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Name: Laster
Series: Japanese Generation 1
Allegiance: Cybertron
Function: Skill Knight
Alternate Mode: Lamborghini Countache

Thanks to Pulse for lending me Laster for this review.



CAR MODE
Height: 5cm Length: 15cm Width: 7.5cm

   A yellow Countache, Laster has transparent blue windows at the front and sides, red flame stickers on his hood and doors and some red stickers on his spoiler. The wheels are blue with black rubber tyres - something pretty much unheard of in G1 after 1986. The colours are simple but work well - he's probably the only visually interesting vehicle mode amongst the three Roadcaeser components. The vehicle mode is readily discernible, since it was used for Sideswipe/Red Alert.

   I like the use of rubber tyres, even if this Countache mode is a tad low on details. Laster is big and chunky, in an oversized knock-off way, without anything that really makes this car look great. Many of the details are quite simple - the most complex sculpt here is the seams around his pop-up headlight. The shape is close to that of a Countache, making it quite easy to recognise him as such,

   The play value is okay here. The rubber tyres roll quite well. You can plug his black sword into a hole on the roof, although this is more for storage than as a weapon. You can also plug his cannon assembly into this hole. Not that it looks much like a cannon - it's the foot and hand of Roadcaeser, and it's very clearly an attempt to put the combining stuff somewhere, rather than weaonpry as such. All the same, I'm happy the designer gave Braver a way to store this stuff. The roof and windshield lifts up, revealing a cabin in which you can seat his mini Brainmaster figure as a driver. None of this is especially impressive, although it does spice things up a little.

   A passable car mode with fairly clever colours. There's nothing here to get excited about aside from the rubber tyres, but the make and model is easy to pick which helps. For his size, Braver needs a little more detail - although it beats that on Braver. Sure, he combines, but the engineering in this toy isn't impressive enough to carry such a basic, low detail, generic sports car mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Remove the driver and weaponry, set aside. Split the rear and rotate to form legs, stand him up. Fold back the front of the car onto his back, swing down the chestplate, insert the mini figure, close the chestplate which will cause the face to slide up into the head. Give him the sword.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 16.5cm Width: 7.5cm

   Again based on yellow, Laster has a black torso and head, grey thighs and hands, a silver waist, silver face and blue eyes. Again we have a sticker with an Autobot logo, central on his chest which is covered by red stickers. The colour scheme works well, but it's the least generic amongst this trio. It's still not a _great_ colour scheme, but it's more creative than those on either of his buddies.

   Laster has a simple car mode and a simple transformation. So it's almost fitting that his robot mode is uncomplicated. The sculpt is just as spartan as the car mode, despite almost everything visible here is from the underside of the car, so the designer had a blank slate.

   The play value is again pretty minimal. The Brainmaster figure offers a nice gimmick, and the toy really relies on this gimmick, failing to capture the imagination as an actual Transformer. The arms swing and this is all Laster gets in the way of meaningful articulation. The weaponry can plug onto either arm, looking again like kibble attached to the robot, although there is a semblance of a cannon about the giant fist piece.

   The Brainmaster figure itself, which is unnamed as far as I can tell, is essentially a scaled down version of Laster - the limbs are black and the body and head red. The face is silver, with silver eyes this time, and is well sculpted. The arms swing and the legs move as one, allowing it to sit. It has more poseability than Laster himself.

   The best robot mode amongst the Roadcaeser components, however it's still big and simple. The colours are pretty good, although the detailing is disappointing. It's a poor robot mode with almost no play value - articulation is almost absent and the tacked on kibble brings nothing.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. Motovator Flame is a repaint of Laster, using a red instead of black.

OVERALL

   More than anything else, Laster suffers from being far too simple for his size. The sculpt, articulation and transformation are all a joke, although I'm glad the model of car is very easy to pick. The Brainmasters that combine to form Roadcaeser far too simple to offer any impressive engineering. The brain gimmick is okay, but isn't enough to make the Transformer work. If you could snap this guy up for retail he'd be okay, but he's not worth the premium his rarity will likely add to the price. If you want just one Brainmaster (of the Roadcaeser group), this is the one I'd recommend - 4/10

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