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Sir Auros' review of: Windbreaker

Name: Windbreaker
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Advance Scout
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"I can get you the info you want...before you even know you need it!"

The fastest trooper in the force. A super-speed information gatherer, zooms ahead of the battle to bring back an ulta-accurate report on the terrors to come. As a vehicle, he's long and lean with a dual purpose engine/defense module. As a robot, this firepower becomes unbeatable in his hands.

There's so much that can be said about this figure. The hilarious name, the fact that it looks like a Hardees sponsored NASCAR, or that the one I have is kind of stolen from one of my brothers. It's too bad that we didn't really pay attention to the names of our figures when my brothers got Windbreaker for Christmas. We did note that the coloration and design of the vehicle mode really made it look like it was endorsed by the Hardees fast food chain. Finally, the figure I'm reviewing actually belongs to one of my brothers, but has resided in my collection for quite a while now. I suppose I should ask them if they want this (and Turbofire) back.

Vehicle Mode:
At one point in time, Hardees was associated with orange intersected by blue lines and you can still see that on their subsidiary chain, Skeet's. If you don't remember it or aren't familiar with the design, just trust me that the coloration looks like it. Like Turbofire, Windbreaker has Autobot accompanied by the G2 Autobot symbol taking up most of the windshield for some odd reason. Though the figure I have lacks his engine/gun, it does look quite good when it's in its proper place and looks like a new attempt at a hotrod. As a car, it's fairly mundane and is kind of like a larger Spychanger/Gobot in that it is fun to play with in alternate mode.

Robot Mode:
Windbreaker's robot mode is pretty basic (with a Spychangers style transformation), but pretty cool nonetheless. A lot of the G2 figures had gimmicks that were common amongst toys at the time (sound boxes, color changing, etc.), but Windbreaker's gimmick was something we're seeing a lot now with the Alternators line. His engine became his gun. Sadly, my brothers lost Windbreaker's gun, so it's not in the pictures on the right. It was basically a hotrod engine with a gunbarrel underneath along with a grip. Didn't look too great as a gun, but at least Windbreaker wasn't a wuss like some of the newer, weaponless Transformers. The robot mode is kind of simple as far as detailing and articulation goes, but I like it and the head is wonderfully sculpted. Ultimately, Windbreaker has a simple, but fun and neat robot mode.

Transformation: 7 - Very easy, very similar to a Spychanger design.
Durability: 8 - Pretty sturdy, but the gun is something really easy for the target demographic to lose.
Fun: 8 - Fun alternate mode, decent robot mode, and a cool design in both.
Price: ? - I really can't rate the price. I don't know what it cost when my parents bought it for my brother for Christmas and I haven't seen one on ebay outside of a lot.
Summary: 8 - G2's failure makes me sad.

 
 
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