Hunt for the Decepticons Rescue Ratchet Toy Review
Release Date: October 2010
Price Point: $12.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Missile x 1, Missile launcher
- On Card*
- Official Photo (Vehicle Mode)
- Official Photo (Robot Mode)
- Card Scan (Front)
- Card Scan (Back)
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Vehicle Mode (Angle view)
- Vehicle Mode (Forward view)
- Vehicle Mode (Rear view)
- With Deluxe Rathcet (Vehicle Modes)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Left Side)
- Robot Mode (Right Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode (Close up)
- Robot Mode (Focus on head)
- Robot Mode (Angle view)
- Robot Mode (Posed)
- Robot Mode (Running pose)
- Robot Mode (Focus on weapon)
- Robot Mode (Arm detail)
- Robot Mode (Upper body)
- Robot Mode (Leg detail)
- Robot Mode (Leg detail, side)
- Robot Mode (Left arm detail)
- With Deluxe Rathcet (Robot Modes)
As 2010 comes to a close, the "Hunt for the Decepticons" line of figures continues to release redecos of previous figures. This time around it's in the form of "Rescue Ratchet", a redeco of the deluxe scale Ratchet released earlier in the year. This review will focus on the changes made to this version of the figure for this release. For a more detailed look at the figures' sculpt and functionality, take a look at the Deluxe Ratchet review.
The color scheme chosen for this release of Ratchet is heavily based on Generation One Ratchet. G1 Ratchet had a very traditional set of colors associated with ambulances, namely red, white and black. This isn't the first time the movie Ratchet has taken on these colors. The 2007 movie line had a redeco of its Voyager Class figure in these colors and the Fast Action Battler from 2007 received a similar color treatment.
The color swap outs from the first release and this one are very basic. The green color has been replaced with white, the black cages and rails have been replaced with silver and the translucent blue has been replaced with a lighter blue color. The weapon and wheels are all black now with smaller parts such as the missile launcher trigger cast in red. The paint deco also uses G1 Ratchet as its inspiration. Instead of the jagged "life line" detail running along the sides, there is a simple red stripe that runs horizontally across the door, then it angles up in the middle before leveling out to the rear of the vehicle. The red line is painted in such a way that the word "Rescue" shows in the back in white. A medium sized Autobot symbol is painted in red on the hood of the vehicle and the rear lights are also painted in red.
The color scheme sounds almost boring when you describe it, but the fact is that it's a strong visual contrast and it's not often Transformers use white as their primary color. The red color is so bold and strong that it draws your eye in. I also have to applaud the choice of lightening the shade of translucent blue used on the windows. This lighter tone blends perfectly with the brighter white and red colors. Take into account the Generation One homage being executed here and the color scheme really does come together nicely.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Detach the missile launcher if attached and set it aside for now.
- Pull the front and rear halves of the vehicle apart slightly to loosen up the connection points in the center.
- Swing out the front wheels to the side, revealing the robot arms and head.
- Straighten out the robot arms.
- Swing out the rear, side panels of the
- Extend the robot legs straight down.
- Fold the half of the rear panels with the wheels on them over the other half using the double hinges.
- Swing the section with the robot head and arms on it down a bit, then rotate it around.
- Move the section with the robot head up.
- Swing down the front portion of the vehicle mode and use the tab in the center to fit into its corresponding slot.
- Swing the panel on the back up, collapsing it against his back.
- Rotate the panels on his shoulders around and swing the wheels in, then fold the wheel panels over.
- Rotate the lower legs around.
- Swing the heel piece on the back of each foot out at an angle.
- Attach the missile launcher to the gears in his right forearm.
Rescue Ratchet's vehicle mode was a fairly straightforward one to one replacement of colors from the last version of the figure, but his robot mode is a whole different story. Whereas the last release of this figure was mostly green with some paint deco, this robot mode breaks up the colors between white, red black and silver plastic. The white is still the primary color, making up significant chunks of the shoulders, torso, head and legs. However, he also incorporates plenty of silver and red plastic. His arms for instance have small red parts on the shoulder area, but the middle to lower portion of the arms are silver. His legs are a combination of red and silver. I really enjoy how different this looks from the first iteration of this figure both in terms of colors but also the pattern of color arrangement.
Paint decos are done up in white, gunmetal and silver. The white is used to outline details such as the outer armor of his thighs or the outlines of his feet. The silver is used on the face while the gunmetal appears on the top of his feet on the raised, piston section. His eyes are cast in translucent blue with some nice light piping effect. I really like this color scheme. It's simple but different from the previous release. In concert with the more varied colors and distribution of colors, I see both the G1 homage and how this version of the figure differentiates itself nicely from the previous one.
All of Ratchet's joints are still tight, and the "Mech Alive" feature in his right arm works perfectly. In an interesting note, his weapon can be used by the Decepticon Axor in a bit of a homage to "Transformers Animated" where the Decepticon Lockdown stole that Ratchet's arm mounted weapon. This is only the second use of this sculpt so I'm not surprised its functionality hasn't been compromised, but it is reassuring to see.
I really dug the first iteration of this sculpt and I like this one even more. Its color scheme may not be "movie accurate", but it is a great homage and just stands out on a visual level above and beyond the first version. Highly recommended!