Transformers Movie (2007) Photon T34 Review

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

Transformers Live Action Movie

General Information:
Release Year: January 2008
Retailer: General release (Wal-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: None


Tech Specs:
PHOTON T-34 works alone. He doesn't like other robots getting in the way of his work, which is sabotaging AUTOBOT structures. Special sensors in his lenses let him target and analyze the worst weakness of any structure. He uses this data to plan the dramatic destruction of roads, bridges and buildings when the AUTOBOTS least expect it.

Strength: 4  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 8
Rank: 7  Courage: 4  Firepower: 7  Skill: 9

Photon T34 is a redeco of the Autobot Real Gear Robots figure Spyshot 6. This was one of the stronger releases for the early Real Gear line, so it is nice to see the sculpt used again. This time it's for a Decepticon. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Camera Mode:
While Spyshot 6 seemed to be more of a riff on modern day digicams (which largely come in grey and silver tones), Photon T34's look resembles more of a traditional old skool camera. The grey color from Spyshot has been replaced with black. The black parts from Spyshot 6 are now grey on Photon T34. Yes, the designers basically inverted the colors of the figure, but the effect is dramatic enough that you can forgive them for no coming up with some wild and wacky color. If we are to believe this is a device that we'd see sitting on someone's desk or something, then these muted "realistic" colors are the way to go. The translucent plastic used for the flash bulb and his lense remain the same.

Look at the LCD screen and you'll see a picture of Frenzy with some graphics laid on top including a battery monitor icon on the left and a "No Flash" icon on the right. On the lower left hand corner is a count of how many shots remain. I like these little touches as they add a bit of realism to the figure. It is also cool to see an actual movie character in the screen rather than a Cybertron one as the designers had to do with Spyshot 6 (where Ransack was used instead).

The top shutter button still "clicks" when you press it, so the figure's functionality remains intact.

Robot Mode:
Since his camera mode deco pattern is very similar to Spyshot 6's, Photon T34's colors distribute in a similar manner, with black now the primary color and silver making up details such as the circles on his chest and parts of his arms. The newly revealed robot joint pieces as well as his legs and claws are cast in gold plastic. His left foot is cast in grey plastic. The rectangles on his lower legs are painted grey and the details that were red on Spyshot are ble here instead. One big difference in deco is on his right arm, where you'll find a Decepticon symbol painted in silver.

One part that I found curious was his head. On Spyshot 6, the eyes used a red translucent piece to "light pipe" his eyes for a nice visual effect. Here, the red translucent plastic has been replaced with a clear translucent plastic. Then his eyes have been painted blue (the same color found on his legs). However, that blue is so opaque the light piping really doesn't work anymore. The blue color looks nice, but I would have preferred the light piping remain intact.

Final Thoughts:
Usually a redeco either disappoints me or raises my enthusiasm for the sculpt. However with Photon T34 I don't feel any more or less enthusiasm for the figure than before. I still think it is a fantastic sculpt and the colors are great for a supposed "real world" camera. My take: if you missed picking up Spyshot 6, this will make a perfect substitute.