Review by JoshB
Stinger was a GoBot based of the American Corvette C4 design. This toy, while designed by Bandai, was never released in Japan as part of the MachineRobo line. At the tail end of the GoBots line, Tonka commissioned Bandai to create additional toys for the US market, based largely on US vehicle designs.
Despite being never released in Japan, the toy still comes with a MR designation. In this case, it's MRT-44, the "T" designates it as a Tonka-only release.
Robot mode is a bit wobbly and awkward, a trend that continues through most of the MRT designs.
Diecast content is limited to the window area (chest) internal support mechanisms and upper legs.
Be aware that you can get stress marks in the plastic where the ball joint connects to the arm. Also, the lower legs can pop out if you over extend them.
Car mode is simple and quite loose. There are no tabs to lock anything together.
The toy is devoid of paint applications save for the windows. At least the tires are rubber.
Overall it's an unremarkable entry into the GoBots line, and was probably dug out of the pile of rejected MachineRobo designs to accommodate Tonka.
Comments2 comments posted
Um. Not to be a pain. The toy is clearly based in the fourth generation of Corvette (made between 1984 to 1996 also known as the C4). However it can't be based on the C4 Corvette ZR-1 because GM didn't start building them until 1990...Three years after Gobot production ceased.
Shows you what I know about cars. I double checked and you are right. I'll edit the review. Thanks!