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Name: Greasepit
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Fuel Depot
Alt Mode: Monster Truck, Petrol Station



MONSTER TRUCK MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 3.5cm Width: 3cm

   A grey monster truck with dark blue windows and yellow stickers on the doors with "4WD", in case you didn't pick that up from the giant black tyres. Greasepit is your typical 1980s sports pickup, with enormous rounded tyres. There's a lightrack behind the cabin as well as lights and a grille on the front, and some yellow on the underside you'll hardy notice.

   There are black platforms on the sides, which appear to be access platforms for the cabin, but are actually disguised robot arms. They attach directly to the insides of the rear wheels - only the outer halves of these wheels turn, while the entire front tyres roll. Greasepit tends to slide on smooth surfaces, but will roll on surfaces with a little resistance.

   Being a repaint of one of the most distinctive early Micromasters (Mudslinger of the Off Road Patrol), Greasepit has to offer something new to really stand on his own. The colours are different enough, which helps, while the door stickers give this truck its own character. This is a pretty good Monster Truck for a Micromaster.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold the front over and flip out the head at the back. Stand him up.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 5cm Width: 3cm

   Now a pretty even split between yellow and the grey of his truck mode, Greasepit's torso and thighs are yellow, his boots and head are grey. His arms are black, and his upper arms are the rear tyres, while the front tyres hang off the back of his knees. There's a generous helping of purple paint - it's on his face, chest and shins - and while the facial sculpt is reasonably good, the detail is lost under purple paint. The feet are the roof of the cabin while the grille and headlights become his knees. The chest is quite detailed, it almost looks like the bridge of a spaceship. There are moulded fingers on the inside of his hands and the groin is quite well moulded.

   The play value here is pretty standard. The arms can rotate right around, and while the outer tyres roll freely, the shoulders are taught - it's an odd arrangement but it's done well for what it is. The knees can swing independently while the hips swing together. He's unable to sit down since the front tyres get in the way.

PETROL STATION MODE
Height: 9.5cm Length: 9cm Width: 9cm
(Ignoring 8cm ramps which can be attached in different spots)

   A blue block with a yellow twin bowser at the front right, along with a red "GAS STATION" sign that overhangs the bowsers (petrol/gas depends on where you are, and since I'm Australian I'm calling it a petrol station. Deal with it, North America - gas has another meaning). The back features two raised blue blocks, both with stickered details. The right side has a grey roof and stop shop details on the sticker, while the taller left side has a yellow roof sporting a red hoarding (which reads "SUPER GASOLINE Z-1) and a workshop sticker. This is probably the most convincing of the small Micromaster base alt modes, since with the bowsers and sign it relies less on stickers. Greasepit's monster truck mode is out of scale, but this is a good thing since if it were to scale, it would be far too big to work with the petrol station.

   The ramp that comes with this set is yellow, and this can interconnect with other Micromaster bases. While Greasepit doesn't scale too well, most Micromaster cars do. The real play value here is interconnectivity, if you have a few Micromaster bases you can create your own little city, which is very cool. Greasepit does work better with this set than Hot House does with his, at any rate.

   The bowsers really nail this petrol station mode, and while they're a detachable piece, I don't mind since that's simply for ease of storage rather than transformation. The signage is cool, although personally I would have preferred standard rather than American English. Obviously that's just my personal preference, and I don't hold that against this mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO BASE MODE

   Swing the bowser section out to the side, fold the workshop forward, place the station on its back. Detach the main sign and attach it to the outside of the tower formed by the workshop. Swing out the twin radar dishes on the top of this tower, swing down the missile launcher at the tower's base and slide the missile forward. Open the shop to reveal a gun battery, rotate the gunpod above the bowsers. Place Greasepit at the controls.

BATTLE STATION
Height: 20cm Depth: 13cm Width: 20cm

   Still mainly blue, this thing loosely forms an L shape, with the tower on the right side (left as you face it) and a tapered control section on the left. The weaponry and communications accessories are largely red or yellow, save for the gunpod on the left, which is dark grey. You can place Greasepit in the control bay in the middle and another Micromaster can stand atop the tower.

   There's an awful lot of play value here for such a small base. The yellow missile can slide off (it doesn't fire as such), while its red base rotates and the yellow launcher attaches to this base through a hinge, giving the missile excellent range. There are three yellow guns in front of the control bay, which raise and lower as one. The gunpod has four barrels which are attached to another red base, again with a hinged joint and a base that swivels, giving full range.

   The size of this battle station is impressive in itself. Sure, it simply unfolds, but it does so in a meaningful way, since there are four gizmos hidden within, along with the control bay. The bowsers are still visible (tipped over), and there's actually a fair amount of moulded detail on the tower (which doesn't really come out under artificial light). This is definitely one of the better bases amongst the Micromaster line. The colours are simple yet effective.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of, although Greasepit is a repaint of Mudslinger as mentioned.

OVERALL

   Not only is this the best of the four small Micromaster bases, but it comes with the best Micromaster. Other than scale issues as a petrol station, there are no real problems here. The base is fun, and is great value for a set that was the same price as a combiner limb. Greasepit himself manages to have some character distinct from Mudslinger - something where many Micromaster repaints didn't quite succeed. If you like Micromasters or Transformers playsets, pick this up - 8.5/10

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