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Name: Streetstar (for legal reasons - he's Streetwise)
Series: Convention Exclusives
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Police Car



POLICE CAR MODE
Height: 4.5cm Length: 13cm Width: 6cm

   A black police car with blue windows and a red and blue strobelight on his roof, Streetstar takes his colour scheme from the unreleased G2 Streetwise toy. In keeping with this G2 theme, there's a yellow G1 Autobot logo on his windshield along with "AUTOBOT" in prominent yellow lettering. There are white badges on either door, which sport gold Autobot logos. behind the stroberack he sports "95-4", which reflects the deco's G2 origins(year of release, number amongst the Protectobots). The rear window is painted bright blue (as on the G2 toy) while the side & front windows are transparent blue. He's a repaint of Classics Prowl, so while the Streetwise link here might not be immediately obvious, this is actually a very good revisiting of the G2 version.

   While Streetstar is no longer a 300Z, the shape of this car is fairly similar, since he's based on a Nissan 350z, with some changes to avoid trademark infringements (thanks for FortMax Reed for this info). There's a spoiler on the back and silver twin double exhausts at the back, providing some new aspects. There's a sunroof panel underneath the stroberack, for use on the Bluestreak version of this mould.

   As with most Classics toys, there's minimal play value here. The wheels roll and that's it. On my Streetstar, at least, the gun underneath falls out very easily.

   A well executed repaint, which is very faithful to the vehicle mode of the unreleased G2 Streetwise, but I'm really not a fan of the differing blues on his windows, which really stands out against black. He looks different to the other versions of this mould, which is nice. It's a good mould, but the windows hold him back.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Lift up the rear bumper panels, flip out the rear to form his boots. Pull out the feet and flip out his heelspurs. Pull the doors out and fold the front fenders inside the doors, pull the arms out to the sides. Detach the gun underneath the cabin, lift up the widow's peak, flip out his head and push the widow's peak back down. Lift up the roof, flip out his shoulder cannons, fold the chest down, swing the arms down. Unfold and give him his gun.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 13.5cm Width: 13.5cm

   A black robot with red thighs, toes and upper arms, Streetstar has painted blue on his shins while the blue windows now sit behind his shoulders and approximate the blue on his shins. Streetstar's face is silver with blue eyes (with a decent lightpipe) while the twin cannons on either side of his head are also silver. There are red and blue painted elements on his waist - pseudo strobes. The door badges, on his doors-come-wings, have the only allegiance symbols here. It's a good colour scheme, and now the two blues come together well.

   The layout here differs from the original, since this is a co-opted Prowl repaint. Nonetheless the details work well, with the the front of the vehicle as his chest. Streetstar has shoulder cannons as well as the wings I've already mentioned. The head is that of Prowl, and while the unpainted crest looks odd, it helps lessen the Prowl-esque feel here.

   The play value here is fairly formulaic, but by no means poor. His head and waist turn while his shoulders swing and lift out to the sides. His elbows bend and there are rotators above the elbows, as well as in his wrists. His hips are ball jointed while his knees are hinged with rotators. There are an extra set of hinges - part of the transformation - below the knees which can help with poseability. The ankles are hinged, while the feet can wiggle from side to side. Streetstar has very useful heelspurs which fold forward, anchoring poses very well. He can hold the black handgun in either hand.

   While the gaps on the sides of his torso are a flaw, this tribute works well, despite its obscurity. The blues come into their own now, making this an attractive repaint. It's a good mould with nicely integrated shoulder cannons. He's very poseable, especially when you consider that he has only two ball joints. This is his better mode, largely because of the way the blues work.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. Streetstar was exclusively available at BotCon 2010, and was likely limited to a single production run, making variants unlikely. He shares the mould with Prowl, and (with some differences) with Bluestreak, Smokescreen and Rapido.

OVERALL

   A nice repaint although he's obscure even by BotCon standards. That's not to say that there's not merit here, but he's a tribute to an unreleased toy, so there's not that much nostalgia here, really. Still, this is a decent repaint, albeit one hampered by the mismatched windows in vehicle mode (not something you'd expect on an exclusive). It's a good mould with nice poseability in robot mode, and while this is far from a bad repaint, he's one of the less compelling BotCon toys. Streetstar does display well in robot mode, but the vehicle mode has a distinct flaw. Frankly, Rapido (same year, same mould) is far more compelling - and this hurts Streetstar more than anything else - 6.5/10

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