Transformers Movie (2007) Zoom Out 25x

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: None


Tech Specs:
ZOOM OUT 25X is inhumanly patient. He'll wait for days or weeks in his camera mode without moving or making a sound, just to get the perfect shot of you doing something you shouldn't. Then, using his editing features, he'll alter the video to be as embarrassing as possible. He doesn't do this because it's his mission or anything - he just likes to cause trouble.

Strength: 3  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 7
Rank: 4  Courage: 5  Firepower: 3  Skill: 9

Zoom Out 25X 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: "Watch. Wait. Annihilate.". A small note on the front indicates "Not a working video camera". 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).

Once upon a time there was a prototype of an unreleased Transformer based on Generation 2 Megatron that transformed into a video camera. Years later, this idea has come to fruition as Zoom Out 25X, the Real Gear Robots Decepticon who transforms into a video camera.

Video Camera Mode:
Zoom Out is designed to resemble the thinner, sleeker types of video cameras often found in stores now. His width is about an inch thick. The top section is one long tube representing the viewfinder and the main body is rectangular in shape with indentations in the middle. On the left side is a fake LCD screen that swings out and can swivel up and down like current LCDs do.

There are lots of smaller details on the figure. The front end has a lens and the back is where the eyepiece is. The front lens has a dial attached to it with grooves intended for grip. This presumably would allow you to focus the lens on a target. The front end has small horizontal lines that lead to a series of circular holes, representing the microphone on a real camera. Underneath that is a translucent clear plastic piece with vertical lines that looks like where a light would shine from. When you flip up the LCD screen, you'll find a series of sculpted buttons underneath including a stop, rewind and fast forward button. On the right side are two sculpted buttons that look like buttons to zoom in and out.

Zoom Out is mostly cast in two shades of metallic grey plastic. The bulk of the figure is a medium shade while the dials around the lens tube are darker. On the left side the name of the figure is printed as they are on all Real Gear Robots figures. Towards the front are metallic dark grey paint apps on the microphone and the section below it. The buttons underneath the LCD screen are painted silver with a red line underneath. Red is also found on the back underneath the eyepiece, representing the light often seen on real cameras indicating the camera is on. The LCD screen itself has a sticker on it with an image of Cybertron Override. Overlaid on top of that is the time "7:47", referring to the opening date of the movie. There is also a red dot with the letters "REC" underneath, indicating the camera is "recording". On the upper right hand side is a dial-like icon that represents something to do with lighting on the camera (on my digital camera it means keeping the flash off). There is also a battery indicator as well. On top of the eyepiece on the camera is a Decepticon symbol in silver and purple.

I really like the way the designers tried to design elements of a modern camera into the sculpt. The LCD screen is a really fun touch and I love the LCD screen designs, using real life icons. Small details like the microphone are also awesome.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing up the LCD screen.
  2. Swing the panel with the red line on it down and back.
  3. Swing the sides of the camera out and down to form the robot legs.
  4. Rotate the lower legs to face the side opposite to where the LCD screen is.
  5. Swing out the panels on the LCD screen and swing it down against the robot back.
  6. Swing the robot head up.
  7. Swing the panel with the red line on it against the chest.

Robot mode:
Zoom Out 25X's design is a very basic one in this form, but thanks to a good bit of sculpted detail he avoids looking plain. The robot head design is interesting as it bears a slight resemblance to G1 Megatron from a distance, but up close looks a bit more like a G1 type design (something the main movie line doesn't have a whole lot of). One eye is a camera lens and he has an oddly shaped lower jaw that extends out a bit more than one would expect. His shoulders are made up of the halves of the lens section from the camera. His arms are newly revealed pieces, each with tech sculpting on them. His hands are actually claws with ridges sculpted into them. The legs are mainly made up from the sides of the camera, but their asymmetrical appearance keeps them looking interesting. The most concentrated tech details are found on his wings mounted on the back. They include lines that run across the wings that look almost like frames on old biplane wings.

The new color introduced in this form is the blue plastic used on the robot head and lower arms. The upper arms and claws are painted dark grey while the face is light grey. His eyes are red, appropriate for a Decepticon.

Zoom Out has thirteen points of articulation in this mode including three on each arm and three in each leg. If you include the wings, you could make it fifteen instead. I do like the way the arms can swivel up and down by moving the dials on the lens piece. The designers could have easily left those parts solid, sacrificing articulation in the process.

Final Thoughts:
Zoom Out 25X is a fun figure that has a neat little transformation, good detailing and articulation. I think the only thing throwing me off are his claw arms, which somehow make his arms look a bit stubby overall (especially considering how wide his shoulders are). Recommended.