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Name: Adams (Cosmos in the Anglophone markets)
Series: Henkei
Allegiance: Cybertron
Alternate Mode: Flying Saucer



FLYING SAUCER MODE
Height: 2cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 6.5cm

   A pine green flying saucer with some silver markings on the front, a red "button" in the centre and a yellow tailfin at the back, Adams is a revisiting of the original Cosmos Minobot toy, with the tail and markings added for this version. There's no raised section the middle here and the end result is a much flatter disc, which also sits higher off the table. There is no Cybertron (Autobot) logo here.

   There's not much to say about this flying saucer mode really - the markings are I guess some form of alien text and he's a very true circle shape aside from the tail (and a couple of protruding hinges). Unlike the Minibot, Adams does not have wheels underneath, nor does he have exhausts at the back breaking up the circle.

   A simple vehicle mode which is a little closer to the shape of the stereotypical flying saucer, Adams retains Cosmos' colours and adds in the markings. It's a nice vehicle mode, although I find on mine the tailfin pops off easier than I'd like. I've glued it down.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold the rear section down and pull out the sides of this area to form his legs. Straight the legs and clip the rear in underneath, which will cause the button to lift out, forming his head. Pull the front apart and swing down to the sides to form his arms.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7.5cm Width: 7.5cm

   A green robot with a yellow chest and yellow thighs, Adams has a red head with a yellow face and blue eyes. There's some blue on his chest along with a red Cybertron logo. The colours here closely resemble those of both the Minibot and the cartoon version - which featured the blue eyes. The silver markings replace the yellow on the front of the G1 arms. The colour scheme looks nice and is very true to character. I love the addition of blue paint on his eyes.

   The robot shape is similar to the original, with rounded arms and an overall plump look - I wonder if he still has a Mexican accent! The head is very much that of Cosmos and the change in transformation should reduce the red paint wear so common on the Minibot. The grin is a little longer than it should be and he has a distinct tail in the form of the tailfin, but overall it's dripping Cosmos. Adams' poseability is about what you'd expect from a Legends toy. The shoulders and hips are ball jointed while the knees are hinged. This gives him some poseability without a wide range of poses - but it's enough at this size. I would have liked some fold out fists, mind you - there are very rudimentary sculpted fists on the inside of the arms (which are painted yellow).

   A good robot mode aside from the lack of fists. The head and chest are well done and the pudgy look is retained. The colours are spot on and the curvy nature carries over - which makes sense since he still transforms into a circular vehicle. As bizarre as the original concept was, this robot mode is a fitting tribute.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. The Anglophone version is called Cosmos.

OVERALL

   A good tribute to a G1 character which has been largely ignored since 1985. Cosmos was never going to be easy to translate into a modern toy, so I guess Adams (and his Anglophone version) is the best we're likely to see for a while. I'm happy enough with this, since this is a good tribute toy which is quite faithful to the original in both colour and shape while the detailing is excellent. Recommended for G1 fans and fans of Legends in general - 8/10

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