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Name: Thrust
Series: World's Smallest Transformers
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Warrior
Alternate Mode: Modified VTOL F-15 Fighter




JET MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 8.5cm Width: 7cm

   A claret and sparkly grey F-15, Thrust's fuselage is claret while the wings, tailfins and air intakes are grey. His canopy is painted black, along with the nose. Closer inspection will reveal that the claret colour is actually the base plastic for the entire toy. This toy a good replica of the original, down to the Decepticon logos and VTOL fans on his wings and the gap between the engines, and another Decepticon logo on the nose. The wings sit closer to his fuselage than those on the original do (relatively speaking), representing an improvement, but the gap between the engines is proportionally huge now.

   As with a lot of Smallest Transformers - and the original seekers - Thrust has quite a few removable parts. The wings as well as the bombs underneath them, the tailfins and the engines themselves are all removable. The front landing gear of the original was removable, but on this toy it folds away. Instead the engines detach, which I suspect is done to give the robot mode some poseability in his legs.

   The play value is really quite limited, but not really much less than the original. The bombs are no longer missile launchers, instead they're moulded with short bombs. The canopy no longer opens but he gains the fold-away front wheel.

   A pretty good effort, if a slightly large alt mode for a toy in this line. Having said that Thrust's jet mode is always going to be less compact than a car of the same mass. Aside from the gap between the engines, it's a great scaling down of Thrust. Of course, as with the original, there's an awful lot of detachable stuff can be lost.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   More or less identical to the original, although now the landing gear folds away instead of detaching. I should mention that getting it back out for the reverse transform is _really_ tricky, the notch you have to grip is tiny. Otherwise this is nothing new for Thrust - his hands still have to be added on for the robot mode. The only other point worth noting here is that you can't really do the conehead thing, since the cone is very tall and very hollow.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 6cm Width: 7cm

   Like his jet mode, Thrust's robot mode is a mixture of claret and grey, and now there's actually some black plastic on his face and fists. Thrust's eyes are orange, which I suppose is a fair match for the gold sticker the original had for eyes. The Decepticon logos on his wings are still visible on the wings which hang off his hips, the air intakes sit on his shoulders as you'd expect and the bombs sit on his shoulders as blasters.

   As mentioned, the cone isn't really suited for the conehead thing which will bother some, but since I've never liked the whole conehead thing - which was creative license on the part of Sunbow rather than an intended feature of the toy. Nonetheless, show-accuracy types might find this disappointing. I'm more worried about the hollow shins, not so much because they jump out at you (it's a dark toy), but because the dark strips they form are longer than the shinpads on the original were.

   As you might expect, the wide gap between the engines means there's a wider gap between Thrust's legs now than on the original, and it does look good in this mode. I'm not sure the trade off for the vehicle mode is worth it, but that's beside the point here. The proportions are all good, and everything works similar to the original, save for the conehead option. The blasters on his arms are of course tipped with short missiles, since they're moulded into the (former) missile launchers.

   The poseability is pretty good for the size - the shoulders are on ball joints which function like the original shoulders and the hips rotate, which is something new to this version of Thrust. These two sets of joints really represent most of the play value, but considering the quality of the replica, I'm happy with the play value of this toy.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of, but Thrust is a repaint and retool of Smallest Starscream - which likely explains the conehead problem.

OVERALL

   A great replication at this scale, Thrust has some improvements on his larger original as well as some new flaws introduced. The conehead thing will bother some but I don't really think it's fair to rate the _toy_ for not providing a feature the original was never intended to have. My main issues are the wide gap between the engines and the array of parts that can be misplaced (notably the fists), but despite these I still think it's a wonderful reproduction - 8/10

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