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Shout out: Someone named Herosamurai has been linking my reviews on a Brazilian TF forum. I’m pretty relax about such things, so thanks for the pimpage dude.
Dune Runner is a Basic/Scout class figure from the Revenge of the Fallen line. He’s also more or less destined to be repainted as G1 Beachcomber. If not as a mass released, then as a Botcon exclusive, and if not that, then as a custom. It is DESTINY. It has been so written, so it shall be. Aiyayayayayayaya!
Anywho, I find that so far, every RotF Scout is pretty good on a technical level, but some, like Knock Out and Rollbar, are missing that “it” factor, while others, like Ransack and Depthcharge, have the personality to carry them from technically solid, to actually good. I’ll spoil this review right now by stating that Dune Runner belongs to the latter group.
Aesthetically, Dune Runner is a little less Bayformery than other Bayformers. For one thing, he almost has a face. In fact, he kinda has a full beard. It almost seems like they designed him with an actual face in mind, then tried to mess it up on purpose so as to conform with your standard Bayformer aesthetic. And you know me, I like my robot faces to either look cool or have actual faces, so I like Dune Runner’s face.
Otherwise, it’s your standard modern Scout figure. Relatively well proportioned (though the chest panel gives him a crotchless Energon look at times) and very highly detailed for such a small figure. What’s particularly notable with Dune Runner is that he has some pretty impressive paint apps. They used a metallic shade for some parts of his robot body, such as the gatling cannons and the head, which gives the little fella an almost Henkei feel to him.
Articulation is also pretty good, though he doesn’t have swivel thighs. He doesn’t have swivel biceps either, but the shoulder mechanism allows him to have lateral arm movement. Head is on a restricted ball joint, due to the neck kibble, but otherwise, this is a pretty decently movable figure.
Ordinarily, I skip describing the Transformation, but Dune Runner’s bears mentioning. Simply because there’s an almost Automorphic feel to it with how everything just “rolls” together. For instance, raising the feet to form the front of his vehicle mode, you’ll probably reposition his “toes” in the same motion. Likewise, flipping his rear wheels out will contract his arms. It’s almost automatic, and that’s cool.
Vehicle mode is like Depthcharge’s in that it’s very compact. The robot is reasonably sized for a Basic, but the dune buggy mode is quite puny. I actually like that. And hey, it’s a pretty darn decent puny dune buggy. It even has a steering wheel… and a giant robot arm steering it.
While Dune Runner is not the best of the best, he’s a worthy purchase. I wouldn’t put him at the top of my “to get” list, but he’d certainly be on it.
Pros: Neat little guy. Solid in both modes. Lotsa personality.
Cons: Transformation can be a bit finicky. But overall, no significant cons.
3.5 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent