I’m trying to get the last couple Transformers Prime figure reviews up before the next wave starts to hit. This poor Vehicon got put on the back burner for a couple weeks while I worked out some of the newer figures. But it’s finally his turn.
The Vehicons are an interesting enigma in the TF Prime-verse. You’d think they were mindless drone soldiers, like Battle Android Troopers. But they’ve been shown fighting with competence, displaying cowardice, and even questioning Starscream’s leadership. This is much more individuality than I expected from a bunch of robots who all look the same.
Sentient being or not, I was interested in the Vehicon figure because he looked cool and would make an excellent grunt to help pad out my Decepticon ranks. Unfortunately, like most of the First Edition Prime figures, Vehicon was impossible to find in the US. In fact, I don’t even think Canada received any. Instead, I had to procure mine from Takara’s release in Japan.
Vehicon’s robot mode looks pretty accurate to the character design. His limbs are given a nice amount of bulky armor from the panels of his car mode. But his body is still thin and angular like most of the Decepticon’s designs on the show. I really love his blank emotionless face, long three fingered hands, and his tall spiky shoulder pads. All of which help make him more menacing.
Vehicon’s biggest issue in robot mode is the huge amount of kibble hanging off his back. I don’t mind the shoulders and legs so much. Like I said, they do a good job or resembling armor. The entire top of his car mode covers his back like a poorly constructed shell, or a short cape. Luckily, his body hides most of it from the front. But from behind it’s hard to tell you’re even looking at a robot.
Vehicon’s vehicle mode has this great Fast and Furious meets Batmobile feel to it. The design is sleek yet still very dangerous looking, like these Vehicons could easily chase you down. One thing I did have a problem with is how low it sits to the ground. Every time I push him around my desk it feels like he’s scraping the undercarriage instead of rolling smoothly. Continue to page 2…