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Name: Double-Clutch
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Defence Specialist
Alternate Mode: F-1 Racing Car



CAR MODE
Height: 1.5cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3cm

   A small formula 1 racer, Double-Clutch has a bright red nose, white cockpit and metallic blue tail & engine. The base plastic is the white of the central section. He's got a white #3 on his nose, red 3's on the sides with some red stripes and white 3's on the sides of the rear spoiler, but is otherwise devoid of much detail. His tyres are black with silver painted hubcaps. I guess some sponsors or something similar would be nice, but for 1994 the small number 3s are actually pretty good for a paint mask.

   The moulding detail's pretty good for such a small toy. There are supporting struts and axles on his wheels, above the actual axles (which are hidden), there's a steering wheel and even a cooling turbine above the engine. He has rear vision mirrors, too. The rear wheels are larger than the front ones. While this is the case on all six Gobot moulds, in this case it makes perfect sense.

   As with all Gobots, Double-Clutch has front and rear axles, and can roll quite well, and is designed to fit into Hot Wheels tracks. He has twin sets of three mufflers sticking out the back, which mean he can't roll on anything that's not a flat surface - such as the hills of a Hot Wheels track.

   This is my least favourite of the Gobot moulds. The car mode's not bad, but it's a little small compared to the others and the low clearance works against it. The colours are nice, though.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pretty simple. Pull down the rear to form the legs, fold down the hood to form the chest, pull out the arms.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 6.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   The red painted nose is now his chest, his arms, head and lower legs are white and his thighs blue. The thighs, as well as the chest section behind his nose, are actually blue plastic, not the painted metallic blue of the car mode. His face is painted a matte blue, meaning they actually used two different blue paints on this toy. The thick blue paint of the face and the white plastic of the head mean there's very little visible detail, but there's not really much moulded detail there anyway.

   The feet are the mufflers from the car mode, which means Double-Clutch has feet that hardly point forward at all - he often falls forward when placed on a surface with his hands at his sides. Add this to the small size of the toy and this robot mode's shape doesn't work that well.

   Poseability is about what you'd expect of a Gobot - his shoulders rotate. Of course, pointing his arms forward or giving him his gun makes him more likely to fall forward. His shoulders are too far down his torso for him to look very good with posed arms - the resulting stubbly arms can't clear the chestplate that is the car's nose.

   As you might guess, I'm not really a fan of this mode at all. The stability, lack of real feet and plain scrawniness (small arms, small for a Gobot) all work against it. The colours don't blend as well in this mode, either.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, but recoloured several times - Gobot Mirage, SpyChanger Mirage and his various recolours.

OVERALL

   A poor mould, the robot mode really fails to impress, the car mode's okay but can't make up for the robot mode. The colours work in car mode but not in robot mode. He _is_ nicer than Spychanger Mirage, almost on par with Gobot Mirage - but this is not a mould worth hunting down - 3.5/10

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