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



SPORTS CAR MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 6.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   A light amber hatchback with orange front fenders, grey windows and tyres, Wheelie's colours are quite similar to those seen on the original Minicar, albeit with a lighter main colour. His taillights are red along with a stamped Autobot logo on his hood. There's a silver patch on the hood and yellow painted headlights (which are easy to miss) rounding out a fairly simple but well mapped colour scheme.

   This is a much more conventional looking vehicle compared to the freakish G1 version. Wheelie looks more like a concept car than a production model, but it's clearly a hatch. The taillights are huge and the rear wheels are also quite large while there's a light amber spoiler hanging off the back of the roof. While it's a new take on Wheelie which doesn't look a whole lot like the vehicle mode seen in the movie, it's a good way to update the character with a more credible vehicle mode.

   As you'd expect from a Legends toy, there's minimal play value here - the wheels roll and that's it. Still, it's a good vehicle mode that can - quite bluntly - be taken seriously unlike that of the Minicar. The colours work while still looking like Wheelie and the vehicle is quite credible.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pull the front fenders out and forward, extend the rear section. Fold the front over to form his torso and reveal the head. Swing the groin into place, clipping it into the front of the car (the waist). Split the rear as boots and fold out his feet.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   A light amber robot with a grey groin, orange kneecaps and forearms and a silver face and collar, Wheelie has blue eyes and a red Autobot logo stamped on his waist. The colours are again lighter than those of the original toy, and feature far less orange than G1 toy's robot mode. The dominance of amber here matches the animated Wheelie quite well, however. It's an attractive colour scheme within the context of the character - even if all amber isn't easy to pull off.

   The bodyshape matches the Wheelie seen in the movie quite well, with the well defined waist and prominent collar of that version of the character. I'm very happy to report that there's no awkward cap above his head, no hunchback and no misshapen limbs. In fact Wheelie has a very good bodyshape. Granted the front fenders sit outside his hands, but the hands themselves are well defined and Wheelie has a distinct head rather than a face floating on the front of his torso under a lid.

   Wheelie's poseability is impressive for a Legends toy. His shoulders and hips are ball jointed while there are hinges at the base of his shoulder joints. His knees are hinges but can only bend back around 10, while his feet can swing back fairly naturally to make up for this. The end result is good poseability allowing walking and relaxed poses.

   A very good robot mode which is clearly based on the Wheelie seen in Transformers: The Movie rather than the awful robot of the G1 Minibot. The colours, bodyshape and character features are all impressive. Even the poseability is good for a this size scale.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   A great Legends toy that actually makes this much hated character appealing. Okay it wont change the cheesy dialogue from the film, but his vehicle mode is credible and works quite well while still fitting the character concept while the robot mode is all win. As awful as the original toy is, this is a very good Legends toy that removes the shame of the original toy - something which goes a long way to making Wheelie a respectable character despite his quirkiness. If you like Legends toys or - like me - hated Wheelie for the toy - this is definitely recommended - 9.5/10

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