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Name: Rewind
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Archivist
Alternate Mode: Microcassette



CASSETTE MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 5cm Width: 0.5cm

   A black and grey microcassette, with red highlights. Rewind's cassette face is stickered, the stickers are larger than those on Rumble & Frenzy, and are less susceptible to peeling. He's got side "A" on the top right, "60" on the bottom right (indicating that he's a 60 minute cassette), and along the bottom it indicates he's metal position. I've always found it amusing that the Autobot tapes copied all these features from the Decepticons. You'd think they'd bother to make them 90 minutes at least!

   The tape mode has holes, and the spools have moulded teeth in them. There's a sticker in the centre resembling the tape window, and below this is a time counter gauge. Turn him over and he's black and grey with and champagne gold paint. In other words, don't look at the other side. Oddly, the rubsign is on this side of the tape, there's even an indent for it. Considering it's not prominent in robot mode, it's strange it's on the underside of the tape mode.

   There's one thing about this tape mode that's always bothered me. The spring loaded head locks into place thanks to the shoulders being pushed in, but these shoulders are quite loose. So the head has a tendency to pop out and just stick out of the top of the tape. Otherwise, it's not a bad tape mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Slide the bottom edge apart and extend the two halves out to the sides. Fold them down, rotate them so the smooth edges face away from the cassette side. Flip out the feet on the bottom of these legs, stand him up. By now the head has probably already popped up, but if it hasn't, pull the shoulders out to the sides and it will pop up. His shoulderpads actually extend - sliding out a little from the grey pieces inside them. Pull the grey forearms down, and rotate them so that the holes are on his front side. Flip out his hands and give him one or both handguns. It seems counter intuitive to have his holes on the front side, since they stick out, but this is by design - otherwise he'd be holding his guns on the back of his arms.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7cm Width: 5cm

   In this mode, Rewind's black clearly dominates. His torso, shoulderpads and lower legs are black, head, forearms & hands, thighs and feet are grey. His face is painted red and there's champagne gold paint on his chest. His chromed guns come in either silver or gold. The grey is light enough to create an interesting contrast with the black. Whilst it's not the best colour scheme ever, it's quite nice.

   Short and small looking, Rewind looks meek and slight. Just as well he's an archivist unlikely to see combat, I suppose. His guns are quite big & bulky in comparison, and they're also quite heavy - attaching them makes his arms point slightly backwards unless you specifically pose the arms forward and up.

   Poseability is okay. His shoulders rotate and have some friction when his arms reach about 45 to allow the guns to be held in a natural position as described above. His elbows also rotate, essentially allowing his hands to rotate (which is more a function of the wrist in most Transformers). You can bend his knees, but they're not really meant to - you're actually taking advantage of the slide mechanism in his leg transformation, and the lower legs are likely to detach (but easily reattach).

VARIATIONS

   As mentioned, the guns come in chromed gold or silver. A painted version of Rewind exists - the tape mode stickers being replaced with painted detail. This variant also has silver guns.

OVERALL

   Along with Eject, Rewind was the Autobots' answer to Rumble & Frenzy. This mould is not as good as it's Decepticon precursor. Although it's not bad by any means, it's got less going for it, and has a couple of weaknesses. Rewind is the better of the pair thanks to a more interesting colour scheme. I'm not sure I'd recommend getting both, but I'd recommend Rewind, and if you had to choose him or Eject I'd say Rewind is the nicer looking toy - 6/10

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