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Name: Rollout
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Covert Operations
Alt Mode: None (was a six-wheeled payloader)



ROBOT MODE
Height: 9.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   A predominantly orange toy, Rollout is the orange you often see on construction vehicles (similar to Grapple but slightly duller). His upper arms, shins and fists are white, his groin and thighs cobalt blue and there are brown features here and there, including the moulded tyres and his feet. I'm glad they used earthy colours for this toy - apart from it fitting in with the suggested alt mode, the colours work _really_ well and the fluorescent colours used on some Actionmasters would look really out of place here. There is a hint of fluorescent red paint on his eyes, waist and ankles, but not enough to really matter.

   As mentioned, Rollout is intended to be an Autobot that once transformed into a construction vehicle. There are two treaded tyres moulded onto the side of each boot and one each on the shoulders. His chest is the underside of a scoop (think ... er ... Scoop), and there's the hint of a winch on his waist. The scoop on his chest is unpainted, which works out well with his Autobot sticker in the centre. The sculpting on Rollout is good for an Actionmaster, and is more complex than on a lot of the existing characters used in the line, which is surprising.

   Poseability is the same as every other Actionmaster - head turns, arms rotate and legs have G.I. Joe poseability (fully poseable hips, knees bend 90 degrees). His handgun is grey plastic, which neither matches or clashes with Rollout himself.

THE PARTNER - GLITCH

   A silver bipedal drone with black appendages, Glitch looks like something of of Star Wars, ready for Luke & his uncle to buy for their moisture farm. His "head" is little more than a camera on top of a flat top, the left arm is a gatling gun and the right is a longer, single barrelled device of some sort. it works well as a drone and the colours work. You can attach Rollout's handgun on top if you like, and it works well there.

   The gun mode is bulky, and in order for Rollout to grasp it, you'll have to remove one of the arms (which can then be reattached to Glitch's "head"). While the removable arms mean his arms can swing out to the side for targeting, it also means Glitch's arms can be lost. Better than a lot of the Actionmaster super guns, but the handgun on it's own works better - as they usually do. Luckily, Glitch has a reasonable drone mode.

VARIATIONS

   None that I know of.

OVERALL

   One of the best executed new character Actionmasters, Rollout is quite detailed with good colours and a well defined former alt mode. There's a really strong Diaclone design element in his alt mode elements, thanks to robot mode features which are payloader elements. The name is kind of random, but not inappropriate as a lot of the random Armada names are. A good Actionmaster with a fairly strong sidekick, Rollout is a toy I'd really recommend for Actionmaster fans - 8/10

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