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Name: Battletrap
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Assault Team
Alternate Mode: Truck and Apache Helicopter - two components



TRUCK COMPONENT
Height: 4cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   A blue truck that's really just a pickup truck with a lump in the tray (that becomes the core of a robot). The spec calls this a jeep, but that's giving too much credit. Sure, it's a credible truck but it's not a Jeep, not least because he has horizontal grille bars (the distinctive vertical grille of the Jeep is actually a registered trade mark). The grille and yellow headlights are a single sticker while the front and side windows are also stickers, which are bright pink for some strange reason. He has four black plastic wheels, rounding out a disjointed colour scheme.

   The wheels roll and this truck actually has axles, which is almost unheard of for G1 toys that don't have pullback mechanisms. There's a moulded winch on the front bumper and a rubsign indent (with rubsign) on the hood. The wheelbase of this truck is awfully low, which looks a little odd - moreso than the pink windows in fact.

   A rather flawed truck, and most of the roof is designed as a receptacle for the chopper half, which doesn't help. I don't think much of this vehicle overall, since there are too many flaws that come down to laziness, ones that could have been avoided.

CHOPPER COMPONENT
Height: 4cm Length: 12.5cm Width: 5cm

   A grey apache with a black rotor and black engine section, this is the less colourful of the two components. Okay, so losing the pink I can appreciate, but this thing could use more colour. There's a rubsign on the portside stabiliser and a purple Decepticon logo sticker on the roof, as well as some purple on the tail.

   This is a low detail chopper, yet it's somehow quite well formed. It has two blades (ie one long rotor) and small missilepods underneath the stabiliser wings. There are three legs underneath on which it sits, quite flat, on the table. While it's nowhere near the best chopper in G1, this chopper turns out fairly good considering how simple it is. The rotor actually spins quite well, which is a nice bonus.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Place the helicopter on top of the truck, The idea is that he'll click together and snap up into robot mode, and I have to say, it works quite well. You'll need to push the chopper down firmly, but it works.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 9.5cm Width: 5cm

   The two halves combine well, with the chopper forming the chest, back and head. The chest and back are grey with the rest of the toy blue. The face is detailed with a big silver eyestrip. The front of the truck is his feet, which are quite big while the arms are tiny little blue things hidden behind the chestplate.

   This is a pretty bad robot form, as you might guess from the previous paragraph. The arms are snug against the body and would have to be the worst robot arms I can think of (heck, the Battlechargers leave Battletrap for dead in this area). There's no real legs here, and nothing like a gap between the feet. The rotor on his back looks cool, and along with the detailed face is one of few highlights.

   There's no poseability here and the silver gun merely plugs into the shoulder, which looks kinda silly, especially with these crappy arms. Battletrap can roll on his wheels.

   Overall, it's a very simple robot mode, and is the weaker robot mode of the Duocons, despite having better colours. The compound foot and horribly poor arms really hurt.

VARIATIONS

   None that I know of. It's worth mentioning that this toy was most likely meant to be called Flywheels, since that figure has treads rather than wheels - the names probably got switched between design and production.

OVERALL

   Both vehicles are very lazy, and while the helicopter works in spite of the lack of effort, the robot mode is really a disaster. The combination gimmick does work quite well, but if you are interested in the Duocon gimmick, Flywheels has a stronger robot mode - 4/10

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