Transformers Generation 2 1993 Toy Reviews: Windbreaker
Retailer: General (Toys 'R' Us, Bradlees etc.)
Price: $5.99 (Depending on retailer)
*Tech Specs courtesy of the Hartman brothers at The International Tech Specs Archive.
Generation 2 began with a slew of redecos and retools of Generation One toys, but that could only last for so long. By the time Generation 2 went into full swing, new molds had to be introduced. Sticking to convention, the first new set of Autobots were cars. Windbreaker was one of these new warriors. And yes, most fans acknowledge to this day what an unfortunate name "Windbreaker" is.
Windbreaker is a Chevrolet Camaro in vehicle mode. The most telling parts are the front and back of the vehicle, which have some of the "trademark" Camaro features including the layered "blinds" in the back. To make this 'bot look more like a mean machine, his engine sticks out of the hood, showing off its eight cylinders with great effect. The tires in the rear are slightly larger than the ones in the front, giving him more of a racing machine feel. His windows are made out of translucent plastic with a "smokey" color to it. If you look inside carefully however, you'll find that the interior was sculpted, including a seat and steering wheel. This is particularly impressive since it's not a detail they needed to make with the windows being so hard to see through.
The designers went for a rather unconventional color combination on this guy. The base color of the car is orange (a rather bright shade too). Blue is used for details including an interesting pattern of rectangles starting at the front of the car, running along the hood and sides. The engine is vacuum metallized silver, but the silver has worn a bit on mine over the years. Adorning the engine is a G2 Autobot symbol sticker. In case you miss that detail, a G2 Autobot symbol with the word "Autobot" next to it is printed on the windshield.
While this color scheme is an okay one, I'm really curious to see this mold in other schemes like black with red and yellow flames, or red etc. I think the base design is really nice. It would be neat if this guy popped up in Universe!
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Swing the rear of the vehicle back to form the robot legs.
- Swing down each front half of the car.
- Swing the lower robot arms up.
- Flip the black panel on the robot chest forward, flip the head up, and put the panel back into place.
- Place the engine/gun in either hand.
Windbreaker is easily the Autobot that stands out the most in this team. It's not because of his orange color. Rather, it's the fact that he is designed
differently than the other three. Unlike say, Rapido, Windbreaker does not rely on the "the front of the car becomes my chest" design. Since the front of his car mode becomes the shoulders instead, the designers had to create an actual robot central body, and not just rely on the front of the car to act as that detail set.
Having most of the car "halves" forming the arms gives Windbreaker a nice, strong appearance, as if he were wearing some type of armor over his arms. The main body design is nice, since there's a black panel that covers the robot head in vehicle mode, it adds an additional layer. And the panel itself has a depressed part, adding another level (literally) of detail. The robot head sculpt is nice, I only wish it was colored better to differentiate its various parts.
Color wise, blue takes center stage here, making up the lower arms, upper legs and main body and part of his lower legs. The head is painted all silver, but is made up of translucent plastic, allowing for a light piping effect (which really only works with super bright light because of the plastic's color). Stickers are found on the chest and shoulders, made up of pink, blue and silver on metallic foil sticker sheets.
In terms of posability, Windbreaker is average (for the line at the time). His lower arms can move up and down, and thanks to his transform, his lower legs can swing
Windbreaker is the nicest Autobot out of the four in this subgroup. His design is different and a welcome relief from the typical "car front=robot chest" design and the sculpt is simple, but well done. Highly recommended if you are okay with the lack of posability.