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Name: Ironhide
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Military Strategist
Alternate Mode: Pickup Truck



CAR MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3cm

   A silver pickup truck, with black windows and front headlights (because that way no one can see him coming). Aside from chromed silver wheels and black tyres, he's all silver and black in fact. Nice & simple, and considering some of his contemporaries (Soundwave springs to mind), Ironhide's got a fairly good colour scheme, if not terribly identifiable with the old red van from G1.

   It's a fairly good truck mode for it's size, With larger back wheels than front, making him a souped up truck, I suppose. Which I'm sure Ironhide would appreciate. He can actually stow his gun in his tray, although I wouldn't recommend it in Ironhide, since the tray's paint could scratch - the shiny silver is painted over a matte silver plastic base.

   Released about 6 months after Motormouth, Ironhide is technically a recolour. As with all Gobots, Ironhide has two axles and rolls quite well on them, and is sized to fit Hot Wheels or similar tracks.

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: 7cm Width: 4cm

   Whilst the silver is still prominent, it's been joined by a rather garish purple on his shins and shoulderblades and an also rather bright blue head/shoulders and blue thighs. The silver's still there on his chest and arms. His face is painted yellow. Not as horrible as a lot of G2 toys, but his colour scheme is much better in truck mode.

   The chest, which is the front of the truck, sticks out quite noticeably, and can get in the way of him standing up. There's a mix of black, blue and purple plastics on his shoulderblades, which I suppose forms something of a feature. It also helps deny either the purple or blue the chance to dominate the colour scheme, which is a good thing.

   I don't hate this colour scheme, but Motormouth's colours are better, and they came out at about the same time. The silver paint does look nice. The mould is okay, although nothing special.

VARIATIONS

   A repaint of Motormouth who also got redone in Robots In Disguise as a character of the same name, which saw quite a few variants.

OVERALL

   A nice vehicle mode which is dragged down somewhat by an average robot mode with some bad colour choices. If you like Gobots, it's certainly a reasonable toy. If you want only one toy in this mould, I'd recommend either the RiD Spychanger or Motormouth. Really I'd only recommend him if you want the entire set, since even if you're after a G2 Gobot, Motormouth is a lot nicer - 3.5/10

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