Super Gobot Throttle
Review by The Enthusiast
It's an unfortunate irony that the best of the Gobots were released during the death spasms of the brand. The small 600 series Machine Robo toys were excellent on their own merits, but were pathetic in comparison to Takara's Car Robo toys in their G1 incarnation. The first waves of Super Gobots, while closer in size, quality and engineering to Car Robo, were still simplistic and goofy in comparison. Later waves of Super Robots improved dramatically, but at that point nobody was paying attention. Gobots was a damaged brand, and transforming robots were in decline. Real gems like Throttle were barely released and quickly forgotten. Which is a shame, because Throttle perfectly synthesizes the best aspects of Popy and the post-Popy 80"s robot toys.
I'm a sucker for transforming motorcycles. There's something about the design constraints and the delicacy required to pull of the transformation which really appeals to me. It takes real balls to even attempt to pull off a transforming motorcycle. If you can actually pull it off, it's something special.
Throttle's alt-mode is one of the most cohesive motorcycle modes ever. Everything is tight, clean, composed. There are few clues that this thing transforms. The fit and finish are sharp. The whole central block is diecast, as is the swing arm for the front wheel.
The retractable kickstand is a welcome feature, especially for photographing. Sculpt details throughout are impressive.
Transformation is engaging. The seat extends.
Wheel blocks rotate. Arms unfold.
The legs pivot on geared double joints.
The bot mode is solid. I like the Cylon-like head sculpt. Proportions are terrific. A really fun and intricate sculpt.
There's some really artful composition going on here.
There's not a ton of articulation, but it's better than most G1 bots.
This piece just oozes quality and funk. It feels more like a delayed Popy release, closer to the Wingman toy than a "Gobot." There was also a silver version released for the European market.
An excellent, unjustly obscure toy.
|Posted 9 December, 2012 - 16:47 by The Enthusiast|