Power of the Primes Moonracer Gallery and Review!
Bringing the joy and the laughter to the Allspark Studios today is everyone’s favorite bubbly Velocitronian, Moonracer! She may be cute, but is this lady ready to be taken seriously? Check out our review and comparison gallery after the break and decide for yourself!
Generations and Power of the Primes have really gone all out to do one of the things I have wanted since I was little, which was to bring to official “mass market plastic life” many of the characters I met only in the cartoon or comics when I was younger. From Alpha Trion, who was only available as an exclusive, to Scrounge, to the female Autobots, they have fleshed out my long-wanted character list beyond my wildest dreams. The only thing that could have made this better would have been for it to happen before my girls hit their teens and lost interest in Transformers, and toys in general. I’m still having a blast with the arrival of the long awaited female Autobots of yore, so let’s see what makes Moonracer special.
Moonracer Car Mode
Moonracer is a Cybertronian/Velocitronian car. That means we get to take a lot of liberty with her design, and that is a good thing. She resembles a sort of stretched out drag racer. She has a blue tinted canopy, teal white plastic with a few purple highlights. You can attach her Prime holder to the back of the car mode to give her a rocket booster and “increase” her speed. Overall, this is a sleek mode that fits with the theme of the planet she hails from, though I can’t help but wish that her wheels were the translucent blue/teal of her canopy to kraken back to the Velocitronians from the Cybertron series. I have a feeling that anyone who love futuristic alternate modes will love this car. If you prefer “realism” in your figures, you are out of luck.
Moonracer Robot Mode
Moonracer is clearly intended to resemble her G1 cartoon form as much as the mold limitations would permit. Her arms, legs and torso are meant to invoke the image of a slender female form. I don’t necessarily have any problem with that, as there are plenty of people in the world with her shape…but they don’t have huge, permanently attached backpacks. The back part of Moonracer weighs heavier than the rest of her body because it is comprised of her combiner peg, the sides of the back of her car mode and the back of the canopy. This makes her more than a little unstable. Her feet have ankle rockers that can assist a little in posing, but they only go so far. If you do not mind her having a bit of a “skirt”, you can pull the canopy piece down behind the back of her things, and it will shift her center of gravity slightly, which also improves her stability. Add her Prime container to her chest as a shield and level her out even more. While this balance issue is a pretty big negative for her, Moonracer has enough other positives to level things out in her favor.
Moonracer limb mode
This is one area where Moonracer shines. She pretty much makes the perfect combiner limb. When I say that, I mean that she forms a nicely shaped arm or leg, that does not inhibit posing in any fashion. In arm mode, the back canopy of the car makes the arm look pleasingly solid, something most other figures fail to accomplish. Leg mode has a pair of arms clearly visible at the knee joint, but hey, it is a humanoid robot bending itself into a leg shape, so…some leeway is fair play. We know we are getting Firestar, so if we could get Greenlight and Lancer at some point, we could have a near perfect combiner (female or otherwise) with a combination using Elita-1 as the torso. Come on, HasTak!
Moonracer has a solid “futuristic” car mode, with a robot mode that sports a satisfyingly G1 cartoon look and bring us a character in plastic form that we have been missing for over 30 years. While she lacks considerable stability in robot mode, there are ways to counterbalance her and still get her into nice poses. Her limb modes are some of the best combiner limbs we have yet to see in a deluxe mold.
I give Moonracer an 8.5/10! The negatives do not overpower all the good things going on here, and I look forward to future remolds and recolors of this mold as a way of adding more of her classic team members to my shelf. She has been out long enough that you should be able to find her easily. If you have been waiting on making a purchase, I hope this review pushes you into a trip to the store/website of your choice.