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Name: Blast Off
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Space Warrior
Alternate Mode: Space Shuttle

Click here for my fanfic tech spec for Blast Off (Blueburner).



SPACE SHUTTLE MODE
Height: 5cm Length: 10cm Width: 6.5cm

   A white & black shuttle with purple camouflage, Blast Off is probably the most realistically coloured of the Combaticons, and probably more realistic than the original. Not that a camouflaged orbital vehicle is at all realistic. Anyway, it has a black nosecone and cockpit, black wings, and a purple Decepticon logo on the left wing. The camouflage actually ruins what would otherwise be a good colour scheme, here. It's a case of this almost being a _good_ G2 colour scheme.

   He's got three wheels, two just below the wings, one below the cockpit. He can roll freely, but he can't fly. He has two guns which can attach on the back (into the jets) and wrap around the sides, to form an attack shuttle mode. There actually are the three jets you see on real shuttles on the back, though they're cylindrical, not conical, and the top one is significantly smaller than the two lower ones. Still, it's a nice touch that they put them in at all. Oh, and they're flat which allows him to stand upright in launch position. Ok, so this is necessitated by his Bruticus leg mode, but it still adds to the vehicle mode.

   The most glaring thing about the shuttle mode is that it's a space shuttle. Forgetting the fact that shuttles have no need to hide in space, when was the last time you saw a military attack shuttle? I _like_ Blast Off, but this particular mode is really out of place amongst the Combaticons. I assume they avoided a plane mode simply because he was released at the same time as the Aerialbots. Still, they could have avoided that problem by making him a bomber of some sort - since all the small Aerialbots are fighters.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold up the wings, extend the rear section. Extend the front section, split it into halves and bring each half down to his sides to form the arms, and twist the nosecone halves to form hands. You can give him the handgun, but you can also attach the shuttle guns to the sides of the lower legs, although they look a tad out of place.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 5.5cm

   The white and black continues into the robot mode, with a splash of purple. He has white arms, although the left arm has a big splash of purple camouflage, so it's really half white. He has black hands, black lower legs and white thighs, a white head with beady orange eyes and a bright purple chestplate. Aside from the somewhat random purple on his left arm, this is actually a reasonably good colour scheme.

   Like Vortex, Blast Off has swivel joints at his shoulders, allowing for very poseable arms. He's also got hands that can swivel. Not great by modern standards, but fantastic for a toy of this size in 1986. The fists are nothing more than the insides of the two nosecone halves, and look a tad strange, but at least he has dedicated hands, which is more than many Scramble City components have. The biggest downfall of this mode is the fact that his lower legs are one solid piece, and it's black, so despite the moulding of two legs on it, it looks like a lump of black. The back half of this piece has the tailfin, which is why I suspect they made it one piece.

VARIATIONS

   None as far as I know.

OVERALL

   A pretty good square-peg style combiner limb, and easily the best G2 Combaticon colour scheme, even if he _is_ a camouflaged combat space shuttle. The robot mode is poseable, albeit the lower legs are somewhat disappointing. The shuttle mode's nice for the size. I'd still say the original is better, but this one's not that far behind it - 6/10

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