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Name: Ratbat
Series: Generations
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Data Disc



DATA DISC MODE
Height: 1.5cm Length: 1.5cm Width: 1.5cm

   A small purple disc, which is essentially the shape of a hockey puck, Ratbat's top side is painted black with complex gold circuitry detailing. The centre of the disc is unpainted, while right in the middle is a black dot with a gold Decepticon logo. Around the sides and on the underside are some black & gold robot mode elements. The colours evoke G1 Ratbat (well, the gold weapons version anyway), and work well enough together.

   This is a rather indistinct alt mode on it's own. Without Soundwave or Soundblaster, he's little more that a folded up robot. Okay, so he's a data disc - I guess a Cybertronian take on a cassette, but without context there's nothing to see here.

   There's some play value here. He can be stored inside the transparent purple casing he comes packaged with (it's a bluer shade of purple, incidentally) or stowed inside Soundwave or Soundblaster's chest - although I find my Ratbat doesn't easily fit into my Soundwave's chest. The idea is that Soundwave can fire the disc out and Ratbat will auto-transform. Given that mine has to be jammed in, firing doesn't work so well.

   A rather underwhelming alt mode, but to be fair he _is_ well folded up. This mode doesn't look at all like a bat. The colours are almost arbitrary on an alt mode such as this, but they're Ratbat's colours so they work.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Basically, when he hits the table, there's a black button underneath which presses & the entire thing unfolds thanks to a series of springs. Of course, you can press the button yourself. The "sides" become his wings, much of the top becomes the tail while the head is concealed within. Ratbat has no legs to speak of. The reverse transformation involves folding him up, which requires juggling the folding bits at the same time. It's not hard once you get the hang of it.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 1.5cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 11.5cm

   A purple bat with black & gold circuitry remnants on his back, Ratbat has some black details here and there - notable his ears and some gold detailing - notably his eyes. The colour scheme is pretty much the same as the data disc mode, but with more variation in the layout. These colours are again a tribute to the G1 toy, and are pretty much spot on. This colour scheme & layout work well together.

   Ratbat shares the basic layout of this mode with Buzzsaw & Laserbeak, so there's a bird-like layout of his wings, but the head is very much batlike & not the head of a bird. The sculpt differs from the condors' all over, in fact. The tail reminds me of the tail of a kite (bird of prey) more than a bat - but the shape of the tail here is dictated by the fact that the tail is part of the upper surface of the alt mode. The two features that would most differentiate a bat from a bird on this sort of toy would be bat ears & fingers. Ratbat lacks fingers, but the ears are present.

   Play value is pretty much non existent here. He sits there being a robotic bat, basically. There's no real poseability here.

   A simple but effective animal, although it's slightly less bat-like than I'd have wanted (ie fingers). The colours work well and between them and his ears this is instantly recognisable as Ratbat. He looks good even if there's no play value here.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. He was sold with Frenzy (the red one).

OVERALL

   While G1 Ratbat had a recognisable alt mode, this Ratbat is essentially a folded up robot designed to be fired out of a larger Transformer. The auto transform gimmick works quite well, mind you. His colours are good and the tribute strong. You really need Soundwave and/or Soundblaster to make Ratbat worthwhile, but he's a useful minion for either - 7.5/10

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