Articulation: 20

Build Quality: 15

Paint Applications: 25

Accessories: 10

Transformation: 20

Total Score: 90

Overview: Standing 5 ½ inches in height and 3 inches shoulder to shoulder this deluxe class Smokescreen rolls in as remold of Dead End and twin of Prowl. Smokescreen transforms into a sleek looking sports car which is a pretty nice rendition of the mold. Even though we have had several of these molds I would have to say this is by far my favorite.

Build Quality: Build quality is not too bad. The plastic what we would come to expect from this line of Hasbro’s CW figures thus far. The legs were a little loose at the hips but beyond that the shoulders, knees, elbows, and waist joints were fairly tight. The mold held together pretty well in alt mode. There was some flashing left on the shins. I did not notice any stress marks. As with Smokescreens mold mates the legs do not hold together well in arm mode.

Articulation: Articulation is pretty standard. We have a bend at the knee, thigh swivel and hip rotation. Knees can bend at 90 degrees and hips have a full range of motion. Elbows have 90 degree rotation and shoulders have full range of motion with very little hindrance from the backpack. Head can look up and down slightly with 360 degree rotation.

Paint Applications: First thing, Smokescreen has his trademark 38s. He also sports red paint on the hood, backs of his legs, and faux front hood panel. His head crest has yellow paint and he has blue paint on the shoulders, forearms, chest, and silver face paint, which were pretty well done. Lastly his rims and gun also sport a nice coat of silver.

Transformation: Again if you have any of the mold mate’s transformation is the exact same. There are no surprises to be had. But the transformation is simple and fluid and that I really do appreciate. There are a lot of 3rd parties that seem to pride themselves and make nigh impossible puzzle pieces. One thing I do wish is that Hasbro/Takara could have found a way to give him the door wings.

Accessories: Smokescreen comes out of the package with a hand/foot weapon and triple barrel silver shot gun. None of the accessories have been remolded. The package also comes with obligatory comic with a pretty nice cover art.

Final Thoughts: I would have to say even though I am starting to tire of this mold Smokescreen is still enjoyable. Paint is nice and the mold is mostly tight in the right places. Another thing I realy like is the little molded in details which adds a little flair. I think model painters will apreciate that. I do wish the accessories would have been remolded a little bit like trailbreaker. But to me I thought he was a good purchase. If you do not have the classic version or you have a burning desire for the Smokescreen in your heart give in and pick this guy up. Oh and he’s a combiner.

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