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Name: Warpath
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Warrior
Alternate Mode: Tank



TANK MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 6.5cm Width: 3cm

   A maroon & grey tank, Warpath is basically maroon with grey treads and a grey panel behind the turret. The treads are moulded, but he does have wheels on his underside, so he can roll. The turret swivels 360, although the barrel cannot move up and down, making play value about what you'd expect from a Minicar. He has a rubsign on his front, with an indent. He has two hatches - one moulded one in front of the turret and one on top. You can actually swing this hatch up, but it reveals his robot face, so I wouldn't really recommend it.

   Warpath has pretty detailed treads for a Minicar, including moulded links and driving wheels inside. There are even gaps between the wheels, revealing the maroon plastic of the tank itself. I'm impressed by this level of detail.

   It's a reasonably good tank mode for the size, although to be honest, it's kind of boring, mainly because there's such a dominance of maroon. The moulded detail is pretty good, and is probably the best feature of this tank.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pull the front out, flip it up and fold the back up, push back the turret, flip the head up, pull the arms out and position them.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7cm Width: 3cm

   Like his tank mode, Warpath's robot mode is mainly maroon. In fact aside from silver outbreaks on his shoulders and on his waist, he's maroon. He does have black eyes, but a maroon faceplate counteracts them. It's a dark colour scheme, but not necessarily a bad one, it's pretty show accurate, for what it's worth.

   The barrel sticks right out the front of his chest, which is pretty cool, but there's nothing stopping the turret from swivelling in robot mode, which is not quite so cool. His feet are one solid piece - the front half of the tank. While it makes for a very stable toy, he looks like he's about to be thrown in the East River by some guy named Enzo. His shoulders swivel halfway down his arms, adding to the odd body shape of this toy.

   The robot mode suffers a lot, the odd shoulders and loose turret for a chest really hurt the look of this robot mode. I don't hate it, but the fact is Warpath has a flawed robot mode.

VARIATIONS

   None that I know of, although Treads is a recent repaint.

OVERALL

   When I was a kid, this guy took ages to finally empty the hooks. Warpath was without doubt the pegwarmer of 1985. He sold better than Wheelie, but he was the probably the worst Transformer out at the time - with the exceptions of the Jumpstarters. He's not terrible, and what they did with his turret in robot mode is actually pretty cool, but he's not a toy I'd recommend searching high and low for. One reason to get him is that the POW! cartoon character is pretty ZAM! cool. Sadly, it's the most compelling reason to get this toy - 4/10

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