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Name: Goldfire (it's Goldbug, save for legal reasons)
Series: Generations
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Mustang



MUSTANG MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 13cm Width: 5.5cm

   A metallic gold Mustang-like car (the headlights are like those of Mustang, the rear are generic) with transparent blue windows and black stripes running from behind the front wheels to the spoiler where they meet. The gold has a slight green hue about it (very similar to the Gobot Stinger) & darker and duller than that of the original Goldbug. He has black tyres & hubcaps while the headlights are painted silver & the taillights are red. Just as on the Throttlebot, there's no blue here (well, aside from the windows) - it comes to the fore in robot mode. I'm not sure I like the black stripes - they don't look bad at all, but they allude to Movie Bumblebee so I'd have preferred thinner stripes or something.

   As mentioned, this is a sports car designed to resemble a Mustang. It's certainly a muscle car, so it's a departure from the VW Beetle of G1 Goldbug. The black hubcaps give him an aggressive look. Curiously there are silver pins attaching the front wheels but the rear hubcaps are totally black as the wheels just clip in (and can be pulled out, as I discovered inadvertently). The sculpt here is fairly minimal, but does the job well. Goldfire has twin rear exhausts, side mirrors, details on his headlights & a raised air intake on the hood.

   There is some play value here aside from rolling wheels & I should actually point out that the rear wheels roll remarkably well given that they're clipped in. He has twin blue guns that can plug into holes on either side at the rear. They're solid royal blue with transparent "petals" at the front. It's actually possible to combine them into a combined flower-like weapon here, although it makes the car look awfully lopsided, so it's best to leave that feature for robot mode as intended.

   A good vehicle mode which does a good job of updating Goldbug into a more modern & powerful looking vehicle. The colour is a little different to that of the Throttlebot version - but it's close enough to work well. I just hope this plastic doesn't end up suffering from Gold Plastic Syndrome. The detailing & choice of car mode work well, with the thick black stripes the only aspect that take away from the tribute & overall appeal here.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Detach & set aside his weapons. Open the doors & pull out the front fenders to form his arms. Unclip & fold drown the rear to form his legs - the rear end itself will actually fold out to form kneecaps. Split the boots, fold up the feet & slide the boots inwards. Pivot the hood down onto his back, slide down the chest & arms, revealing the head & forming the torso. Swing up the headlights to form shoulderpads, give him his weapon(s). Incidentally, while the doors open for the transformation, getting them to do so requires a bit of force, so it's not really play value for the car mode (and it only reveals the robot arms anyway).

ROBOT MODE
Height: 13.5cm Width: 13.5cm

   A gold robot with royal blue feet, thighs, upper arms and a royal blue head. His forearms and groin are black while there's some red & black on his kneecaps & wings. His face is painted silver with metallic light blue eyes & there's a red & white Autobot logo stamped over a blue stripe running down his chest. It's a good colour scheme which strongly evokes Goldbug's distinct gold & royal blue; even if there's more blue & the addition of black. It works well visually too.

   Goldfire has some wonderful visual elements here. The doors as wings is atypical for the G1 Bumblebee character but really helps give this modern toy a G1 feel. The chest is a false hood which also works well, and the kneecaps are an interesting visual element also. The read (which has been retooled from the original Bumblebee version of this mould) is a more complex version of the original Goldbug's head & is the icing on the cake of this excellent tribute. The headlights on his shoulderpads add to the roll call of vehicle elements visible here (another G1 style aspect of this robot mode).

   The play value here is centred on his poseability, as you'd expect. Surprisingly his head doesn't move at all although his waist turns. The shoulders swing & lift out to the sides while his elbows are hinged with rotators. The hips are ball jointed while his knees are hinged with rotators. The ankles are ball jointed and there are hinged below them (for transformation, but they serve to allow fine tuning of his heel spur position). Aside from his head, Goldfire is a very poseable robot. The guns can plug into either hand or combine to form a giant flower-like weapon. The weaponry has shades of Animated Bumblebee's stinger. It looks like it should be able to slide over his forearms, but can only plug into either hand.

   A very nice robot mode with a lot of G1 aspects amongst visual goodies and a very strong tribute. Poseability is good and while the weaponry is only okay, he's posable enough for it to be fairly dynamic. The only notable negative here is the vehicle roof visible between his thighs as kibbles, but that's pretty minor really.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. As mentioned, he's a retool of the original Bumblebee version of this mould.

OVERALL

   Yet another strong Generations toy. Goldfire is a wonderful update of Goldbug & while we've seen many Bumblebees down the years, we haven't seen many Goldbugs so he feels fresh enough. The tribute is nailed thanks to the colours & excellent robot head. The transformation is fairly simple for the most part, but the number of vehicle elements in robot mode make it rewarding. The weaponry isn't that great, but it does it's job & his robot mode is very poseable. My only real complaint is too much black in vehicle mode, but that's far from a deal breaker - 9/10

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