zeoman4.5's review: Ratchet
TF Animated Deluxe
Hold still. This won't hurt a bit...
Autobot Ratchet was, at one time, one of the most promising medical minds on Cybertron. After his experiences with Lockdown though, all he wanted to do was disappear. An assignment to a deep space repair crew was just what he was looking for. He never wanted to be in the middle of a new war against Megatron, but if that's where fate puts him, he'll do his best to keep his comrades safe and sound.
It is the dawn of a new Transformers series. Animated is a very stylized, but
entertaining new TF series that mixes some of the best characters, concepts,
and legends from previous TF series with a new animation style and story.
The long-awaited figures have just started appearing on store shelves, and
are rapidly dwindling. One such figure is the Autobot Ratchet figure.
Ratchet's name sake comes from Generation 1, where just as today, its
Ratchet was a medic. Of course, being a medic for Autobots means he was
truly a mechanic and had a gift for repair. The original Ratchet was also a
a bit of a back talker, and liked to party. Fast forward twenty-three years,
and you have the next Ratchet of significance, the Movie Ratchet, who
served the same function. Now, with all this it's no wonder that Hasbro
decided to put a new Ratchet into the starting Autobot team for there new
This Ratchet, as apposed to the others, is fairly older than the other
Autobots on his team. A veteran of the Great War, between the Autobots
under Ultra Magnus and the Decepticons under Megatron, Ratchet served
tirelessly for centuries. That is until he was sent on a secret mission to
save an intelligence officer under enemy fire. He managed to find her (Arcee)
and nearly save her, but interference in the form of Decepticon bounty hunter Lockdown caused him to have to wipe her memory, and thus her mind
in order to keep the valuable info from Megatron. After words, he became
very sullen and grim. He joined up with Optimus' unit to get away from the
past, but found more than what he bargained for when the AllSpark showed
up. Now he battles evil for the sake of his comrades, and to preserve life on
Earth from the evil Decepticons.
Alright, if you're still reading then you basically know Ratchet's character, now
on to the review.
Ratchet's vehicle mode is a futuristic ambulance. It is basically what you'd
expect for his character and namesake. The overall look is streamlined, simple,
and tough. The most prominent colors are the milky white and maroon. The
design is far from spectacular. It is very simple, plain, nothing to it, but that
really fits the character of this guy very well. Being an older bot, means he
wouldn't be too concerned with being flashy, plain and efficient, thats how he
rolls. The windows on the ambulance are blue. Either transparent, as in the
windshield/flashers, or opaque, like the side and rear windows. His wheels are
all black and he has a set of yellow headlights and blue tail lights. The only
detail bits are the pair of pulse symbols on his sides and one large silver
Autobot insignia on his hood. There's also a winch, I think thats what it is...
The wheels roll well and over all he plays very well. His vehicle mode is also quite sturdy. Like I said before its not spectacular, or even special, but it fits and it has some good play value, so I like it.
Ratchet's Robot mode is a bit more impressive than his vehicle mode. First off
he is a bit taller for a deluxe figure. The look of his robot mode captures the
essence of the cartoon character perfectly. Most of his parts are rounded,
giving him an appearance unlike most previous TFs. He looks his part well.
He has a bit of a gut, which although not exactly cool, fits with the older bot
persona. His face, the look on it is as if he's seen it all. Its actually a very sad
expression, a stern frown, down cast blue eyes, one of his little horns on his
helmet is broken. He is mainly the maroon/white combo from his vehicle mode
although the blue from the windshield on his chest and flashers on his
shoulders add some contrast. His Autobot insignia is now boldly showing on
his abdomen. His look and build fit his character perfectly, and are striking.
He has a good range of articulation, 22 points in all, including
moving fingers and a rotating head. He's kinda back heavy, but can be placed in a variety of poses. The only bothersome parts are his shoulder plates, which can get in the way of arm movement. He is a medic and as such
carries tool as opposed to weapons. He has a set of four: a wrench, a
hammer, a large flat head screwdriver, and lastly an enormous can opener.
Yes, that's right he has a giant can opener! I can't think of any reason why,
but he's got one. The tools lock into an opening in his hands with a peg inside
for the tools to latch onto. Each tool is large enough to serve as a weapon.
He can also store them in his back, which has a set of pegs inside. However
they stick out and are kind of annoying to deal with, I'd rather just set them
aside. He also has a bit of a gimmick. He has a strange looking hook-like tool
that folds out from both arms when you bend his elbows perpendicular to his
upper arms. What these are and why they are here, I don't know. These can't
be the magnets you see him use on the show. Unless these are halves of the
same magnet, in which case you'd be able to connect them, but his arms do
not bend like that. It's a poor gimmick, but at least they tried to put one in
there somewhere and didn't decide to just leave him with giant can opener
power. He also has a hole to connect the EMP cannon that comes with
Lockdown on to his arm. (It was his before Lockdown took it.) To sum it up he
is an OK toy for both display and play. His gimmick and tools are a little
weird, but he makes up for it in good design and character.
Marks out of ten for the following:
8 He cost me $9.99 at my local Walmart, which is about right for
a deluxe figure.
5 Entertaining and well thought out, but not very
9 He seems very tough, his vehicle mode is quite stable and
his joints are strong but flexible.
7 He's got a good bit of play value and looks nice and stays true to character, but his gimmick and his tools (excluding the hammer) are weak.
7 He is not bad. In fact, he's a very nice Autobot, but just like
his character he'll come across as a bit rough until you get to know him.
If you are a fan of Ratchet, or of his namesake, then go for it. However if
you're looking for a warrior, or for a Big Bad Bot, maybe this guy is not for you.