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Name: Junkheap
Series: Generations
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Motorbike



MOTORBIKE MODE
Height: 10cm Length: 16.5cm Width: 6cm

   A cherry red motorbike with a lot of "Hasbro" grey on the mechanical aspects such as forks, chain & kickstand, Junkheap has bright red and cadmium yellow painted highlights, black tyres & a black seat. He's a repaint of Wreck-Gar in brighter colours, representing one of the generic Junkions from Transformers: The Movie. Unlike Wreck-Gar, his windshield isn't transparent - it's painted silver - and sports an Autobot logo rather than a rubbing (as on Wreck-Gar). On the upside, his colourless headlight is better than the red one of Wreck-Gar. The overall effect of this colour scheme is fairly similar to that of Wreck-Gar, which makes sense since the Junkions were all fairly generic.

   This is a much sleeker motorbike than G1 Wreck-Gar, which was an awfully blocky affair. This bike looks more like a trailbike than your average road riding bike, with fairly wide tyres and chunky springs on the front forks. The handlebars feature rear vision mirrors & are composed of a soft grey plastic, making sure that these details protrusions wont easily break off. The sculpt is pretty good actually, with a detailed fuel cap. The engine is quite detailed (and painted silver) while the grey mechanical details such as the chain, front brakediscs & muffler are all quite detailed.

   There's not much play value here. His wheels turn and there's a small yellow kickstand on the left hand side, which can be folded away (although Junkheap can't stand up without it). This mould was designed so that it can ride on itself, so I guess mounting Wreck-Gar on Junkheap counts as play value - if you have both, of course.

   A good bike mode and one that works well as a Junkion despite being more of a trailbike than a true road motorcycle. The sculpt is good and the colours work. Nothing really stands out here, but it's a very solid vehicle mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Unclip and set aside the muffler (which also takes the right side of the rear wheel with it), fold up the chain on the left side, unclip the saddle & extend to form the left leg. Straighten the front to form the right leg. Lift up the front mudguard to form his right foot which will also fold in the handlebars. Flip out the left heelspur. Push the hips together & stand him up. Rotate the chest 90 so it faces forward, flip up his head. Swing the arms forward, fold down the forearms & rotate his hands. Unfold the muffler as his axe, open the blades & place in either hand.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 14.5cm Width: 8cm

   A cherry red, yellow & grey robot, the yellow is more prominent here and the bright red less though - although it stands out on his hips & forehead. Junkheap also has some black, which is basically kibble - the saddle on his left boot and the tyres hanging off the left shoulder & boot. His face off while with a black moustache & red eyes. His head has a new sculpt, different to that of Wreck-Gar. There's no Autobot logo visible in this mode.

   Hasbro have generally been getting progressively better with motorbike Transformers, but this design is in some ways a step backwards. I say that because there's quite a lot of kibble here. The rear wheels assembly sits on the outside of his left knee, which is essentially G1 accurate, but the front wheel - and forks - on the back of his left arm is very awkward. The handlebars and windshield are on his right shin, so there are colourless false handlebars behind his head to match the G1 handlebars. The false handlebars are a nice touch, along with little spikes on his chest (as per G1). Incidentally, the eyes are painted red over transparent plastic, giving Junkheap a somewhat nuetered lightpipe.

   The play value is good thanks largely to his cleverly designed axe. His neck & shoulders are ball jointed while the elbows are hinged with rotators & the wrists rotate. Junkheap's left shoulder is somewhat hampered by the chunk of kibble on the back of it, sadly. The hips swing and lift out to the sides while his knees are hinged with rotators. The feet both have some wiggle room, but due to the asymmetrical nature of his transformation, this jointing is different on either foot, so it doesn't add much to his poseability. The axe is interesting, impressive & thanks to his wrist joints can be wielded in a wide range of poses. The front tyre can also detach and be handheld as a soft of shield - similar to the G1 toy.

   A good robot mode despite some notable kibble. A lot of thought has gone into making this robot mode resemble G1 despite a vastly different transformation, the articulation is useful for the most part and the colour scheme works well. While there's nothing awesome about this mode, the face is very well done and the resculpted head is a nice touch. His only real downside is the chunk of crap on one shoulder.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. As mentioned, he is a repaint of Wreck-Gar, as well as of Scrapheap.

OVERALL

   While this is one of the weaker moulds from the more recent Generations toys, it's still a very solid Transformer and there's a lot of attention to detail here. Both modes are solid and display well and it's a good tribute to a G1 concept that hasn't been revisited before. The engineering is sub-par compared to most modern Transformers. The retooled head is nice but the coloured are fairly similar to those of Wreck-Gar, so I'll spot short of recommending this retool. Still, it's a well considered mould reuse - 7.5/10

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