Transformers Generation 2 1993 Toy Reviews: Eagle Eye

in 1993, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Generation 2

Transformers Generation 2

General Information:
Retailer: General (Toys 'R' Us, Bradlees etc.)
Price: $5.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: Rifle

Images:

*Tech Specs courtesy of the Hartman brothers at The International Tech Specs Archive.

Generation 2 began with a slew of redecos and retools of Generation One toys, but that could only last for so long. By the time Generation 2 went into full swing, new molds had to be introduced. Sticking to convention, the first new set of Decepticons were jets. Eagle Eye was one of these new warriors.

Vehicle Mode:
Eagle Eye is a JAS 39 Gripen jet in vehicle mode. This continues the trend of each of these Decepticon jets being real life jets instead of the more sci-fi oriented vehicles of the late 80's. However, despite being based on a real life jet, the designers took some liberties with the design that seemed to be intended to make the jet look a bit more futuristic (or at the very least, like a modified version of the
JAS).

The biggest change between the real life JAS and Eagle Eye's vehicle form is the top, middle to thruster area. On the real life jet, this is a fairly smooth part which leads to one thruster at the back. Here, a more rectangular piece rests on top of the jet itself leading to two boosters in the back. Another difference is the positioning of the angled fins on the cockpit area. The real life JAS has them a little further back, and swept back at a more severe angle.

Despite these alterations, this is one sleek looking jet. Its basic triangular shape and the angled fins on the cockpit area serve to give it a very streamlined appearance. The double boosters actually give the sense that this has more power than a standard JAS and the additional engine "housing" part adds to that impression.

As with most of these G2 Decepticon jets, there is undercarriage junk, but that is hardly unexpected. His arms and legs have to go somewhere, and since this is more of a modified JAS, the designers seemed to try to sculpt a bit of extra detail into the robot bits so they somewhat blend with the jet component.

Eagle Eye is mostly green in this form. Light green and black are used to offer detailing such as the edges of the wings. The cockpit (not surprisingly) is translucent green. Eagle Eye is adorned with a bunch of stickers. My favorite two are the ones on his wings, which depict a bird with dragon-like wings and a G2 Decepticon symbol on them. I also find the "shield" stickers with the number "93" on them amusing since at the time I'm sure it was "cool" that this guy came out in 1993, but now it points to a toy that is over ten years old!

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the gun and set it aside.
  2. Fold the triangular pieces on the undercarriage section back.
  3. Fold the wings down.
  4. Swing the robot leg pieces forward. Flip the feet pieces up.
  5. Fold the cockpit section down and back to reveal the robot head.
  6. Swing the boosters down to reveal the lower robot arms.
  7. Attach the gun into his hand.

Robot Mode:
Like his fellow G2 Decepticon jets, there isn't a whole lot to speak of for Eagle Eye in the posability department. He can move his lower arms up and down and that's really it. So if you're looking for a highly posable toy - this isn't it.

However, if you're looking for a cool looking toy, Eagle Eye fits the bill. His head sculpt is a bit different than the rest of the team's in that it's more rounded in the "helmet" area - but his eyes and mouth are the same translucent green triangular shape see in other guys like Windrazor. I like a lot of the sculpted detail in this guy. His arms have some nice lines and bevelled surfaces - and I have always been fond of the fact that his boosters are on his lower arms, effectively giving him extra imaginary "weapons". His legs have some nice detailing on them as well. My favorite are the piston like details
on each lower leg and vents on the sides.

Color-wise, there are few surprises here. His shoulders have red stickers with black line details on them, and his knees are colored light green. Honestly, with all the stickers on his cockpit (now his chest) and the black details, he doesn't need much more. All I would have added may have been a Decepticon symbol on his upper arm or something, but he looks cool either way.

Final Thoughts:
Eagle Eye is one neat looking toy. The transformation is very cool. He doesn't have much in the way of articulation - but that particular innovation would come very soon in the G2 line. Recommended if the posability issue doesn't bug you too much.