Cybertron Toy Reviews: Hightail

in 2006, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Earth Planet, Galaxy Force

General Information:
Release Year: November 2006
Retailer: General Release (Target, Wal-Mart, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Transformation Difficulty Level: 2
Accessories: Cyber Planet Key, Gun

Hightail package art


Tech Specs:
Freedom. That's why Hightail came to Earth. Sure he's an Autobot, but that doesn't mean he has to follow Optimus Prime around like a puppy. Cybertron was just too small for him is all, and the wide-open spaces and long-straight stretches of pure blacktop on Earth are the perfect antidote. Hightail is happy to mind his own business, cruising the back roads and byways of America, looking for the next filling station where he can recharge and kick back with a cold can of oil. And if he meets any Decepticons along the way, well, he'll send'em crying back to Galvatron.

Strength: 8 Intelligence: 6 Speed: 7.5 Endurance: 9 Rank: 4 Courage: 8.5 Firepower: 6 Skill: 6

Each Transformer from the basic sized figure and up comes with a Cyber Planet Key. Hightail comes with the standard "Earth" Planet Key. Unlike the Japanese Galaxy Force "Force Chips", these have codes printed on them that you can use on the official Transformers web site to unlock extra content.

Hightail's code is s7n5 and his unlocked material reveals an image of his color chart and the following text: When the Cybertron saga ended and the Autobots began to forge new trails through the Galaxy using the ancient Cybertronian ships, Hightail requested to stay on Earth. Optimus Prime granted his wish under one condition. He had to partner up with the Traffic-Light Autobot and travel every, single inch of road throughout the entire world and map it for the good of all mankind. No matter how remote, or congested, or desolate or peaceful — these two intrepid road handlers were up to the challenge. Last we heard, they were done mapping Delaware and were making their way north to begin mapping out New Jersey!

Hightail is one of the last Scout class figures to be released for the Transformers Cybertron line. He is a redeco of Cybertron Lugnutz who in turn is a redeco of Galaxy Force Roadstorm. Check out those reviews for a more detailed look at the figure itself, this review will just cover the changes made to the figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
Hightail is primarily different shades of colors already present on Lugnutz. The tires, seat and rear "saddlebags" are all cast in black. The engine, handlebars, small front lights and pedals are cast in a silver plastic that is lighter in color than the grey used on Lugnutz. The rest of the vehicle is cast in red.

Silver paint is used for several details including the spokes on the wheels, details on the left side "saddlebag" and a "U" shaped design on the area behind the handlebars. The license plate is also painted silver. The state is printed in black lettering as "Ohio" with "B-CAT 1" being the license plate number. Cincinnati is listed as the city. Orange paint is used on a triangular pattern on the right side "saddlebag" and on the rear light. The large headlight is painted yellow. On the seat, four lines of white are used to fill in grooves running from the top to the sides. The paint job on those parts is a bit sloppy so I would recommend making sure yours has a good paint job (this is plainly visible with the figure inside packaging).

The significance of the license plate goes on to explain the entire color scheme chosen for this figure. "B-CAT" is a reference to the Cincinnati Bearcats. You can read about this team on the official Bearcats site. Though Hasbro is currently based in Rhode Island, once upon a time they had a large facility in Cincinnati, so this is a bit of a reference to those who still remember those days. The University of Cincinnati (where the Bearcats are based) uses red and black as its primary colors, explaining why those are Hightail's primary colors as well.

Robot Mode:
In robot mode the robot head is painted silver, with the visor eyes painted yellow (matching his headlight, a nice touch). In this form the four white lines from the vehicle mode carry over to the mid section, giving him details that Lugnutz doesn't have. On his upper legs are two "T" shaped designs that are painted red (these are silver on Lugnutz). However, the paint job is a bit sloppy. The red does not completely cover the "T".

The Cyber Key gimmick still works just fine. The key is painted the same as Lugnutz's key, with a different code on the back.

Final Thoughts:
I'm not crazy about this sculpt, but I do confess that I like these colors more than Lugnutz's colors. I also like the whole "hometown homage" thought process behind it, so this figure gets kudos for that. I also give kudos for using a different paint deco pattern than the previous figure. If you don't own Roadstorm or Lugnutz, pick this version of the figure up instead.