I remember a time when buying a Transformer was a rare occasion for me. But now things are heading towards the other extreme and I seem to always have a backlog waiting to be reviewed. So I thought I’d make a mini-theme week with a repaint review of my own.
While I’ve intentionally been collecting variants to TF Prime’s First Edition Starscream mold, I’ve also been accidentally collecting Wheeljack’s doubles. Wheeljack was an easy purchase because I wanted to complete the team. Dead End was an awesomely hideous repaint, which I definitely have a soft spot for. (Just ask Halloween Skeletor!) But when it came to Wildrider, he just looked too cool not to buy. So I guess I just love this mold too.
With the addition of Wildrider to my Prime shelf, I’ve also come to the realization that I have three fifths of the Stunticons. While I don’t think these figures will ever combine into a decent Menasor, I do feel the need to pick up Drag Strip and Motormaster if they’re ever made. It probably wouldn’t be hard to do. With his race car design, I can easily see the new Beast Hunters Smokescreen being repainted into Drag Strip. Unfortunately I don’t think the Optimus would look quite right as Motormaster. Maybe Ultra Magnus would though.
Body-wise Wildrider is pretty much the same mold as Wheeljack and Dead End. He’s got that fun ninja-monkey physique in robot mode, while his car has a sleek Cybertronian sporty look. Normally the Takara version has additional appendages for the Arms Micron figures to attach to, but this mold only has a couple of pegs on the rear spoiler.
Wildrider does have a completely new head sculpt though. Where Dead End has a crazy screaming face, Wildrider has a very serious and reserved look. I also really like that tall helmet look. It kind of reminds me of a Beefeater hat, or maybe one of those Canadian hats with the flaps on the side. The head sculpt does have some red light piping, but they painted the eyes gold. I usually hate that, but red eyes on a red face would probably be too much.
Wildrider’s body is molded in dark gray with maroon highlights. The subdued colors really work well for the figure and give him more of that polar opposite feel from his Dead End. Aside from a couple more gold painted details, the rest of his colors come from stickers. Normally I don’t use too many stickers on the main figure, but that crooked Decepticon logo on the hood was just too cool to pass up. Continue to page 2…