Transformers Movie (2007) Cyberslammers Autobot Ratchet Review
Release Year: August 2007
Retailer: General release (Wal-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us etc.)
Price: $7.99 (Depending on retailer)
- On Card (Front)
- On Card (Back)
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
Autobot Ratchet is carded with a bubble that wraps the sides around to the back of the card, similar to the rest of the movie line. The front has the figure in robot mode with a cardboard insert that tells you to "Slam it down and watch it go!", indicating the play pattern of the figure. Ratchet has box art of the full figure that is probably the bulkiest art yet (not surprising considering how the figure itself looks). On the back of the card the play pattern is shown again and the following text is off in the corner: "Robot warriors from the other side of the galaxy are here! Team up with the heroic Autobots or race into action with the evil Decepticons as both sides battle for the Allspark!" The cardback has the GM logo as well.
Ratchet's vehicle mode is a custom Hummer used as a rescue vehicle. His vehicle mode is a fairly detailed one, and since Cyber Slammers simplify forms it is cool to see that a lot of the details seen on the larger and more complex figures of this character made it through intact. The front cage that fits over the front grille is present and sculpted with thick lines and the three lights in the center. The cage covers the front grille where you'll find two more headlights inside. Another protective "cage" element appears on the top of the vehicle where you'll find a row of lights and even his spare tire mounted on the roof of the vehicle. On the main body of the vehicle itself there is a good amount of detail as well such as vent lines on the hood, a panel on the sides and even his shovel and axe details sculpted onto the top section.
Ratchet is cast in metallic green and black plastic. The green makes up most of the vehicle while the black makes up the wheels and cage sections. He has his bright red jagged line running along the sides and dark metallic blue windows. An Autobot symbol is tampographed on both his doors. While minimal, these are the most distinctive details on Ratchet and I'm not surprised that the somewhat complex rescue crest on the doors was not replicated for a figure as simple as this one.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
There is a switch on the bottom of each Cyber Slammer figure that controls what mode the figure stays in. To keep him in vehicle mode you keep the switch pushed forward. If you push it back, then let the car go it automatically rolls forward and the cabin and doors swing up to reveal the robot parts. The front section slides in a bit as well. The rear tires are plastic, but they have a rubber strip around them that help provide traction for the vehicle to roll forward. You really don't need to slam the figure hard. Really if you just flip the switch and let the vehicle roll forward it will do the same thing.
In robot mode, Ratchet is slightly hunched over since the back of the vehicle has so much bulk. The layout of his body is the standard Cyber Slammer one, with the front of the vehicle pulled towards the middle of the body, a waist piece sliding down under the torso and two arms bent at the elbow. Like the vehicle mode, Ratchet has a good bit of detail that is present on other versions of this toy. The head sculpt is accurate to the CGI model complete with the cap-like helmet section and the two vertical pieces that come up on either side of his mouth. His arms have been simplified to rectangular blocks bent at the elbow leading to fists. Details are present such as the individual digits of his fingers and raised parts on the top of his shoulders. The chest is a flattened version of the grille from the front of the vehicle mode. What I like about this chest piece is that it is not just a shrunk down and flattened version of the front cage. It's actually slightly transformed, with the cage sections flattened around the edges and the three lights which were in a row in vehicle mode now set in a triangular pattern.
Silver, blue and red paint are used in this mode for details. Red is used on the head and shoulders. Silver is found on his face, arms and the lower part of his waist piece. The eyes are angled, but if you look inside they're actually painted with blue pupils set against a black background - something that was also done with Cyber Slammer Bumblebee, but the eyes are harder to see here unless you look very closely. It's a really nice touch.
Ratchet's head can turn side to side and his arms can swing up but then they swing right back down. For younger kids this makes for a fun punching motion, but that's about it for posability.
Cyber Slammer Autobot Ratchet has some great detail work in both colors and sculpt. For younger kids or hardcore completionists he makes a worthy addition to your collection. Recommended.