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Name: Streak (Bluestreak)
Series: e-Hobby exclusives
Allegiance: Cybertron
Function: Gunner
Alternate Mode: Datsun 280ZX Fairlady



CAR MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 11cm Width: 4.5cm

   A silver Datsun 280ZX, similar to the original Bluestreak. Streak is a slightly metallic silver colour with chrome silver on his hubcaps and around the rear window. He is a realistic Datsun with transparent front and rear windshields, rear side windows and Targa roof panels. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Targa top concept, popular in the 1970s and 1980s, Targa tops consisted of removable glass panels in the roof above the driver's and front passenger's seats. It's a cross between a sunroof and droptop roof, without the cost of either. The front side windows are absent, they've been wound down, I guess. His bumpers are black, his tyres are rubber. The hood and roof are black rather than silver, as seen in the G1 cartoon, and this is the main point of differentiation to the regular Bluestreak toys. The rubsign is underneath the rear, rather than on the door (as on the original). The overall impression is fairly similar, although the chrome silver around the rear windows is out of place - I would have preferred black. There is an Autobot logo sticker on the hood and one on the rear window. It's worth noting that the silver sticker on the hood (over the robot head) is now black.

   As with most Diaclone based Transformers, Streak has die cast metal parts - his front section and the rear of the car are die cast, making him quite heavy, but also giving him a more solid feel. Mine's yet to suffer any paint chips, but I'd assume they'd be less of a problem with metallic grey paint anyway. I'm not sure if the black paint on the hood is an extra lyer or nkt, but I suspect it might be. The license plates now read "STREAK" instead of "FairladyZ", continuing the subtle changes to differentiate this toy from the original. The taillights are orange and red, and even have the white reverse lights in the right spot.

   His wheels roll, but he doesn't have axles so he wont roll freely very far. As with nearly all Diaclone Autobots, he's got a spot in his cabin where you can fit a Diaclone driver. The inside of the cabin is pretty much just robot kibble, but it doesn't hurt his overall look.

   The only major flaw in this mode is fragility. The roof has a habit of snapping off - roofless Bluestreaks are easy to find. Needless to say, this ruins the car mode. In the case of an e-Hobby exclusive, this is less likely since most will be taken care of by collectors, but it still rates as a weak point.

   All in all, this is a nice car mode. The little things, like the taillights and the moulding are done well - he has doorhandles and other cool details. He's unmistakably a 280ZX, and the fact that this is a car you still see on the roads adds to the realism. One of the best Diaclone car modes, assuming he has a roof. The changes are all fairly minor - even the black is a relatively minor change, in truth - but there are enough of them that I'm happy with the effort put in by the designer. I just wish the rear window frame wasn't so shiny - chrome is unwelcome here.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pull out the rear section, flip it down and pull the two halves apart to form the feet. Lift the groin locking plate up, rotate the waist 180° and lock the groin again. Unclip the fists from the shoulders, swing the arms up from inside the front of the car, fold the front down to form the chest - the head should reveal, if it doesn't, fold the roof down onto his back and the head will fold up. Open the doors to form wings. Position the arms, give him his shoulder missile launchers and his rifle.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 11cm Width: 9.5cm

   Silver again dominates Streak's robot mode, his thighs, waist and the antennae on his head are red, as well as the missile launchers. His forearms, groin and toes are black, along with the hood that forms his chest - greatly reducing the silver here, although it's still the most prominent colour. The black works well here, since this is closer to Bluestreak from the G1 cartoon (and that chrome now on his shins is less obtrusive). The chest is the hood of the Datsun. His feet are the rear section of the car, the taillights are on his toes and the rear window has become the shins. The doors are now wings, as mentioned - they stick out to the sides from behind the shoulders, but are far enough back that they’re not in the way of the arm poseability at all. Again the overall look is similar, with the black hood, some extra yellow and blue stickers on his forearms, and the license plates, being the changes on this version.

   This is a nice colour scheme, and with lots of well-integrated Datsun bits, Streak has a really nice looking robot mode - better than Smokescreen or Prowl in my opinion, thanks to the colours. Even ignoring the colours, this is a good looking mould, the wings, wheels mounted on the back of his shoulders and detailed facial sculpt all work in it's favour.

   Streak's poseability is limited to his arms, which are very poseable for G1 - his wrists rotate, his elbows are hinged and there are two swivels in each shoulders giving them full motion. Adding to the play value is the missile launchers, which shoot chrome silver missiles maybe 6 inches. Okay, it's not great, but it's a feature. His gun, which is chrome silver, fits in one hand, but the barrel can rest on the other, simulating a two-handed grip.

   There's a lot of sticker detail on the black parts in this mode - the groin and the black inside his shins (behind the windows), and there are yellow stickers at the top of his thighs. All of these stickers are subtle enough that you don't really notice them, but they give him mechanical detail - Streak without stickers doesn't look quite as nifty.

   This is a great robot mode, thanks to an aesthetically pleasing mould and great colours. He has good poseability for a Diaclone, I can't really flaw it. The black really comes into its own here, and given the fact that this toy is designed for the fans, I suspect the robot mode was the main focus.

VARIATIONS

   A limited e-Hobby exclusive released, Anime Streak was likely limited to a single production run, making variants unlikely.

OVERALL

   A nice idea for a limited run toy, since the Sunbow cartoon took the liberty of changing the character in such a way that the toy never quite matched. Considering the relative rarity of the G1 Bluestreak toy nowadays (and the hack job that was Hasbro's reissue), it's a very decent alternative to buying an original. The changes are minor enough that many wont care - I can't say that this version is compelling if you have the original, and the secondary market prices are relatively low given Anime Streak's rarity - but fans of the character such as myself will find the robot mode rewarding. The use of chrome on the back window bugs me, but it's not enough to ruin a great idea. I'll stop short of recommending him since this is a tricky toy to find, but I would recommend this over Hasbro's reissue as a Bluestreak toy - 8/10

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