Galaxy Force Reviews: Autovolt

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General Information:
Release Year: June 2005
Retailer: Japanese exclusive
Price: $30 (Depending on Import Retailer, purchased at Image Anime)
Accessories: Force Chip, Missile, Gun

Images:

Tech Specs:*
Function: Combat Capture
"Since long in the distance past, Autovolt has continued to drive back Destrons lurking on Earth. Normally, he patrols while losing himself among Earthen cars in the cities, but when he detects an enemy, he'll immediately head for the scene at high speed using the Burning Turbo of which he's so proud."

Strength: 7  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 8
Rank: 8  Courage: 9  Firepower: 8  Skill: 8



*Tech Specs translated by Doug Dlin.

Autovolt represents the most basic of Autobot designs with new design elements. The typical "front of car as chest" design from G1 is here, but almost everything else is different than most other Autobots.

Vehicle Mode:
In vehicle mode, Autovolt appears to be partially based on a Mercedes Benz, but amped up to look more sporty. The front end is very compact, but sleek. It slopes down rather steep with a turbine like detail at the center and headlights over grills on the lower part. The tires are pretty close to the ground, adding to the vehicle's compact appearance. The side has really nicely sculpted lines, with small details such as a line on the windows and towards the back end of the vehicle.

The back end of the vehicle is perhaps the most fantastic element. The back section has the robot's weapon attached, which looks like a futuristic engine with a spoiler attached. The engine piece has cool details on it, enough to look like some high tech piece of engineering, but not too much detail so it looks ridiculous. The missile you attach to the weapon/spoiler piece is designed to look like flame exhaust. Very nicely done.

The primary color of the vehicle is dark grey. Silver and gold details are found throughout from the front end to the tires to the spoiler. The engine/spoiler piece has a bit of red detail and the windows are translucent green-blue. A tampographed Autobot symbol graces the car hood.

The flame exhaust missile can be launched in this form by pressing the silver trigger on the launcher. Insert the Force Chip in the back of the vehicle to activate Autovolt's extra weaponry. Two missile launchers flip out from the back onto the top of the car. The launchers are small, but that fits in with the sleek look of the vehicle. Their small size hardly makes them look non-threatening however. Each missile launcher has four missiles (non-functional) in them.

I think this is one awesome vehicle mode. The Force chip gimmick is simple, yet effective and jives with the overall look of the vehicle mode. Excellent work.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the engine/spoiler piece.
  2. flip the car over and swing down the robot legs.
  3. Flip out the robot foot pieces.
  4. Pull the rear sides of the vehicle outward and swing them down.
  5. Pull up the windshield piece.
  6. Swing each robot arm out to the sides along with the car doors.
  7. Flip up the robot head.
  8. Swing the robot head/chest section into the main body, using the pegs on the silver hinge sections to lock it into place.
  9. Straighten out the robot arms, and rotate the car doors so they are not in the way.
  10. Place the weapon in either fist.

Robot Mode:
Autovolt's robot mode is very much reminscent of the classic G1 Autobot car design, with the car's front end forming the robot chest. However, the rest of the design is very different. Traditionally the back-end of the car becomes the legs/feet while the top of the car becomes the back. Here the legs were couched underneath the car so their design looks purely suited for a robot form, not car parts with robot parts in them. Something similar can be said for the arms. Although they do have car parts on them (the doors and on the left, the top of the car), the arms themselves are really sleek and nicely designed. The designs are a good combination of angled and curved parts, with nice detail sculpted into each part.

Of particular interest is the head design. While not immediately obvious, Autovolt's head design is a G1 homage, but not of a classic 1984/85 character like we saw a lot of last year with Energon. Rather, this head design is a compacted version of the Action Master Rad's head design. The helmet section features two tubes on the sides (more pronounced than the G1 version though) and a light like detail on the top. A visor over the eyes completes the look.

With his sleek, symmetrical appearance, it is easy to think that Autovolt is a light combat model robot. However, he is more than prepared! He holds the engine/spoiler piece as a missile launcher. On the left arm is the top of the car which acts as a shield in this form. The rear, side panels of the vehicle mode can be swing forward (so they wind up on either side of his hips), each with a gun barrel on them. Plug the Force Chip into the back and the missile launchers flip onto the shoulders - which is another detail reminscent of the G1 car robots which often had missile launchers on their shoulders. Autovolt's hands are designed with the standard hole size that allows him to hold Energon weapons. Autovolt has eleven points of articulation in this form.

The same colors from the vehicle mode carry over here. The upper arms and legs are metallic silver plastic. More red appears on the waist while small gold details are found throughout the robot mode including the head, lower arms and lower legs. While the color details are minimal, they are just the right amount. Somehow with this color mixture, too many colors would distract the eye.

Final Thoughts:
Autovolt is a fantastic Transformer. He has a great robot mode and a great vehicle mode. He also has quite the personal arsenal, and the unexpected G1 homage just sweetens the pot. Highly recommended.