I was going to come back from my hiatus with the proposed website overhaul, but I haven’t had much time to make that happen. Until then, I present Transformers Prime Arms Micron Smokescreen. Smokescreen is a retool of the Knock Out mold and comes with S.2. Here is the review.
Alt Mode: Seeing Smokescreen in its bone-white unstickered car mode made me do a double take; it didn’t look much like Knock Out at all. The plastic color and mold differences are significantly different from the original figure. Rather than having Micron ports on the doors, Smokescreen has an entirely retooled rear section. The bumper is new, there are new pegs, and there’s a spoiler as well. The stickers also add another layer of differentiation between the two toys. These aren’t so bad to apply, but the headlight stickers are ass. Despite this not looking much like the show model, I still think it looks pretty good. Anyone interested in making a Reprolabel sticker sheet to convert this into Transformers Prime Meister/Jazz?
Robot Mode: In robot mode, I can’t say that I have the same level of enthusiasm for Smokescreen. Whenever I look at the figure, I can’t unsee albino Knock Out. The figure’s silhouette looks nothing like the show model and it still has Knock Out‘s gorilla-armed, evil claw hands; Smokescreen is also a pinhead. Lastly, where’s the Autobot Elite Guard insignia?
S.2: Let’s just start this off by saying that S.2 is Devcon… just look at it. During assembly, be sure to plug the wings into the top half of the connecting peg first before inserting it into the backpack; otherwise you’re going to run into some problems. The only bummer with this guy is that the bone white plastic makes the sculpt details hard to see. In alt mode, S.2 transformers into a crossbow. On the instructions, this clips to the side of Smokescreen… umm ew, this is hideous. People say that this pays homage to Smokescreen’s phase shifter… but I don’t see it. It is interesting that S.2 can be plugged in Smokescreen’s back to simulate the show model’s door wings.
Overall: I want to start by saying that Smokescreen is a fantastic repaint of an otherwise lackluster mold; that much is true. On the flip side, Smokescreen deserves to have its own mold; besides the head, plastic color, and stickers… this looks nothing like the character. If anything, a 3rd Party group needs to make a new head and set of hands to turn this into Arms Micron Meister. Unless that happens, I really don’t know what to tell you. I was hoping that there would be a nice vanilla version of the character for the upcoming Transformers Prime Beast Hunters line, but that one looks too ‘roided out for my taste. It looks like I’ll just have to suck it up and hold onto this one for now.