"Transformers Adventure" Runabout Toy Review
Release Date: August 29, 2015
Price Point: $15-20 (Depending on retailers)
Retailer: Japanese Retailers
Tech Specs: (Translation by Goktimus Prime)
Runabout’s function is demolitions. Among the Decepticons, Runabout is especially well versed in explosives. His knowledge and skills are renowned among his fellow Decepticons. Always looking to fight any Autobot who may have entered his personal territory. This is because in anticipation, Runabout has installed explosives around several locations, which can be detonated via remote control for precisely timed explosions, assuring that damage will be inflicted on the enemy. Runabout is a Decepticon who was born on the battlefield and has never been defeated.
Last year Hasbro pleasantly surprised fans with a Legends Class figure that received much acclaim from collectors: Blackjack. This Legends Class figure was based on the design of the Generation One "Battlechargers". Instead of releasing the figure as Runamuck or Runabout, the designers named him "Blackjack" and gave him colors that paid homage to the G1 Micromaster of the same name. Blackjack became part of the Stunticon team and could form the chest armor for Menasor. Later in the year the same sculpt was given a new head and deco as Rodimus.
In late 2015, Takara Tomy took the Blackjack sculpt and decided to include it as part of its "Adventure" line, melding toys from various lines to form the Japanese version of "Robots in Disguise". This time out the sculpt was given a deco and identity of the character it was originally meant to represent: Runabout. Check out my Blackjack and Rodimus reviews for a detailed look at this figure. This review will focus on the changes made for this release.
Since this sculpt was originally developed to be a Battlecharger, there was no need for retooling necessary so the sculpt is the same, down to the weapon. The true beauty of this figure is in the deco.
Runabout's plastic colors are black and gunmetal. Black is used for most of the robot mode, with the gunmetal found on parts like the mid-section, waist, thighs and his weapon. This combination of colors looks great as it keeps the dark theme of Runabout's colors but has two distinct colors.
Red metallic paint is used for most of the detailing. This is found on his chest, shoulders and feet. It is also used to paint in two distinct eyes instead of giving him "visor eyes" like Blackjack has. His mouthplate is painted gunmetal grey, matching up nicely with the gunmetal on his waist and thighs. Runabout is a pile of Decepticon symbols in this mode. He has one tampographed on each shoulder. The one on his chest is a huge scannable symbol for use with the Japanese version of the Transformers mobile app. This particular placement matches up with the G1 figure he is based on.
I've always been fond of this color combination (especially the black and red) so I love the look of this robot form. The Decepticon symbols are a bit of overkill. Given a choice I probably would have skipped the symbols on his shoulders and instead given him red stripes in vehicle mode like his G1 counterpart had.
I was pleasantly surprised to find all ten points of articulation are nice and tight. His weapon grip in his fists is also good.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the axe weapon and set it aside for now.
- Straighten out the robot arms and legs.
- Rotate the forearms out (lining up the car door panels with the wheels).
- Push the chest panel up and connect it to the back panel.
- Push the two lower legs together.
- Swing the panel with the car windows on it down and push it into place.
- Swing the robot arms up to form the sides of the vehicle. Connect the tabs on the forearms to the notches on the hip area.
- Attach the axe/spoiler by connecting the tabs on the weapon to the notches on the back of the vehicle.
The vehicle mode mostly features black plastic with the gunmetal appearing via the spoiler/weapon piece. In this form the celebration of Decepticon symbols gets even more insane. Runabout has a large Decepticon symbol on the hood of the vehicle, so that means he has one in front, one on back and one on each door. Sadly I think the ones on the doors are a misstep. Instead, they should have featured red detailing on them to simulate the red stripes from G1 Runabout. It would have been less repetitive in a visual sense.
In case you're wondering you totally can still use this mode (with the alternate weapon placement) as chest armor for Menasor, but sadly he's just as loose as Rodimus and Blackjack are in the same form. While a neat idea, the design simply just doesn't hold up for that form which is probably why the instructions just ignored it altogether (that and this is a separate line than "Unite Warriors" in Japan).
Runabout is a fun figure. I have a fondness for the design. The deco is a tad bit (okay, okay, a lot) of overkill in the Decepticon symbol department but I still think this is a good addition to your collection.