"Q Transformers" Wheeljack Toy Review
Release Date: December 2014
Price Point: $7.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: Japanese Exclusive
The "Q Transformers" toy line takes its character assortment from various "Transformers" toy lines from over the years. Several figures from the first wave of "Q Transformers" come from the Generation One era of "Transformers" toys. One of these initial releases is Wheeljack, the Autobot engineer.
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. Prowl comes from the non-movie side, so his card art features Autobots as they appear in the "Q Transformers" web series.
The "Q Transformers" figures all use real life vehicles as the vehicle modes for each character. In some cases a mode is given to a character that approximates his G1 form. In other instances the vehicle mode is borrowed directly from the G1 interpretation of the character. That is the case with Wheeljack, whose vehicle form is a "super deformed" version of the Lancia Stratos Turbo race car that won several races in the 1970's. The designers worked hard to make the vehicle modes resemble their real life counterparts. To that end this vehicle mode has many design elements of the real life Lancia Stratos including:
- The front end of the vehicle angles downward and ends with a panel that comes out in front like a thin scoop.
- The top of the hood section has several ridged lines running across it in rows.
- The cabin section is a curved shape leading to a rear window covered with a vent-like piece.
- The spoiler has a vertical panel on either side.
- The rear lights are both circles.
- The underside of the rear section has a notch in the middle.
Completing the Lancia inspired design is the deco. Wheeljack is cast in black and white plastic. White makes up most of the vehicle. The wheels are cast in black. His deco comes straight from the real life vehicle including green paint on the cabin section with red stripes on top. The hood and doors both feature green, angled designs with red designs inside. The sides of the wheels have red paint on them and as if to drive the point home 100%, the word "Lancia" appears in black on the edge of the hood section. The window itself is painted dark grey, a callback to the G1 Wheeljack toy who had a translucent grey window. Between the deco and the sculpt, this is a great representation of both the Lancia Stratos and Wheeljack in vehicle form.
Wheeljack is about 1.5 inches (approximately 3.8 centimeters) long and about .75 inches (approximately 1.9 centimeters) wide. In this form he's built to roll on all four wheels.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Turn the vehicle over and swing down each robot leg and straighten out the feet.
- Split the rear section of the vehicle and swing the halves forward.
- On each of the rear vehicle halves, swing out the robot arms.
- Swing down the cabin section to reveal the robot head.
Wheeljack's robot form is meant to be a "super deformed" version of his G1 robot mode. This means he has odd proportions including a proportionally large head, huge arms and torso with small legs. Several of his parts carry over elements of Wheeljack's G1 robot mode including:
- The head sculpt features a crest in the middle with two angled panels on top. The sides of his head have small "ears" on them and his mouthplate is a row of horizontal lines.
- The forearms on the figure have flat panels on the outside, a callback to the panels that would actually be situated under the forearms on G1 Wheeljack.
- The robot feet are sculpted to resemble the front of the vehicle mode, but much tinier. This includes a small flat panel sticking out in front.
Like most "Q Transformers" figures Wheeljack primarily relies on the vehicle mode deco to give him details here, and for the most part it works just fine. His head is dark grey with silver on the "ears" and mouthplate. His eyes are painted blue. Ideally the forearms would be painted dark grey or black, but in general the "Q Transformers" leave this part unpainted so they just wind up being white on this figure.
All the "Q Transformers" released so far have the same nine articulation points: the head, the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.
The vehicle mode on this figure is awesome. It has fantastic detail and deco. The robot mode is super cute and stays true to the character. Another winner from the "Q Transformers" line!