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Name: Rad
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Aerospace Engineer
Alt Mode: None

Thanks to Demonac for lending me Rad for this review.



ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: 4.5cm

   A matte red robot with a lot of metallic silver plastic, including the insides of his arms and his fists, the kneecaps and feet. His groin is black and his thighs blue. The face is a simple affair with a silver mouthplate and a blue eyestrip. The chest has thin a yellow stripe across it and there's some yellow on his crest also. Lastly there's an Autobot logo sticker on his chest. This colour scheme is a little muddled and the elements don't quite fit together although nothing is garish.

   Aside from headlight recesses on his chest there's really very little in the way of alt mode remnants on this toy. There's some mech detail on his waist but nothing too distinctive. Many of the red parts are curved although not all which only serves to confuse this picture further.

   Despite the toy being a matte red, Rad has a neon red handgun, which is horribly out of place and quite garish, and it combines with the light blue, dark blue and yellow to make the toy look very unfocused. It looks like he's holding someone else's gun.

   Rad's poseability is typical for an Actionmaster - his head turns, arms rotate and legs have G.I. Joe poseability (fully poseable hips, knees bend 90 degrees). The poseability is probably his best feature, but there are better Actionmasters with the same articulation.

THE PARTNER - LIONIZER

   A neon red lion with silver legs, a silver mane on his back and silver head. The head features hollowed out eyes and a mouth and a cleverly moulded nose, forming a surprisingly well done face considering it's monochrome. Sadly the hindlegs tend to sag preventing him from standing properly - the legs are in a mid-pounce pose which doesn't help.

   The gun can slot into one of two holes at the base of his tail, and if you lift up the tail to head rotates to reveal the barrel of the compound gun mode. This larger gun doesn't work well, since it's neon red against the matte red toy, also because the tail gets in the way of Rad holding the thing correctly. It suffers from the usual front-heaviness as well. Really, Lionizer adds nothing to Rad.

VARIATIONS

   None that I know of.

OVERALL

   Rad's a pretty uninspiring Actionmaster, and a lot of his problems could have easily been fixed. The toy itself has too many colours and a gun that clashes with it, while Lionizer also clashes with him and adds nothing to the toy. The lack of any suggested alt mode doesn't bring any appeal to Rad, so unless you really dig red, this isn't a toy I recommend unless you're an Actionmaster completist - 3/10

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