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Old 08-11-2010, 02:44 PM   #1
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Botcon G2 Redux Breakdown Review

Couldn't find a review thread for this guy here, so I opened one:


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Remarks: Breakdown is a repaint of the Sunstreaker/Sideswipe mold from Universe, so there isn’t a whole lot I can write here that I haven’t already written in those two reviews. Just some words on the differences. First of all, Breakdown got himself a new head, which is a good match for that of the original G1 Breakdown. The paint job, of course, has nothing to do with G1, but rather with a never-to-be G2 release and the history of Botcon. Let me elaborate.

In 1994 G2 was coming into full swing (such as it was). While the previous year had seen mostly repaints of G1 figures, the second year brought out lots of original figures. Maybe because of that (an official reason was never given to my knowledge) a planned release of repainted G2 versions of the G1 combiners Menasor and Defensor was cancelled (see a picture of the prototypes here). One of these cancelled figures, though, namely G2 Breakdown, was released at the 1994 Botcon as an exclusive figure, the very first of its kind ever. And so in order to celebrate this, 2010 Breakdown is decked out in the colors of the 1994 G2 Breakdown exclusive.

Whether or not you like the rather garish paint job is, of course, entirely up to you. Personally I like both the mold and the paint job a lot, so getting him was pretty much a must. Besides, there are never enough car Decepticons to go around. So the point of this rather short review is: If you’re in any way a fan of G2, the Stunticons or garish paint jobs, then Breakdown is for you. But good luck finding him for a decent price.

PS: If you want to know where those red blotches on Breakdown’s car roof come from, click here.

Rating: A
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:27 PM   #2
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:16 PM   #3
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:39 PM   #4
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Thanks for the review, I see yours has the mis-assembled (upside down) left forearm just like mine.


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Old 08-11-2010, 11:38 PM   #5
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The colors are awesome and the head is perfect for a early/mid-90s throwback!



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I think it would make more sense if this toy was backwards with the window chest. This character looks fierce.

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Old 04-11-2012, 06:20 PM   #7
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Can you provide a picture of Breakdown in "Sunstreaker" robot mode?
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:31 PM   #10
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Nice review, although I'm curious as to why you didn't mention the 1994 Fort Worth Botcon homage on the license plate, since having homages is pretty much the standard for any TF with license plates since Universe 2.0, just look at the Uni. 2.0 Ratchet and his noticeably yellow license plate. It's almost as if he's trying to ask for help though it.
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