Transformers Review: Ricochet (Alternators)

            I have to admit, Ricochet is one of those characters that I am not really that familiar with. He never even appeared in the original G1 animations.
            In 1987, a Japanese-exclusive Ricochet figure was released under the name Stepper, which was a redeco of Jazz. There had never been a Hasbro release.
            In fact, most Ricochet/ Stepper releases have been by Takara. So generally, when Ricochet was announced to be a part of the Hasbro’s Alternator’s line, I was quite surprised.
            I’ve been trying to hunt down a Subaru Impreza WRX mold ever since 2006. I was quite lucky to actually bump into Ricochet late 2014 at a hobby store, but only came to purchase it in January 2015.
            The Alternators have been one of my most favorite Transformers line ever. They are known to have very detailed vehicle mode – to the point that many may even mistake it for a model car.
            I am quite excited about this purchase, so let’s get on with the review.

Alternate Mode:
            Well, the alternate mode is that of Subaru Impreza WRX, and it has that fiery motive that is closely associated to Ricochet.
            As with most Alternators, he is very intricately designed to mimic actual model cars. It has rubber wheels; front wheels turn left and right; it has engine block; the hood, doors and trunk opens; and there are seats, gears, steering wheel and proper dashboard inside.
            This is as realistic as a Transformers model cars can get – something I really miss from the Transformers franchise.  
            The fiery motives are painted on, not some applied stickers, just in case if you’re wondering.
            Ricochet has a New Jersey Garden City license plate with his name on it – yet another good touch.
            The steering mechanism is also different from other Alternators. While the idea of magnets was already used in Windcharger’s steering mechanism, Ricochet steering mechanism actually closely mimics Mirage, with the pegs and hooks being replaced with magnets.
            All in all, I am quite happy with the vehicle mode.

Robot Mode:
            If the vehicle mode was awesome, the robot mode is off-the-roof. Being a Bluestreak/ Silverstreak retooled, Ricochet literally has their looks.
            As with most Alternators/ Binaltech figures, the hood becomes his chest, the doors become his sort of shoulder shields.
            The black and white color scheme, with fiery motives mesh very well together, and it really does give a good contrasting look.
            Articulation-wise: the head is on ball joints; the shoulders are on several types of joints that allow all range of movements; the elbows are double-jointed; the wrists and hips are on ball joints; waist joints; knees bend, but due to the sheer size of the feet, it’s not really easy to use; the ankle joints are quite high, and they all the feet to tilt down and back up; and finally the toe and heel pieces tilt down and back up.
            The robot mode has all the basic articulations that could make a robot good. If only there were rotational joints on the arms and legs, he would’ve been great.
            All-in-all, it’s still a wonderful figure.

I love this figure. I love the Alternator – the entire series – as a whole. Despite all the hype about the current Masterpiece cars, I would actually opt for any Alternators, anytime. I am really of the opinion that the Alternators are vastly more superior than any Masterpiece figures, in terms of the amount of details and realism put into the vehicle modes; although Masterpiece do win in terms of robot mode screen accuracy.
Anyways, I still love Ricochet, and I do highly recommend him to any Transformers fans.
Highly recommended.

            Final verdict: 9.5/10. 

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