Transformers Movie (2007) Booster X10 Review

in 2007, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Movie (2007), Real Gear Robots

Transformers Live Action Movie

General Information:
Release Year: May 2007
Retailer: General release (Wal-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: Earphone/Weapon

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Tech Specs:
BOOSTER X10 is a mean-spirited trickster with a talent for toying with people. Sophisticated hypersonics allow him to distort any audio signal, even simple speech. His favorite trick is to wait in his victim's pocket and alter incoming sounds to cause accidents and arguments. He loves seeing how much trouble he can cause just by changing the sound of a word here, or making a racing ambulance sound like a barking dog.

Strength: 7  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 8
Rank: 7  Courage: 8  Firepower: 6  Skill: 8


Packaging:
Booster X10 is a carded figure, with the "Real Gear Robots" logo in a semi-circle around the edge of the bubble interior. Like all Real Gear figures, he has three words naming the function of the character. In this case his function is to: "Download. Distribute. Destroy.". A small note on the front indicates "Not a working music player". The background uses the silver, metal look of the movie logo with an Decepticon symbol behind it. There is no package art, just a photo of the figure. On the back right above the tech specs is the following text: "Congratulations on purchasing this fine Real Gear Robots product! You've uncovered one of the most closely held secrets on Earth, known only to very few humans. The power of the Allspark has been unleashed, and machines all over the world have come alive. Unlock their secrets and join the battle!" It's kind of neat since tis is akin to the type of message you would find in a manual when you purchase an electronic device (minus the stuff about your device coming to life of course).

Soundwave was one of the most iconic Transformers from the original series of toys. His ability to transform into a cassette player distinguished him from many of his Decepticon comrades and truly made him a "robot in disguise". The Real Gear Robots line has already shown its propensity towards homages to classic Transformers that became everyday items with figures such as Spy Shot 6. Now comes another one in the form of an MP3 player named Booster X10 who pays homage to a classic G1 character: Laserbeak.

MP3 Player Mode:
Booster X10's design is inspired by modern day MP3 players, most of which take on the look of Apple's iPod with an LCD screen up top and a wheel of some sort for controls at the bottom. His appearance is rather generic in this form, consisting mostly of the LCD screen and wheel. The wheel has sculpted details in it with grooves that look like they're meant to facilitate button pushing and scrolling.

Booster X10 includes an accessory in this mode, a single earphone. The centeral piece is made of hard plastic, but the edge around the top has a rubber semi-circle that swings out to allow you to put the piece over your ear. I like this attention to detail, but the piece is rubbery and I could see it tearing with excessive bending so be careful. It would seem Booster X10 is a wireless MP3 player since nothing physically attaches the two pieces in this mode. It's fairly obvious that the end of the earphone is a laser cannon from the underside, but on the top side it looks much like Bluetooth headphones used for cell phones nowadays. I really liked this extra touch as it makes the toy more substantial but also gives him a futuristic edge.

Even in this form there is already a clear homage to Laserbeak: the color scheme. Booster is mostly red, black and silver. His LCD screen is translucent orange. A silver Decepticon symbol is printed on the middle of the earphone piece. I was somewhat disappointed that there wasn't more deco on this form. However, MP3 players (even iPods) really don't have a whole lot of decorative design to begin with, so it's not surprising.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Pull the sides of the MP3 player and they swing out to form the wings, revealing the head.
  2. Swing back the red semi-circle piece on the underside of the MP3 player mode.
  3. Swing out each leg and straighten the feet out.
  4. On the earphone piece, swing out the tab in the underside of the cannon barrel.
  5. Attach the cannon piece to the main body.

Robot Mode:
In this mode, the homage to G1 Laserbeak becomes clear. starting with the head, Booster X10 has black head and neck with an orange beak and eyes. There is a Decepticon symbol tampographed onto the top of his head, much like the original Laserbeak. The outer shell of the MP3 player becomes his outer wings, and inside are translucent orange pieces with wing patterns sculpted into them that look really nice under bright lighting. Black trim runs along the front edge of the translucent orange pieces on the wings. The earphone becomes one huge cannon with two barrels. His legs are cast in black plastic. A really nice detail can be seen on the underside of his tail feather section where the translucent orange plastic has feather-like line details etched into it.

Booster X10 has twelve points of articulation in this form, which is quite a bit for a bird-based robot mode. Most of the articulation is focused on the wings and feet as one would expect, however I was also surprised to see the head can turn side to side, allowing you to give him a look as if he's wondering about something (which manages to look cute somehow). Another point of articulation I'm glad to see are on the wings where they meet the main body. There you can move the wings up and down so you can position him as if he's flapping his wings or gliding.

Final Thoughts:
Booster X10 is a great homage to a classic character. I am glad the designers did not go cheap on his articulation. A bit more detailing in the MP3 player mode would have been nice (perhaps details etched into the LCD screen) but that's hardly a big problem. Highly recommended.