Unite Warriors Strafe Toy Review


Class- Deluxe

Commentary-

The final individual Technobot for this series of reviews is Strafe. Like most of the box set, there is a US version which is very different (aka inferior to me). Like Nosecone, Strafe is a HEAVILY retooled figure, this time, Blast Off.

Bot Mode-

Strafe is a great addition to the Technobot set, but he isn't my favorite. Also, despite being engineered incredibly well, he has some aesthetic problems. As I've mentioned in other Technobot reviews; a Unite Warrior Technobot is like pizza, even if it is bad, its still really good. So Strafe is primarily white, and that's my big problem with him. He just looks a little plain and I would've liked to have seen some silver details on his arms to go with his hands. But thats my only major problem with him. Strafe has a well sculpted head that is white (again, could use just a little more color, maybe red in the crest of the head) with a silver face and blue eyes. His chest and lower legs are red. He has a small backpack which you can plug his guns into, and that is a really nice cue taken from the G1 figure. His arms are white and his hands have a little silver on them and they are 5mm hands. The arms can move up and down and in and out, good bend at the elbow. There is thigh rotation, the head can turn the legs have the standard CW/POTP/UW articulation. Strafe is a good figure, but he isn't something that we haven't seen before when you look at the basics. Here's where he is great. Strafe started out as UW Blast Off. I want to meet the designer who designed this figure because there is no way I can even consider turning Blast Off into Strafe without a lot of compromises. And there are NO compromises with the figure in either mode. If you told me that this was 100% brand new tooling, I probably would believe you. Well, the hands are pretty unique.

Transformation-

Strafe's transformation isn't hard, but it is a little more challenging than most other CW/POTP/UW combiner limbs. For complexity, I rate the transformation a 5.75 out of 10. For fun, a 6.5 out of 10.

Vehicle Mode-

Strafe's vehicle mode is great. He is a Cybertronian fighter jet. Again, he looks nothing like Blast Off. He keeps the same color scheme, white, red, orange. His twin blasters can plug into the front and his hand blaster can plug into the top of the figure. He looks like an updated version of his G1 version.

Accessories-

Like all of the Technobots, Strafe comes with a few accessories. He has a pair of twin blasters which can be held as well as plug into the backpack. He also comes with a blaster which he can hold normally. I had Maketoys Quantron for a few weeks and I liked the fact that they decided to make Strafe have swords, so I got some TF Energon swords for Strafe.

3rd Party Add Ons-

There are no 3P add ons SPECIFICALLY for Lightspeed. Only Computron.

Pros-

Very well executed figure. Good accessory assortment.

Cons-

None

What would Seth have done different?

Just a little more silver details would be nice.

Grade-

Strafe is one of those figures that came out during CW/UW that really was the beginning of the practice of severely (and successfully) retooling a mold so much that it looks almost nothing like the original. He is tied for the strongest of the Technobot figures. Out of 10, I give Strafe an 7.75 out of 10

Retools and Repaints-

UW/POTP Blast Off (pretool)

UW Shuttler (redeco of pretool)

 

 


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