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Name: Wheelie
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: 4X4 Radio Control Car



RADIO CONTROL CAR MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 4.5cm Width: 4cm

   A blue monster truck with grey tyres, Wheelie has gold windows, light blue headlights and a silver front bumper. He's not much to look at from the back - you can see silver and red robot elements, including the face. Considering what's being attempted at this size, I'm happy enough with the colour scheme & paint job from three directions. There's enough paint here - as with many ROTF Legends, Wheelie's paint job is generous, not underdone as has often been the case at this pricepoint in the past.

   At this size, Wheelie reminds me of the Monster Trucks Patrol from G1, although he's a little bit larger. He doesn't really have a G1 feel mind you - this is an indication of how few monster truck Transformers there have been. At any rate, this mini truck scales fairly nicely against the deluxes from ROTF (certainly better than the deluxe Wheelie). The inside of the tray at the back is a bit of a mess, but the scale is the most pleasing aspect of this vehicle mode.

   While the back end is somewhat compromised, this scale fits the character well and the paint job has enough detail to satisfy. It's not the most realistic Legends vehicle mode thanks to the stuff at the back, but Wheelie works pretty well.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Unclip the arms underneath, swing them out to the sides. Pivot the rear wheels up. Unclip the front, swing down and split to form legs. Lift the roof up to form the head. The tailgate is his chest. It's a very simple yet clever way to turn something solid into a spindly robot.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   A blue robot with grey limb, a silver face, red eyes and a red Autobot logo stamped on his chest. Unlike the deluxe, there's no Decepticon logo option here (but there's also no phallus, thankfully!). The grey is much darker than the grey plastic used on the deluxe - the one grey plastic colour is taking the place of light grey and charcoal from the larger toy. Nonetheless the effect is similar and he essentially looks like the movie character.

   This is a fairly spindly robot mode, with the arms and legs being very slender. Unlike the larger toy (and movie depiction) he has solid heelspurs - the front of the truck, making him quite easy to stand despite this look. The front wheels sit on the outsides of his ankles while the rear wheels are his shoulders. The face is very alien with round red eyes. While it's not quite as delicate as that in the film, it's still easily identifiable.

   Wheelie has good poseability for a Legends toy. His neck is hinged, his elbows are ball jointed while the hips swing and lift out to the sides. Granted, most of this is for the transformation, but it's more than most Legends end up with.

   A good robot mode, especially when you consider it turns into a truck at this scale. The colours work, the shape fits the film, the poseability is impressive and again he scales well with deluxes.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   In many ways this Legends toy is better than the deluxe - something too common in the ROTF line. While the deluxe Wheelie is still a pretty good toy, the fact they managed to get a spindly robot from a 4x4 monster truck at this scale is quite something. The poseability is above average for a Legends toy as well. One of the most impressive Legends we've seen, and this is a character that really works best at this size - 9/10

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