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Name: Sunstreaker
Series: Universe
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Sports Car

Thanks to Pulse for loaning me Sunstreaker for this review (I have since acquired Henkei Sunstreaker).



CAR MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 13cm Width: 5.5cm

   A lemon yellow sports car with glossy black windows, a red Autobot logo stamped on his ridged roof and a black and grey engineblock on top of the rear, Sunstreaker is a fairly good match for his G1 version, although that toy featured a deeper yellow. The tyres are black plastic with silver hubcaps, the headlights are colourless plastic and there are vermillion indicators on his front fenders. The rear section is gunmetal with red taillights and a white license plate reading "WE R 84". The colour scheme is a good idea, and while the yellow is much brighter than Sunstreaker's yellow should be, it's clearly meant to be him. The yellow paint on his roof is a distinctly different shade to the yellow plastic elsewhere, which really drags down this colour scheme. I would have preferred a deeper yellow - the yellow here is a little gaudy, but I'd accept the lemon yellow if it were consistent.

   Colour issues aside this is a pretty good sports car mode. The detailing is low in areas, purely because sports cars tend to have smooth lines. There's quite a lot of detailing on the back and on the engineblock. This car is essentially a mishmash of various Lamborghini elements (thanks to FortMax Reed for this info), and so it looks realistic enough, and has a similar feel to the original Countache. The engineblock on top is a little forced - it sits above what looks like an engine hood - but it's a feature designed to match the custom engine on the original, so I don't mind. There are twin grey exhausts under the rear bumper.

   There's no play value here aside from rolling wheels, which is fairly typically of the Classics style. You can remove the engineblock for a more realistic look.

   A fairly simple and straightforward car mode - which is a good thing. It captures the Sunstreaker character fairly well, especially with the engineblock on top. There are some nice touches such as the license plate on the back and the colourless headlights, making this a good car mode. I'm not at all impressed by the two different shades of yellow - and would have preferred a more sedate yellow anyway - Hasbro like making their yellow Transformers as bright as possible, it seems. Despite the colour issues, this is still a decent car mode, although it should have been a great one.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Detach and set aside the engineblock and exhaust. Pull the rear out slightly, open the panels at the back. Fold over the rear halves to form boots, rotate the boots. Fold the panels down as kneecaps, flip out his feet. Extend the front, rotate the roof to form his chest and push out the head. Rotate the shoulders and arms into place (there are a few rotations needed), fold the front of the car down onto his back. Give Sunstreaker the exhausts as a handgun and plug the engineblock onto his back.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 15cm Width: 9cm

   A yellow robot with grey on his forearms and thighs, Sunstreaker has black feet, elbows and fists along with a black head a silver face with blue eyes. There are also blue patches on his thighs (the Hasbro picture, feature above, has the thighs on the wrong sides, the blue is where you can see screws). There are some red flashes on his shoulders, designed to resemble the red stickers on the original. The red here is vermilion, but the tribute works nonetheless. The black windows are on his chest along with the red Autobot logo. Again this is a good colour scheme which clearly works as Sunstreaker. The mismatched yellows are still apparent, although with the addition of blacks and greys this time, it doesn't stand out quite so badly.

   Colour mismatches aside, this is an excellent robot mode. The head is very much Sunstreaker, complete with the yellow ears. He also has the trademark red shoulders and the roof as the chest, so while the legs are different, this robot feels like the update to the character it should be. The proportions are good and there are lots of visible car elements. The gun looks like a gun - not a muffler in his hand. The rear panels as kneepads are a touch kibbly, but this is a very minor thing.

   The poseability here is very good. His head and waist both turn, although the latter is restricted. His shoulders, hips and ankles are ball joints while the knees and elbows are hinged with rotators and his wrists rotate. There are no heelspurs, but the poseable ankles largely make up for that anyway. The engineblack on his back has a tendency to fall off, but Sunstreaker's still very poseable. There are no gimmicks here, but I am happy about this, since it allows for his poseability to come to the fore.

   A really good robot mode with good colours - aside from the yellow shade issues - and a really well thought out fit to the character. The poseability, body shape and layout of car elements are all well thought out. It's clear that a lot of thought has gone into this robot in overall - it's very focused and the character is unmistakable, even with the addition of grey to the mix.

VARIATIONS

   The Japanese version (which I have) features a more traditional cadmium yellow along with silver chrome on his engineblock, spoiler and gun. The yellow shades on this version are a better match, also. BotCon 2010 Breakdown also uses this mould (with a different head). Henkei Alert & Generations Red Alert are retools of Sunstreaker.

OVERALL

   A really nice toy despite the fact that his yellows don't work very well, Sunstreaker is a well designed Transformer with two good modes, nice detailing, a well done colour scheme (yellows aside) and a lot of attention focussed on making sure the character is present here. While the tribute is well done, what I really like is how well engineered Sunstreaker is, while still managing such a good tribute. While I'd recommend grabbing the Henkei one (the yellow is better and the chrome is more faithful to G1), this is a nice toy - 8.5/10, 9.5/10 for the Henkei version

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