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Name: Speedstream
Series: "European" G1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Leader
Alternate Mode: Racing Car

Thanks to Tiby for loaning me Speedstream for this review.



RACING CAR MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 12cm Width: 6.5cm

   A cobalt blue and white Formula 1 style racer with yellow along the spine and a pink bellow at the back, Speedstream has grey tyres with chrome hubcaps. There's an inevitable passing semblance to Mirage, but no real homage. There are racing stickers here and there, including "5" on the sides and "1" on the nose (which I think was meant to represent "the #1 racer" rather than a racing number). Among the advertisers are "HASBRO" & "Milton Bradley" (a European subsidiary), a nice touch. The nose and airdam are painted blue over pink plastic and end up with a violet hue in places. As with the other colour changers from this era, the painted plastic area is meant to turn white when splashed with hot water. The colours work well enough without being anything special.

   Speedstream is effectively quite realistic, since F1 racers can vary on shape and style. Okay, so he lacks finer moulded details like suspension, but the basic idea works. The bellows is of course a departure from realism. Speedstream has a red G2 Autobot logo on a yellow sticker, on the left side behind the cockpit.

   Speedstream shares a central gimmick based on a water-squirting mechanism with the other Aquaspeeders. There's a small nozzle on the yellow piece just behind the seat, which shoots water stored in the bellow at the back when the bellow is compressed. It's not a terribly impressive gimmick although it works reasonably well. There's a secondary gimmick based on the painted nose & airdam. If Speedstream is himself shot with warm water this paint will turn white. The changing paint is unimpressive, and I'm not sure it's worth the violet not quite matching the blue. Speedstream can roll on his tyres although his ground clearance is minimal (which is realistic to F1, I suppose).

   A simple but fairly effective vehicle mode. The colours work fairly well and the car is realistic enough. The water gimmick isn't that impressive but it's quite unobtrusive here. The Hasbro themed advertising is a nice touch.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Detach and set aside the spoiler/nozzle. Unclip the rear wheels, fold down and forward, forming his legs. Flip up the feet. Open the rear fenders, fold out and swing down the arms. Lift up the cockpit, rotate the rear section of the car, fold down to form his back, revealing the head. Place the weapon in either hand. It's a fairly imaginative transformation with an interesting torso twist or two.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10.5cm Width: 8cm

   A blue robot with white feet, some white on his torso, white shoulderpads and white forearms. Speedstream has a silver face with pink eyes, featuring a good lightpipe as is usual for this era. There's some pink on his chest, along with that "1" - the chest is the front of the car. The Autobot logo is no longer visible, and much of the advertising is on his back now. Again it's a decent colour scheme with shades of Mirage, and it's solid but not spectacular.

   Speedstream's bodyshape is somewhat flawed. The torso is very gappy and the groin is far too wide since it's the airdam. The fenders work well as shoulderpads even if the arms are then quite wide - he gets away with wide arms since they have to clear the front tyres on his hips. The legs area single piece, with a gap between them and a bar linking his ankles.

   The play value is centred on the water gimmick, of course. Pressing the bellows will cause him to fire a stream of water. The torso is dominated by the heat sensitive paint, so splashing him with hot water will cause his chest to turn white. Poseability is limited to his arms swinging at his shoulders.

   A disjointed robot mode. While the colours work fairly well and the weapon is less obtrusive than some of the others in this series, his torso is awfully gappy and the shape is off

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. He was repainted later in the same year as the Decepticon Deluge. Deluge was released in North America while Speedstream was released in Europe & Australia.

OVERALL

   Speedstream is very much mediocre - he has some solid aspects but nothing that stands out, while the robot mode is awkward. He's not terrible, thanks to a relatively strong vehicle mode and an interesting transformation, but he's just forgettable. The gimmick isn't really impressive but provides some play value. Deluge has slightly better stickers, so I'd probably recommend him, if you have the choice - 5.5/10

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