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Name: Lambor (Sideswipe)
Series: Henkei
Allegiance: Cybertron (Autobot)
Alternate Mode: Sports Car



CAR MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 13cm Width: 5.5cm

   A red sports car with black running front the rear fenders to the bottom of the doors, Lambor is a retooling of Sunstreaker, with the loss of the engineblock. His windows are black while the rear is black with red taillights and a white number plate that reads "LAMBOR" in black letters. The headlights are colourless and are flanked by yellow indicators while his tyres are black with silver hubcaps and the tailpipes and spoiler are chromed silver. The colours line up closely to the G1 Sideswipe, although the black windows and chrome elements are new. It's a very good paint job - the red has a wonderful pearlescent look and the chrome spoiler works wonderfully. I can't fault the execution here - it works aesthetically and the tribute is great.

   Even leaving the colours aside, this is a pretty good sports car mode. The detailing is low in areas, purely because sports cars tend to have smooth lines. There's quite a lot of detailing on the back. This car is essentially a mishmash of various Lamborghini elements (thanks to FortMax Reed for this info), and so it looks realistic enough, and has a similar feel to the original Countache. If there's a fault here it would the that Lambor bears the scars of the engineblock - the holes where it plugs onto the roof are still here.

   There's no play value here aside from rolling wheels, which is fairly typically of the Classics/Henkei style.

   A fairly straightforward car mode - which is a good thing. It captures the Lamborghini feel well, so it fits Lambor just as well as it did Sunstreaker. The paint job is great and it fits the character. The attachment holes on the roof are the only flaw of a great vehicle mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Detach and set aside the exhaust. Pull the rear out slightly, open the panels at the back. Fold over the rear halves to form boots, rotate the boots. Fold the panels down as kneecaps, flip out his feet. Rotate the waist. Extend the front, rotate the roof to form his back and push out the head. Rotate the shoulders and arms into place (there are a few rotations needed), fold the front of the car down to form his chest. Give Lambor the exhausts as a handgun.

   With a simple rotating of the waist, this mould goes from Sunstreaker to Lambor. It's clever trick which not only suits Lambor well, but brings this twins closer together.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 15cm Width: 9cm

   A red robot with black feet and hands as well as a black waist and black head. His thighs and forearms are white, along with the collar. His head features a silver face with blue eyes and a useful lightpipe. This colour scheme matches that of the original very closely, aside from some lost chrome on the forearms (which ended up white in the cartoon anyway). The hood is on his chest along with a red Autobot logo, now revealed on his lower collar, which is painted black. Again this is a good colour scheme which clearly works as Lambor.

   This is an excellent robot mode. The head is very much Lambor - specifically Sideswipe as we saw in the cartoon. It still works here, but a lighter face would have been preferable. The proportions are good and there are lots of visible car elements. The gun looks like a gun - not a muffler in his hand. The rear panels as kneepads are a touch kibbly, but this is a very minor thing.

   The poseability here is very good. His head and waist both turn, although the latter is restricted. His shoulders, hips and ankles are ball joints while the knees and elbows are hinged with rotators and his wrists rotate. There are no heelspurs, but the poseable ankles largely make up for that anyway. There are no gimmicks here, but I am happy about this, since it allows for his poseability to come to the fore.

   A really good robot mode with good colours and a head that suits the tribute well - this robot mode drips with Sideswipe. The poseability, body shape and layout of car elements are all well thought out. It's clear that a lot of thought has gone into this robot mode overall - it's very focused and the character is unmistakable, even if the mould is treading the line between three characters.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. Alert and Generations Red Alert are retools of Lambor. BotCon 2010 Breakdown also uses this mould (with a different head).

OVERALL

   A really nice toy, Lambor is a well designed Transformer with two good modes, nice detailing, a well done colour scheme and a lot of attention focussed on making sure the character is present here. The tribute is very strong in both modes despite the mould treading the line between a tribute of two distinct moulds, while the colour scheme is great in both modes. While the tribute is excellent, this toy is very well engineered, while still managing such a good tribute. He's held back slightly by those notches on his roof, but is worth getting, especially if you have Sunstreaker - 9.5/10.

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