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Name: Strongarm
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Dune Buggy



DUNE BUGGY MODE
Height: 6.5cm Length: 10cm Width: 6.5cm

   A kiwi green beach buggy style with a transparent brown crane arm, yellow headlights, a brown assembly, black seats, transparent brown windshield and some menthol green on the sides and back. He has black tyres and silver hubcaps, with a transparent brown spare tyre. There's a silver S7 logo on the left rear fender. Strong is a repaint of the Energon figure of the same name. The colour scheme here is one of the most unified I've seen on this mould (there are quite a few repaints), and the two greens work well together.

   A transparent crane arm is a stretch, but transparent brown works better than the red of the original. The crane arm itself is a pretty odd concept for a beach buggy although the hook is overshadowed by the barrel/handle, so this ends up looking a lot like a cannon (and if you turn it over, it becomes one). The cannon is a nice enough idea, but the crane is silly. It's very much a case of "give him bits that can be an Energon weapon", rather than giving him good weaponry. He comes with a brown Energon chip which covers his engine block, which I prefer leaving it out.

   Once you get past the brown Energon stuff, this is actually a very good buggy. The black seats are the back of the robot thighs, and between them on his... backside... are moulded gearstick and handbrake! On the left side of the engine block is a raised, unpainted Autobot symbol, the right side has a grey post onto which the arm attaches. In front of the engine is a grey rollbar.

   The crane arm can swing around, and its post is on a hinge so it can lift up and down. His tyres are ridged and while they roll on soft surfaces, they tend to just slide along a hard surface. He has an Autobot spark crystal in the middle of the engine block which you can cover up with the Energon chip if you like.

   This is a pretty good buggy mode aside from the random nature of the crane arm. The spare tyre and cannon are both nice ideas, however. The colour scheme is great overall, with a nice military feel about it and there's enough detail for this mode to be a good one.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Flip over the front to form the robot legs, twist them 180 at the waist. Swing out the arms from underneath the vehicle. Remove the spare tyre, you can either clip it onto one shoulder, split it and place the halves on either shoulder or just set it aside. Turn the head around, fold down the rollbar to become the groin and attach the shoulder cannon if you feel inclined. Stand him up and straighten his feet up so he's not leaning backwards.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10.5cm Width: 8cm (no weapons)

   A kiwi and menthol green robot with grey forearms and a grey groin, Strongarm has a black head with a silver face, brown eyebrows and yellow eyes. The chest is brown, along with his knees and feet. Strongarm has black thighs and transparent feet (the windshield halves).

   The spark crystal located in the middle of Strongarm's chest is a nice centrepiece, and looks good nestled in the brown block of his chest. This is not the only allegiance symbol on the toy, since the big Autobot logo is now on his left shoulder with the more visible S7 logo below that. The Energon chip hides the chest, if you prefer to emphasise the S7 logo. As mentioned, the big arm can be a shoulder cannon in this mode, or he can hold it as a giant club in either fist. If you attach the spare tyre halves, it's a giant (and probably impractical) battleaxe.

   The poseability is okay, but not fantastic. His head rotates, the shoulders swivel, his arms can swing out to the sides and his elbows are hinged. The waist can swivel, but both the groinplate and the armour skirting formed from the buggy doors prevent it from doing more than jiggling. The hips are ball joints, which can move everywhere except backwards, where the seats get in the way, and of course hips don't move that anyway. The knees are hinged, but the location of the hinges is about 1/3 of the way down the calves, so bending the knees too much results in very odd looking legs. His feet can fold up and down.

   This is a decent robot mode, overall. The colours work and the lower legs being the car bonnet is a nice touch. The weaponry is unspectacular, although it's better in brown than red. Again there's a nice military feel here, making this robot a great display piece.

VARIATIONS

   A repaint of the Energon toy of the same name, as mentioned.

OVERALL

   A good idea that's dragged down by the tacked on Energon weapon bits, although this version makes much better use of them than the original. The mould is worth getting, and this is probably the strongest colour scheme seen on this mould to date. The buggy mode is the better of the two modes, the robot mode's poseability is a little too limited for me, but it looks good. I'm not sure I'd recommend him if you have the mould already (I have three other versions), but if you missed it earlier, this is the better of the two movie versions - 8.5/10

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