Cybertron Toy Reviews: Override

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Galaxy Force, Velocitron / Speedia

Override package art

General Information:
Release Year: August 2005
Retailer: General Release (Target, Wal-Mart, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $9.99 (Depending on retailer)
Transformation Difficulty Level: 3
Accessories: Cyber Planet Key, Engine/Weapon


Tech Specs:
Long-time champion and leader of the Speed Planet, Override is always ready for a race. Acceleration is her only ideal, but she respects anyone
with the guts to challenge her. She's faced and beaten thousands of upstart speedsters in her time. Though at first suspicious of the intentions Hot Shot and the Autobots have for her world's Cyber Planet Key, Override is only too glad to help once she realizes what's at stake.

Strength: 6.5 Intelligence: 7.5 Speed: 9.5 Endurance: 7.5 Rank: 9 Courage: 8 Firepower: 5 Skill: 8.5

Each Transformer from the basic sized figure and up comes with a Cyber Planet Key. Override comes with the standard "Earth" Planet Key with gold painted around the edges to denote Override's role as the Speed Planet leader. 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. Override's code is dy7p and his unlocked material reveals a screen capture from the TV show and the following text:

It took a long time for Override to claim the title of Leader of the Speed Planet. When the Cybertronian explorers first landed on what would become Speed Planet, races were held to see who would be leader. Override pretended to be a BOY to enter the race and the entire planet was stunned when she won the race and revealed that she was a tough-as-nails female racecar!

Override is the US release of the Galaxy Force Nitro Convoy figure. Interestingly enough the powers that be decided to change the character's "gender" (I use the term loosely whenever talking about Transformers) from male to female. This is even somewhat addressed in the unlocked text above. This review will focus on the changes made to this figure for this release. Check out Nitro Convoy's review for a detailed review of the figure itself.

Vehicle Mode:
The general color scheme of the figure is the same, with red, white, black and gold acting as the primary colors. There are three main differences in this form between Nitro Convoy and Override. The top portion of the robot head shows here, and it is painted less than Nitro Convoy's. Nitro's head is painted mostly red, whereas here the sections near the central crest are left white.

On the left side of the vehicle towards the back is a tampographed Autobot symbol. The choice of putting a symbol on makes sense in one context since she does share the Autobot allegiance in the television show (and programming). But strictly speaking she isn't an Autobot, but rather a Velocitron resident who sided with them. She doesn't really need the symbol and it looks a bit odd where it is (I would have preferred it on the front of the vehicle's cockpit window myself).

The stripes on the front of the vehicle are the biggest difference. On Nitro Convoy, the pattern has six stripes that start with a short stripe from the middle of the car with longer lines leading to the front. On Override however, the lines are set at a much more extreme angle, and they go from a long line with increasingly shorter lines towards the front. The thing is, in the animation the lines on Override's legs don't match either toy exactly, but the Galaxy Convoy version of this figure leans towards being a bit more show accurate.

Robot Mode:
In robot mode the biggest deco changes are on the robot head and the legs. In this mode, many of the red plastic parts of the figure are revealed. The color plastic was changed from a metallic flake red on Nitro Convoy to a flat red on Override.

The robot head uses the same basic red as Nitro Convoy for paint deco. However, instead of completely covering the angled "fins" on her head (as they do on Nitro), they only color the outer portion, leaving the inner portion white. The round sections on the sides of the head are painted over while they were left white on Nitro Convoy. On the back of the head, the "light piping piece" is translucent red on Override whereas it was black on Nitro Convoy. The big color change is in the face. Nitro Convoy's face is painted metallic gold, which reflects his appearance in the Galaxy Force television show. Override's face is painted orange instead. I suspect this may have been a (rather odd) attempt at making her look more feminine, but the orange feels a bit out of place since the color appears nowhere else on the figure. The gold was a much better color as a) it appears elsewhere on the figure and b) it is show accurate.

The aforementioned stripe design differences are easily noticable in this mode. On top of that however, the upper legs have a different deco pattern than Nitro Convoy's. On Nitro Convoy, two different sections on the front facing portion of the upper legs have metallic blue paint decos. On Override however, the front facing portion has no deco, and the back has metallic blue deco where Nitro does not. It is an odd switch since it does not actually help the appearance of the figure (it makes her look a bit plain in that section) and it makes the figure less show accurate.

Final Thoughts:
The thing that strikes me the most about Override is that all the deco changes made to this figure from Nitro Convoy were unnecessary. Obviously thought was put into these, especially with details as intricate as those on the legs. But the question really is...why? The original deco pattern was show accurate and looked fine. The new pattern just wasn't necessary. That said, the changes aren't so significant that the figure is bad or anything, but they do knock it down a peg. In terms of preference, Nitro Convoy wins out, but he would also cost you about two to three times the price of this figure (outside of Japan). As an alternative, this works well. Recommended unless you want to spend the money on Nitro Convoy.