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Old 2012-10-23, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default DOTM Deluxe Leadfoot review by Aaron1Rodimus -- [uploaded]

Name: Leadfoot
Faction: Autobot
Function: Wrecker
Series: Dark of the Moon
Size Class: Deluxe
Release: 2011

Bio: Leadfoot was one of the best drivers on Cybertron. His appetite for speed led him to scan one of earth’s fastest cars for his vehicle mode. His second love? High-powered weaponry! The firepower carried by this Autobot is so great that much of it is left exposed in vehicle mode- a tactic devised to intimidate any Decepticon foolish enough to take him on! “Wreckers, kill him!”

Vehicle Mode

Leadfoot is the leader of the Movie-verse Wreckers. He transforms into a weaponized Target #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy Impala. The weapons in his vehicle mode include 2 machine guns with ammo belts, a gatling gun mounted on the roof, and two racks of missiles mounted on the sides near the hood. Nicely, all of these small weapons are unique molds. Also included is a gray and white redeco of DOTM Deluxe Ratchet’s MechTech Machine Gun/Medical Saw (donate this weapon to any TF that needs it, maybe the DOTM Specialist Ratchet if you have him – Leadfoot comes overloaded with weapons as it is!). The Takara Tomy version has no NASCAR livery on it, which is a shame, but the rocket thrusters on the back have been painted a nice silver. The rocket thrusters have Clip System Points on them. There are Clip System Points and MechTech Ports on the doors, but these are so low to the ground that it will be difficult to use them in most cases. Once Leadfoot is in Robot Mode they'll be usable.

Robot Mode

Leadfoot is a beer bellied sunglasses wearing redneck (with a Cockney accent… as you’d expect…). His Robot Mode is a nice representation of his movie model, but the shade of dull yellow plastic chosen for his legs and hands is a poor choice. Gunmetal gray would have worked better, however, there are some small splashes of silver on his legs in a couple spots. His arms move at the shoulders and elbows, his legs move at the hips and knees. His toes fold up, but this is more a feature of transformation rather than a true point of articulation. While he can probably strike a few dynamic poses, he’s not the most poseable toy you'll own. He has MechTech Ports on each arm, as well as Clip System Points on each wrist and shoulder, making him easy to arm to the teeth. Unusually, Leadfoot’s hands are not molded to be able to hold guns at all. They're just solid blocks with his fingers slightly curved. The light piping in his head is excellent.

Marks out of 10 for the following:

Durability: 7 – Leadfoot will probably hold up pretty well, just be careful of the silver paint on his head and rocket thrusters, and the black paint on his spoiler. Update: The black panel on his chest that rotates forward for transformation can snap off if you're not careful. In light of this accident, I have dropped the score for this category by 2 points. The piece will still stay attached properly in either mode, after breaking, but having such a critical flaw on a toy that’s so expensive is irritating.
Transformation: 7 – In theory he transforms simple enough, but in practice his arms and legs keep getting in the way of each other as you try to move them around. The two little pieces on his chest pop off easily, so be mindful of those. The bar on his chest feels delicate the first few times you spin it for transformation, so go gentle until it loosens up a little. Be very careful when moving the silver rocket thrusters off the black spoiler, paint from both can scratch during transformation if you're not careful. Also be careful when moving the hood, as you could damage the silver paint on his head. If you like complicated or difficult transformations Leadfoot will probably hit the spot.
Price: 1 – As of this writing, the prices for Leadfoot are completely unreasonable, US$150 and up on eBay. Hopefully it comes down someday or Hasbro manages to release this mold in the US. Don't overpay for this one.
Articulation: 6 – Leadfoot has all the standard articulation, shoulder, elbows, thighs, knees. He has no waist articulation. His head is on a swivel joint. You can get decent poses out of him, but he’s not really meant to strike dynamic poses.
Fun: 7 – My score might be a little biased, since Leadfoot epitomizes everything I love about Transformers: Using lots of guns to blow enemies away. And when he’s not doing that, he’s ripping them to pieces with his bare hands and even teeth. Take off 3 points from this score if you pay more than 75 dollars for him. Take off one point if you don't own both Roadbuster and Topspin to go with him.
Overall: 6 – Leadfoot is a minor character in Dark of the Moon, and thus is not essential to own in a movie collection. He’s a well engineered toy, and with Reprolabels you can make him perfectly accurate to the movie. That said, pricing is completely unreasonable right now. Don't try to acquire one until the price comes down. If it does, Leadfoot is good to have, and he has weapons to share with your other TFs.
 

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Old 2012-10-23, 03:39 PM   #2
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Pretty nice review, mate.

Does Leadfoot really go for $150 on eBay? Bloody hell, I'm really going to wait until TF4 rolls in for the inevitable Leadfoot redecoes to hit the Hasbro shelves...
 
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Old 2012-10-23, 11:42 PM   #3
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I double checked before posting, and the cheapest one I saw was 150. Its completely insane. Makes me glad I bought mine during the frenzy when they were first cancelled. And I thought the price would drop after a while too.
 
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Old 2012-10-29, 01:33 PM   #4
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While I was transforming Leadfoot yesterday, the black chest piece snapped off. I have dropped my score for durability by 2 points, and added an update note explaining why. Thankfully, in spite of the break, this piece will still stay properly attached in either mode, but its still annoying to have this kind of problem, especially since this toy cannot be replaced for a reasonable price.
 
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Old 2012-11-03, 11:09 AM   #5
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Proofed!

There are Leadfoot's for a little less than $150 USD on eBay at a glance - $115 USD seems to be the cheapest I could spot.

But, yeah, wow! He's rocketed in price since I bought mine back in April I think it was.

If it's ok, I think I'll still write a review as I have a few different things to add/say.

Grand review though!

And I have always been worried that chest piece could snap - instead of turning it tends to twist. The plastic used is just too soft against the rigid angled socket.
 


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Old 2012-11-04, 12:35 AM   #6
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When I first got Leadfoot, I had a difficult time moving the bar, and I was terrified it would snap. It hasn't, but obviously moving the bar is what put pressure on the chest panel, because I can't see any reason for it to snap the way it did otherwise. Hopefully our reviews get posted on the main page soon, Leadfoot deserves to be ranked among the others.
 
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Old 2012-11-04, 11:52 AM   #7
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Yeah, I can see how that could happen now I think about how I transform the bar. I'm probably putting more strain on that chest piece than it should get, in fear of breaking the bar, but that is very rigid plastic and perhaps it is brittle... Oh dear...

I handle Deluxe Leadfoot extremely carefully. He's cost so much, I am afraid of breaking him! But I do like transforming him - he's so much fun. It's a dilly of a pickle.

Hasbro are bloody Moopets with how they tacked the DOTM (and FE) lines - they don't even deserve to be called Muppets.
 


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