Transformers Movie (2007) Wire Tap V20 Review

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

Transformers Live Action Movie

General Information:
Release Year: August 2007
Retailer: General release (Wal-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: None

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Tech Specs:
WIRE TAP V20 is a master code slicer for the DECEPTICONS. No matter how tough the encryption, no matter how tight the security, WIRE TAP V20 will find a way through. He's a genius at compromising people's computer systems. Wireless carrier waves allow him to remotely access your computer from the other side of the house, emptying bank accounts, cracking government code, and filling your browser history with compromising links. With him in your house, nothing is safe.

Strength: 4  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 5
Rank: 6  Courage: 5  Firepower: 4  Skill: 9


Packaging:
Wire Tap V20 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: "Cracking the signal" A small note on the front indicates "Not a working phone". The background uses the silver, metal look of the movie logo with a 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).

It's redeco time for the Real Gear Robots line, and one of these is a redeco of the cell phone Transformer Speed Dial 800. Check out Speed Dial 800's review for details on this figure. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Cell Phone Mode:
Wire Tap V20 utilizes a very simple color swap in this form. The grey plastic from Speed Dial has been replaced with black. The plastic used on the camera lense on the back is still clear plastic. The blue paint on the front has been replaced with silver, which works very well against the black plastic. The sticker that makes up the fake LCD screen in the center now has a black Decepticon symbol set against an orange background along with the time 3:35pm. Behind the Decepticon symbol in faded grey are actually symbols from the Allspark Cube.

Flipping the phone open, I was really surprised by how different the designers managed to make the designs on the inside. The are around the screen is painted silver just like Speed Dial. The graphics on the LCD screen are similar to the ones on the front of the phone. A bar goes from the left side down then across. A large Decepticon symbol is in the center. A "Menu" option and arrows are on the bar. 3:35pm is on top and there are more Allspark symbols in the background (a nice tie in to the movie). It was cool to see the designers did not just replicate the same button designs from Speed Dial 800. The top two buttons have dots on them (two on the left, three on the right) but the phone icons are the same. The numbers and letters on the keypad are painted in red. Finally, the buttons on the sides are painted silver as well. I really like the graphics used on the LCD screen, mostly because of the Allspark graphics. The base black and silver colors also work well as "evil" colors too since they're so much darker than Speed Dial's.

Robot Mode:
I was surprised to see that Wire Tap V20 uses a different plastic color configuration than Speed Dial 800. While Speed Dial 800 was all silver grey plastic, the newly revealed robot parts here are cast in red plastic including the upper arms, claws and upper legs. His face is stil painted silver, but copper is used for the coloring on his arms instead of metallic blue. In another touch to keep the deco pattern from being exactly the same, the feet are painted silver. Driving the point home that this is a Decepticon, Wire Tap V20 has a small Decepticon symbol tampographed onto his chest.

I've often said that I prefer redecos where the pattern is not the same as the original figure, and Wire Tap V20 certainly fills that bill. Red and black also happen to be two colors I love seeing on robots, and to this G1 biased fan it also reminds me a lot of G1 Rumble.

Final Thoughts:
I'm honestly still not very fond of this sculpt, but the fact is that these colors look a ton better than Speed Dial 800's. Between the improved color scheme and the fact that my nephew seems to love this figure, I'll bump this guy up to mildly recommended.