Didnt see a pictoral thread for this guy and he's been out a while. Just for note: this is my only movie Ironhide so I can't really compare him with previous incarnations. Alt Mode As we all know, movie Ironhide transforms into a GMC Topkick. Some nice detailing. I particularly like they took the time to sculpt the Road Armor bodykit. Mine has slightly dodgy paint around his right headlights. He's not without his faults in this mode though. Considering how unobtrusive Megatron, and particularly Roadbuster's Mechtech ports are, I feel Ironhide's stick out far too much and somewhat spoil the alt mode. I appreciate that 'Hide's gun is far heavier and therefore needs some extra support. So perhaps they sacrificed looks for playability here. Another bugbear is that the inside of the Mechtech port on his roof is unpainted grey plastic making it stick out all the more. These faults I can forgive as I accept when buying toys, playability is obviously going to be a major buying motive for the kids. So the only major fault I can claim to in alt mode is this. The flatbed looks terrible, and while the engineering required to transform it into his legs is great (More on that later) I personally can't see why they couldn't have done more to make the flat bed more .....of a....flat...bed..? You know what I mean. He has 3 Mechtech ports in alt mode. The one on his roof I complained about already... Which to me looks kinds silly. If you ask me they should just have had the 2 on the side... As this looks kinda cool. It's a shame they didn't pack him with 2 guns, as one each side would look good, but I guess that wouldn't be cost effective. I don't have any Leader scale Primes, So here he is next to BB Prime. Even though Voyagers are a little smaller this time round, Ironhide is still a bit out of scale with Prime in alt mode. Transformation This is half awesome, half frustrating. Pretty much literally. All the frustrating parts are above the waist. His chest is quite hard to get to tab into the grey tab behind his abdomen, and if you don't get it at least nearly in, his chest is prone to popping loose, and when transforming to alt mode for the first time, I nearly broke his arms. My advice there is not to follow the instructions too closely for that bit as they seem a little off. The legs however are really well designed and fun to transform. They also leave very little kibble. Bot Mode Here's where I can forgive most flaws as I think he looks awesome in bot mode. His headsculpt is excellent. If you do manage to get his chest to deform and lock correctly, the results are impressive. Some have complained his legs are a bit long. They can be collapsed backward like Starscream's to make him a bit stumpier and stockier. The pic above has his legs fully extended, all other pics have the legs collapsed as described. It's actually a shame they used transparent blue plastic for the windows in alt mode as you get some vibrant blue on his shoulders which looks a little out of place. It's a shame they didn't use the gloss black they used on Crankcase as Ironhide's windows in the movies are pretty heavily tinted anyway and it would've solved this problem. Articulation is overall decent. Head is on a ball joint, the legs have a wide range of movement. He has no waist articulation, and the arms are unusual. Yes it's true the way they are gives less articulation than the standard ball socket shoulders most TFs have, but most poses can still be achieved, you just might have to go about it a different way than you're used to, and if you retract the wheels correctly into the chest they can sometimes get in the way so you might want to pop them out slightly to get more range of movement. Ironhide isn't really the most flexible of transformers anyway so it's not too bad, the only pose I regret not being able to do, standing sideways on pointing weapon out, can't be done, but even if the arms swung out, the head would be entirely blocked by the chest anyway. Mechtech in this mode can be mounted on one of 2 ports on each arm, or held in his fist. Again it's a shame there aren't 2 weapons, as Ironhide's arm looks a bit puny with nothing on it. The Mechtech weapon itself is probably my favourite of all Mechtechs I've seen so far. Mostly because it spins like Ironhide's weapons are supposed to, but also because massive guns are kind of what he's all about whereas they can look out of place on some other bots. Mine doesn't seem to want to lock into position (Yes I know about the tab) but it doesn't really matter. Ironhide is a little better in scale with BB Prime in this mode, I feel he might be dwarfed by the Leader class. Overall I've thrown a spotlight on all his worst factors, if none of these bother you extremely, I'd say you'll like this figure. He has a lot of personality in bot mode. If it werent for that damn flatbed I'd like him a lot more, but he can obviously be displayed at angles where that's not visible. He's definitely a good figure, but not an amazing figure. Megs is still my favourite Voyager by a landslide, but if, like me you haven't got the budget for Leaders, I'd say Voyager Ironhide is a worth picking up.