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Name: Runamuck
Series: Collectors Club Exclusives
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Sports Car



SPORTS CAR MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 14.5cm Width: 6.5cm

   A milky white sports car of indeterminate model, Runamuck has gold racing stripes on the sides and a gold rear spoiler. His windshield & side windows are smoky transparent while the rear windows are painted grey & while his tyres are black with white hubcaps. There's a large stamped purple Decepticon logo on his hood, silver headlights, gold grille & red taillights. There's a rubsign on his roof rounding out a simple colour scheme which closely matches that of his G1 version. The milky white isn't quite the same as the light grey of the G1 toy, but as Marvel/Sunbow did in his media appearances, they've played up the gold here. The colours work well and do a good job of making sure we know this is Runamuck. It really does feel like Runamuck - not Wheeljack and Tracks.

   As this mould was developed to work for two Autobots, it's not any particular sports car (although there are some Corvette lines here). The particular style of this car is Wheeljack (with extended air dam & rear spoiler) but it works well enough for Runamuck despite his G1 form being a fairly no frills shape. The sculpt is pretty good, with door seams, door handles, side mirrors, air vents on the hood & even a fuel cap on the left rear fender.

   There's not a lot of play value here - well, you can cheat and use Tracks' flying car mode, but that doesn't really count. The wheels roll and that's really it.

   A very good vehicle mode & the colour scheme makes sure this repaint feels like Runamuck thanks to just the right amount of gold to be a significant highlight without overwhelming the colour scheme. I'm glad that they've resisted the urge to place orange here too (aside from the front indicators). It doesn't feel like a repaint - this car does a good job of not looking like a Wheeljack repaint, which I'm very happy about.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Detach & set aside his missiles. Extend the front and split to form legs, swing out his feet. Fold the doors down to the sides, fold the back down to reveal his hands and head. Slide the roof back to form his chest, this will also cause his head to push out & the arms to push out to the sides. Swing the arms down to his sides and swing the rear tyres around onto the front of his shoulders. Extend the wings, swing out the wingtips and deploy above his shoulders. Unclip the gun stowed under the back, swing out the grey panel the gun attached to, plug in behind his head. Plug the gun into either hand & place the missiles onto the section behind his head.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 14.5cm Width: 11cm

   A white robot with orange thighs, black forearms and gold wings. His face is silver with a white mouth plate & red eyes. The gun is black with gold painted at the front and he sports two black shoulder cannons. There's a lot of orange plastic visible, most of which is internal connecting bits - not unlike the pullback mechanism on the Battlecharger version. The rubsign is now centre on his chest while the purple Decepticon logo is split on his shins. The gold wings allude to the gold arms seen in the G1 media (which wouldn't have worked on the arms here as it would have rubbed off while transforming. The gold and orange highlights really nail this colour scheme as Runamuck and the resculpted head fits as well.

   The "standard" transformation of both Runamuck and Runabout is to extend the wings in the same manner as Tracks (although the wing sculpt comes from Wheeljack). But you've got options. I prefer to make these wings prominent & have them up like Wheeljack's wings - mainly because it maximises how much gold we see. The gun can clip above the shoulders if you prefer - like the shoulder mounted gun of the original toy.

   Visually the layout of this robot mode carries a lot of Wheeljack but the basic transformation also matches the Battlechargers so this does feel like an upgraded Runamuck. It's a popular style of transformation (Throttlebots, Minobots & Technobots all used a variation on the theme). The head absolutely nails the Battlechargers and even the rubsign on the chest helps in this respect.

   We have some weapons options. The gun can deploy as a shoulder cannon - as the G1 toy featured. But you can also use the twin cannons if you want a more heavily armed Runamuck. The gun can be held in hand, and he can hold the missiles as clubs - not out of character for the mayhem-loving Battlechargers. One aspect of this robot mode that really impresses me is that they've included little pegs behind the shins for you to stow the silver missiles if you want to use the gun as a shoulder cannon and don't want to use clubs.

   Runamuck has good poseability. The neck, shoulders, ankles & hips are all ball jointed while the missiles are targetable and his waist rotates. The elbows are double hinged with rotators while the wrists also rotate. The knees are hinged with rotators while his heelspurs sit on restricted ball joints. The heelspurs are big enough to allow a wide range of poses (they're essentially Tracks' feet), and the poseability itself allows a similarly wide range of poses.

   A great robot mode which is easily adaptable to the Battlecharger concept, with a retooled head that nails that tribute. The milky white is complimented by lots of connecting orange & gold wings, making this toy unmistakably Runamuck - and doing justice to this fun character with a crappy G1 toy. He has good weaponry options & useful poseability.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. As a Collector's Club exclusive, Runamuck was given away with club membership in 2012.

OVERALL

   A great mould and a really well done tribute. The use of his secondary colours here really makes this tribute work well & the mould chosen just _fits_ the Battlechargers so well to begin with. It's a shame that Runamuck is limited - because he would have made for an excellent Generations figure & deserves to be more widely accessible. Assuming you're willing to pay secondary market prices he's a great toy, and makes a great addition to a Classicsverse collection, especially with his partner Runabout alongside - 10/10

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