My final 1984 Masterpiece mini-bot, Boost (aka Windcharger) has arrived at Junkion HQ!
The box featured a nice illustration of the figure in robot mode on the front and G1-style tech specs on the back.
Unfortunately, they sealed the box with large “X-Transbots” decals that cover the edges of the tech specs.
In the box you’ll find a pistol, tractor beam attachment, toy visor with compatible head piece, trading card and instructions book.
Another cool thing about the box is that it was designed to be displayed along side the box for mold-mate Hatch. The front of the box is actually a single illustration of both figures and the back shares a line drawing of the robot mode.
The robot mode looks great but the transformation has a lot of steps that require parts to be precisely positioned. When transforming the arms you can’t just fold out the hands, you have to manipulate the hand around a raised edge on the forearm starting with the thumb then spinning it so that the palm clears the edge. The feet are an even more awkward with multiple parts that have to be positioned just right before everything can be rotated into place. I’m not sure I’ve managed to do it in the correct sequence yet, I usually just fiddle with it until the pieces finally fall into place.
Windcharger’s G1 vehicle mode was not nearly as deformed as Cliffjumper‘s or even Bumblebee‘s retaining a similar basic shape as a classic Trans-Am so it is much less of change to see such a realistic vehicle mode.
One thing I always appreciate is having a place to store weapons while in vehicle mode. Boost can not only store his pistol but also his tractor beam between the rear wheels.
X-Transbots did a good job matching Boost with MP-21, on display they certainly look like they are from the same line.
In vehicle mode, Boost fits right in too.
I ordered this set as soon as the pre-order appeared in June 2018, long before I even knew there would be multiple versions. As it turns out, I got the one I would have picked anyways! The chrome legs on the other two versions wouldn’t really fit with the rest of my Masterpiece collection.