One of the neater Rescue Bots of 2015 was Salvage he's on the show, so he got popular - and expensive - fast. You could find him at Walgreen's even for quite some time in the Spring of 2016, and then he suddenly vanished for about three months - and got more expensive. This is why it's important to keep kid-friendly figures in circulation - even if collectors aren't necessarily interested, the laws of supply and demand hold true to pretty much any toy.
The 4 1/2-inch robot (a bigger one is being sold on Amazon as an exclusive) is nifty and worth your while, even though it's not a perfect match for the animation model on the TV show you likely don't watch and are only barely aware exists. (Rescue Bots' episode count has eclipsed that of the original 1984-1987 The Transformers cartoon as of this month.) This also means Salvage doesn't quite match his package art, but most buyers won't care that the head is the wrong color and that various recycling logos aren't present. Some will.
I like this figure because unlike many of the others, it has articulated shoulders. That's not much to ask, but these are cheap, durable toys for kids ages 3-7 - and the 7 is probably a high estimate. Normally they just convert in one step, perhaps two if Hasbro feels saucy, and that's the extent of action provided by the figure. Some have 5mm holes in fists for weapons, and very few have any actual moving parts.
Hasbro's sculpting on the figure is good - nothing too fancy, nothing really any better or worse than you saw in the mainline toys of the 2000s. It's shiny, there are some panel lines and areas to give the look of fists or gloves here and there. There are fake toe looking elements, and the head looks pretty great with a big underbite. If Playskool did Decepticons, this could probably easily be redecorated as a baddie.
Transformation is easy - it's basically a one-step toy. The cab folds up, the legs go together, and the arms fold back. There are some tabs and slots that don't hold as well as you would like, so some light massaging may be necessary for either mold to hold. I would like them to hold a little better, but such is life.
The truck has six wheels and a lot of charm. The orange arms don't move, but the wheels really roll. It doesn't look a lot like real trucks I've seen, but I'm completely OK with this as I'm a fan of fanciful vehicles. (See also: 1986 Transformers: The Movie.) It's small and charming, seemingly durable and it looks reasonably like a vehicle you might see out and about - plus or minus oranges, greens, and blues of these particular values. There are little sculpted details like lights, painted stripes, and a silver bumper. It won't knock your socks off, but it feels like a reliable little toy.
For ten bucks or less - depending on where you s hop - this is probably a good gift for a kid or for yourself if you need a fix. I'd love to see some Generations guys around this size and complexity (and price point), but for now the kid line is offering some nifty toys that are actually meant for you to play with them. Should you be tempted, rest assured this is a worthwhile piece to cave on and enjoy.
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