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Name: Deadlift
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Forklift



FORKLIFT MODE
Height: 5.5cm Length: 9.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   An orange and grey forklift, Deadlift has grey tyres, forks and a grey rollcage while much of the rest of the toy is orange. There's a black Decepticon logo stamped on the left side with the registration no "MR-34", a black steering wheel inside the rollcage and some white diamond grip on either side, but Deadlift's overall look is centred on orange. He's a repaint of Dirtboss, although with better colours (the brown on Dirtboss doesn't really make sense). The MR-34 is a reference to the Gobot Spoons - an orange forklift. It's an unusual tribute but a very effective one as the Gobots line did a forklift a good 20 years before the Transformers & for the longest time Spoons was _the_ transforming forklift.

   For the first Transformers forklift mould (I'm not going to count Armada's Liftor, which was a rocket car with forks), this is a very good effort. The rollcage, hydraulics, forks and inner cabin are all done well and there's really no kibble here. On mine the front lifting assembly is a little crooked - which is also the case on my Dirtboss, so I suspect this is an issue with the mould itself rather than an isolated thing. The sculpt is better than you might expect from a Scout, and the paint apps compliment that sculpt.

   The play value is very limited which is to be expected at this size. The wheels roll and the lifting assembly can rock back and forth, and that's it. A working lift assembly wouldn't be something I expect here (Spoons managed it - but that was before modern poseability), and I'm happy with the realistic looking vehicle that we get. He's devoid of gimmicks, but Deadlift focuses on being a good forklift.

   A well detailed mould and an improvement on Dirtboss thanks to an improved colour scheme. The play value is by the numbers but that's usual for a Scout. The Spoons tribute is well done and the paint job really does work well here.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Unclip the feet inside the front wheels, split the front and fold the front and sides back. Fold down the legs, fold out his feet and stand Deadlift up. Fold back the inner cabin (steering wheel, seat) onto his back, slide up the rollcage to form shoulders - this also makes the head slide up out of his torso. Swing the assembly halves forward as arms, fold the forks down as blades and you're done.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10.5cm Width: 7cm

   An orange and grey robot, Deadlift has a white chest with a powder blue circle in the centre. His torso is grey while the boots, forearms and face are painted gunmetal, essentially it's a metallic version of the grey. His upper arenas and thighs are orange while the head is painted a somewhat richer orange with red eyes. The orange paint doesn't match so well but otherwise this is a good colour scheme. He doesn't quite tribute Spoons so well in this mode as there's less orange, but the tribute is still here.

   Deadlift is a very short Scout, at least at the top of his head. His rollcage pieces bring him to slightly above average for the size class, but he won't look too many Transformers eye to eye. His body is still well proportioned, thankfully. The arms could do with some paint to help discern his hands from some kibble behind them - you'll notice the brown blades at the end of this kibble rather than his hands, but otherwise this is a visually appealing robot mode. The shoulderpads and blades are nice visual features rather than awkward kibble.

   The poseability here is pretty good for a Scout with a lot of forklift on his edges. His head and waist are fixed, the head was always going to be fixed for this sort of transformation on a small toy. The shoulders, elbows, hips and knees are all ball jointed while his wrists and ankles are hinged. The wrists allow Deadlift to use his blades while the ankles give Deadlift stability in action poses. There are no gimmicks, however yet again this allows him to focus on being a good robot - and with impressive poseability.

   A good robot mode with no major flaws. The mismatched shades of orange do hold him back somewhat; which annoys me as this is an avoidable flaw. The mould works very well though; he has impressive poseability while the forklift aspects are well integrated. As seems to be a theme with ROTF Scouts there are no detachable weapons, but the forks work well as blades, giving Deadlift melee weapons. This is his weaker mode, mainly on account of the head paint.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. As mentioned, he is a repaint of Dirtboss.

OVERALL

   A fantastic mould which is very impressive considering it's the first Transformers forklift. Both modes are well thought out with a realistic vehicle mode and a poseable robot mode devoid of annoying kibble. As with Dirtboss his main flaw lies in the colour scheme; although while Dirtboss has issues in vehicle mode the robot mode suffers on Deadlift. The Spoons tribute is fun - especially for someone who remembers Spoons as I do (I actually had the toy as a kid!). On balance he's as good as Dirtboss, but less accessible. The Spoons tribute is fun so I'm not sure if he's worth tracking down if you already have Dirtboss, but if you do come across Deadlift he's a good scout - 9/10

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