Transformation is pretty cool, easy too. but still original. Now the robot mode... you see this in the photos? No backpack at all! Of all the figures he's the only one without backpack... you gotta love this! :-)
Next in line is "not-Groove"... the futuristic representation of G1 Groove. I'm not a fan of the future over-bike mode. but it works so... meh. In vehicule mode the folded up arms are a bit loose and kinda hinder the vehicle mode since they dont peg anywhere so they just flop there.
Transformation is juste too easy, just straighten out everything and fold the cockpit... there ya go. Now once in robot, he's actually not bad looking. His backpack is not too bad, kinda look like a jetpack. He's a decent looking fella.
And finally we have the leader of the bunch; "not-hotspot". Truck mode is pretty cool with the ladder on top of the tank and the 2 canons on top of the cabin. Otherwise there's nothing much to say about it.
Transformation is pretty straightforward like all the others, but some tabs and pegs are pretty friggin' tight on this fella, which is not a bad thing. Robot mode is pretty nice. He towers the other robots... which is ok he's their leader. (Invader Zim's "My Tallests" syndrome?). But there's a few complications in his robot mode, the arms gets in the way of the wheel guards a whole lot, there's not much articulations in the arms, no knee joints either... kinda weird... all the figures have pretty good articulation with good range of motions... but this guy is stiff. He's also got some big backpack. Now I seen the deluxe version of him and in the tank there are canons and the tank panels can flip around like they are on a ball-joint but this backpack... there's nothing to do with it, it's empty and doesnt move at all.
Just before moving on to the combined mode, lets see the hands and feet. Unfortunately there's no way to store them on the robot mode or vehicle mode of any of the guys which is a bit sad really. I guess you can store the hands inside the Leader's tank in vehicle mode... but otherwise there's nothing.
Now the hands are pretty simple, all the fingers are moving together, and the thumb is on a swivel, not a balljoint. also there's no wrists rotation, the wrist connector is molded onto the hand itself.
Pretty much the same with the feet, the connector has no swivel, the connector only moves left to right, no back nor forth, and doesnt swivel... which kinda hinders the articulation if you want to pose him.
As for the combined mode... he towers over all my collection... he's HUGE. For size comparison, here's next to MP-01 Prime:
And here's next to the more recent Fansproject M3 Stunticons.
This guy is immense! Now I'm trying hard to find a place where he could fit in my collection... my shelves were not ready for him.
I bought this guy from Sirtoys. He cost 75$ which is is about 15$ a limb... at that price there's no hesitation and you should get this guy... BUT I would highly recommend taking the smaller deluxe version which are more detailed... and obviously smaller... so you wouldnt have any problem placing him into your shelves like me...
+HUGE combined mode
+Pretty cool looking individual bots/vechicles and combined
+Plastic Quality is great
-MUCH less detailed than the smaller version
-Some floppy parts needs tighten up
-So huge he doesnt fit in my shelves lol
For the lulz... comparison with the G1 protectobots, the original one could pass through his legs... doesnt get taller than his crotch! haha