"Q Transformers" Crosshairs Toy Review

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Q Transformers

Crosshairs General Information:
Release Date: December 2014
Price Point: $7.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: Japanese Exclusive
Accessories: None

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The "Q Transformers" toy line takes its character assortment from various "Transformers" toy lines from over the years. In the case of Crosshairs he comes from the 2014 "Age of Extinction" live action film.

Packaging:
The "Q Transformers" are small Transformers figures, true to the "Choro Q" toys that inspired them. Each figure is in a bubble that slides into a cardboard backing. The packaging is about 4 inches (approximately 10 centimeters) high and almost 3 inches (approximately 7.6 centimeters) wide. The cards used on the figures depend on the where the character originates from. In the case of Crosshairs, his card has artwork from the live action movies featuring Bumblebee, Crosshairs and Optimus Prime. The other cards use artwork from the "Q Transformers" online series.

Vehicle Mode:
Crosshairs' vehicle mode is based on the Chevrolet Corvette C7. He takes several key elements of the real life vehicle but compresses them into a shorter, more round form. It's super cute but I love how there are some features from the rea life vehicle as well. These details include:

  • The distinctive front grille with a horizontal line in the middle and vertical lines running across.
  • The front end has the V shape Corvette logo.
  • The headlights are the same triangular shape as the real life car.
  • The rear section has a high spoiler like the vehicle seen in the movie.
  • The rear section has thin, angled rear lights that are roughly rectangular in shape.
  • In between the rear lights is another V shaped Corvette logo.
  • The rear of the figure has a row of four exhaust pipes like the real life vehicle.

Overall the sculpt looks fantastic. Despite being a "cute" version of the Corvette the sculpt is distinctive and is almost instantly recognizable as the sleek car.

Crosshairs is about 1.5 inches (approximately 3.8 centimeters) long and about .75 inches (approximately 1.9 centimeters) wide.

Crosshairs is cast in green and black plastic. Green makes up most of the figure with black used for the wheels. A lot of gunmetal grey paint is used on this figure. I was actually surprised by how much. It's used on every section from the grille to the cabin to the back of the vehicle. There are even stripes on the sides set at angles. In some respects, this vehicle form has a more accurate deco than the Deluxe version of the character. Crosshairs also has silver paint on the sides of the wheels, the Corvette logo in the front and the headlights. A bit of red is used on the rear lights. Again I'm actually shocked at how great this deco is. You'd think for a cute little figure the designers would hold back, but they did their bet to make the deco pop. I'm very impressed.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Turn the vehicle over and swing down each robot leg and straighten out the feet.
  2. Split the rear section of the vehicle and swing the halves forward.
  3. On each of the rear vehicle halves, swing out the robot arms.
  4. Swing down the cabin section to reveal the robot head.

Robot Mode:
Since the transformation scheme of the Q Transformers are the same across the line, the basic body design of each Q Transformer figure is the same. The head is large and the limbs are small, completely out of proportion with the torso which is mostly formed by the front of the vehicle mode. This means a bulk of the newly revealed details come from the head, arms and legs.

The most distinctive element of this design is Crosshairs' head sculpt. Like his live action counterpart his head is round and he is wearing goggles on his forehead, almost like an old style pilot. The forearm pieces may look generic, but they are in fact unique to Crosshairs. Look carefully and you'll see two small circular details on the top of the forearm. These are details found on the live action Crosshairs. The legs are also distinct, featuring feet with "toes" and curved armor designs on the thighs and lower legs. This is the first Q Transformer I'm reviewing so I didn't expect this level of detail and I was very pleased.

The colors form the vehicle mode carry over but now you get to see some silver on the thighs and shoulder joints. The silver plastic is a gorgeous metallic silver that shines under the right light. Silver and gunmetal paint are used on the head for the face and goggles respectively. The eyes are painted a gorgeous metallic blue. The paint job on my copy of the figure is tight and there aren't any sloppy applicatons. Very impressive.

Since they all have the same body structure, Q Transformers also share the same articulation. Altogether there are seven points of articulation on this figure. That includes the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and head.

Final Thoughts:
"Q Transformers" are a very specific type of figure. It's not really aimed at the "Generations" collecting crowd and is meant to be a cute curiosity to supplement your collection. That said, I am really impressed by the attention to detail and deco on this figure. If you're into this line at all, this guy is definitely recommended!