Hunt for the Decepticons Electrostatic Jolt Toy Review

in 2010, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Deluxe, Hunt for the Decepticons, Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: 2010
Price Point: $11.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Jolt has no idea how he managed facing off a Decepticon as powerful as Payload, but now that he's here, he won't back down. With Autobot Ratchet by his side, the odds are almost even. His tactics of confusion and distraction should disrupt the evil robot's headlong charge long enough for a stunning electro-whip attack. Then he and Autobot Ratchet can move in to finish off the Decepticon courier. Turn the tables on enemy forces when you throw this warrior into the fight. Your Electrostatis Jolt figure is dedicated to destroying any opponent and his flip-out electro-whip accessories will help you two get the job done. If robot combat turns into a car chase, convert your hero into Chevy Volt car vehicle mode accessories and send him racing off to rule the road. The battle-ready robot-to-vehicle figure converts from robot mode to Chevy Volt car vehicle mode -- and back again.

Jolt is one of those interesting characters in Transformers history who saw a few toy releases but only appeared on film without any actual lines. He only showed up in "Revenge of the Fallen" and then disappeared in "Dark of the Moon" (although that line did have a figure of the character. If you go by comic book fiction, he was destroyed by Shockwave before the events of "Dark of the Moon". Still, he received the redeco treatment as part of the "Hunt for the Decepticon" line that followed the "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line. This figure was a pure redeco of the 2009 Deluxe Jolt. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
As redecos go, Electrostatic Jolt manages to use the same basic primary color as his predecessor while still looking very different. The primary color here is metallic dark blue. This makes up a good portion of the vehicle mode. The rest is a translucent light purple color (making up the entire top half of the vehicle) and the wheels are cast in black. Unpainted, this figure greatly resembles the first release. However, once you add on the paint details things change quite a bit!

The most dramatic deco patteron on this figure is a combination of white and metallic light blue paint. The light blue serves as the background on the sides of the vehicle and it covers most of the back. The white overlaps the light blue in a dramatic lightning pattern (Get it? He's 'Jolt', he uses electricity...yeah). The top and edges of the translucent plastic have been painted dark blue to match up with the plastic on the front of the car. Silver paint is used on the headlights and grille as well as the sides of the wheels. The Chevrolet logo in the front has been painted gold (the signature color of the brand's logo). Similar to its real life counterpart, the rear lights on the vehicle are painted red and the back section is black. The centerpiece of this deco is the lightning pattern, which looks totally awesome and I like the attempt and lightening up the overall colors by making the back area and sides a lighter shade of metallic blue. While not as true to the real life vehicle as the original color scheme, it is definitely a more dynamic looking one.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing the doors out slightly.
  2. Split the rear section of the car.
  3. Swing the parts attached to the rear wheels down.
  4. Split the top of the cabin section in half and swing each half out.
  5. Swing out the halves of the vehicle mode grille section.
  6. Swing the hood cover forward.
  7. Swing the grille sections from the car back together.
  8. Swing the section with the front of the car down.
  9. Turn the rear halves of the vehicle so they are vertical to form the robot feet.
  10. Straighten out the robot arms.

Robot Mode:
Electrostatic Jolt's robot mode uses very basic color swaps on the plastic. Most of the blue parts are the same such as the thighs and his head (though his crest is now silver). All the clear blue plastic on the first Jolt figure has been replaced with the purple clear plastic seen on the windows in vehicle mode. This includes the plastic on his chest. The silver plastic from the first Jolt is now gold, which is a natural swap if you still want a metallic color but don't want something similar to silver. This includes parts such as his back armor and upper arms. The final color swap involves the light blue plastic from the first Jolt figure now being replaced with a light metallic blue (the same color seen in vehicle mode). Just based on the plastic colors alone the two figures are very different even though they share the same core color of blue.

Jolt's new colors also carry over to his paint scheme. The light metallic blue seen in vehicle mode appears here on the top of his chest to the center. It also appears on the lower portion of his chest on parts that were left unpainted on the previous Jolt figure. However, unlike the previous figure the wheels on his legs are not painted at all. An Autobot symbol can still be seen on the center of his chest and finally, his face is painted silver with the same pattern as the original figure. I appreciate the use of a different color scheme and it looks cool.

Final Thoughts:
Electrostatic Jolt is a nice redeco of the Jolt sculpt. It's not crazy different from the original figure, so unless you're a huge fan of the character (or the Chevrolet Volt) it's probably not worth picking this mold up again unless you can find it super cheap. It's also worth noting that this guy was a peg warmer for quite a while after the line was over. Is it a good redeco? Absolutely, is it one you should go nuts trying to find? Probably not.