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First/Last Comic Appearance (US) - Issue 14, March 1986 / Issue 50, March 1989
First/Last Comic Appearance (UK) - Issue 61, May 17th 1986 / Issue 289, September 29th 1990
First/Last Cartoon Appearance - Episode 30 (Season 2 #14), September 25th 1985 / Episode 64 (Season 2 #48), December 16th 1985
First Toy Appearance - 1985
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Manufacturer - Takara
Toyline - United
I was very unhappy with 'Turbo Tracks' when I saw the tribal mess that was supposed to represent Track's bonnet decal, so I bought the Reprolabels set, and I was slightly happier. But I was still underwhelmed by the dull paintwork - Tracks is too much of a narcissist to look flat. Then I saw United Tracks for a good price and could not resist the shiny paint. Let's find out if beauty is skin deep.
Appearance (Robot Mode) 9/10
Tracks was always a handsome (if somewhat bashful) fellow and this robot mode is no exception. It complements the G1 original so well with the added articulation associated with the toyline today. He has awesome metallic blue paint which is stunning to look at, but unfortunately prone to chips. There are a couple on the roof which are slightly annoying, but do not detract too much from the glorious finish. In my opinion, this robot mode would be perfect but for a slightly disappointing headsculpt.
Appearance (Alternate Mode) 9/10
OK, so this is my favourite car mode mould of all, and the paint is just amazing. The decal is beautifully simplistic, and not ruined like the domestic release. I just wish that the flaws in the paint were not there. I had 4 different examples in hand to choose from, and this was the best of them. I suspect that all of the figures have the same problem.
Tricky and seems impossible until you have successfully transformed him a few times, then everything clicks into place. The automorph feature worries me slightly, because the arms and head are both slid into position by the roof, which feels a bit flimsy for me. Moving the 'wings' into position can require a fair amount of force.
Nice long feet coupled with multiple points of articulation make this guy a pleasure to pose, and he just loves having his photo taken! he has ball-jointed shoulders and hips, with jointed knees and double-jointed elbows. He has bicep and thigh swivel, waist swivel, wrist swivel and pretty poseable feet.
This mould feels well thought out and put together. One concern I have is the automorph feature, as I worry about the stress put on the roof. Also, the beautiful paint is probne to chipping, so I will have to treat this guy with kid gloves.
Overall - 42/50
Tracks would be proud of his latest incarnation, which builds on one of the best-looking G1 toys and improves it further. A triumph of engineering with the looks to match, this iteration of Tracks is required for any collection. I heartily recommend the United version as it is one of the most improved by Takara.