Cybertron Toy Reviews: Overhaul

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Galaxy Force, Jungle Planet / Animatros

General Information:
Release Year: February 2005
Retailer: General Release (Target, Wal-Mart, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Transformation Difficulty Level: 2
Accessories: Cyber Planet Key, Missile

Overhaul package art


Tech Specs:
One tough Autobot, OVERHAUL has never thought much of intellectual pursuits. His solution to a complex problem is generally to stomp on it until it gets simple or stops being a problem. He's never felt that he's had the respect his strength deserves from the other Autobots, but now that he's on the Jungle Planet - where might makes right - he feels right at home.

Strength: 6 Intelligence: 5 Speed: 4.5 Endurance: 8 Rank: 4 Courage: 8 Firepower: 6 Skill: 7

Each Transformer from the basic sized figure and up comes with a Cyber 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. In Overhaul's case his code was s9d7 and his unlocked material reveals this image of initial sketches for the character's head and the following text:

In the original design stage for TF: Cybertron, Overhaul was going to be called "Trailbreaker", a popular name from the 1980's. This was to match up with his later upgrade to "Leobreaker" -- a lion on the Jungle Planet. His name was changed to Overhaul, but the Lion's name stayed the same! A lion would sound kinda funny with the name "Leohaul", right?

Overhaul is the US release of the Galaxy Force Jackshot figure. Take a read through Jackshot's review for a good review of this toy. Surprisingly, there are no deco changes between the Galaxy Force version and the Cybertron version. It is very unusual for there to be no deco differences between Japanese the US versions of a toy.

The one significant difference between Jackshot and Overhaul is the Cyber Planet Key included with the figure. Whereas Jackshot included a special Cybertron Force Chip with an Autobot symbol on it, Overhaul comes with the Beast Planet Cyber Planet Key. Both still work on the figures, and this is most likely due to Overhaul's later change to Leobreaker.

If you are a completist this figure is for you. But my opinion of the figure has still not changed any bit from Jackshot.