Transformers Generation 2 1993 Toy Reviews: Turbofire

in 1993, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Generation 2

Transformers Generation 2

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

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 Autobots were cars. Turbofire was one of these new warriors.

Vehicle Mode:
Long before movies like "The Fast and the Furious" made "tricked out" cars and other vehicles a part of the general public's psyche, the Autobots had their own vehicle that would have fit in with modern day cars easily: Turbofire. In truck mode, Turbofire looks like a modified pickup truck, one meant to have power and speed. What I love about this lil' guy is that not only does he have an engine sticking out of the hood like something out of a Hollywood movie, but he is also a very low riding truck, with the bottom part of the vehicle very close to touching the ground. In fact, not too far from my house, a couple guys have modified trucks that, with a proper paint job and an engine coming out of the hood, would look just like Turbofire.

Aside from the engine sticking out of the hood, Turbofire has a couple other neat details. The section right in front of the engine on the hood is raised slightly, looking like a neat type of engine guard/cover. The back storage area has some tech detail in it (which of course, are the robot feet), looking like some type of extra power was added onto the truck. The tires are designed to be rough, not smooth tires. It's a bit hard to see, but if you look inside the driver's area, you will find a dashboard with a steering wheel, a nice little detail that is very much appreciated.

Of course, no modified car would go with a plain color scheme, and Turbofire is no different. He is mostly a light, aqua green color. On his hood, there are "splashes" of pink, looking like a cartoonist's idea of water splashing on the hood. On the sides are blue stickers with red "splashes" on them. The rear lights are pink, matching the color of the details on the hood. On the top of the car is a G2 Autobot symbol. The same symbol is used again next to the word "Autobot" on the windshield (something which all the Autobot cars on this team share).

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Push the engine down gently to detach it from the figure.
  2. Swing the rear of the vehicle back to form the robot legs.
  3. Flip the vehicle over and fold out the robot arms to the sides.
  4. Flip the robot head up.
  5. Fold down the hood to become the robot chest.
  6. Place the engine/gun in Turbofire's hand.

Robot Mode:
To me, Turbofire has always been the "roughest and toughest" looking member of this team. This is mostly due to the bulk that he has in robot mode when compared to the other three. His chest and lower legs probably do the most to give this impression as both are rather blocky. The tech detail from the storage area in vehicle mode becomes the lower legs/feet here, and it looks very cool - with just the right mix of detail and bevelled surfaces. I also like the way his shoulders are a bit higher up than his head. This is a similar aesthetic to Windbreaker's, and it too gives the impression of extra armor on his arms. Something I never really noticed before, and perhaps it's just me, is that the head sculpt looks a bit like the animated version of the Headmaster Highbrow. I like that particular detail a lot. Another detail that I really like on this guy are two tubes on his upper body (mostly hidden by the truck's front portion/robot chest piece). They're nicely sculpted details. Even though they are not immediately visible in this mode, their presence is much appreciated.

A light shade of red becomes the additional color in this form, making up his lower arms, upper legs and central body. The head is painted all silver (following the convention of the team). Stickers are plentiful on this toy. The shoulders each have stickers that look like targetting reticles, which is pretty neat. The legs have pink stickers with silver dots in the center. Along the sides of his legs are tech detail stickers and on the main body are three more tech detail stickers. What's neat about these is that they're not carry overs from the vehicle mode, they're used just for this form.

The only drawback - sticker wise - are the two on his chest (under the vehicle hood/robot chest piece). The two small square stickers have to stick on a raised edge, so they don't stick too well, and can fall off easily.

Final Thoughts:
Turbofire's vehicle mode differentiates him from the rest of the team, and I like his "show car" appearance. A worthwhile purchase for a fan who isn't too obssesive about posability. Recommended.