Here’s the lowdown on RotF Scout-class Brakedown.
The robot mode is decent. It’s got somewhat gorilla proportions, much like Dead End/Nightbeat, and just like those guys, Brakedown even has balljointed wrists; only his don’t pop off from the ambient kinetic force in the air. At the same time, he’s still more humanly proportioned, since he doesn’t have a beastial head with insane eyes and also, he’s got a crotch. If I’ve got any problem with the robot sculpt, it’s be that there’s a flatness to the upper body that sort of makes him look like a Legends-class figure, particularly the head, which looks great from the front, but squished from the top or sides.
Speaking of his head design, it’s vunderbar. It has a very classic shape/crest to it, clearly defined eyes (rare for a Bayformer) and the face plate is actually kinda of bitchin’. Like your typical Bayformer, it’s mechanical and vaguely mangled, but it doesn’t look like a car wreck. Heck, he actually kinda looks like Rattrap. In fact, he’d probably make a decent earth-mode repaint of ol’ Ratty. But more on that later.
Oh, and articulation is superb.
Car mode is a cute little white Lamborgini. It almost kinda seems chibi-fied, though that could just be me.
Remember when I said Brakedown could be repainted as Rattrap though? Oooooh boy, could this guy ever be repainted. In robot mode, he’d make a decent Scout-class Barricade or what’s his name, guy who got sliced in half by RotF Sideswipe. And in vehicle mode… I mean, just look at him. Not only would he be an obvious G1 Sunstreaker and G1 Sideswipe repaint, he practically already looks like a police car. RiD Prowl anyone?
This mold is perfect for repainting, oh, and it has a neat little Gobot mode.
But probably the best thing about this guy is the transformation. It’s involved, yet very tight. Brakedown’s got lots of shellformery bits to him, but at the same time, his transformation has got lots of interesting quirks to it. This is probably one of the best transformations in the RotF Scout-class range, and rivals that of many Deluxes.
A decent robot mode with a cute but effective car mode and an awesome transformation. I’d recommend Brakedown. He’s one of the better RotF Scouts and to tell the truth, he’s something of a surprise hit to me.
3.6 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