Transformers Movie (2007) High Score 100 Review

in 2007, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Movie (2007), Real Gear Robots

Transformers Live Action Movie

General Information:
Release Year: August 2007
Retailer: General release (Wal-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: None

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Tech Specs:
HIGH SCORE 100 has been made into a master martial artist by years of watching some of the most dangerous fighters in the known universe try their
skill against one another. By careful observation, and copying their moves over and over again, he has reached a level of fighting skill previously
unheard of among TRANSFORMERS. If you are patient, and willing to learn, he will teach what he knows, but be warned! The path to ultimate power is
fraught with hazards.

Strength: 8  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 7
Rank: 4  Courage: 7  Firepower: 5  Skill: 10


Packaging:
High Score 100 is a carded figure, with the "Real Gear Robots" logo in a semi-circle around the edge of the bubble interior. Like all Real Gear figures, the packaging has phrases indicating his function. In this case his function is to: "Plug In. Turn On. Power Up.". A small note on the front indicates "Not a working game controller". The background uses the silver, metal look of the movie logo with a Decepticon symbol behind it. There is no package art, just a photo of the figure on the lower left. On the back right above the tech specs is the following text: "Congratulations on purchasing this fine Real Gear Robots product! You've uncovered one of the most closely held secrets on Earth, known only to very few humans. The power of the Allspark has been unleashed, and machines all over the world have come alive. Unlock their secrets and join the battle!" It's kind of neat since tis is akin to the type of message you would find in a manual when you purchase an electronic device (minus the stuff about your device coming to life of course).

Game Controller Mode:
Licensing issues are always something designers have to keep congnizant of when designing a figure meant to represent a real life object. In the case of High Score, the designers needed to create a game controller that was easily recognizable but not specific to any one brand. To achieve this they took elements of an Xbox controller and a Playstation controller and merged them together. Most of the design is inspired by the Playstation controller with its boomarang shape, cross shaped directional pad and four buttons arranged in a diamond pattern. The Xbox influence comes in the two buttons on top, the "R" and "L" buttons, which generally have two buttons as opposed to the Playstation's four. On the lower part of the controller are two directional joysticks, a feature common to both the Xbox and Playstation controllers.

Smaller details help make any toy, and High Score is no exception. On the handle parts are raised details representing the grips on both the inner and outer edges. In between the two joysticks are smaller oval buttons representing common game buttons such as "Start" and "Pause".

High Score is cast in dark grey and off-white plastic. Paint applications are found in metallic green and black. The metallic green is used for the "R" and "L" buttons as well as the smaller oval buttons in between the directional sticks. Black is used to paint an Autobot symbol in the middle towards the top.

Unlike his fellow Real Gear robot Power Up, the buttons on High Score do not press down. However, the directional joysticks do move, which is a really cute touch. Each is on a ball joint so they move every which way. The figure is sized for smaller hands so it is a bit easier for kids to do this than adults.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing the panel on the top up.
  2. Swing the robot head up.
  3. Push the tab on the front of the controller up and the two "R" and "L" button panels will swing forward.
  4. Swing the outer edges of the handles forward and rotate the lower parts around to form the arms.
  5. Swing the sections with the joysticks in and extend the lower parts to form the legs and feet.

High Score has an unusual robot mode. Designed to resemble a gorilla rather than a typical robot, his upper body is significantly larger than the lower body. The robot head is a very sleek, simplified design. Round in shape it angles in the front into a visor eyes and facemask. A triangular crest rests in the center of his forehead and there are four indentations on the edges of the helmet section that surrounds his face.

The upper body is the most massive part of this figure. The chest sticks out in the front thanks to the two panels that form the top of the game pad in his alternate form. These lead to two massive shoulders and lower arms, made up by a bulk of the control pad arms. The details from the game pad mode carry over on the top of the arms, but the lower parts have newly reviealed details including finger and thumb details along with line details on the underside of the lower arms.

The waist section is very narrow compared to the upper body, but it is curved with curved line designs that seem to indicate layers of armor. His legs are significantly shorter than his arms, but they don't look weak in any way. Each leg is made up of thick segments that are rounded. The most angled parts are the feet, which look more like traditional Transformers feet. All the curved parts really work considering this form mimics an organic animal. It's also fantastic how tough and powerful such a small Transformer looks.

All the colors from the game pad mode carry over into this form. You see a bit more of the metallic green on the chest and he has a black Autobot symbol in between his legs. His visor eyes are painted red, which look really nice set against the light colored helmet and the dark grey faceplate.

High Score has twelve points of articulation in this form. This includes his waist which is on a ball joint. Compared to other Real Gear Robots, High Score has a lot of articulation which is a definite plus.

Final Thoughts:
High Score is one of the best Real Gear Robots in the line. Both of his modes look awesome and his posability is fantastic. Combined with an interesting personality profile I highly recommend this figure.