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Turbo Tracks - Reveal The Shield - Figure

Turbo Tracks

Take one part Generations and one part Hunt For The Decepticons, add a pinch of rubsign, and you'll get Hasbro's latest subline, Reveal The Shield. We kick off our coverage of the first wave figures with Turbo Tracks.

Bio

If there's one thing Autobot Tracks loves, it's himself. In his opinion, nothing is quite so fine as the glint of sunlight off his perfectly polished chrome, or the looks humans give his sweet paint job as he rolls by.He's no coward, but he avoids battle all the same, if only to protect his precious body from getting scuffed or, even worse, dented.


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Alt Mode

Tracks utilizes a sports car as his alt mode. The car is stylized after his G1 vehicle, albeit with a modern touch. The deep blue paint job is only interrupted by the flame decals on his hood, with red and yellow flames dancing about. Gone are the retractable headlamps, replaced by clear lensed units.

Most of the glass is smoked except for the backglass, which is painted black. Interestingly enough, the tail lights are recessed, as if they accept a peg. There is no indication this will serve a later purpose, but it does make you wonder. Underneath each door you'll find a white side exhaust, which also double as missiles. The main gimmick for this line is the rubsign, which in this instance is found on the roof.

First off, don't try to activate the rubsign if your hands, the figure AND the room temperature are cold. It takes a good amount of heat, and patience, to get the rubsign to do it's mojo. Otherwise, it's just like the G1 days. Rubbing the sign will reveal in thermal image the figure's faction, in this case Autobot.

Transformation (Into Flight Mode)

Peel back the hatchback 90 degrees. On the decklid, you'll see a rectangular tab. Pushing down on the left side will flip around the bar exposing 2 tabs. You will peg the missiles to this tab. With the hatch still back, push down on the doors. Close up the hatchback. Peel the doors back as far as you can and flip out the wingtips.

Flight Mode

The end result is less than spectacular. Using the doors as the wings creates a gap in the profile of the vehicle. Not only that, you now cannot lay the vehicle flat on it's wheels. From certain angles (mainly from the front looking down at an angle) it looks wicked. From most other angles, it looks like a hack job.

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 5.38in/136.7mm
Wheelbase:2.88in/73.2mm
Width:2.5in/63.5mm (5.75in/146.1mm in flight mode)
Height:1.63in/41.4mm
Scale Ratio:N/A
Wheels: 4, rotating.
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Transformation (From Alt To Robot Mode)

Start by raising the hatchback and then flipping it half-circle so it ends up on the belly of the alt mode. Unclip the weapon stored underneath the hatch. Flip out the grey panel hidden next to it. Pull on the front end to extend the hood out. Fold down the doors. Fold the rear wheels so that they point down. Flip the arms around to the sides of the cockpit. Finish hinging the rear wheels so they sit in front of his shoulders.

Pull down on the grille, then up to form the basis for the feet. Push up on the chest to expose the head and broaden the shoulders. Rotate the waist 180 degrees. Peel the doors back as far as you can, then extend the winglets. Using the gray panel as a guide, fold up the hatchback so that it 'hangs' from his back, while the grey panel lines up to grooves behind his head. This panel does not actually snap in.

Clip the missiles to the gray panel to form the shoulder missiles. Unfold the black beam gun and place in either fist. Alternately, you could also choose to peg the gun to the panel.

Robot Mode

The robot mode almost perfectly captures the essence of it's G1 counterpart. Coloration is the same deep blue, with black thighs and forearms. Some red shows up on the forearms and knees, and white makes up the upper arms and winglets. The head is absolutely perfect when comparing it to the G1 Anime version. There is no piping.

In previous images, Tracks seemed portly or short. However, in person he is properly proportioned. With the two shoulder missiles and the black beam gun, his is also properly armed. He is a great tribute to the G1 version, just forget about the flight mode and you'll enjoy this figure.

Articulation

Feet:Pin hinge, 90 degree bend
Knees: Pin hinge, 45 degree bend. Pinned above hinge for unlimited lower leg rotation
Hips: Ball joint with pin hinge below hip, 135 degree bend and 90 degree spread.
Waist:Unlimited rotation
Shoulders:Ball joint, 90 degrees rotation and 90 degree spread. Slider tab below shoulder for unlimited arm rotation
Elbows:Double pin hinge, 180 degree bend
Hands:Slider tab for unlimited rotation
Head:Ball joint, unlimited rotation.

Legs are somewhat restricted. Also, the shoulders run into kibble issues and cannot use the full extent of their articulation. However, that's not to say wicked poses can't be pulled off.

Robot Mode Specs

Height:6.25in/158.8mm
Width:5in/127mm
Depth:3in/76.2mm
Supplied accessories:(1) hand pistol and (2) clip on missiles

Verdict

Alt Mode: Familiar yet modern look, well executed.
Flight Mode:Almost looks like an afterthought, ends up looking clumsy
Robot Mode:Minor articulation issues but otherwise done well.
Overall:Lazy flight mode takes away from an otherwise great figure. Rate a 9 if you don't intend to use the flight mode.

Class:Deluxe

MSRP:$13

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateNovember 28th 2010  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  
Reads9615
LinkTurbo Tracks via Movie Database  


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Breaker
2010-12-19
5:08 am

Yeah I think there has been a lack of upgrade sets as of late. I know if there are any in the works we probably wouldnt hear about them for some time tho. Why not a Generations upgrade kit? A set that comes with accessories for multiple figures within the line (like Gear of War kinda). Tools for Jac... read more 
Smooth Tracks
2010-12-19
4:58 am

They finally got the first wave of Reveal the Shield at the Target where I work in York PA this week. I picked them all up except for Mindset. I must say I am glad to have such a good remake of Tracks (after my namesake), despite his disappointing flight mode. I do like the alternate flight mode ... read more 
Detective Barricade
2010-12-06
3:57 am

That might work. The tool fits snugly in Straxus' hand just like his pick-axe does. Since he accepts Energon Starscream's weapons, (ignoring having to close his hands, just the space between his thumb and his palm) which are the standard 5mm peg system, (one of the few things to come out ... read more 
Breaker
2010-12-06
1:54 am

Thats a shame. Maybe you could just slice off the clips and then slide the handles into Wheeljack's fist? 
Detective Barricade
2010-12-06
1:47 am

That's a no-go. The clips on the ends of Ratchet's tools are much too big. I just tried to clip one of the tools onto Straxus to see. (I was too lazy to pull one of the weapons off to compare) 
Lord_Onslaught
2010-12-06
1:27 am

Not much difference between this Tracks and Takara's Tracks. So I will be picking up Hasbrp's Tracks when he comes out 
Breaker
2010-12-06
12:59 am

I think you can leave the winglets folding into the door cant you? Im sure you could always take those "tools" from Wheeljack and use them as weapons for Breacher, Skullgrin or even as missiles for Skystalker. Then just use the abundance of tools that Animated Ratchet came with. They have... read more 
eyl
2010-12-05
11:29 pm

Got mine at a K-mart today. My third Track (after G1, then Alternator). I was actually more interested in Jazz since I don't have him in my collection, but could not find him. Only 2 things kind of concern me. The chest assembly does not lock, and the missile clip could ware off or get broke... read more 
middlebuzz
2010-12-05
7:00 pm

looks awesome, vangelos' flight mode for trascks looked worlds better than hasbros. 
Blitz-Wing
2010-11-29
7:03 pm

I can't see the video (work blocked YouTube), but the flight mode depicted in this site's review is per the instructions given by Hasbro. I'll have to check the video out tonight. EDIT: Seen it. All he did was extend the arms out and face the arms forward. IMO, doesn't look any ... read more 
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