Transformers Movie (2007) Cyberslammers Barricade Review

in 2007, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Movie (2007)

Transformers Live Action<br />
Movie


Cyber Slammer Barricade
General Information:
Release Year: May 2007
Retailer: General release (Wal-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us etc.)
Price: $7.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: None

Images:

Packaging:
Barricade is carded with a bubble that wraps the sides around to the back of the card, similar to the rest of the movie line. The front has the figure in robot mode with a cardboard insert that tells you to "Slam it down and watch it go!", indicating the play pattern of the figure. Barricade has box art of the full figure that evokes memories of the artwork from the Throttlebot packaging of Generation One. What's interesting is that his package art has his face drawn as if he has sunglasses whereas the figure has multiple insectoid looking eyes. On the back of the card Barricade's play pattern is shown again and the following text is off in the corner: "Robot warriors from the other side of the galaxy are here! Team up with the heroic Autobots or race into action with the evil Decepticons as both sides battle for the Allspark!" The cardback has the Saleen logo while the bottom cosells Bumblebee along with the GM logo.

Vehicle Mode:
Barricade's vehicle mode is a Saleen custom Mustang. This version of the classically styled vehicle uses many of its key features while making them into a compact and "cutesy" package. The Mustang's trademark from dual headlights, the vent lines on the hood (with the raised center) and the L shaped curve on each door are present. The curve above the rear wheels and spoiler (carry overs from the real life vehicle) are also present.

Barriace is cast in black plastic. The siren details are painted blue and red. Silver paint is used for the numbers "643" on the top of the cabin and the word "Police" across the spoiler. The windows and headlights are also painted metallic silver. His doors are painted a pearl colored white, giving him a nice metallic shine. His rear lights are painted red and on either side of the front section are Decepticon symbols in purple with silver borders.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
There is a switch on the bottom of each Cyber Slammer figure that controls what mode the figure stays in. To keep him in vehicle mode you keep the switch pushed forward. If you push it back, then let the car go it automatically rolls forward and the cabin and doors swing up to reveal the robot parts. The front section slides in a bit as well. The rear tires are plastic, but they have a rubber strip around them that help provide traction for the vehicle to roll forward. You really don't need to slam the figure hard. Really if you just flip the switch and let the vehicle roll forward it will do the same thing.

Robot Mode:
The front of the vehicle mode becomes much of Barricade's upper body in the movie CGI model. However, since the Cyber Slammers turn that part of the vehicle into the "feet" of the robot mode, the designers sculpted the car parts of the main body into the chest. While much flatter than the other versions of this toy, the critical details such as the headlights and grille of the vehicle are present. His robot body also features many panels from the vehicle mode bent into the shapes seen in the robot mode CGI model. His head sculpt is quite accurate to the movie model with its V shaped helmet section and insectoid eyes. His V shaped chin is also present with two rows of teeth giving him a menacing appearance. I really like the head sculpt on this figure and the effort made into integrating his "car parts" is appreciated.

Most of the robot parts are black. Some metallic silver is used on the sections on either side of his head and the headlights on his chest. His mouth section is painted metallic gold and finally a bit of metallic blue is used for the waist area.

Barricade can roll on his vehicle mode wheels to get around. He features three points of articulation, although the head only turns very slightly from side to side.

Final Thoughts:
The Cyber Slammers are a fun addition to the Transformers line, and even they need some bad guys to put into the mix. Barricade serves that purpose well and features some nice sculpting to boot. Recommended for younger fans and completists.