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Name: Prowl
Series: World's Smallest Transformers
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Nissan 280ZX Police Car




POLICE CAR MODE
Height: 2cm Length: 5.5cm Width: 2.5cm

   A small white car with black skirting and red strobes on the roof, the word "POLICE" on the doors with silver painted hubcaps, brown windows and red taillights. Prowl has an Autobot symbol stamped onto his hood and open side windows as on the original, full sized, version. It's a pretty good paint job for the size, especially when you consider that this entire car mode is done over white plastic. There are even little Diaclone badges on the hood and doors.

   There's not really much to this car mode, which is understandable at this scale. The wheels do not turn, although the doors open as part of the transformation. It's quite remarkable for the size, though - not only is it clearly Prowl, but it's unmistakably a Nissan.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pretty faithful to the original, although somewhat simplified. There's no longer a mechanism to lock the rotating waist, and the legs do not separate. The arms are solid pieces, with permanently bent elbows, so that they can interlock underneath the hood - it's pretty amazing they were able to pull this part off, in my opinion.

   On mine the right arm has a slight tendency to pop off, but he's otherwise quite solid - my Smallest Sideswipe has a few pieces that are keen on detaching.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 5cm Width: 4cm

   Smaller than even the Minicon called Prowl, this thing is a minuscule white, black and silver robot that's identifiable as Prowl, although you can hardly see his face at first glance.

   The colours match the original - the black and white hood is his chest, the head is white with red antennae and a silver face, that has moulded eyes and a mouth - although you've virtually got to swallow him to see them. His arms are white with black forearms, his groin is black, thighs silver and the rear of the car becomes his boots, although as mentioned this section no longer separates. They did add in a moulded groove on the rear windscreen to simulate a gap between the shins.

   Aside from the legs not separating, the only dimension that's even slightly off is the gap between the thighs - which is a tad narrower than it should be. On the whole, this is a fantastic Prowl. The front wheels sit on top of his shoulders rather than behind, but considering how complex the arms were on the original I'm willing to excuse this version for simplifying his 1cm arms.

   The poseability is limited to his shoulders swivelling, which allows him to point his fists to the sides, and the waist rotating. This is all for the transformation.

   Despite the slight loss of poseability, this is a wonderful reproduction of G1 Prowl considering the size and price. He has all of Prowl's major features, like the door-wings, face, taillight toes and front bumper chest. He lacks the missile launchers, but Prowl never wore those in the cartoon anyway.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of, although he was recoloured for the Smallest Bluestreak, a chase figure.

OVERALL

   This is a very good reproduction for such a small scale, that looks very much like Prowl in both modes. He does lose some functionality and robot mode poseability, but considering what they had to do to make the transformation work, I can live with the simplified joints. Whether or not you grab this toy I'll leave up to you - Smallest TFs are largely about novelty value, but if you can get it for a good price, this version of Prowl has a lot of novelty - 8/10

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