On the 8th night of Hanukkah, Starscreamer reviewed for me…wait, I actually got ALL 8???? AWESOME!!! Anyway…Masterpiece Wheeljack!!! After a set of Datsuns and Lamborghinis we now get one of the coolest designs upgraded to Masterpiece form! Read on!
Out of the box we get this perfect alt mode…Yeah you have to put the side view windows on, yay…but this just…wow. Wheeljack was a European racer, not the most subtle disguise, but hey he looks just great. I have zero complaints about this mode. FYI, his side arm fits on the underside perfectly out of view.
His OTHER weapon can be used for a battle mode. Hey it works, and you won’t lose it when, unlike the G1 version…
Robot mode is…is…wow…it is amazing. This is the toy I wanted back in the day…which is exactly what the current Masterpiece line seems to be about. This is near flawless. I say near because those feet…oh those freaking feet…they just don’t quite level out for me. Still I’m more than happy!
Now let’s look at that mug…with a smile only mamma could kiss…errr…wait…not much smile there…now there is supposed to be a face under that plate, but I’m not chancing it just yet. The head is just on a swivel, but honestly, with the rest being so awesome, I don’t even care. There are also 3rd party “ears” that look like they are lit up to simulate as if he was talking. The wings are translucent, and they actually bend points so the aren’t as fragile. The shoulder launcher is NOT spring loaded, and I was relieved. After Jetfire, I didn’t want to be chasing a missile all over the room.
Articulation is exceptional! It hits all the twists and turns I could want. Waist, ankles, arms, plus a great knee bend.
Of course I had to do the one leg test, which Wheeljack here passed with flying colors!
Now with the other main guys Wheeljack is the taller of the three. He just has more…stature I guess. This really makes me wish I had one of those backgrounds with Teletran-1. The five year old in me would just be screaming.
I hope he gets a US release for those that can’t pay import prices. They are supposed to be making a Decepticon using the mold, but he may be harder to come by in the US due to copy right issues with a decal (go freaking figure…) called Exhaust with a badass head sculpt. I’m not pining too much for a made up character, but still I understand they want to get more money from the design.
All in all, this guy absolutely lives up to the Masterpiece title. A great piece for adult collectors, fans of Transformers, or just fans of a good piece of engineering. Full A+