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Name: Vehicon
Series: Prime
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Sports Car



CAR MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 12cm Width: 5.5cm

   A black car with colourless windows & headlights, Vehicon has silver painted hubcaps and some purple paint in recessed lines on the back along with purple front indicators. This mode really is all about black, with the colourless plastic doing little to break up the black. The only other colour is a small purple Deceptico logo badge on the front. The colour scheme works as intended, and works quite well it has to be said.

   This is a rather angular car - although it's far from boxy since the lines are at oblique angles to each other. There's a Batmobile feel to this car as a result and this is enhanced by the decorative spoiler on the back. The sculpt is fairly simple but there are some subtle intricate details such as the grille area and the hubcaps. There are two small rectangular holes on the roof, necessitated

   There's not a lot of play value here; but enough for a deluxe such as Vehicon. The wheels roll while there are holes on the rear fenders allowing you to plug his handgun in. As the handgun has a top and a bottom the left side is the "better" side, but I appreciate that we have the option of mounting a second gun.

   A simple and straightforward car mode, Vehicon looks pretty good thanks to good lines & a clean colour scheme. The play value is mostly by the numbers, but the space for two guns is a nice touch.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Detach and set aside his gun. Pull the rear fenders out, fold the entire top of the car forward, split and progressively fold up (first the spoiler, then roof, then windshield) to form his heels. Fold down the shins & flip out his feet, revealing his chest. Fold back the car's rear panel which will reveal the head & push it out. Swing up the rear fenders to form shoulders, pivot the forearms out and swing out his hands. Place the gun in either hand and you're done.

   While much of the car's shell folds up, Vehicon is an interesting shellformer in that a strip of panels folds away so compactly. It's actually quite innovative & well engineered.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 15cm Width: 8cm

   A black robot with extensive purple highlights. The kneespurs, ankles, hands, elbows & most of the chest are purple while there's a transparent section in the middle of his chest underlain by silver (and a purple Decepticon logo). His head is silver with a simple face & transparent crimson eyestripe (but a poor lightpipe). There are a couple of hints of crimson on his shins, rounding out a simple but very unified colour scheme. It's dark but works well since it's quite an elegant colour layout.

   This robot mode is fairly lanky but that's mainly due to thin arms and a narrow waist - his legs are actually quite stocky. There are prominent shoulder pylons & panels hanging off the outsides of his knees, giving Vehicon something of a majestic look. Visually, this is a well laid out robot mode.

   This is a very poseable robot mode. His head, shoulders, elbows and hips are ball jointed while the knees, ankles and elbows all have hinges. Along with the ball joints (which align inwards) and hinges, Vehicon's elbows also feature rotators. The waist and heelspurs are fixed. There are no gimmicks or weaponry options here. The heelspurs might be well concealed panels, but they work well as Vehicon is easy to stand.

   A great robot mode with a nice colour scheme, attractive visual features and useful poseability. The play value is fairly minimal but overall Vehicon just works well.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   While Vehicon actually represents a generic armybuilder, this toy has character. The transformation is probably the cleverest shellforming I've seen - with a robot mode that carries no panelling and a vehicle mode which looks great. The robot mode is well proportioned and the colour scheme works well in both modes. The poseability is decent but the play value is perhaps underwhelming (which is the only real shortcoming here). A great toy which Hasbro unwisely decided to shortpack. If you can find it, I'd definitely recommend this toy - 9.5/10

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