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Name: Strafe
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Aerial Gunner
Alternate Mode: Futuristic Plane



PLANE MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 10cm Width: 9.5cm

   Strafe's plane mode is primarily white, with red wings, a red section at the front and two orange nosecones. It has two rear and two front wheels, the rear being recessed into his underside so that he actually points slightly upward. If it's a 1987 issue Strafe, yours might have a rubsign on the front, otherwise there's just a white panel. He has a sticker on each wingtip, with Autobot symbols pointing backwards. He has twin tailfins, which are white. Lastly he has mini wings at the front (which are white), these have red stickers on them.

   A somewhat unusual looking plane mode, Strafe has no obvious cockpit. In today's world there are of course lots of unmanned planes out there, but it's not something we usually see in Transformers. The two nosecones are actually detachable guns, and he can hold these in his robot hands. They _look_ like guns in plane mode, too. My major problem with them is that if missing, they leave him looking pretty bad as a plane. I got my Strafe second hand, and it took me years to source a second nosecone-gun for him, so for years he looked pretty strange.

   A somewhat unusual plane mode, but the colours are fine, the design is cool and the lack of cockpit makes him different, if nothing else...

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Extend the front half, flip the white panel to reveal the robot head. Swing back the wings, position the arms, give him either a shoudler gun or handgun.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 11cm Width: 6.5cm

   As in plane mode, Strafe is predominantly red & white. His head, chest, arms & lower legs are white, while his face, groin & thighs are red. The shoulder-mounted cannons and his handgun are orange. Colourwise, it's a bit plain, but the colours work together rather than against each other, at least.

   Well, the robot mode has a few flaws, most of which arise from the simplicity of this toy. The thighs are way to small, especially considering he's got big lower legs. The fact that his feet are the tailfins make this worse. His arms swivel at the shoulders, giving him some poseability, however they actually swing about 1/3 of the way down the arm. As a result he looks a little funny if he's holding a gun right up. The hinges which hide the wings are big, so his legs are as wide as his arms, excluding the white mini-wings on his shoulders.

   The wings on his shoulders look pretty good, as do the big orange cannons which you can leave attached to his shoulders. Of course, these same cannons tower in comparison to the toy - 1/3 of his height is the orange cannons sticking up. Luckily, you can work around this by using them as handguns. He's supplied with a handgun already, so he has a spare, I suppose.

   A robot mode that has it's flaws as well as some nice features. Too much drags it down for me to get excited about it, but it could have been worse.

VARIATIONS

   None that I know of. This same character was reissued in G2 as a Cyberjet.

OVERALL

   While certainly not the worst Scramble City limb, he's far from the best. I'd venture so far as to say he's the worst of the five Technobots. He's different, and he has some good points, but not enough to really muster my support for him. He's worthwhile as part of the set, however, thanks to the strengths of the other Technobots and Computron. As a standalone toy, though, I give him 5/10

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