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Name: Race Track Patrol
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Mobile Assault
Components: Barricade, Ground Hog, Motorhead & Roller Force



Barricade

RACING CAR MODE
Height: 2cm Length: 5.5cm Width: 3cm

   A blue racing car that's part dragster, part indy car, I strongly suspect he's meant to be the latter. Barricade is pretty much entirely royal blue in car mode aside from the black tyres. The rear tyres are a lot bigger than the front pair - something you'd associate with a dragster. Barricade has a giant spoiler and an open cockpit - he's the only member of the Race Track Patrol without a roof in fact.

   The wheels roll, of course - like almost every other Micromaster car this is it for play value. I'm not a huge fan of this mode - the giant spoiler annoys me a little, but it's not a flaw, just my own tastes I guess. There are some nice moulded detail in a driver's seat and struts on the front wheels, but this mode could use some colour.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Flip out the spoiler to form his boots, fold back the nose and stand him up.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 5cm Width: 3cm

   Blue is again prominent, although now it's limited to the boots and arms. The thighs, chest and head are hot pink while the face and groin are painted yellow. The larger rear tyres are hanging out to the sides, on the top of the thighs. Barricade has a small face, short arms, yet big boots and groin. Overall his proportions look a little odd, and it's all exaggerated by the tyres sticking out to the sides.

   Poseability is what we'd expect really - the arms swing at the shoulders, the hip swing as one and the knees bend independently. He can sit down, something not all Micromasters can manage. Overall I think this is the weakest robot mode of the patrol, mainly because of the proportions. The colours are bright, but I can deal with that - the yellow paint does draw attention to the large groin area though which looks like he's wearing giant jocks.

OVERALL

   Probably the weakest of the group, which is a shame since the vehicle mode is the most interesting, and has the strongest claim to being a race track vehicle. The car mode is reasonably good but the robot mode lets him down - 5.5/10

Ground Hog

DRAGSTER MODE
Height: 1.5cm Length: 5cm Width: 2.5cm

   A purple dragster, Ground Hog is your production-car shaped dragster, with gold flames on the elongated hood and silver windows. Like Barricade his rear tyres are bigger than the front pair, although this makes more sense on Ground Hog. There are racing fins on the sides at the back, unpainted exhausts on the bottom edges of the doors and a snowplow shaped front all contributing to make sure Ground Hog is clearly a dragster.

   As you can probably guess, rolling wheels are we get in terms of play value. The hood tends to flop around a little on it's transformation hinge, which bugs me and sullies what is otherwise a great dragster mode. It's ok if he's flat on a table though, so it doesn't ruin the car.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   By the numbers. Flip up the back to form boots, flip up the nose and stand him up.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 5cm Width: 2.5cm

   The purple retreats to his arms and boots while yellow takes over on his thighs, head and arms. With silver on his face, groin and rear windows (on his boots), the lighter yellow dominates. The facial detail is simple and is hidden underneath the silver paint, but Ground Hog is quite well proportioned and the colour layout is good.

   Poseability is identical to Barricade's, although sitting down doesn't work quite as well. The overall bodyshape is a lot better and the colours work well, which is nice. This is probably the best robot mode amongst the Patrol.

OVERALL

   In my opinion Ground Hog is the best of the set, but he's a good Micromaster, not a great one. Both modes look good and the dragster mode is well defined. The loose front in car mode bothers me, and if this issue wasn't present he'd be a very good Micromaster - 7/10

Motorhead

STOCK CAR MODE
Height: 1.5cm Length: 5cm Width: 2cm

   A yellow sports car, and Motorhead looks more like a street legal sports car than like a track racing vehicle. The front of the car looks suspiciously Corvette like, but I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt, calling him a racing car simply because of the name of the set. Anyway, he's yellow with black windows and black tyres. Motorhead has four equal-sized black tyres - he's the only member of this set without larger back tyres (a street machine trait). Yellow and black play off each other well, it's a simple yet effective colour scheme.

   The wheels roll, of course. Everything fits together nicely too which is a plus. Motorhead has no spoiler, only an airdam and some air intakes on the bonnet. While I'm probably being kind in saying this _could_ be a track racer, it's a decent car mode which is the most important thing really.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Identical to that of Ground Hog.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 5.5cm Width: 2cm

   Yellow boots and arms, which fits the pattern of the set, while the chest, head and tights are purple. The groin and face are painted a pale yellow which clearly differs from the straight yellow plastic. The yellow on his face is kind of wasted since the detail is quite low, and the groin is large and doesn't look so good in such a light colour. Thankfully the yellow plastic draws your eyes away from the paler yellow. There's black on his boots (the rear window), rounding out a passable colour scheme that could have easily been better.

   Poseability is the same as the two previous toys, although his boots are slightly bulkier than the others, which is accentuated when against the darker purple thighs. The boots overwhelm him while he's seated, but standing works fine. Really the only downside to this robot mode is the light yellow - Ground Hog's silver would have looked good here.

OVERALL

   The car mode isn't quite appropriate for the theme of the Patrol, but it's a nice car nonetheless. Both modes are fairly good, and if he didn't have that awkward light yellow in robot mode I'd call Motorhead on par with Ground Hog. As it is, he's a decent toy but not anything special - 6.5/10

Roller Force

RACING BUGGY MODE
Height: 1.5cm Length: 5.5cm Width: 2.5cm

   A hot pink racing buggy with enclosed cockpit, Roller Force is the most unusual and interesting vehicle of the Patrol. The windows are silver and the tyres black, Roller Force has slightly larger front tyres than his teammates. He's the most aerodynamic of the set, with an airdam and low, sleek, spoiler at the back. While the choice of pink is quite unusual, Roller Force pulls if off well since the silver is used sparingly and only where needed. The unusual choice of vehicle helps take our attention away from the pink, which makes this vehicle mode work.

   I quite like this car, simply because it's not a standard car like so many Micromasters. The pink is bold but manages to work, and certainly helps Roller Force stand out from the crowd - it's used about as well as pink could be. While this isn't the best vehicle mode in this Patrol, it's the most daring concept and it works.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Swing down the spoiler to form the boots, flip up the airdam and stand him up. The top edge of the spoiler forms the underside of the feet, Roller Force's transformation is different to the other three members of this set, although only by 90.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 5cm Width: 2.5cm

   As with the other members of this group, the pink of the car mode is now on his boots and arms, while the chest, head and thighs are blue. The groin and face are the same pale yellow as that on Motorhead, although it fits better against the blue than it did next to the yellow of Motorhead. It doesn't quite work next to the hot pink - there are shades of G2 in this robot mode.

   Roller Force has short legs and a wide head, with a fairly low detail face. The rear tyres sit on his thighs in a similar fashion to those on Barricade, but Roller Force has slightly better proportions overall, so they look better than those of his teammate. Other than the short boots and the clash of pink and yellow, this is a decent robot mode.

OVERALL

   A creative vehicle mode which works quite well makes Roller Force interesting, and while his robot mode is flawed it's far from being a mess. He's not the best toy in this group, but he's probably the most distinctive toy in this set, which works in Roller Force's favour - 6/10

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

THE PATROL OVERALL

   While Ground Hog is probably the best of the set, the Race Track Patrol are fairly standard Micromasters, and are the third car Patrol amongst the Micromasters. By the time they were released, sporty Micromaster cars weren't anything new, but three of these guys are good for what they are nonetheless. Barricade is a little weak, but this isn't a bad set overall. They can be a little difficult to find on the secondary market, but if like Micromasters and can find them at a good price, go for it - 6/10

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