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Double Clutch - Power Core Combiner - Figure

Double Clutch

So far, the Power Core Combiner subline has been a sort of mixed bag. While the commanders themselves are generally liked, the overall effectiveness of the drones is spotty at best. As we enter the second wave of product, one wonders if the drone effectiveness will improve. Our first look at wave two is at Double Clutch

Bio

Double Clutch has always been a master of diversionary tactics. His entire team is built around the idea of confusing and disrupting Decepticon operations. The speed and noise of the Rallybots alone is enough to strain any robot's sensors. Add to that all the electronic countermeasures built into the team, and the Rallybots become the single greatest threat to Decepticon strategy.


Strength     
Intelligence
Speed
Endurance
Rank
Courage
b>Fireblast
Skill

Commander Mode

Double Clutch is a mostly light blue robot with some silver and black accenting. His overall stance is pretty squat, even for a Scout class figure. What's worse, he has a hulking backpack that sticks up way above his diminutive head.

The commander mode comes off as flimsy. The forearms easily pop off their elbow ball joints, and the hip joints are excessively loose. Add that to the combiner port that juts out from his elbows and you have one clunky figure.

Articulation

Feet:Stationary
Knees: Pin hinge, 90 degree bend. Pinned above knees for unlimited lower leg rotation.
Hips: Recessed ball joint, 30 degree bend and 30 degree spread
Waist:Stationary (technical)
Shoulders:Ball joint, unlimited rotation
Elbows:Pin hinge w/ball joint, 180 degree bend and unlimited rotation
Head:Pin hinge, unlimited rotation

Hip articulation is ridiculous given the ball joint setup. Also pretty sad that the shoulders can have ball joints but no spread.

Commander Mode Specs

Height:3.75in/95.3mm (excluding backpack)
Width:2.63in/66.8mm
Depth:1.63in/41.4mm
Supplied accessories:N/A

Transformation

Commander to Vehicle Mode

Lift up the hood behind his legs and tuck the combiner ports in. Close the hood, then fold the feet back to form the grille. Pin the legs together. Peel back the backpack. Fold the combiner ports on his elbows inward. Fold in the forearms to create the doors. Flip up the chest, then rotate the exposed spine 180 degrees. Fold out the wheels, then flip down the arms to join the doors to the fenders. Position the chestplate so it becomes the rear end assembly. Fold down the backpack to form the roof.

Alt Mode

The end result is a tidy little sports coupe. The front end is very Dodge Charger in looks and features a silver flame accent. The rear resembles a fastback design.

The overall design of the vehicle is OK, but the fit and finish is somewhat poor. Gaps are most noticeable by the A-pillar and beltline. Overall, a nice design but it doesn't hold well together.

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 3.88in/98.6mm
Wheelbase:2.5in/63.5mm
Width:2in/50.8in
Height:1.38in/35.1mm
Wheels: 4, rotatingbr> Detailed cockpit:N/A

Drones

Bombshock features four drones that do not have an individual robot mode. They are a formula 1 racer, a black sports coupe, a blue hatchback with a white hood and an orange tuner hatchback. Like the other 5 pack drones, they combine with Double Clutch (or any other Commander) to form the Combiner mode.

Transformation

From Commander to Combiner Mode

Twist the legs to the outside so the yellow paint shows on front. Fully expose the combiner ports on the legs. Spread out the legs as far as they will go then bend the knees to form the thighs. Fold in the head. Flip out the black door that forms the backglass in alt mode to expose the combiner mode head. Fold down the rear quarterpanels so the pegs mate to the 2 holes on either side of his neck. Pull the head up slightly to position. Rotate the arms so that they point straight up. You'll note that on both doors there is a peg hole. You'll also see two pegs behind the Combiner mode head. Your mission is to mate those pegs to the holes on the door without popping off the elbow joints. Position the combiner ports on the arms to finish.

Combiner Mode

One thing I will say for Double Clutch's combined mode is that it's the most symmetrical of the ones seen thus far. On the whole, he's one of the better looking combiners.

What really mucks it up is the shoulders. The pegs don't stick very well and, worse yet, the ball joints holding the shoulders together likes to pop off. A very fragile setup that will require extra care when handling.

Combiner Mode Specs

Height:7in/177.8mm (excluding turrets)
Width:6in/152.4mm
Depth:2.38in/60.5mm
Supplied accessories:N/A

Verdict

Commander Mode: Stubby looking and not very articulated
Alt Mode:Good looks, but AMC era fit and finish
Combiner Mode:Weak shoulder connection can be frustrating
Overall:Find a fix for the shoulders and he makes a great combiner. Otherwise, he's mediocre at best.

Class:Scout plus drone 4 Pack

MSRP:$20

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateAugust 23rd 2010  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  
Reads7028
LinkDouble Clutch via Movie Database  


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deceptikhan
2010-08-28
7:04 pm

Again, same question, Do the drones stay on unlike the jeep on Bombshock. Or do they like to pop off? I know the arms of the commander like to pop off putting ON the drones but my question is about the drones alone. I want to find the best drones to use for all the 2 pack commander figures. IF i c... read more 
Firebolt Prime
2010-08-27
8:30 pm

I don't see the Charger looks Blitzwing. I kinda see a Chrysler 300 in the front and generic Mustang-looking thing in the back. Oh and I know the shoulders of his combined mode are crap, but has anyone lifted his arms straight out and thought he looked like someone who wanted a hug? 
FREEFALLL666
2010-08-26
12:23 pm

Paint the blue red and you have PCC G1 Cliffjumper!  
Jason X
2010-08-26
5:41 am

Looks kinda cool. I'd probably try rotating the legs to give him some knee caps and cover up the connections if possible. My kids should love him though. 
Damnit Dog
2010-08-25
8:43 pm

Picked up the rallybots today and will now refer to them only as power up armada sideswipe. But really do like this set over Mudslinger and his drones. The main bot portion is really not that great, but looks loads better combined. 
StarScream-SqarePants
2010-08-25
6:37 pm

Got mudslinger yesterday, Not a fan of the "commander" portion, but the drones look awesome with Smolder. 
AnimatedPlastic
2010-08-25
5:43 pm

He totally reminds me of the GoBot Puzzler. I hope FansProject makes an Appendage set for this line! Given their track record we could get something AWESOME!  
Blitz-Wing
2010-08-25
2:28 pm

The recessed ball joint hips that Double Clutch has are annoying. Not only do they restrict articulation, they're sloppy. As for Mudslinger, he's on my schedule for review tonight and, believe me, you're not the only one with the thigh issue. 
count-zackula
2010-08-25
1:53 pm

I was surprised to see the second wave so early. I guess you could say this ended up being sort of an "obligatory" purchase just 'cause I was more or less excited to see more new stuff so soon after getting the new first waves of everything. Hafta agree that this 'bot is pretty med... read more 
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