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First/Last Comic Appearance (US) - Issue 14, March 1986 / Issue 41, June 1988
First/Last Comic Appearance (UK) - Issue 61, May 17th 1986 / Issue 187, October 15th 1988
First/Last Cartoon Appearance - Episode 30 (Season 2 #14), September 25th 1985 / Episode 64 (Season 2 #45) December 26th 1985
First Toy Appearance - 1985
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Manufacturer - Hasbro
Toyline - Universe
- Added an Autobot symbol to the bonnet (covering the smaller tampographed one)
- Added some Reprolabels
- Added various racing decals
Appearance (Robot Mode) 8/10
I really want to like this mould but I have a real issue with the way that the (admittedly nice) head sits on the bonnet, giving the impression of an elongated neck. This issue aside, I'm also not that keen on the lower legs. He has a peashooter of a weapon. However, I am a massive fan of the paintjob, so this makes up for the aforementioned shortcomings.
Appearance (Alternate Mode) 8/10
Things get better with the car mode which is very nice to look at. Smokescreen always had an awesome colour palette and this re-imagining does not disappoint. The front wheels have a tendency to turn in a bit, unless you fiddle with them following the transformation.
I would describe this process as fiddly, but you do feel satisfied when you clip everything back together for the alt mode. My main issue is swiveling the doors up and out without accientally removing them.
No complaints here, as he is very articulated. I think his balance could be better though.
Worries I have with this mould are the aformentioned doors which pop off, plus the tabs around the windscreen look flimsy. Also, the way the missiles slide in during transformation could scratch the windscreen.
Overall - 37/50
A fairly nice Mould which for me is flawed by some odd anatomical quirks and a frustrating transformation. Thankfuly, Smokescreen's striking colour scheme goes some way to making this my favourite of the bluestreak/prowl/smokescreen repaints.