Name: Red Alert
Series: Universe 2.0
Alternate Mode: Sports Car
Thanks to Morkus for loaning me Red Alert, making this review possible.
Height: 2.5cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3.5cm
A white repaint of Cybertron Legends Hot Shot, Red Alert has red sides and a red hood featuring a big red Autobot logo. There are vague badges on the sides, but no strobes nor any text - the colour scheme alludes to G1 Red Alert despite not really having much to do with a fire department theme. The windows are a light metallic blue and the tyres black, rounding out a simple and well trodden colour scheme. It's not especially inspiring though, given that there have been better Red Alert tributes than this low detail affair.
The moulded detail here is relatively good - Red Alert has streamlining on his doors, a rear mounted engine block and a rear spoiler. Sadly the headlights are unpainted and the engineblock just has a nonsensical splash of red. For a Legends toy, this detailing is respectable, although the unfocused aping job largely negates it. There are red winglets that can deploy from either side just above the rear wheels, although you need to partly transform the toy to deploy them.
Fit For Natalie informs me that this vehicle is based on the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve concept car, although I'm not sure how close that concept car is to a real car mode - or how close Hot Shot is to the concept car itself.
While it's a decent mould with fun little winglets, the paint job is unfocused & lazy, making this vehicle mode forgettable. As with many Legends, more attention has been paid to the robot mode.
TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE
Extend the rear to form his legs, split the front, pull the halves out to the sides to form shoulderpads and pull out the doors to form arms. Rotate the backplate, deploy the wings as a sort of cape. There are shades of Hot Rod here, although he doesn't really look much like the G1 Chosen One, sports car alt mode aside.
Height: 9cm Width: 5.5cm
Again mainly white, Red Alert has red thighs and shoulderpads along with an entirely red painted face. Much of the torso is painted black and there's also an Autobot logos stamped on his chest. The red winglets sit on his backplate which towers behind the head and shoulders. The paint job is still sparse, but looks more focused than in vehicle mode - the eyes really could have done with a paint app though. It's not a fantastic colour scheme, and not one that really evokes G1 Red Alert anymore (since this is a co-opted repaint). It's passable but at least he doesn't look so underdone in this mode.
The doors form forearm covers and on the inside there are three cannons (another similarity to Hot Rod) - they're unpainted, sadly. The facial sculpt is good but lost amongst the red paint. The arms are long, dangling, things that don't quite look right - they sit a long way out from his torso and the upper arms are very thin. The backplate doesn't clip into position and has an annoying tendency to swing to one side or the other. To be honest I'm not a big fan of the backplate anyway, since it looks kibbly sticking up as high as it does.
Poseability is a little erratic. The shoulders are ball joint, although the backplate gets in the way of his shoulderpads if you lift the arms - they'll happily lift out to the sides though. The hips are ball joints (again restricted by the backplate, to a far lesser extent), but without knee joints this is of limited value. The legs separate, allowing for a few relaxed straight-leg poses. Cool action poses are out but there's enough movement in his limbs for Red Alert to stand in a natural, relaxed pose, rather than to attention like so many Transformers. Compared to many earlier Legends moulds this is a solid effort.
The backplate causes most of the problems here, and I don't think the winglets are cool enough to compensate. Still, the detail and articulation are great at this scale. The face is badly painted and the tribute is very weak here. It's an okay robot mode, and probably his better mode, but is nothing special at all.
No actual variants that I'm aware of. As mentioned, he's a repaint of Cybertron Legends Hot Shot. Classics Legends Bumblebee also shares the mould.
An uninspiring repaint - and with a Deluxe Generations Red Alert out there, this toy is not compelling. It's a decent mould, but there are better versions of it available, so I'd recommend skipping this one - 5/10