I scored (an early?) Rescue BotsQuickshadow out of a goodie bag at a press event, and she's pretty nifty. The box art shows a grey car and the bio completely downplays any indication that this is the girl - the form isn't overtly feminine, there's no pink, and were it not for the thin waist and skinny build on the artwork you'd probably never even guess that this is a she. It's probably a smart move, as common wisdom is/was little boys don't want to play with little girls. I know it was often a challenge to find the girl figures when I was a kid - Leias weren't common in the 1980s - but I'm one of those people that never grew out of toys, so I'm not a good benchmark. This one is debuting at 2 per case, so clearly someone at Hasbro expects her to be popular.
The 4 1/2-inch robot departs from the animation model, but does an acceptable job keeping the colors alive. The blue on the wheels is a stunner, given that so many of the Generations line for collectors have unpainted wheels. This figure is consistent with the rest of the line in that she has no actual articulation, but does sport some nice sculpting. The silver brings out her helmet and grille nicely, but I'm sure someone is going to take some brushes and pigment to her feet, hands, and parts of the helmet.
The blocky bot has 5mm hands - very tight fit, so don't put anything in there with a moving peg as it'll pop off - and she basically just stands.
Transformation is easy - it's a one-step toy that basically folds together in seconds. If you can't figure it out, well, maybe this isn't the hobby for you.
The car is a car - it's white, it has some blue on it, and they painted most of the windows. I'm surprised only the rear window was left undecorated - but not as surprised as I was by the spiffy painted grille, the blue on the doors, the painted spoiler, and of course the aforementioned blue on the wheels. The car mode is very nice, and the wheels roll freely. I realize this is coming off as a book report, but it's always kind of stunning when the toy meant for toddlers turns out above and beyond your expectations. She's neat!
As there are precious few white 'bots in this line, it should be easy for kids to ask for her by color if not by name. I'm surprised to see her bow at two per carton, but the good news is you should be able to find one in stores soon if you haven't already. Because I don't have any other toys quite like her, I'm thrilled to add her to the toy shelves - but if you want something that's fun to play with, this ain't it. She looks cool, the transformation is quick and fun, but there's not a lot of action here. Having said that, buy her before Titans Return Stripes. I like this mold, and were it not for Bumblebee I'd probably be clamoring for a redeco of her as a similarly helmeted and proportioned character like Hot Shot from Transformers Armada.
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