Hunt for the Decepticons Tracker Hound Toy Review

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

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: July 2010
Price Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text below from Transformers.com
Race into action with this heroic TRACKER HOUND figure! In robot mode, this fighter is as tough as they come. When it's time to chase down his enemies, convert him to 4x4 vehicle mode so he can track them down on any "terrain"!

Mighty robot fighter figure converts from fierce robot mode to 4x4 vehicle mode -- and back again! Ages 5 and up.

sThe "Transformers Universe 2.0" line saw the release of many G1 characters in "Legends" form, offering fans a chance to have some of their favorite characters in a smaller and simpler form. One of these was Hound, who had seen an earlier release as a deluxe figure. As an extension of the "Hunt for the Decepticons" toy line, this sculpt has been given a new color scheme and released as "Tracker Hound", bringing that character into the "Movie" universe. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. Have a look at my original review for more details on the figure.

Robot Mode:
The name "Tracker Hound" implies some function around having to be stealthly and I believe that was the inspiration for Hound's colors. Most Legends figures are cast in at least two colors, but Hound surprisingly is cast in one: black. I personally would have liked to see more of a diversity in base plastic colors, even if was say, gunmetal and black or something similar.

Thankfully the paint applications on this figure are used well, keeping it from looking completely boring. Gold, silver and light blue are all used in this mode, and frankly used quite well. The silver is the most abundant color. You'll find it on his head, chest and legs. On the head it is used to paint not only his face, but part of the helmet. On the chest section, silver makes up most of the color deco on parts such as the headlights, engine and an Autobot symbol off to the right. Silver is also found on the front of his lower legs. Gold is used a bit more sparingly. On the torso section it is used to paint a stripe going around the chest. You'll find similar striping along the sides of his legs. There is also some gold detailing on his waist area. In a nice little touch, Hound's eyes are painted light blue, the traditional eye color for Autobots. I always appreciate a touch like this that uses a color that isn't found on the rest of the figure just to offer that one level of fine detailing.

Hound's joints are still nice and tight, which is not a surprise given that this sculpt hasn't been used that much.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the robot chest up over the head.
  2. Swing the robot arms back and then down into the sides.
  3. Connect the two lower legs together and swing them back.
  4. Attach the robot feet to the pegs on the mid-section to form the jeep's seats.

Vehicle Mode:
With so much of the vehicle mode making up the robot mode, there aren't any real surprises in this form. The legs do come together nicely in the back, forming one complete silver section. The windshield is painted silver and in this form, the gold striping mentioned in the robot mode deco takes center stage.

Final Thoughts:
While his base sculpt is excellent, I would have preferred more diversity in his base plastic colors, knocking this figure down from a "highly recommended" to a simple "recommended", and even then it's mostly if you did not already get the original figure. That said, the paint scheme is very nicely done and I approve of the colors used.