Walmart Exclusive Breakaway

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  1. G1Wheeljack

    G1Wheeljack Well-Known Member

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    Just got this guy today & decided to review him.

    Pros:
    -Homage to Getaway/Lightfoot
    -Fits in nicely with other classics
    -Solid mold

    Cons:
    -Joints are somewhat stiff, notabley in upper arms
    -Paint feels somewhat rough, not as smooth as Hot Shot's

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    Robot Mode
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    Overall thoughts:
    An excellent choice for an exclusive as we may have never gotten an update of this character otherwise. I reccomend him to anyone without the mold and somewhat reccomend to those who do. I give it a solid B.
     
  2. Shark Jumper

    Shark Jumper さあ、お前の罪を数えろ

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    I thought about getting him, but I always liked the Excellion repaint of that mold...
     
  3. Powersa

    Powersa Car Robots

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    I might get one if I see it in stores.
     
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    I got him today, but I am not really impressed with this figure. My backpack for him in robot mode flops around and does not lock into place, the only way to keep it in place is to move the shoulders back a little.

    His transformation is lacking too, way too easy and not enough moving parts and joints. I was hoping that the doors on his arms would swivel around instead of stick out like they do.

    I'd give him a 3/5. I really do like his alt mode though, he is a really nice car.
     
  5. ShadowStitch

    ShadowStitch vectoring the hate plague

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    Like every single other figure released by Hasbro's new and decidedly un-improved factories in the last year, you really have to be careful with picking a good one in the package, since the paint apps on most Breakways are pretty sloppy; though not as bad as Fracture, but not quite as good as Crankcase, from this wave.

    If you had any of the multiple previous recolors of this mold, then you know what to expect, just with a little worse build quality, that's all. The leg pin joint son mine are especially loose, making even standing him up a trial. It's funny that for a figure with a Bio painting him as an "Escape Artist," he's one of the least articulated figures they could have chosen. But nevertheless, it's a cool backstory.

    Besides that, people have noticed a passing resemblance between this guy and the Stunticon Breakdown, so if you really need a friend for your ungodly expensive Deluxe Wild Rider, there ya go.

    I wasn't 100% enamored with his color scheme, so I made a few modifications: I used a silver sharpie to cover up the murky yellow on his hips, chest, and face, and then scrubbed his forehead crest piece with alcohol to remove the maroon paint, revealing the deep pink plastic underneath (A La Hot Shot.) I think he looks better with a less Gundam color palette, and restricting his colors to reds, blues, whites and silvers works well. Though I still question the use of the transparent Pink Plastic.

    I also did the same mod I did to my other versions of this mold: removing the doors and carving off the two tiny pegs that hold it horizontal -- that way, you can rotate the doors somewhat, to get them out of the way of his fists. It's not a huge improvement, but it does add a little style and doesn't affect the Alt mode in any way.
     
  6. G1Wheeljack

    G1Wheeljack Well-Known Member

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    Can you show some pics of your mod?
     
  7. ShadowStitch

    ShadowStitch vectoring the hate plague

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  8. Andersonh1

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

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    The only version I have of this mold is the Legends version of Cybertron Hot Shot. Getaway's a pretty obscure G1 character, and I find that appealing. I may pick this one up if the deluxe figures are still on sale.
     
  9. TJOmega

    TJOmega The Plastic Addict Content Contributor

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    I'm such a sucker for this mold, this is #4 for me and I still want to get Botcon Goldbug as well.

    In person the colors appeal to me a lot more than I thought. He doesn't fit in with the movie line in the slightest but it's always cool when we get an obscure character. My only faults are he doesn't seem to go together in vehicle mode as smoothly as the previous versions of the mold.
     
  10. Ktulu

    Ktulu Whoosh TFW2005 Supporter

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    The roof/back pack on mine won't stay on in bot mode at all. I spent forever in the store getting the one with the best paint job and that happens when I get it opened at home, haha. I do quite like the repaint overall though. As usual, my thoughts lie in the realm of "well with a new head it'd be a much better update...." but we all know why such things are rare :( 

    The joyous life of a TF nerd
     
  11. Fairlady_Z

    Fairlady_Z Official Voice of Flareup

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    Getaway was always a G1 fave of mine and I always loved that Hot Shot mould, might have to get him if I see him.
     
  12. Andersonh1

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

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    Breakaway

    This is a repaint of Cybertron Hot Shot, intended as a homage to G1 Powermaster Getaway, as seen here: Getaway (1988) - Autobot Warrior - www.tfu.info

    The color matching isn't too bad for the most part, given the different transformation schemes. There's a lot more blue on Breakaway's auto mode than there is on Getaway's auto mode, but that saves Breakaway from being too bland. The bot modes both have blue and red in similar locations, and both even have large shoulders for a similar silhouette. It's not a bad fit for the Hot Shot mold at all.

    Auto mode: some kind of low riding exotic car, which may or may not be based on an actual vehicle. The color scheme is white with blue trim, with red translucent windows, to mimic the original Getaway. There is a problem with this that's immediately noticable. The car has seams of course, to facilitate transformation, and they are very visible at several points where the blue paint is only on the surface of the car, and not down in the seams. In addition, there is a pretty noticable gap between the door and the back of the car on both sides, and I cannot get the two halves to sit flush. I can't quite say what causes this. It may be a result of the plastic being different than one the car was originally engineered for, or maybe all versions of the mold have this gap. I don't know. The end result is a car that looks less sleek and aerodynamic than it's obviously meant to, because the stripes are broken up at regular intervals.

    There are, however, some nice touches. There's a tiny Autobot symbol, in red, dead center on the hood. rather than split in two, the whole thing goes to one side when the hood splits for transformation. There's also a molded interior visible through the windshield, consisting of seats and a steering wheel. It's dark, under pinkish-red plastic (a color I don't think I've ever seen on a Transformer before), so the details hardly jump out, but it's still a nice touch. The car rolls well on all four wheels, and there's a spot to plug in the weapon on the roof, which again fits well with the original Getaway, who had a weapon that could do the same.

    So nice looking sportscar, with a so-so color scheme, marred by a mold that doesn't fit together as well as it should.

    Transformation: Very simple. Not a whole lot of difference between this and the Legends version of Hot Shot, apart from flip out feet, rotating head and a few more joints. The legs pull down, feet fold out, hood splits and folds down to the side for shoulders, turn head to face forward, and rotate backpack. Definately not a movie design, despite the packaging. :D 

    Robot mode: Fairly good color mapping to match Getaway. It's a high-contrast color scheme with mainly white torso and lower legs, along with slate blue upper legs and lower arms. The visible portions of the backpack and blue as well, with a darker blue buttflap made up of the underside of the car interior. Extra points for the molded Autobot insignia on the shoulder, even if it is silver to match the movie aesthetic.

    Well balanced and stable in a number of poses. LIke the Legends version, the backpack can get in the way of the shoulders if it's even rotated slightly. It does pop off, but I hate to remove parts. It feels like cheating. :)  It also seems like the car doors, which stick out well past the fist, should rotate out of the way, but they don't. There's a triple exhaust pipe/laser molded on the inside of the door though, so that at least gives him some offensive weaponry to compensate for hand obstruction.

    This being a Cybertron mold, there's a Cyber key gimmick. The key is clear red with a silver Autobot symbol, and when inserted in the top of the backpack/back of the car, causes a spoiler to pop out. Not terribly impressive, but it's a gimmick that doesn't interfere with the engineering of the toy, so that's something.

    Overall: Another fairly obscure G1 character gets a new toy, and I always enjoy that. The auto mode has some flaws, but is passable. The same is true of the robot mode. But for $7.77, which is cheaper than a basic these days, it's well worth it.
     
  13. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    Man, I want this guy. The mould is great and Getaway was my first, and only, authentic G1 TF ever. I like the colours, too, but the head deco could've been done slightly better.
     

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