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Name: Streak (Bluestreak)
Series: Henkei
Allegiance: Cybertron (Autobot)
Alternate Mode: Sports Car



SPORTS CAR MODE
Height: 4.5cm Length: 13cm Width: 6cm

   A silver sports car with a dark grey paint over his hood and roof and a matte dark grey on his rear windows. Streak has transparent blue windows and a chrome silver spoiler. The colour scheme is faithful to that of G1 Bluestreak, albeit with an Anime tribute in the grey. The headlights are colourless plastic over silver paint, the taillights are painted red while there are small unpainted indicators on the front bumper. There's a red Autobot logo stamped on the front of the hood. Overall it's a simple colour scheme, and one which is quite faithful to the Bluestreak we saw in G1. He's a repaint of Prowl, as usual, without the stroberack.

   While Streak is no longer a 280ZX, the shape of this car is fairly similar, since he's based on a Nissan 350z, with some changes to avoid trademark infringements (thanks for FortMax Reed for this info). There are twin double exhausts at the back, providing some new aspects and a sunroof panel on the roof, similar to the targa panels on the original.

   The black plastic tyres actually sport grey hubcaps, which is easy to overlook but is an interesting touch. The front two thirds of this car are actually composed of the transparent plastic, and the rear is painted silver as well. As with most Classics/Henkei toys, there's minimal play value here. The wheels roll and that's it. Still, he works well without being spectacular, and the tribute is solid.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Lift up the rear bumper panels, flip out the rear to form his boots. Pull out the feet and flip out his heelspurs. Pull the doors out and fold the front fenders inside the doors, pull the arms out to the sides. Detach the gun underneath the cabin, lift up the widow's peak, flip out his head and push the widow's peak back down. Lift up the roof, flip out his shoulder cannons, fold the chest down, swing the arms down. Unfold and give him his gun.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 13.5cm Width: 13.5cm

   A silver, red and grey robot, Streak has a silver face with red horns and blue eyes. His chest is the front of the car, complete with headlights and bumper. The red Autobot logo is on his chest and the doors are wings behind his shoulders. Again this colour scheme and layout are very similar to G1, and work well visually. His shoulder cannons are chromed. The blue eyes have a very poor lightpipe. The colour map follows G1 quite well - the head, forearms and boots are silver while his upper arms and thighs are red. The chest is grey with silver headlights while his groin is black and his waist silver. Rounding things out, his fists and feet are black.

   The layout here is quite faithful to G1, with the chest, shoulder cannons, wings, arms and head all closely matching the G1 version of this character. The boots are different, with the bumper on the knees now rather than the toes, but the effect is essentially the same, since the rear window forms the shins. I really like how well executed this layout is - especially the integrated shoulder cannons. His gun looks nothing like that of the G1 version, but this is a minor issue, since it's chrome silver as in G1. The sides of the torso are hollow, since the fenders fold back behind his doors. This is less of an issue than on the white Prowl.

   The play value here is fairly formulaic, but by no means poor. His head and waist turn while his shoulders swing and lift out to the sides. His elbows bend and there are rotators above the elbows, as well as in his wrists. His hips are ball jointed while his knees are hinged with rotators. There are an extra set of hinges - part of the transformation - below the knees which can help with poseability. The ankles are hinged, while the feet can wiggle from side to side. Streak has very useful heelspurs which fold forward, anchoring poses very well.

   While the gaps on the sides of his torso are a minor flaw, this is a very good robot mode. The tribute is again well done, the integrated shoulder cannons are a great feature and I'm a fan of the redesigned boots which allow for more poseability whilst still looking like the boots we saw in G1. Streak is very poseable, especially when you consider that he has only two ball joints. This is his better mode, and that's not a knock on the car mode.

VARIATIONS

   A repaint of Prowl as mentioned. Streak shares the mould with Smokescreen.

OVERALL

   A really good idea with a great design, Streak is a great update of the original concept, with excellent poseability. The colours are very similar to those of the original and the facial sculpt, shoulder cannons and markings in vehicle mode are all retained. The darker colours suit this mould (specifically the sides of the robot mode) better than the white of Prowl, so I actually rate him over that toy, but I'd still recommend both. I'm not sure about the Universe version, but I'd expect this toy to have a better paint job - 9/10 for this Henkei version.

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