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Name: Frenzy
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Warrior
Alternate Mode: Microcassette

Note: In the toys, Frenzy is blue. If you wanted to read about the red one, see my Rumble review.



CASSETTE MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 5cm Width: 0.5cm

   Not much to look at from below, from the topside Frenzy is a blue Microcassette (60mins) with silver & light blue stickers. He's basically a small blue rectangle, although he has a fair few tape features. He's got holes for spools (complete with teeth) and a sticker in place of the window in the centre. He may even have a rubsign below this sticker if you're lucky. He's side "A", which is indicated on the top right corner, while the bottom right indicates that he's a 60 minute tape. The bottom left indicates he's metal position. All these details are on foil stickers, which do have an annoying tendency to peel. There are actually seven stickers, two small ones on the top that fall of very easily, a large central one, two on each side and two smallish ones at the bottom below the spools - these two are quite susceptible to peeling. Assuming he's got these stickers attached, he'll look like a pretty good facsimile of a tape. The small ones at the top are expendable, but the other five are essential to maintain the illusion.

   Turn him over and he's twotone blue with gold paint. In other words, don't look at the other side.

   A nice tape mode, which fits nicely into Soundwave. As with most of the tapes, his biggest drawback is that this mode relies so heavily on stickers for it's definition. Assuming he has the stickers and they're not peeling, he'll look pretty good.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Swing the sides of the cassette out and down to form the legs, there's actually a joint where they attach to the body and then another knee joint that has to be unfolded. Rotate the legs to face backward (ie away from the tape side. Turn him over and slide his feet forward. Unfold the arms on the top of his chest and his head should pop out. Position his arms, attach his guns into the holes on his back, or if you like, over his forearms to form handguns.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7cm (9 if the guns are on his back) Width: 5cm (arms to sides)

   The dominant colour of Frenzy's robot mode is a darkish blue, which is on his forearms, hands, head and the outsides of his shins. This is well complimented by a mid blue on his upper arms, thighs and insides of his shins. He has a silver face, and painted gold detailing on his chest. He has silver stickers on his thighs and red, silver & yellow stickers on his shins.

   The guns can come in either chromed silver or gold. Earlier versions were silver, the gold is a 1986 variant. I personally think the gold looks better, although the show (okay, in the show Rumble was the blue one) depicts silver. Both look good, at any rate. As well as chromed paint, he usually (but not always) has die cast metal feet.

   Frenzy's actually very poseable for a Microman based toy. Sure, it's all needed for his transformation, but I'm not complaining. His shoulders, elbows and knees are all jointed. His shoulders have swivels allowing his arms to move up and down and the arms can rotate on these swivels. Combine this with twin joints in his elbows he's very close to full poseability in his arms. His knees can bend, and while he can't balance on one leg, you can bend one back to put him in a walking pose.

   While the tape is mode is bland almost by definition, Frenzy has a good robot mode. Good colours, poseability and a good overall aesthetic mean this mode makes the toy worthwhile.

VARIATIONS

   As mentioned, the guns came in either silver or, later on, gold. By virtue of the fact gold was introduced near the end of Frenzy's run, silver is more common. The other variant is plastic feet instead of metal feet, with the metal version being the more common. The plastic footed version comes with silver guns. In Europe and Hong Kong a painted version exists - the tape mode stickers being replaced with painted detail. This variant also has silver guns.

   Also, whilst it's not a variation as such, Frenzy was sold with Laserbeak in 1984-5 and Ratbat in 1986-7.

   In 2009, Frenzy was reissued in the Encore line in Japan, with silver weapons. The stickers on this version were replaced by painted details, with the thighs left plain.

OVERALL

   A nice little toy, Frenzy has the honour of being the G1 toy that was on sale longest (by 1987, he was the only original Transformer still on the shelves). Despite his similarity to Rumble, I'd recommend both - they're good toys which featured in the cartoon and both have good colour schemes. Good poseability, colours and aesthetic in robot mode, his only real drawback is the fact that worn or missing stickers can really hurt the cassette mode - 8/10

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