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First/Last Comic Appearance (US) -
First/Last Comic Appearance (UK) - Issue 146, January 2nd 1988 / Issue 187, October 15th 1988
First/Last Cartoon Appearance - The Transformers: The Movie, August 8th 1986 / Episode 85 (Season 3 #20), November 12th, 1986
First Toy Appearance - 2011
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Manufacturer - Hasbro
Toyline - Generations
- Added an Autobot symbol to the windshield (covering the smaller tampographed one)
Junkyard was a peripheral character, but whenever he popped up in the comics I always thought he looked really cool with his shades. Also, I had a Wreck-gar who needed to ride something (That's what she said) so buying this guy made perfect sense.
Appearance (Robot Mode) 7/10
He's a good-looking bot, sharing the same mould as the Junkion leader. His paintjob is limited but effective, and his camp face makes me laugh. But for some reason, his shades just don't align with hs face properly, and the paint that is on them is atrocious. The eyes are too important to be rendered sloppily in my opinion.
Appearance (Alternate Mode) 8/10
I'm so impressed on how little robot kibble is visible. You can see the hands above the engine if you look carefully, but that's about it. What paint there is is very nice but there is definately too much grey plastic on display.
The exceptionally clever transformation is marred somewhat for me by the automorph feature, which apparently puts great strain on the rubberised handlebars. I haven't had an issue myself yet, but I have read examples of people snapping them.
This mould is capable of most of the articulation you would expect from a modern deluxe figure. The way that his head is set into his neck and the surrounding kibble give it a limited range of movement, and also he bends at the knee oddly because of how his legs are used in the alt mode.
I have worries regarding this figure, and they are centered around the automorph feature, and also the fact that the rubbery handlebars deform quickly when packed away, which is why when I store this mould I do so with the handlebars bent to the side, rather than facing out.
Overall - 36/50
Junkyard is a must-have for anyone who has the Wreck-gar figure (unless you want to lay out serious dollar for Scrapheap) so buying him at a low price is a no-brainer. I guess it would be odd if he looked as good as Wreck-gar anyway. If you have Wreck-gar, you are duty bound to own him, and you won't be too disappointed with what you get.