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Name: Ratchet
Series: Movie Tie-Ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Search & Rescue Humvee



TRUCK MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   A green search & rescue Humvee with metallic blue painted windows, black plastic tyres, a black grille area with silver headlights and black storage racks on his roof. There are some red lines running down the sides, with a electrocardiogram kink in the middle - although he loses the badges of the full sized toy. There's a stroberack on his roof - which is now unpainted. There are two versions of this toy - one is a kiwi green, similar to the original toy, and the other is a brighter grass green - closer to the colour seen in the movie (compared to the kiwi Legends figure). While we lose some detail, this is a decent colour scheme and the colours are quite well laid out. There are a few screws and pins visible which break things up a little, but generally as Legends sized toys go the colours are fairly good here.

   There's almost no play value here - which is standard at this size. The wheels roll while the spare on the roof can also turn - although not roll - if you turn it with some force. So the latter barely qualifies as play value, but it's still possible. There are some gaps on this truck, and while I can forgive the one at the back, I wish they'd made the visible shoulder struts on his doors green rather than black, since they make the holes in the doors seem bigger. The arms are somewhat visible underneath, but being at the bottom, this is only an issue if you look at this small toy at table level.

   A decent truck overall, even if there are some detractions like the pins and gaps. In both versions, the colours are generally well done and there's a good likeness to the movie truck. He does have some cheap elements, but Ratchet isn't overly simplified like some Legends toys.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Quite different to the full sized toy. Swing the side panels of the rear section out and back to form legs, fold down his feet. Rotate the front underneath the roof of the truck, stand him up. Unclip the arms and slide them out to the sides, revealing his head and face.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8.5cm Width: 6cm

   A green robot with black feet and a black painted chest, Ratchet has silver paint on his face and an Autobot logo on his waist. The rear wheels are in his knees, and look a little awkward there. This time around Ratchet looks quite different to both the movie version and the mega sized toy. The basic colour map is intact, mind you, but with so much of the truck in different places, much of the detail is lost in translation. This toy does look okay on its own merit, although the green is a little overwhelming - some more painted detailing would have been nice.

   The sculpt ranges from good on the torso and face to bad on the legs, with the arms somewhere in between. On the brighter version most of the sculpt that's worthwhile ends up drowned out by the bright green plastic anyway.

   Poseability here is poor - the arms swing at the shoulders but that's about it. The waist doesn't fit together properly, so the entire torso can swing like a pendulum, although I'm not sure I want it to do that. It moves out of place on occasion since nothing clips down.

   A reasonable robot mode, but nothing spectacular. This toy really focuses more on the vehicle mode - which is ironic since it's packaged in robot mode. The poseability and paint mask are a little lacking - although at this size class a lot of toys lack effort. The basic idea is quite good - better than many Legends robot modes, but for a little work Ratchet could have been great.

VARIATIONS

   Two different shades of green plastic exist - the brighter green is more common. While the brighter green is more movie accurate, the detailing shows up better on the duller one. ROTF Legends Ratchet is a repaint of Legends Ratchet.



OVERALL

   Conceptually this is a good Legends sized toy and while Ratchet has some flaws, he's decent value at retail price - which isn't always the case for Legends sized toys. His truck mode is nice with some limitations and the robot mode - whilst disappointing in some aspects - has its strong points. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the toy - simply because there are several minor flaws holding him back, but he's by no means a bad toy - 6/10

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