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Name: Inferno
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Search & Rescue
Alt Mode: None (was a fire truck)



ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: 4.5cm

   A brick red robot with extensive black paint, including a black head, groin, black shins and fists. Inferno has white thighs and a white face with his eyes and chest are blue. The torso is unmistakable as the front of a firetruck, and this figure is instantly recognisable as Inferno from 1985. The colours work well, and there are few departures from the original robot mode - the clear window is now blue and the chromed shoulder pylons are black. The two sets of rear tyres are still evident on his feet while the headlights, grille and indicators are all moulded on the torso. Inferno has lost the cradle around his head, his wings and the ladder on the back is gone, but these changes I can deal with, since both would have restricted the poseability of this version, which would defeat the purpose.

   Inferno has lost the missile launcher options in his fists - which the cartoon portrayed as a nozzle-hand, and while it would have been easy enough to include the nozzle, I don't mind at all, since he looks neater than he might with uneven arms. Cartoon accuracy is a big feature of Actionmasters, so if you like these guys as cartoon representations, the hands might put you off. There's an Autobot logo sticker on his chest, the centre of the windshield in fact. The placement seems like an odd decision, but there's nowhere else to put it since Inferno's a fairly detailed Actionmaster, and it's not like he needs to worry about driver visibility anymore.

   Poseability is the same as every other Actionmaster - head turns, arms rotate and legs have G.I. Joe poseability (fully poseable hips, knees bend 90 degrees). Inferno actually _loses_ poseability in his arms, but the head and leg poseability make up for this in my opinion.

THE PARTNER - HYDRO-PACK

   Not so much a partner as a Search & Rescue apparatus, the Hydro-Pack is meant to be a water tank that converts to a liquid-firing gun, which seems a little redundant. It's orange with a purple hose, colours bad enough on their own, let alone alongside the red Inferno. The hose can poke forward on outside of the right shoulder, and it can fit into two holes on his back - Inferno has a second hole most Actionmasters lack (this one has no screw). The lower hole is the "standard", the upper one is positioned to allow the hose to clip into the back of his gun, with the gun still in his hand. The purple gun sits to the right of it's own handle in order to make this work. The idea is nice, but I don't like the comprised gun much.

   The backpack on it's own is quite dull, and it's transformed mega-gun mode is made redundant by the backpack with clip-in gun. Still, this does allow for a stable mega-gun of sorts - the handheld mega-gun is awfully big (although Inferno can hold it without falling over, at least). The compound handheld gun must be held in his left hand, while the clip-in needs to be in his right hand. While the extra gun option is a nice bonus, I prefer to leave the backpack out, largely because of the colours.

VARIATIONS

   None that I know of.

OVERALL

   The figure itself is quite solid - it's immediately recognisable as Inferno, and evokes both the original toy and the cartoon character. The colours are good and he's quite detailed for an Actionmaster. The backpack itself is uninteresting, although the weapon configurations are admirable. The orange and purple plastic used for the backpack ultimately ruin it, so Inferno has to get by on his own merits - which he manages to do - a decent Actionmaster that's one of the best reproductions amongst the classic characters - 6/10

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