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Name: Rollbar
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Tracker
Alternate Mode: Jeep CJ7 (thanks to Jasen the Jeep Nut for the model)



JEEP MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 7cm Width: 4cm

   A small army green Jeep, Rollbar has a grey front bumper and a grey spare tyre on his back. Strictly speaking, the majority of the cabin and the spare tyre should be a soft black plastic, but for a $6 toy I can let it go. Like all Throttlebots, he has white wheels and black rubber tyres. He's got an Autobot symbol on his roof, either as a rubsign (with indent) or an Autobot symbol sticker (no indent).

   The level of detail is actually pretty good, most of the stuff you'd hope for is there - the lights, grill, door and even the air vents in front of the windshield. The front windscreen and door windows are sticker, with the top halves being sky blue, which fades towards the top, and the bottom half an ochre colour. The rear windows, which would be plastic, do not have this reflection. I like these stickers, aside from the ochre colour placing him in central Australia, it shows someone was thinking about what they were doing when they designed Rollbar.

   Rollbar's play value in car mode is the pullback motor. As well as the rubber tyres, he's got front and rear axles and a pretty powerful pullback motor. He'll happily roll for 10 metres (30 feet) on a hard floor, and will roll straight, or close to it. One thing about Throttlebots though, once you've bent an axles, that's it - he'll veer to one side for the rest of his existence.

   It's somewhat lacking in colour, but the windshield motif works for me, and the sculpt impresses me. A good pullback vehicle.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold up the sides to become the arms, fold the rear and cabin up, fold the rear itself down to reveal the head, push in the rear wheels. That's it.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 6.5cm Width: 5.5cm

   Still basically green, Rollbar has a grey head, as well as grey toes, thanks to the front bumper. His face is yellow and has good detail for a Throttlebot. Rollbar's head is a lot rounder and deeper than most Throttlebots, but it's also taller and wider so it looks a little big.

   Like all Throttlebots, his legs are about 5mm long. His arms are panels on the sides of his body, with fingers moulded into them, and his feet are a solid block with the wheels sticking out the back. Oh and he has a hood formed from the rear of the car behind his head. Ok, not the best proportions - in fact they suck. But that's not the point of a Throttlebot, is it?

   Rollbar has no poseability in this mode at all. His play value is in the pullback motor sticking out behind his feet. The pullback mechanism works equally well in this mode, allowing you to send Rollbar through your kitchen face first into the cupboard. Hours of fun when you're six years old.

   If you like poseability and detail, this isn't a robot mode you'll like. The colours are unified, the grey and yellow both work with the green that makes up about 90% of Rollbar's robot mode. But the real point of this mode, as with the car mode, is the pullback gimmick - which works very well.

VARIATIONS

   There's the original with rubsign and indent, and the Classic with no indent and a straight Autobot logo sticker. Neither is really superior to the other, although the Classic wasn't released in North America or Japan. I have both.

OVERALL

   The Jeep has a good sculpt and the outback stickers are cool, but the plastic roof should really have been black. The overall look is good, though. The robot mode is somewhat lacking, but the point of Rollbar is the pullback mechanism. If you like the gimmick, you'll like Rollbar, but if you're not after play value I wouldn't really recommend Rollbar - 6.5/10

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