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Name: R.E.V.
Series: Robots in Disguise
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Lamborghini Diablo

Note: The name is awkward both to type and read, so I'll simply refer to him as "Rev" in this review, mainly so this flows better.



CAR MODE
Height: 2cm Length: 7cm Width: 3cm

   A yellow Diablo with a slight sheen to it, a red eagle painted on the hood and black windows. Rev's Japanese name is "Eagle Killer", in case you're wondering what the point of the eagle is. He has subtle red lines along his body, as well as a red paint on his engine cover that fades back to yellow plastic towards the rear. Unlike the other Diablo in RiD, Prowl, Rev does not have a spoiler. He has black windows, black plastic tyres and silver painted hubcaps, and an Autobot symbol stamped on his roof. While this is a colour scheme straight from a designer's imagination, it looks pretty cool. The sheen in the yellow paint is nice, and the subtle lines looks quite good.

   The moulding detail's pretty good for a toy this size, and for the most part, the yellow makes the moulding quite visible. He has door seams, side mirrors, an engine grill behind the rear window, pop-up headlights, taillights, air intakes on the sides and even front indicators. He has red tailpipes at the rear, which match the paint job well, despite being a darker red.

   As with all Spychangers, Rev 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 the whole point of these toys is play value in car mode, so it's enough to keep me happy.

   One of the better SpyChanger moulds, with a nice choice of colours, although Rev has a very unusual paint job. It's not as nice as some of the G2 Gobots of the same mould, but is still a decent car mode in it's own right.

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: 7cm Width: 4.5cm

   Now with the eagle on his yellow chest, Rev has yellow arms, white thighs, a red painted head with a white face and red shins and feet. It's nice they went to the trouble of painting his head - white against a yellow background would have looked pretty bad. He's something of a walking advertisement for Shell, but the three colours combine quite well.

   Like all Spychangers, Rev's got a fairly bulky chest and shortish arms. He carries a yellow gun. It's worth mentioning the red lines that were prominent in car mode are now limited to Rev's chest.

   Rev's feet are formed from the tailpipes of the car mode, and they don't protrude forward at all. As a result he has a tendency to fall forward, which is the major flaw of this mode. Play value is limited to the shoulders rotating - standard for a Gobot.

   An interesting colour scheme that works better than it probably should, mainly because they took the time to paint the head red. It's a decent SpyChanger mould, aside from the stability problems.

VARIATIONS

   Eagle Killer doesn't have the red lines or engine cover, and instead of the Autobot stamp has an Autobot symbol which appears on the side window when heated. There's a clear version of Eagle Killer and two clear versions of Rev himself. Rev is a repaint of Gobot Optimus Prime, Gobot Sideswipe and Firecracker. Collect them all!

OVERALL

   One of the better SpyChanger moulds, and he comes with Hot Shot, who is also a nice toy, so he's one I'd recommend. I like the first clear version of Rev, to the point where I went and bought it, which gives you some idea of how well I think this colour scheme has been pulled off. He's not quite as nice as Optimus Prime or Firecracker, who have more realistic paint jobs in their car modes, but he's easily better than Gobot Sideswipe. Considering how many variants of this toy are around (5 in all, plus a Tiny Tin repackaging), he's cheap to buy, I'd recommend at least one even if you have Prime or Firecracker - 6/10

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