Transformers Review: Dragstrip (CW Deluxe) – Part 2 of 6 – Stunticons

Intro:
            Dragstrip is probably the most recognizable Stunticons after Motormaster – most probably due to having a Formula One racing car as an alternate mode.
            Previously in the Classic line, Dragstrip was released as a remold of Mirage, as they both share the same concept for an alternate mode.
            Dragstrip’s is characterized as a character that is obsessed of victory, no matter what the cost. He will stop at nothing to win, even if it means at the expense of his own team mate.
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            Anyways, without further ado, let’s get on with the review proper…

Alternate Mode:
            In case that you skipped the intro earlier, Dragstrip transforms into a Formula One race car, which to me personally, vaguely resembles the Renault Formula One car. As such, the aerodynamics of this mode is really good.
            Due to its slender design of the F1 car, Dragstrip appear to be largest Stunticons vehicle, excluding Motormaster.
Minimal kibbles.
            As with most other Combiner Wars action figures, Dragstrip’s set includes a weapon, as well as the attachment that could either form the foot or the hands of Menasor. Technically, they can be attached onto the vehicle mode as additional weapons. In most cases, they don’t really look good attached to the vehicle modes, and that seems to be the case here as well.
            But hey, at least it’s better than having ‘em extra parts lying around without anywhere to store them.      
            Anyways, it’s quite a good-looking vehicle mode.

Robot Mode:
            Transformations from car mode to robot mode is filthy easy, that you might not even need the instruction manual.
            The robot mode really tries to capture the look of the original G1 Dragstrip, and I have to say, it’s a really good attempt.
            The head sculpt is quite good and I do dig it.


            In terms of articulations: the head is on a ball joint, so that he can look anywhere he likes. However, the entire head piece is actually on a piece that is connected to the back of the robot, and there is no way to lock it in place in robot mode. So that could be a slight bummer on this figure.
No way to lock-in the head piece
            The shoulders are on a combination of ball-joint and hinge-joint. The arms rotate slightly below the shoulders and the elbows bend. The fists can’t really move, except on their transformation joints, which are very loose.
            The waist rotates; ball-jointed hips and bendable knees. Overall, the articulations are okay, and suffice to provide most necessary poses.
            Dragstrip wields a weapon that resembles a sort of dagger, which can also doubles-up as a blaster of sorts.
            The hand/ foot piece for Menasor can also be somewhat used as a blaster-weapon, although a little imagination will be required.
            Overall, it’s a good Deluxe-sized robot.

Accessories:
            Apart from the dagger/blaster and the Menasor hand/foot piece, Dragstrip also comes with a copy of the IDW Combiner Wars comic, as well as the instruction manual on how to transform Dragstrip to either Menasor’s arm or leg.

Overall:
            Overall, Dragstrip is a cool little figure, which is good enough on its own, even if you don’t plan to collect the entire Stunticons lineup.
            Both modes are good, and I do like the fact that the designers tried to stay true to Dragstrip’s original G1 look – high-five to that.

            Definitely recommended.


            Final verdict: 8.5/10. 
 TeenCom

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