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Name: Gears
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: SUV



SUV MODE
Height: 5.5cm Length: 13cm Width: 6cm

   A silver SUV with transparent purple windows and headlights, Gears has metallic brown hubcaps and a black grille. The rearmost side windows are painted a light metallic blue, which is a horrible mismatch to the purple of the other windows. There's a grey roofrack on top, some dull blue "gear" elements painted on the dours an good - the latter features an Autobot logo in negative space. There's a purple sunroof on top and red & orange taillights (although they're in the wrong spots!). Overall it's a decent colour scheme - and I like the unusual use of metallic brown on the hubcaps & use of negative space for the allegiance symbol, but the random blue windows look very poor.

   This vehicle is mimicking the S7 van seen in the film - although that's not as obvious here as on Stockade, the original version of the mould. It's a close approximation, not the same model of vehicle, but it looks real enough and close to the vehicle seen in the film. His detailing is pretty good, with the major stuff like side mirrors, doorhandles, door seams, tailpipes, a roof rack and even the sunroof.

   Play value here is fairly minimal, which is typical of the movie toys which tend to focus more on realism - something I really appreciate about the line. The truck holds together well and the wheels roll - his plastic tyres are ridged so he'll roll along the table fairly noisily, and mine rolls very straight. There are no gimmicks here.

   A fairly straightforward vehicle mode, Gears has a good sculpt and a fairly thorough paint job. The blue windows really hurt, though. For the most part it's a good vehicle mode, but he's not as focused as Stockade. There's nothing in this mode that ties him to G1 Gears, notable for a name so rarely used.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Flip the front down to reveal the legs, fold down his feet and heelspurs, split the boots. Fold the front doors out and back, Split the roof and fold down to the sides to form arms and reveal his torso. Flip out the windshield halves to expose the hands and flip out the rear window halves to form shoulderpads. Flip out the head, and you're done. It's a pretty simple transformation, but it does work fairly well.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 12.5cm Width: 14cm

   A silver, royal blue, brick red and bronze robot, with the red dominating his legs, the bronze on his forearms & knees. His head, thighs, forearms & waist are blue whole his face is bronze with a transparent purple eyestrain (and a poor lightpipe). His hands are composed of a grey plastic also found on his shoulder struts. The colours loosely allude to G1 Gears now - the tribute is clearly deliberate, if poorly executed. The colours themselves look nice enough mind you. There's a small black Autobot logo on his chest.

   The simple transformation allows for a pretty good robot shape, with much of the toy being well proportioned. The arms are quite long - specifically the forearms - because of his punch gimmick, which I'll come back to. There's an oafish feel to this robot mode, thanks to the long arms. His simple face also adds to this feel - Gears looks like a grunt with the face to match. The windows hanging off his shoulders work as features - shoulderpads of sorts, but those on his wrists are nothing more than kibble.

   The poseability here is pretty good, even if the articulation itself is a little limited. His head turns maybe 20 to each side, his shoulders are slightly restricted ball joints. Gears has two hinges per elbow and his wrists are fixed. His waist turns and the hips are ball jointed, while the knees are hinged. His ankles are hinged while the black heelspurs are on their own hinges, allowing Gears to stand in a variety of poses. While I would have liked to see a greater use of ball joints here, he does make good use of the joints he does have. Unusually for a smaller toy, Gears's fingers are also poseable - the second and third digits move as one on a hinge while the fourth and fifth do the same. While the impact of this feature is small, I'm impressed that the designer included it.

   The open hands don't hold a gun - he doesn't come with a handheld weapon. Having said that, Gears's hands _are_ his weapons. There are grey sliders on the outsides of his wrists - as they slide back his fists push out, extending around half an inch for a hyper-punch sort of effect. The forearms are long to allow this mechanism to work, and once you extend the fists his reach is impressive, with a maximum "wingspan" of 26 cm!

   The robot mode is good, not quite great but still one that works. The colours are different and his bodyshape looks good. The articulation is lacking a little but the play value he does have is fun. Gears isn't quite up to the level of some of the earlier movie toys here, but he's also lacking the glaring shortcomings of some of them. This is his better mode by virtue of a better colour scheme & play value.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. As mentioned, he is a repaint of Stockade.

OVERALL

   A good toy overall, although the tribute is disappointingly weak (given how infrequently Gears gets tributed). The colours used are unusual but work for the most part - with that poor choice of blue for two windows being the glaring exception. The transformation is simple, but it's still effective and there's minor kibble only in robot mode. The play value is also fairly straightforward, but what he does have is fun enough. I'd recommend Stockade over Gears, but this is still a decent repaint - 7/10

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