Vehicular Mode: Dune Buggy
"Know the conflict within before facing the conflict without."
Length: 5.3 cm
A reasonably well sculpted toy for it's size. The main chassis is grey.
It has some really cool looking mechanical parts moulded on the back as
well as two seats and a small steering wheel moulded in the middle. Alright,
the steering wheel's not terribly convincing, but it would be insanely
difficult to make anything better on such a small toy (generally the rule
is that the smaller the toy, the harder it is to sculpt in fine detail).
The driver's compartment is shielded by a black rollbar. The front bonnet
of the car is blue. Two grey structures that look like shock absorbers
protrude from either side. They have two grey headlights attached. Attached
to these parts are two grey wheels wrapped in a pair of black rubber tyres
(I've heard that these tyres were manufactured by Dunlop, which has a special
division for manufacturing rubber tyres for toys and models). The sides
of car are also blue with a nice grill pattern moulded on either side.
Towards the back are two more grey wheels with black
Dunlop rubber tyres. On the back of the vehicle are two small slots,
TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE
Fold down the bonnet to form robot legs. Pull out the sides to form robot
arms. Flip up robot head.
Height: 7 cm
A stout, but pretty nifty looking robot. The head is completely blue
except for the eye-visor, which is silver. The main torso is grey with
some stickers that add some red, yellow, silver and blue. The chest plate
actually resembles two rows of six mufflers. Obviously not used in vehicle
mode, it seems to be there for purely decorative purposes. These seems
to be rather unusual move for a Transformer at the time. Could this be
a precursor to the "let's make part of the robot mode resemble the alt
mode" that we later see in Beast Wars Neo, Beast Machines and Car Robot
figures? The moulding on the fist is less than spectacular and only seems
to suggest that he has only three fingers. Very *long* fingers, suggested
by the placement of the thumbs. This toy features the "basic four-points"
of articulation: shoulders and knees. It can five points if you want to
count the head being able to move within a 90 degree range.
Beachcomber will always hold a special place in my heart. As I child, he
was always my favourite mini-bot and for a long time, was one of my favourite
Autobots as well. I remember spending many countless hours, in and out
of school, playing with this little fella. Despite it's primitive moulding
and construction, I believe that if a toy can instill such unforgettable
fond memories, then it must be a very good toy.