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First/Last Comic Appearance (US) -
First/Last Comic Appearance (UK) - Issue 245, November 25th 1989
First/Last Cartoon Appearance - Episode 70 (Series 3 #5), September 19th 1986 / Episode 74 (Season 3 #9), October 8th 1986
First Toy Appearance - 1986
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Manufacturer - Hasbro
Toyline - Cybertron
- Added Autobot symbols to the shoulders
- Added Autobot symbols to the cab
- Added an Autobot symbol to the crane, covering the tampographed one
Poor old Pipes has been quite neglected over the years, and has not seen another toy since his original (re-issue notwithstanding) release. Because of this, I repurposed the Cybertron Armorhide figure, which would eventually be used to make a Botcon version of Pipes' erstwhile Mould mate, Huffer. Let's see if this Armourhide can do Pipes the justice he deserves.
Appearance (Robot Mode) 8/10
After getting Pipes in hand, I may have to get that version of Huffer as well. I love this mould. I would say that this toy is a scout class size, but a very small one. This is because he is so squat and chunky. he looks like a little power lifter, and the paint apps are nice. It's a shame about the grey plastic though, which looks cheap.
Appearance (Alternate Mode) 8/10
This is a really cool little truck which almost looks super-deformed, as were the original Mini Autobots. I suppose you could just remove the crane to make it look more like Huffer if you wanted to - it is easily removable. A very nice little piece.
I like the way that the legs fold out of the roof, and that the grille and cabin are actually upside-down when in Robot mode. I had to be careful when sticking on extra symbols, though! The grille lifts up to reveal missiles when you put the Cyber Key in place.
Not bad for his size, plus bicep swivel is a bonus. The legs are fairly limited though, and his barrel-chested shape makes him look slightly unwieldy.
A tough little guy who feels as solid as he looks; he could certainly take some punishment.
Overall - 38/50
I wish Hasbro would release all of the minibots as scout-class figures, as they are all over the place both in terms of size and aesthetic. Pipes is one of my favourites that I have had to draft in from another line.