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Name: Autolooper
Series: Kissplay
Allegiance: Cybertron
Alternate Mode: Mazda RX-8 Police Car

Thanks to Goktimus Prime for loaning me Autolooper for this review



POLICE CAR MODE
Height: 2cm Length: 5.5cm Width: 2cm

   A small white car with black around the bottom edges, a black grllle and black windows. On the sides and back he sports the letters "E. D. C" in black while on the roof is the number 704, also in black. There's a red stroberack on the roof while the taillights are silver and red and the headlights silver. Rounding out a detailed colour scheme on such a small toy, he has black tyres and white hubcaps.

   There's not much to this mode, as you'd expect of a toy which is essentially a World's Smallest Transformer. The wheels turn and the front doors open, and the gun can stow inside the cabin - place it there through an open door. I wouldn't expect any more play value at this size, really.

   This is Autolooper's better mode - since it's less fidgety than the robot mode. The painted detailing is impressive and the sculpt, while low detail, clearly defines him as an RX-8.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   A very finicky & fragile transformation that's not that much simpler than the Binaltech mould on which he's based. The arms and roof will likely pop off during the transformation. In summary, the front becomes the torso, the back becomes his feet while the arms fold out from under the hood and the doors become wings.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 5.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   A while robot with black toes, black across the chest and on the wings. The black front tyres are on his shoulders. His eyestrip is red and his mouth black. It's a simple colour scheme, although the detailing on his face and legs (which feature some black paint) is impressive. Curiously, there are no allegiance symbols on this toy.

   This robot mode is difficult to stand because the heelspurs are on the inside edges of his feet - he tends to fall to one side or the other. The articulation is good, but this doesn't translate into good poseability, partly because of Autolooper's unstable nature, but also because of the shoulder joints which pop out so easily. His arms can lift up, but you're more likely to detach them. His elbows are ball jointed, but this doesn't mean much with those shoulders. He can grasp his gun with either hand. The hips are ball jointed while the knees are hinged. The ankles are hinged with rotators.

   A fragile robot mode which has a lot of difficulty standing and while he can display well if you can find the right pose, between the poor heelspurs and shoulder problems, getting a good pose is a pain in the skidplate. Not a good robot mode in the end, despite the admirable engineering which gives us this robot mode.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware if. Autolooper is sold with a much larger anime figurine (of a girl with a loose skirt, of course), which dominates the release.

OVERALL

   A good car mode isn't anywhere near enough to make this figure work - the robot mode has major problems and Autolooper is virtually an accessory for the anime figure he comes with anyway. From a Transformers perspective, the larger toy is more impressive, better engineered and just offers more Transformer. One to avoid, really - 2/10

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