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numbat's review of: Tiny Tins W.A.R.S.

Name: W.A.R.S. (Wicked Attack Recon Sportscar)
Allegiance: Autobot
Sub-Group: Tiny Tins / Spychanger

Quote: ‘I dare you to come and get me!’

W.A.R.S. is an aggressive warrior who loves to fight. He is covered in thick armour and specializes in body-slam attacks. His violent actions frighten both his allies and enemies. He has a machine gun that he fires non-stop when in battle.

The third Spychanger was received as a gift a wee while back now. Of course, the whole Tiny Tins concept was just a way of making a bit more money out of these much-marketed figures, so this W.A.R.S. is identical to the original RID release.

Still, W.A.R.S. is not a bad toy, and certainly one of the cooler original Spychangers.

Alternate Mode:

W.A.R.S. becomes something of a reinforced rally car, despite his full name suggesting something flashier. It suits the crazy acronym well though!

He measures in at 8.5cm (3 1/4”), and is quite a bulky Spychanger. There is plenty of molded detail, with grids across the driver’s window and windscreen amongst other nice touches.

The colour scheme is bold, with solid red and dashes of yellow under the doors and on the spoiler. Silver brings out the lights and front bumper, as well as the windscreen bars. The metallic blue looks great on the windows, and the printed symbols work well. The gold alloys add another gaudy touch.

The only negative to the mode, really, are the bright yellow exhausts!

Great car to play with, or display!

Robot Mode:

The transformation is as simple as can be – Spychanger simple! The resulting ‘bot looks cool, and stands 8cm (3”) tall.

He certainly gives the impression of being both bulky and heavily armoured. The huge plates (which proclaim his name) down his arms look like super shields, and go a long way to creating this image. Alas, though, like many Spychangers, he can only just reach the end of his chest!

The bonnet does look good as his chest, though, and the yellow on the legs actually works ok. The yellow strips on the undersides of the doors also come to the fore along his arms in this mode.

The black thighs, waist and head go fine with the rest of the scheme, without clashing as almost any other colour would. The face sculpt looks suitably unhappy, brought out well in silver, and he finds himself further guarded by shields either side of his head! Gotta impair visibility!

He’s completed by his gun, which is one of the better Spychanger weapons, and is molded in clear plastic.

Tin:

The tin, which some people are likely to be buying this toy for, is your standard metal toy tin, 3 ¼” (8.5cm) long, and 1 ¾” (4.5cm) wide. It’s decorated inside and out with photos of W.A.R.S., on a backdrop of yellow and orange, with outlined squares. The inner tray is identical in photo and pattern to the exterior. I find it a convenient way of storing W.A.R.S. safely amongst my other Transformers, while keeping his gun safe, but those of you in to these sorts of things may like it for display reasons.

Transformation: 1 – Only the G1 board game pieces beat Spychangers in simplicity, but, unlike those bits of plastic, the Spychangers’ transformations are quite fun, and should not be seen as a negative.
Durability: 9 – Solid as a Spychanger can be! And that’s pretty solid! Plus his tin keeps his gun safe!
Fun: 4 – Fun in both modes, and good for a display of wee Transformers. Still, he has his limitations.
Price: 10 – Tiny Tins Transformers can be picked up from 50p ($1) sealed, so don’t get fooled by any at much higher prices!
Overall: 5 – A nice Spychanger, at a very nice price. Great addition to any collection which includes small Transformers, but he’s not gonna rock your world!
 
 
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