mini Mustang which avoids the cheapening and simple paint jobs seen on most Legends. Sure, there are some aspects that are simplified, but on the whole this is a good analogue to the vehicle seen in the film.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pull the sides out and swing down to form arms, fold down the hood to form his chest and flip up the head. Fold down the rear to form his boots, flip out the feet.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 9.5cm Width: 5.5cm

   A black robot with metallic purple hands, red kneecaps and a gold face with red eyes, Barricade is again all about black. The paint mask is again slightly simplified, although it's more or less on point. Having said that, I'm not sure about the purple hands. The red taillights on his knees don't work too well, but they're a side effect of a simple transformation so I'm willing to let that go. The face is a little darker than it should be, but is otherwise quite well sculpted. Sadly that Decepticon logo on the hood is now behind his head - there's no allegiance symbol here.

   The bodyshape is a little off, again this comes down to simplification. The hunched legs are really quite noticeable, the knees are really awkward. The simplified arms are still long with shoulder pylons - but unlike those of the deluxe there's little detailing, so the arms look awkward. This isn't helped by the purple hands, which look out of place on the black arms.

   Poseability is okay - the shoulders struts with ball joints on the ends while the hips and ankles are ball jointed. The knees are stuck in 70 angle, but can still swing back. Sadly a lot of copol poses are excluded with the Osteoporosis knees here.

   A reasonable robot mode, which is held back slightly by the knees. The arms have problems, but they still work okay thanks to their poseability, but the knees are both awkward and lacking poseability. The paint job works fairly well, mind you, and this robot mode doesn't feel cheap or too simple, as can happen at the Legends size.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, although there is a (mainly blue) Recon Barricade Legends toy, using the same mould.

OVERALL

   A pretty good effort, which works really well in vehicle mode and quite well in robot mode, albeit with a couple of shortcomings. The paint job is good for a Legends toy, the detailing is generally good - save for the robot arms. The robot's knees are my main gripe, and while I certainly wouldn't recommend this figure over the deluxe version, he's worth the price of a Legends figure - 7/10

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