Cliffbee.com: ROTF Nightbeat Toy Review

Toy Reviews
Individual Review




Name: Nightbeat
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Racing Car



RACING CAR MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 10cm Width: 4.5cm

   A mid blue Le-Mans style racer with a brown wraparound window, Nightbeat is a G1 inspired repaint of Dead End. His headlights and some patterns on the doors are painted yellow while the black tyres have silver hubcaps. The engineblock at the back is painted a gunmetal colour, there's a backwards facing silver Autobot logo behind the engineblock. The taillights are red and there's a white licence plate between them, reading "NGTB34T" in black text. There's a slight black wash of paint at the front. The colours are a fairly good match for those of his G1 namesake, even if the car isn't that similar. Visually, they work well without providing a really strong tribute.

   The detailing here is pretty impressive for a scout - there are smooth aerodynamic areas flanked by good detailing on the wheels and engine and well shaped side mirrors. It's a little tricky to get all his various panels to line up, but there are no major gaps. While I'm not sure if this car is based on a real vehicle, it certainly looks like it could be. As you'd expect from a realistic scout, there's not a lot of play value here - Nightbeat's wheels roll and that's it.

   A fairly simple but solid vehicle mode with good colours and detailing as well as a realistic look. There's not a lot of play value but realism is the focus here. The only real flaw here is the difficulty you'll encounter in lining up his panels. The tribute is almost passing, but the name does make sense for this repaint.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Split and loosen the front section, unclip and fold up the rear fenders - which take the doors with them. Pivot the roof back which causes the rear to fold down underneath, forming his chest and revealing the head. Pivot the chestplate up, rotate the shoulders in and swing out his hands. Fold the feet and heelspurs down, swing back the front of the car and you're done.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: 8cm

   A mid blue robot with grey shins, a grey groin and grey head. His forearms and boots are a pea soup green. Nightbeat has a grey face with mid blue painted eyes. The silver Autobot logo is now on his chest. The colours work well, although since that yellow has been supplanted by pea soup, the G1 tribute is pretty much lost here. Even if the colours were closer to G1, this robot form looks nothing like the Headmaster.

   This is a skinny, lanky robot mode. Nightbeat has long arms, skinny legs and wide shoulders. His general shape is other-worldly, which fits into the movie aesthetic. The head is slightly insect-like and this actually matches his lanky limbs and the long fingers on his open hands. There are large shoulderpads - the rear fenders - above his shoulders. For a fairly realistic car Transformers there's surprisingly little car here - the chestplate is pretty much just a flat panel while the shoulderpads are only really car parts because the tyres are visible.

   The poseability here is pretty good. His neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips are ball jointed while his knees are hinged with rotators. The feel and heelspurs have independent hinges. Nightbeat's waist is fixed. If you lift his head back you'll see grey teeth underneath - I'm not sure if these are meant to be teeth or just a feature, but it's a nice touch either way. Unusually, Nightbeat has no weaponry.

   Aside from the lack of any sort of weapon, Dead End has a good robot mode. The colours work and there's not really any kibble. The poseability is very good and the movable heelspurs make him easy to stand. The G1 tribute is very weak, but he works visually in his own way.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   A good scout with a detailed and realistic vehicle mode, a poseable robot mode and good colours. There's only a very weak G1 tribute here, but the mid blue is enough to make it noticeable. While his vehicle mode is a little tricky to line up, Nightbeat's major liability is a relative lack of play value - the lack of any sort of weapon is notable. I'd recommended this mould if you like the movie aesthetic, but he's neither better or worse that Dead End, really - 7.5/10

"Transformers" and other indica trademarks of Hasbro and/or Takara.