Cliffbee.com Moonracer Toy Review

Individual Review




Name: Moonracer
Series: Power of the Primes
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Cybertronian Car



CAR MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 14cm Width: 15cm

   A green Cybertronian car with white rear fenders, blue transparent windows towards the front and some lilac painted highlights. She has black plastic tyres, yellow painted headlights at the front and red Autobot logo on the front; it's painted on a white patch that has a seam down the middle - right through the logo. The colours (and overall shape) match her vehicle mode from the G1 cartoon - which is where Moonracer was introduced to the world.

   It's quite a long car; with a narrower middle section. It certainly doesn't look like an Earthen vehicle. For the most part it's a convincing enough vehicle - but not from the back. There's a gap between the rear fenders - and her fists just sort of float in that gap.

   Play value is fairly limited - but about what you'd expect from a POTP Deluxe. Her wheels spin freely; and there are 5mm holes on the outsides of the rear fenders and on top between the same fenders. You can plug her black gun into any of these holes (although it can not point directly forward on the top hole) and the hand/foot accessory is meant to plug into - as always it looks awkward - but and while the gun can plug into it and face forward, it will be sitting on either side which doesn't make things less awkward.

   A straightforward and fairly uneventful vehicle mode. The colours work well - it's clearly Moonracer - but the fists at the back are a letdown. The hand/foot accessory is pointless here, but the gun can be plugged in directly and works okay.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Detach and set any attached accessories. Unclip the arms at the back, swing the fenders underneath the car, straighten the arms and wrists. Lift up the rear of the top (her chest), flip out the head and close again. Rotate the waist - the entire front 2/3 of the car is being rotated. Unclip the central portion of the car and fold up into her backpack - it'll clip into place between the rear fenders. Rotate the legs back (only the lower section of her groin will be rotating), split the legs. Unclip and fold down her feet - that split Autobot logo on her hood ends up underneath her heels. Position her arms, give her accessories as desired and you're done.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 14cm Width: 5cm

   Well, the green and white vehicle with purple accents becomes a green and white robot with purple highlights. She's mostly green with white hands, thighs and feet, while there's some purple on her shins and waist. Her face is light grey with yellow eyes and purple lips. Aside from the purple highlights on her body, this colour scheme is very faithful to her G1 cartoon appearance - I get the feeling this toy designer has directly used that as a starting point, and she's a better toy for it. There's a transparent blue strip on her torso, which actually isn't something we saw in the cartoon (but it looks nice in itself).

   I make the above statement because while Moonracer is a POTP toy & not a G1 toy, this is the first Moonracer toy and the designer has clearly set out to give us a G1 Moonracer toy... and yes, this makes a better toy for me as they bothered making sure the first toy called Moonracer so clearly the G1 character, for those who want that character. On that note, the face and helmet are those seen in the cartoon.

   One notable aspect of Moonracer is her significant backpack - not for the backpack itself but in that she's amazingly stable in spite of it. Sure, she can fall backwards if you bump her, but will happily stand without fear of her just falling backwards. Her feet are big and flat which helps anchor her and I'm glad to see she doesn't have high heels as tends to be the case with female Transformer toys. Seriously - probably one woman in twenty are wearing stilettos at any given time these days. The backpack is an inevitable side effect of Moonracer having both a boxy car mode and slender feminine robot mode - which is how the cartoon did it. Oh, and she lacked stilettos in the cartoon, incidentally. The front fenders sit on the outsides of her shins, which is some visible kibble.

   While the backpack does rule out some poses where there's nothing supporting the weight on her back, she does have good poseability and a wide range of poses. Her neck, shoulders, elbows and hips are all ball jointed, her waist turns and her knees and ankles are hinged. There are also rather restricted ankle tilts are useful rotators in her thighs. The black handgun looks good and works well... but the less said about the chest plate formed from the combiner accessory, the better. It's nothing more than a way to use this piece in robot mode.

   While there's some kibble, the pieces on her legs are the only ones aspects that are visibly obtrusive. Her backpack is substantial but her feet can support it. The colours and G1 likeness are good and her poseability is useful with no real issues. Sure, it's not a flawless robot mode, but the flaws she does have are a result of the cartoon deciding a dainty robot could turn into a boxy vehicle.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, but Firestar (AKA Novastar), Lancer & Greenlight are retools of Moonracer.

OVERALL

   Moonracer does about as good a job as one could expect, working with the two rather incongruous modes the cartoon gave us. Both modes work well - the boxy vehicle manages to give way to a feminine robot mode and while kibble was unavoidable, it doesn't ruin her robot mode. The colours match G1, and the general layout of both modes does also. The poseability in robot mode is good and while the play value in vehicle mode is more limited, that's more to do with the hand/foot accessory thing being as useless as those things always are. If you want a toy representing the G1 cartoon character, or just like the general Prime Wars designs, Moonracer is one I can recommend - 8/10

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