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Warcry's review of: Sureshot

Faction: Autobot
Function: Sharpshooter
Generation: One
Sub-Group: Targetmaster
Nebulon Component: Spoilsport
"Believing in yourself improves your aim better than target practice."

"His confidence borders on arrogance-can hit targets blindfolded, from memory. Resents his twin laser cannon, Spoilsport, since he needs no help from Sureshot to shoot, and never asks for any. Spoilsport likes to shoot and show off on his own. The two only cooperate when their lives depend on it. In vehicle mode, Sureshot's maximum speed: 290 mph, range: 1200 miles. "

Alternate Mode: Might as well say it right now: what the hell is this supposed to be? A 'Cybertronian Drag Racer,' according to my toylist. An ugly yellow...thing, according to me. It looks, well, like they built a nice robot mode, and the vehicle mode was an afterthought. Then, they gave it an ugly-ass colour scheme, just to top it off. Sureshot has a yellow hood and cabin, orange headlight assemblies, an orange spoiler and engine(WTF?), and a red undercarriage. His wheels are quite large, the back ones perhaps too much so. He has a hole on his hood, for mounting his Targetmaster partner, Spoilsport. His engine is located on his rear section, between the halves of his spoiler. It's moulded from orange plastic, though.

Robot Mode: To transform Sureshot, first, swing the car's undercarriage around, so that it forms his robot legs. Flip the axle backwards, to swing his feet out. Push his rear section towards his hood until his windsheild is totally covering the orange part of his hood where Spoilsport mounted. Flip the hinged sections below his spoiler out to form his robot arms. SLide his hands out using the little pegs on the bottom of his arms. Flip the spoiler behind his back, to reveal his head. Swing his front wheels behind his back. About a fifteen-second job. I actually like Sureshot's robot mode. The colours, which look so bad on the vehicle mode, actually look pretty good on the robot. He has a yellow chest and forearms, red legs and upper arms, and orange hands and feet. His head is black and white. The only problem, really, is that his joints, at shoulder and elbow, practically bulge from his body. Seriously, they stick out about a centimetre from the rest of him. It looks pretty easy to snap the thin connector that holds his spoiler to his body, and I know from experience that his legs can fall off (not from normal use, though. I accidentally stepped on him.) The rest of him looks pretty durable (the up-side of the huge joints is that they are nearly impossible to break.)

Transformation: Like I said, a fifteen-second job. 5/10
Durability: Not very easy to break, and relatively easy to fix if you do, except for the spoiler. 7/10
Fun: He looks good in robot mode. Not much to play with, though. More of a display TF. 6/10
Price: A standard Autobot Targetmaster, I guess. Loose, without accessories, I've seen him as low as $15 on eBay. 6/10
Overall: Not an A-list Transformer, for sure. Not even on my B-list. But not so bad as to really deserve all the hate I have for him, either. Probably one of the last Autobot cars I'd recommend, but not the worst at all. 6/10
 
 
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