Series: Generation 1
Alternate Mode: Microcassette
Note: In the toys, Rumble is red. If you wanted to read about the blue one, see my Frenzy review.
Height: 3cm Length: 5cm Width: 0.5cm
Not much to look at from below, from the topside Rumble is a red Microcassette (60mins) with silver & blue stickers. He's basically a small red rectangle, although he has a fair few tape features. He's got holes for spools (complete with teeth) and a sticker in place of the window in the centre. He may even have a rubsign below this sticker if you're lucky. He's side "A", which is indicated on the top right corner, while the bottom right indicates that he's a 60 minute tape. The bottom left indicates he's metal position. All these details are on foil stickers, which do have an annoying tendency to peel. There are actually seven stickers, two small ones on the top that fall of very easily, a large central one, two on each side and two smallish ones at the bottom below the spools - these two are quite susceptible to peeling. Assuming he's got these stickers attached, he'll look like a pretty good facsimile of a tape. The small ones at the top are expendable, but the other five are essential to maintain the illusion.
Turn him over and he's red and black with gold paint. In other words, don't look at the other side.
A nice tape mode, which fits nicely into Soundwave. As with most of the tapes, his biggest drawback is that this mode relies so heavily on stickers for it's definition. Assuming he has the stickers and they're not peeling, he'll look pretty good.
TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE
Swing the sides of the cassette out and down to form the legs, there's actually a joint where they attach to the body and then another knee joint that has to be unfolded. Rotate the legs to face backward (ie away from the tape side. Turn him over and slide his feet forward. Unfold the arms on the top of his chest and his head should pop out. Position his arms, attach his guns into the holes on his back, or if you like, over his forearms to form handguns.
Height: 7cm (9 if the guns are on his back) Width: 5cm (arms to sides)
The red is complimented here with black. The black is a little more prevalent, on his forearms, hands, head and the outsides of his shins. The red is still pretty well represented, on his upper arms, thighs and insides of his shins. He has a silver face, and painted gold detailing on his chest. He has silver stickers on his thighs and blue and silver stickers on his shins.
The guns are chromed silver. As well as chromed paint, he usually (but not always) has die cast metal feet. The joints in his shoulders and arms are also die cast where the feet are die cast.
Rumble's actually very poseable for a Microman based toy. Sure, it's all needed for his transformation, but I'm not complaining. His shoulders, elbows and knees are all jointed. His shoulders have swivels allowing his arms to move up and down and the arms can rotate on these swivels. Combine this with twin joints in his elbows he's very close to full poseability in his arms. His knees can bend, and while he can't balance on one leg, you can bend one back to put him in a walking pose.
While the tape is mode is bland almost by definition, Rumble has a good robot mode. Good colours, poseability and a good overall aesthetic mean this mode makes the toy worthwhile.
As mentioned, the feet came in either plastic or die cast metal, the metal version being the more common. In Europe and Hong Kong a painted version exists - the tape mode stickers being replaced with painted detail. This variant also has silver guns.
In 2009, Rumble was reissued in the Encore line in Japan, with silver weapons. The stickers on this version were replaced by painted details, with the thighs left plain.
A nice little toy, Rumble has a striking colour scheme, and despite being a repaint of (and often confused with) Frenzy, is worth getting - even if you have Frenzy. They're good toys which featured in the cartoon and both have good colour schemes. Rumble's got good poseability, colours and aesthetic in robot mode. The toy, the red one (as Frenzy), featured less in the cartoon, but in my opinion is just as worthwhile as his brother. His only real drawback is the fact that worn or missing stickers can really hurt the cassette mode - 8/10