FansProject CA-10 T-Bone, aka Wildrider. Let’s get the elephant in the room over with, yes T-Bone is a small deluxe, barely scraping over scout size and for a guy his size yes $60 seems like a lot. On his own perhaps his price is a bit much but when you consider his cost is meant to shoulder a portion of the lowered price of the eventual largest and most complex member of his gestalt team it makes a little more sense. T-Bone is a very faithful recreation of Stunticon Wildrider and while he has a more G1-toy head sculpt and less a G1-cartoon, as someone who doesn’t need every minute detail of a character accurate to warrant owning them it doesn’t bother me. The head nubs he had in the show would get in the way of transformation anyway. In robot mode he is impressively posable despite his size with all the good swivel and ball joints we come to expect from the best of the best TF’s. He has some fantastic detailing, excellent paint work and an overall look that I just really like a lot. I’ve always had a soft spot for angular characters with plenty of (literally) sharp design and I feel this aesthetic fits Wildrider like a glove. Many have said they find his car mode unappealing, I’m not sure why personally as I think it’s by far the best looking of the four FP Stunticons we’ve seen but there you go, subjective opinions at their best. He does indeed remind me of Nolan Batman’s Tumbler though. Now with all those positives out the way let’s get on with the negatives. He can’t roll, there is indeed a clearance issue regarding his torso in car mode. The most centre point of his chest scrapes the ground just enough that it stops the wheels from being able to turn freely due to them not being the sole point of traction. Apparently if you keep his various panels slightly angled and slightly separated at just the right points this can be overcome but I neither want to do that nor have my attempts resulted in this actually working. I am strangely enough willing to overlook this completely. I understand that transformers are always about compromise and if a vehicle mode that can’t roll was the cost of getting a figure that otherwise looks, poses, stands and feels this good despite its size then I am content. I tend to not “play” with my TFs much so much as just enjoy the simple act of transforming them and posing them so I value these elements over things like functioning wheels. More to the point when I have all five members I will be keeping them combined most of the time anyway. This doesn’t change the fact this is indeed a flaw and one that certainly leads to this figures price and individual purchase feeling a little dissatisfying for some but like I said, I’m personally fine with it. The only other key thing to point out that could be viewed as an issue of sorts (which is shared by his mold-brother Car Crash) is the very dangerous feeling knee joints you must move for transformation. You have to apply enough pressure on the panels above and below his knee that they are stretched apart to allow the knee mechanisms tab to release so the knee joint can rotate and lock elsewhere for either mode. Luckily the plastic feels as if it were designed to both endure this and not get weaker from the process but only time will tell if this holds true. Going from car to robot is less stressful but tabbing the legs together between the swivelling inner shin panels, the knee mechanism, the hood flaps and the swivelling wheels. It all feels a little over engineered to the point perhaps some other simpler yet more effective design would have been better. Presumably the only reason the legs were done like this is to allow these shin bots to also function as arms in combined mode. Some simple care and patience is all that is required ultimately to deal with this aspect but even so it remains discomforting for anyone use to having less worry with Transformations. In the end T-bone is another fine example of FansProjects talented and hard-working staff (but they sure do need better communication) and as he is the first member of the five I am to own he has me that much more excited to complete this set. Highly recommended.