Transformers Movie (2007) Longview Review

in 2007, Action Figure Review, Autobot, 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: None

Images:

Tech Specs:
LONGVIEW is impossible to surprise. It's not only because his vision is so incredible either; thanks to highly sophisticated quantum processors he can predict every possible outcome of any action within seconds. If he can see you, he knows what you're going to do even before you do. It's his job to keep an eye on the DECEPTICONS and let OPTIMUS PRIME and the others know what they're planning.

Strength: 4  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 5
Rank: 7  Courage: 8  Firepower: 5  Skill: 10


Packaging:
Longview 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: "Observe. Anticipate. Defend.". A small note on the front indicates "Not working binoculars". The background uses the silver, metal look of the movie logo with an Autobot 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).

One of the more unique alternate forms for Transformers introduced in the Real Gear line is a pair of binoculars - the alternate form for the Autobot Longview. This makes him a first for the Transformers line, but not a first in the history of transforming robots. During the early 80's there was at least one other robot that became a pair of older style binoculars, but these are more modern, looking like something you would see in a science fiction movie.

Binoculars Mode:
Unlike the more traditional binoculars made up of a pair of tubes with a piece in the center, Longview has has curved, rectangular shape that is wide in the front and narrows to the back. The front reveals tech details behind the front lenses, giving the appearance of some high tech machinery at work underneath. On the sides are indented lines alternating with raised lines that are meant to serve as hand grips. on the top of at the center are raised buttons serving as controls including arrows left and right. At the very end are the parts you can look through surrounded by circles.

Since there is translucent clear plastic in the back and front you can see through it - but it's not perfectly clear so anything you see is blurred. You can flip up the panel with the Autobot symbol on it to see an LCD display with a sticker showing Cybertron Crumplezone in vehicle mode with lines running across the top and bottom of the displays indicating distance and direction. Oddly, the sticker is upside down. I don't know if this is an error just on mine or if others will report this as well. Size-wise the binoculars are probably best suited for a very young child. On my adult face they wind up right about on either side of my nose.

Longview is mostly cast in yellow and black plastic. He has translucent clear plastic on the front and back. The yellow plastic makes up most of the binoculars with black making up the outer edge. Black paint is used to color the buttons on top and he has an Autobot symbol tampographed on top. On the left side is Longview's name written in an angled font.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing out the front lenses.
  2. Swing the sides out and swing out each robot fist.
  3. Swing the panel with the Autobot symbol on it up.
  4. Swing the panel with the buttons up.
  5. Swing the rear sections back.
  6. Swing the middle section forward so the head is up on top.
  7. Swing the button panel and the panel with the Autobot symbol back in place.
  8. Rotate the lower robot legs around so the silver thigh sections face the same direction as the Autobot symbol on his chest.
  9. Swing the foot pieces up and then down.

Robot Mode:
Longview is an extremely sleek looking robot. This is largely due to his already compact and thin alternate form. The lense pieces form angled shoulders that raise high above his head, something I always find interesting looking on a robot. The chest is very wide and then angles down into the waist where it then moves out to the legs. The legs are rounded and sleek but still have a good amount of angled sections and details on them.

The head design on Longview resembles one Transformers fans have seen before. The helmet section is curved with a crest sloping down from the top to the bottom. His eyes are a wide strip that goes straight across from one side to the other. Under the visor is a face with nose, mouth and "chin strap" piece. The Generation One Action Master Rad has this design, and last year Cybertron Crosswise had the same head design. This little bit of homage is cool since I do like that particular head design a lot.

The heaviest concentration of details can be found on the sections on either side of the head and the lower legs. On the sections next to his head there are details all coming out of the central hole that look almost like a mechanical version of optic nerves (albeit a very scifi robotic version). On the legs are raised sections and lines going vertical and horizontal.

I found the choice of colors for Longview interesting. There haven't exactly been a lot of Transformers with yellow and black as their primary colors. The one people probably remember most is Bumblebee. His purpose was being a spy, and that is pretty much Longview's function. I don't know if this homage was accidental or not, but as a Bumblebee fan I found it quite amusing. Longview also incorporates silver plastic on his face and fists. Silver paint is found on his legs and the sections next to his head.

Longview has fifteen points of articulation, mostly focused in the legs which have five points in each.

Final Thoughts:
Longview is an awesome example of the Real Gear line. He has a sleek and futuristic look in both forms, but has elements of past Transformers. Highly recommended.