Animated Prowl Review.

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  1. Glitch

    Glitch Well-Known Member

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    I have a few of the Transformer Animated pieces and received a request to see more of Prowl, so here he is.

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    Anyway, of the Autobots, I think Prowl is my favorite of the new series, and I'm happy to report that this figure does the character justice like no Transformer I've ever seen. This thing is INCREDIBLY faithful to it's on-screen counterpart - it just oozes with character.

    Vehicle mode: 10/10.

    This mode is absolutely unbelievable. ZERO robot kibble and absolutely no indication that it transformers into a robot. No weird scribe lines, no odd proportions, no visible hands, and, best of all, the head is COMPLETELY hidden. It's also incredibly sturdy in this mode and has lots of nice little details like clear headlights, the clear red and blue police lights behind the seat, a working kickstand, and even the little gauges just under the windshield.



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    Transformation: 10/10.

    The Transformation is both a blast and a breeze. It's one of those pieces you can have into robot mode in a matter of seconds, yet it doesn't look like one of those pieces that you simply stand upright and extend the arms, legs and head.

    You start by detaching the arms from the sides and from behind the seat.


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    Next, you bring the legs out and rotate the feet down.


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    You then swing the windshield down which triggers an automorph reveal of the head. The windshield and front end then lock sturdily into place against the abdomen.


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    You then close the head panel on the fuel tank, rotate the handlebar grips in to hide them (a VERY nice touch), and then slide back the covers that house the hands.


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    Robot mode: 10/10.

    Just as the vehicle mode gives zero indication that this is a robot, the robot mode gives no indication that this turns into a motorcycle - it just looks like a REALLY cool robot figure. For the most part, this is in thanks to the clever hiding of the wheels inside the legs which gives the piece both perfect symmetry and unique character. Unlike other Transformer motorcycle figures, like Arcee, no large chunks of the motorcycle are removed to make it more accommodating for the robot mode, and there are no fat pieces of vehicle kibble hangin' off the back. By the way, this piece is exactly the same size as Deluxe Arcee. I'm sorry that I didn't think to take a pic of the two side by side - perhaps later.


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    Articulation is top notch. The head is ball jointed but also has a hinged neck - this really provides a massive amount of movement. The shoulders are double ball jointed (one on the body, one at the base of the shoulder). The elbows, waist, knees and ankles are also ball jointed and completely posable.


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    The accessories are VERY cool. First are the throwing stars which detach from the sides of the wheels. They are very well hidden when in vehicle mode thanks to the matching detailing on the other side of the wheel. When removed, the whole thing blossoms open thanks to some clever gear work inside each star.


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    The next accessory is a traffic light "nunchuck." While not quite as nifty as the throwing stars, it has some neat detailing nonetheless. Particularly nice is the fact that clear red, yellow, and green plastic is used for the individual lights themselves rather than simply painting them in.


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    Needless to say, I'm pretty impressed with the piece. It's all that a Transformer should be: uncompromised vehicle mode, fun and easy transformation, flawless robot mode with a TON of articulation and neat accessories.

    DEFINITELY put him at the top of your list.

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  2. @l3x

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    If nothing else had sold me on the figure (which it HAD), this most certainly would.

    Prowl and Lockdown are at the top of my want list.
     
  3. TJOmega

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    Geez, these Animated figures are impressing me the more I see them... (Traffic light should have turned into Signal Lancer though...)
     
  4. Glitch

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    P.S.

    Sorry for the nasty, blurry pics. I hate using flash, I was running out of light, and I was using a crap camera. I'll might replace them later, take some comparison pics and drum up some cool new poses.

    I'll also post reviews of other Animated figures as they're revealed. There's one in particular I'm really dyin' to show.

    Love me the Animated figures.

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  5. Shin Densetsu

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    Hey, I think if you swivel the lights underneath his forearms outwards, they become batons. Looks neat. If he becomes likeable to me on the cartoon, I will buy it. I am impressed by this one so far.
     
  6. Glitch

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    They can, but I don't really like it all that much because the pegs and holes are too visible.


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  7. shifty02

    shifty02 Greetings Programs

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    I am just LOVING these animated figures! Can't wait to get my hands on them!
    Thanks for the review and the pics!!!
     
  8. REDLINE

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    Thanks for making this, Glitch. FP'd
     
  9. jnmx2000

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    the beauty of this line is similar to that of the beast wars line, they utilize ball joints alot more then other series, which adds to better transformations and better vehicle and robot modes with greater possibility
     
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    That is neat.

    I like the robot and vehicles modes having no resemblance thats a good touch for this series.
     
  11. Hobbes-timus Prime

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    Thanks for sharing, Glitch. This figure looks awesome.

    Is there any possibility, as far as you can tell, that I'll be able to fit an Animated Batman or Teen Titans Robin onto Prowl in bike mode? Thanks for checking, if you can.
     
  12. Xython

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    Flawless perfection thanks Glitch ^ ^
     
  13. Gears

    Gears buh-buh-body ya Veteran

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    Awesome review. Prowl looks amazing, I think he's my fav toy I've seen so far.
     
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    WOW!

    I just cannot believe the work it seems that has gone into the Animated line. Unbelievably accurate alt and robot modes, what seems to be very show accurate transformations. Some unbelievable articulation. I can't think of enough good to say about them.

    Prowl was always one of the figures I most looked forward to...and seeing this/reading the review, I absolutely cannot wait for him. Definitely the 'bot I want most (also helps that his character is one of the best on the show). Lockdown is still that #1 must have for me...but Prowl is quickly taking that second slot.

    June can't come soon enough. Graduation AND the Animated line? What's not to love.
     
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    dude loving prowl everything about this figure screams i have to have. I didnt think i would want this figure when i first heard about him but the more and more i read the more and more i love!!!
     
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    I'm liking the figure befoe I saw any of these recently revealed pics I saw all the ones they showed off at botcon the paint aps were much more shiney though.

    But my point is They are the new Pokemon transformers and in saying that...,

    I gotta Catch'em all!!!!
     
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    I love everything abut him besides two things.

    1. It looks like his gearbox is hanging out if you know what I mean.
    2. no place to store the traffic light that I've seen.
    I guess you could conisder one of the only pieces of "kibble" on the figure.
    the word kibble being used in the traditional sense.

    I wonder how many poses from the show he can pull off.
    although seeing that his hand are not articulated I doubt he can do handstands.
     
  18. Sledgehammer

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    Another winner - the articulation in this line so far is amazing, and Prowl's engineering in both forms is absolutely outstanding. :thumb 
     
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    he was going to be my only buy from animated on impressions i've seen and then it was a maybe as i was thinking about narrowing my collecting but after seeing this he's a must buy
     
  20. KA

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    best bikebot evar.

    too bad it had to be prowl, dick.
     

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