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Name: Yukikaze
Series: Japanese Generation 1
Allegiance: Cybertron
Function: Heavy Blizzard Fighter
Alternate Mode: Bullet Train Engine Car



TRAIN MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 12cm Width: 2cm

   A small white bullet train engine car with green stripes down the side, an off white nose and a silver roof, Yukikaze looks like a realistic enough bullet train for his size. The front window is a dark silver metallic foil sticker, underneath this is a moulded window. The side windows are left unpainted, and contrast with the green stripe at the same level. It's worth noting that the midstripe and skirting stripes are painted green, but the snowplough at the front (which lines up with the skirting stripe) is made of a green plastic. The roof section is metallic silver plastic.

   The very front of the roof, above the crew cabin, is white, and there's a white tab on top of this - which cleverly looks like a pantograph - that allows you to grip the roof and lift it, revealing his cockpit (the Trainbots are Diaclone moulds, so Yukikaze is meant to fit a Diaclone Driver). I'm not sure if this model of bullet train usually has pantographs, but there are no others on the roof.

   There are three sets of doors moulded into the sides of the train mode, two crew doors and front and rear passenger doors. The bogeys are visible on either side, and are black plastic (they're identical to those of Seizan, Getsuei and Suiken), and have die cast wheels, that are train wheels and not just flat surfaced wheels. These wheels roll, and will roll on tracks if you have a model railway of the right gauge.

   On the left side of the train, behind the front passenger door is a rubsign indent, if you're lucky there'll be a rubsign. The indent is on it's side, with the mouth of the rubsign "face" being at the rear end.

   Considering the small size and the age of this mould, it's actually a really nifty little train mode. The detail is impressive, the only real flaw is that it doesn't hold together that well, although that might well be due to the somewhat loose shoulder joints mine has.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Remove the crew cabin section, extend the rear section to form the legs. Swing over the front of the silver roof section to form the robot chestplate, which will also reveal the robot head. Pull the robot arms down and out to the sides, rotate down and push the shoulders back in slightly. Give him his silver handgun. You can attach the nose section onto his back, if you like. It makes him slightly backheavy, but means you won't lose it.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8.5cm Width: 4cm

   Now largely silver, Yukikaze has a grey chest and grey shins and feet, thanks to the roof of the train mode dominating the front of this mode. From the sides he's still white and green, but from the front the thighs and arm panels are the only hint of white. The head is green plastic with a painted silver face that's shinier than the chestplate. His arms are black with white panels on the outsides (the train sides), and his shoulders contain die cast pegs. The colour scheme is pretty good, although the green plastic of his head looks a little random from directly in front since the rest of the green is on the sides or back.

   There's a groove between his shins, which are a single piece, and the shins are just the roof of the train, but are fairly well hidden on his train mode. The legs don't really have any articulation, but his head turns and the transformation of his arms means his shoulders have both swivel and hinge joints - this is great articulation for such an old combiner limb. As mentioned, mine has somewhat loose shoulder joints, and the arms can pop out, but they pop back easily enough.

   There aren't any faction symbols on this mode, aside from the now upside down rubsign on his right shoulder. Yukikaze looks very Autobot, though. The facial sculpt looks like that of an Autobot, and is actually pretty good for such a small head.

   The loose shoulders annoy me, but otherwise this is a nifty little robot mode.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of as such. He is based on a Diaclone toy of the same colour scheme, so if you find one without a rubsign indent it's likely a Diaclone. He was reissued during the Japanese G1 era, and while he came in a different box I'm not aware of any changes made to the toy itself. Any variants would no doubt fetch a silly price.

OVERALL

   For what he is, Yukikaze is a pretty good toy. The colours work, both modes are quite detailed. The robot mode is fairly well articulated considering how small he is. I won't recommend this toy as such, since he usually sells for over $US100, and you don't get a lot for that price. I paid about 1/10th of the usual price, so I'm really happy with my purchase. Assuming you're willing to pay the going rate, or are determined to get Raiden to complete your Headmasters cartoon collection, Yukikaze is a good toy - 7/10

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