Galaxy Force Reviews: Autolander
Release Year: March 2005
Retailer: Japanese exclusive
Price: $20 (Depending on Import Retailer, purchased at Image Anime)
Accessories: Weapon, Force Chip
Images to be added*
"This experienced racer has long watched over the planet of Speedia, sounding warnings at younger mechs who rely purely on physical power for speed. Though his own speed is meager, the way he slides along when he races, as if he were conversing with the ground, has taught me that strength alone is not the path to resolving difficulties. His numerous, fully-developed skills, which we have glimpsed in battle with enemies, serve as a fine example to the youth of our Cybertron forces."
Rank: 8 Courage: 6 Firepower: 5 Skill: 9
*Tech Specs translated by Doug Dlin.
Autolander is one of the new generation of basic sized, vehicular Transformers. Coming from the world of Speedia, Autolander has one of the sleeker and cooler forms among the basic sized toys of Galaxy Force.
Autolander is a futuristic dragster in vehicle mode. He has the requisite large wheels in the back with the form becoming flatter and thinner as it comes to the front. I really like the tech design features on this guy. The rear of the vehicle looks like one big engine block, with cylinders and all. Towards the top of the vehicle's rear is what appears to be the top of the engine block. The center has a passenger section, even with a chair featuring line details. The front end has more cylinders, giving more of an engine like look. The idea seems to have been to give him a powerful look while still looking sleek, always a welcome combination.
I really like Autolander's color scheme, it's a bit different than most Autobots who generally have lots of bright colors. His base plastic colors are black, light grey and translucent yellow. The black makes up most of the bulk of the vehicle, while the grey makes up the sides, the driver's seat and the frame of the front section. Grey and metallic, dark brown provide paint detail colors. The metallic, dark brown is fantastic, one of the nicest colors I've seen used on a Transformer in a while. The way it subtly contrasts against the black plastic look fantastic. The translucent yellow is an unexpected color, but it works very well.
Autolander rolls along very well on both sets of wheels. What did surprise me is that in this form, he has no action feature associated with the Force Chip. In fact, the Force Chip doesn't go anywhere in this form, an exception to the rule.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Detach the piece in the front with the translucent yellow piece in the center.
- Move the sides of the vehicle up.
- Swing the robot legs down.
- Flip the robot feet up.
- Swing the robot arms up on the hinges.
- Swing the driver section of the vehicle mode down, then fold the grey frame piece up.
- Plug the Force Chip into the weapon to activate it and place it in Autolander's fist.
Autolander's robot mode is very similar to the vehicle mode in that it has a bulk on one end but then streamlines into something sleek. The top part is rather bulky, owing in part to the large tires on his shoulders. The upper arms are simply massive, but then the lower arms are rather small. The robot head is a nice design with horns and a central crest. The chest has layered details including fin-like protrusions on either side of the top of the chest. The middle of the body angles inward, made up of the engine cylinder details from the rear of the vehicle mode. Then it angles outward again at the legs. The upper legs are thin, but the lower legs angle outwards on both sides. The look is simply fantastic. Simple, yet well done.
Autolander's vehicle mode colors carry over into the robot mode. Some yellow paint is used for details on the upper body, going along with the translucent yellow elsewhere on the toy. The eyes are done in translucent yellow plastic, utilizing light piping, which works very nicely.
Autolander has ten points of articulation in robot mode. This includes waist and knee articulation. It is interesting how a majority of the joints are ball joints, something that most Transformers figures tend to shy away from nowadays.
Autolander is an awesome toy. Good detail, good design and good articulation. Highly recommended.