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Name: Vehicon
Series: TF Prime
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Jet



JET MODE
Height: 2cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 8cm

   A purple plane with black windshield and some magenta details painted on the sides, Vehicon's fuselage is vaguely car-like although the wings aren't. He has swept forward wings & prominent rear winglets which also sweep forward. The colour scheme is simple - he's 90% purple - the wings on the side are the main feature here. Adding the grey gun - which can clip onto either wing - gives him a little colour. There's no Decepticon logo here.

   While the fuselage is a somewhat boxy car-like shape, the wings & fins are very angular. There's a fairly low level of sculpted detail but then he's trying to be aerodynamic so I can forgive that. There are no wheels underneath - Vehicon simply sits flat on the table. Aside from plugging the gun onto either wing, there's no play value here.

   While this vehicle mode is kinda bland, it's still well designed. I'm not sure why it's purple given that the Vehicons in the show are black - maybe to differentiate on the peg from the car Vehicon Legions toy (they are sold in vehicle mode after all).

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Remove & set aside the weapon, if attached. Lift up the cabin & flip over; it'll take the wings with it. Fold up the wings, pull out the sides to form the arms. Split the front forming the legs & flip out the feet. Stand & place the weapon in either hand.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 4.5cm

   A purple robot with gunmetal upper arms, thighs & knees, Vehicon has a silver chest & silver head with a red eyestrip. There's also some gunmetal on the waist. His head is a very angular affair with the above mentioned eyestrip; it's a "V" shape thanks to an angle in the middle. There's a tiny purple Decepticon logo stamped on his silver chest & some lighter purple hints on either side of his chest. This is a very good colour scheme with a good mix & colour placement; even if it probably should be black.

   The body shape & sculpted details are well done; while the wings are folded up on his back there's winglets on top of the arms & knee spines - both worn well visually and carry the general aesthetic of the vehicle mode over. His arms are a tad longer than they should be but not long enough that I'd call it a flaw.

   There's not a lot of play value of course; there never is at this size. The hips and shoulders are ball jointed giving him some poseability while the ankles are hinged but only forward (purely for the transformation). The backpack - which is the wings folded up unobtrusively - keeps him from keeling forward on the ankle hinges. The gun can be held in either hand.

   A great robot mode that only lacks knee joints. Visually he works very well, the colours & sculpt work as well as I could really ask. The jointing gives him enough poseability at this size, even if knee joints would allow for dynamic poses.

VARIATIONS

   Ace Vehicon is a repaint, representing the same concept.

OVERALL

   A great Legions toy with a well executed vehicle mode and an excellent robot mode. The primary colour choice counts against him slightly; as it's not the colour in the show & the vehicle mode ends up a little bland as a result. This barely detracts from the toy in its own right; mind you - the lack of knee joints impacts on the toy itself more. Still, worth picking up - 8.5/10

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