Review of G1 Mirage

Discussion in 'Transformers Feedback & Reviews' started by Philister, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Philister

    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2005
    Posts:
    934
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    147
    Likes:
    +12
    Ebay:
    [​IMG]
    For more pictures, click on the image above

    Robot Mode: Mirage has that typical, hard-to-describe look of the early Generation 1 Transformers. He's not particularly tall (slightly larger than one of today's Scout-class figures), rather boxy, and several metal and chromed parts are in evidence. His robot mode, which is pretty much secondary to a realistic vehicle mode, leaves no doubt what kind of car he transforms into. Much of his detailing is done via stickers and one has to respect the fact that most of them still look good 25 years after being applied.

    Mirage is actually one of the more posable robots from the early days of Generation 1. His lower body is immobile, but he can twist at the hip (a transformation requirement), bend his arms at the shoulders and elbows, and can twist his wrists as well. Pretty good for a 'bot from '84. His weaponry is also nothing to sneeze at. He carries a silver rifle, as well as a black missile launcher that snaps onto his shoulder wheels. Mirage includes three silver missiles for his launcher (spares for the inevitable loss of small parts).

    There is very little bad I can say about Mirage in robot mode. He bears a rather strong resemblance to the character we saw on TV, he is relatively posable, nicely detailed, and well armed. His only flaws are those he shares with pretty much all the Transformers from this time.

    Alternate Mode: Mirage transforms into a JS-11 F1 racing car. He carries labels for the French oil company Elf (since merged into the larger company TotalFinaElf) and Citanes (likely meant to be Gitanes, a French cigarette company). Ligier, which is Mirage's Japanese name, is also the name of the company that built the JS-11 chassis, by the way. There is not a whole lot I can write about the actual car. It looks good and, as far as I can tell, relatively realistic (I'm not an F1-fan). I think today's F1 racers are less boxy than this one here, but he's an 80s model. No gimmicks to the actual car, but remember: In those early days, transforming into a vehicle WAS the gimmick. So no complaints here, a nice, solid car mode.

    Remarks: There are several reasons why Mirage, both as a character and as a toy, is among the more interesting G1 Transformers. Let's start with the character. In the cartoon Mirage almost single-handedly saved the day in the "More than Meets the Eye" pilot episode by sneaking aboard the Decepticon space cruiser and sabotaging it before it could leave the Earth. In a later episode he was accused of being a traitor, but actually managed to pit the Decepticons and Insecticons against each other to the Autobots' benefit. In the Marvel comics Mirage never had a big part, but he recently had a much larger one in IDW's All Hail Megatron series, where he was once again considered the prime suspect for an Autobot traitor.

    The toy version of Mirage, like all early G1 toys a repurposed Diaclone figure, was available in (US-)stores 1984 and 1985 and also available by mail order in 1986 through 1988. He was later reissued in Europe in 1991. This was his last official reissue, though, as Hasbro and Takara have since issued statements saying that the Mirage mold was lost and/or destroyed. There have been multiple knock-offs since then, but the odds of Mirage making an appearance in the Encore series or any other G1 reissue line-up are pretty slim.

    I got Mirage as a Christmas present from my wife, bringing me one step closer to completion of my line-up of the original Ark crew. Mirage might not be an outstanding toy by any definition, but he is a very good example of everything that was cool about that first wave of Transformers figures way back when. So if you're an upstanding G1-fanatic such as myself, this one here is pretty much a must-have. And even if you're not, if you ever happen to see a G1 Mirage for a reasonable price, you should snatch it up.

    Rating: B+
     
  2. Feralstorm

    Feralstorm I ship Nick & Judy TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Posts:
    17,112
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    327
    Likes:
    +61
    Mirage was my first-ever Transformers toy back in the day (a birthday present of 1984). I might've had a different opinion of Transformers as a whole if my first was something like Ironhide. :)  I always thought Mirage was one of the best of the original group of toys (nice looking and proportional in robot mode, and no extra parts needed except for weapons)

    As tribute, Mirage is the only G1 toy where I've kept the original on display, instead of replacing with a newer, cleaner, or reissued example. - along with the worn "Citanes" logo, tattered stickers, and broken-and-glued-down spoiler-feet. (no broken waist though)
     
  3. KremzeekTyCobb

    KremzeekTyCobb Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Posts:
    55
    Trophy Points:
    46
    Likes:
    +0
    I LOVE this figure. Easily in my top 5 (Jazz and Megs would be tied for 1st in my heart). Definitely was made more interesting by his conflicted faction allegiance, which the tech specs card discussed but the animated series only hinted at. The only issue I would have would be from an engineering standpoint. His top half is attached to the bottom portion by a thin tab/cylinder that is know to break after a couple of decades in storage!
     
  4. Andersonh1

    Andersonh1 Man, I've been here a LONG time Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2002
    Posts:
    10,868
    Trophy Points:
    272
    Likes:
    +11
    Ebay:
    I wrote up a review of G1 Mirage back in 2002 after I bought one off Ebay.


    Have you ever noticed that almost every time a new Indy Car Transformer comes out, it's named Mirage? RID had one, Beast Machines did, so did Generation 2... I wonder how Skid-z escaped?

    Well, I recently bought the original on Ebay, and like all the first year Autobots, this guy is a nice find.
    Judging by the date from which the original toy Mirage is based on originated, this is probably some 70s/early 80s Indy car. The color is primarily a dark blue, with white to offset it. It's a bit boxy, which surprised me. The tires have no tread, which is a nice bit of realistic detailing, as is the Goodyear logo on the tires. The rear of the car is a dark grey metal, which gives the car a bit more weight than it would otherwise possess.

    Transformation is simple. Pull the rear back, separate the legs, pull out the arms, rotate the waist and fold the hood down to form the chest. A lot of stickers are more visible in this mode, as is some more chrome around the shoulder areas.

    Mirage doesn't have a lot of articulation. The wrists turn, elbows bend and the shoulders rotate up and down. Mirage has some big feet due to the size of the spoiler. He's a nicely detailed figure. If you're an old school TF fan, as I am, the lack of articulation didn't mean a lot then, and it doesn't stop my appreciation for the figure now.

    Mirage comes with a rifle, missile launcher (which clips on the axle of either of his front tires) and three missiles. No spring in the launcher evidently, as the missile just sits there.

    If you have the opportunity to pick this guy up at a decent price, do it. He's a nice addition to any TF collection.
     
  5. Skylock

    Skylock Rogue

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2008
    Posts:
    2,842
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    151
    Likes:
    +1
    This has got to be one of my all time fav G1 goodies. Nice.
     
  6. Golden Age

    Golden Age BATTLE BEAST

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2005
    Posts:
    2,778
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Likes:
    +0
    B+? More like A+.
     

Share This Page