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Name: Ratchet
Series: Movie Tie-Ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Search & Rescue Humvee

Thanks to Kyle for donating Ratchet for this review



TRUCK MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   A beige search & rescue Humvee with black painted windows, black plastic tyres, a copper grille area with copper storage racks on his roof. He's a somewhat arbitrary repaint of the Legends Ratchet from the first film, matching the voyager repaint for ROTF. There are some silver lines running down the sides, with a electrocardiogram kink in the middle - as with the last Legends toy, there are no badges at this size. There's a stroberack on his roof - which is copper like the storage racks behind it. The headlights are sadly painted copper like the grille area around them. There are a few screws and pins visible which break things up a little, but the colours used here mesh well enough. Having said that, between the copper headlights and the random switching of colours (which doesn't match the movie), the repaint itself is hard to get excited about.

   There's almost no play value here - which is standard at this size. The wheels roll while the spare on the roof can also turn - although not roll - if you turn it with some force. So the latter barely qualifies as play value, but it's still possible. There are some gaps on this truck, and while I can forgive the one at the back, I wish they'd made the visible shoulder struts on his doors brown rather than black, since they make the holes in the doors seem bigger. The arms are somewhat visible underneath, but being at the bottom, this is only an issue if you look at this small toy at table level.

   A decent truck overall, even if there are some detractions like the pins and gaps. The colours are generally well done, aside from the headlights, but the repaint itself isn't compelling. There's not a lot about this repaint's colours that match it's purpose, either.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Swing the side panels of the rear section out and back to form legs, fold down his feet. Rotate the front underneath the roof of the truck, stand him up. Unclip the arms and slide them out to the sides, revealing his head and face.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8.5cm Width: 6cm

   A beige robot with black feet and a copper painted chest, Ratchet has some silver paint on his face and an Autobot logo on his waist. The rear wheels are in his knees, and look a little awkward there. This time around Ratchet looks quite different to both the movie version and the mega sized toy. The basic colour map is intact, mind you, but with so much of the truck in different places, much of the detail is lost in translation. Between the simplification, switch of colours and a lack of paint on his head, this robot doesn't look much like Ratchet from the film.

   The sculpt ranges from good on the torso and face to bad on the legs, with the arms somewhere in between. Poseability here is poor - the arms swing at the shoulders but that's about it. The waist doesn't fit together properly, so the entire torso can swing like a pendulum, although I'm not sure I want it to do that. It moves out of place on occasion since nothing clips down.

   A dull robot mode,and not just because he's beige. This toy really focuses more on the vehicle mode - which is ironic since it's packaged in robot mode. The poseability and paint mask are a little lacking, and the colours work against this mode, since they really prevent this toy from looking like the movie character at all. The colours are quite dull, and while they don't clash or anything, they're uninteresting.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. As mentioned, he's a repaint of the Legends toy from the first film.

OVERALL

   Conceptually this is a good Legends sized toy and while the mould has some flaws, it worked first time around. The colour changes made to the Ratchet toys for ROTF really don't work for this simplified version of the character - both because it looks less like Ratchet and because it's just plain dull. While the green toy (in either version) is a decent representation of the character, I can't say the same for this repaint - track down the green one instead - 4/10

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