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Name: Cosmos
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Reconnaissance & Communications
Alternate Mode: Flying Saucer



UFO MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 5cm Width: 5cm

   A small green dome with a raised section in the centre, and a small red knob on top of that. Being a flying saucer, I'm going to assume he's accurate - since by definition they could potentially come in a million variants. Anyway there are some flecks of yellow visible on the lower dome, as well as a rubsign indent on the front (and hopefully a rubsign there).

   There's not really that much to this mode, since his main feature is the fact that he's small and round. he does have what look like exhaust pipes on each side at the back (they're actually the robot hands), but otherwise he's a small disc you're likely to see hovering above some town in New Mexico.

   It's hard to except anything really from a Transformer than turns into a flying saucer - there's not really much in the way of reference points - and farmers claiming they've been experimented on don't really count. But he looks like he could be a UFO, so I'm happy with that. The exhaust pipes are a nice touch, even if you've got to wonder whether internal combustion would really work for interstellar travel.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pull the front forward, fold it down to form the legs and flip the feet up. Fold the sides up and slide them upwards to form the arms. Lift out the red button to form the head.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 6cm Width: 5cm

   A small green and yellow robot with a red head (and a Mexican accent), Cosmos is a cute little figurine. His torso, feet and hands are green, his legs, arms, hips and face yellow. The rubsign on his feet is his only allegiance symbol. He has a sticker on his chest that looks vaguely like some sort of console - a communications console would work, and fits with his function.

   In terms of body shape, the circular vehicle mode is clearly apparent - his arms are curved, the top of his torso is dome and his feet are curved. Considering the size of this toy, they've actually done a fairly good job of avoiding too many curves in this mode. He is quite stocky, though, and his feet are one solid piece. He's very show accurate - the show Cosmos was stocky and fairly curvy. His hands are basically three finger affairs, and are convincing enough in comparison to the hands of most Minicars (not all of whom had hands).

   Cosmos' poseability is limited to his shoulders rotating, and these joints deteriorate with age. Since his shoulder joints are the same joints that slide up in the transformation, as they wear the arms have a tendency to slide back down, and swing back down to his sides when posed. Mine's still fairly taught, although I do have to fidget with the shoulders sometimes. The other joint that loosens with age is the hip joint - if it loosens he slumps forward and looks at the ground.

   A very cute robot mode that's very show accurate, Cosmos is probably above average for a Minicar, but the tendency for joints to give way with age counts against his robot mode.

VARIATIONS

   Originally released in 1985, reissued (under his Japanese name, Adams) as part of a Minibot reissue giftset with the addition of an Autobot logo to the sticker on his chest (in place of the console section).

OVERALL

   The flying saucer mode is fine - it's hard to pick faults with a fictitious mode. The colours work, the robot mode looks cool but has some joint problems. Cosmos is a toy I'd recommend, and his show character is cool (and Mexican), which means a lot of G1 cartoon fans will want him anyway - 7/10

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