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Name: Flak
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Armoured Truck



ARMOURED CAR MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 7cm Width: 3cm

   An army green armoured truck with khaki green camouflage, Flak has four black plastic tyres, twin black windows painted at the front and a silver Autobot logo stamped on his hood. There's an army green turret on top with a single cannon, rounding out a simple colour scheme. While his colours are unremarkable, they make sense for a vehicle like this and work very well.

   Unlike most Movie Legends/Legions, Flak doesn't appear in the films at all. Instead he's loosely inspired by the G1 Micromaster of the same name although he's actually close to Big Shot from the same patrol. At any rate this is a pretty standard armoured truck (although I have no idea if he's based on a real truck model) and has a nice level of detail - there are seams, rivets, vents and the like. The camouflage lines up across seams and a small gap at the back is the only real distraction here. The turret can turn in one direction only and the cannon can lift up and go past vertical, providing some play value (along with the rolling wheels).

   Simple and understated but Flak is a well designed Legions vehicle. He doesn't appear in the film (or a larger pricepoint in the towline) but this truck is well painted, well sculpted and realistic enough - so this is a good vehicle mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Unclip and lift the front fenders out to the sides. Unclip and pull the rear fenders out to form his legs, pull back to drag the groin into position. Fold the hood down to form his chest & reveal his head. Swing the front fenders down to form his arms, unfold the forearms. Stand him up, rotate the turret 180 (it'll only rotate in one direction) and flip the cannon over his right shoulder.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8.5cm Width: 5cm

   An army green robot with some of that khaki camo on his chest, along with the black windows. His thighs and head are also painted khaki, but this isn't just camo, rather dedicated robot mode elements. His face is gunmetal with baby blue eyes. The front tyres sit on the outsides of his hands while the rear tyres sit on his ankles - these two elements combine to give Flak some black in this mode. Overall there's more army green here than in vehicle mode, but still well balanced.

   This is a fairly well formed robot mode. There's a little bit of butt-kibble - a panel hanging behind his legs, the only real negative here and it's a minor one. Okay, his elbows only unfold to 90, but the arms look fine and the right fist even contains a hole for a weapon.

   The poseability is decent for a Legion - his shoulders and hips are ball jointed while the elbows are hinged (but can't straighten) and there are no knee joints. His head and waist are also fixed. Basically, Flak can stand around in somewhat relaxed poses, but dynamic ones are out - which is usually the case at this pricepoint.

   A good robot mode if not a spectacular one. The shoulder cannon is a nice touch, the poseability is about as good as we'd expect and the colours work. The butt kibble is the only notable drawback but it's minor.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   Flak works well in both modes despite fairly uninteresting (but sensible) colours. What holds this toy back most is the fact that he doesn't appear on film when almost every other Movie Legends/Legion does (Springer is the only other exception). Leaving that aside - it's not really the fault of this toy - he's a nice simple toy, and definitely worth his ticket price. A solid toy and one I'd recommend if you like this pricepoint in general - 8/10

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