Galaxy Force Toy Reviews: Backpack

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Earth Planet, Galaxy Force

Transformers Galaxy Force

General Information:
Release Year: December 2004
Retailer: Japanese exclusive
Price: $15 (Depending on Import Retailer, purchased at Image Anime)
Accessories: Missiles x 2, Force Chip, Gun


Tech Specs:*
"Unable to believe in his own power, Backpack is so apprehensive of his own behavior that it leaves him a nervous wreck. However, he handles his
duties with precision, and both his superior analytical skills and the back-mounted weapon he unlocks by Force Chip ignition have played a big part in his mission to protect Earth."

Strength: 6  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 8
Rank: 6  Courage: 5  Firepower: 9  Skill: 8

*Tech Specs translated by Doug Dlin.

Backpack is one of the basic sized Cybertrons from Galaxy Force's first wave. Like last year's Omnicons, he represents a return to the more traditional basic price point that was put aside by Armada's Mini-Cons.

Vehicle Mode:
Backpack is much more heavily armed in vehicle mode than his fellow basic Cybertron Jackshot. His vehicle mode is an armored assault vehicle complete with twin guns and twin missiles. Backpack has, what I would term as, a medium level of detail. His windows have blinds on them and his headlights are segmented and not justpainted on. Some line detail gives the appearance of armor plating and his treads have some nice mechanical details in them. It's not a lot of detail, but he's also not plain either.

Blue is the primary color used on this toy, with some mustard yellow tossed in for the sides. Silver, gold and yellow paint make up smaller details such as the headlights and the "V" shaped detail on the hood. The wheels, treads and missile launcher are dark blue, almost black while the missiles themselves are silver.
This color scheme works well as the blue it uses is just bright enough to attract the eye, but not so much that it is garish. The gold color used on the sides of the wheels and treads looks nice with the dark blue, and making the missiles silver really helps them stand out.

There's quite a bit going on in this little toy. The turret on the top of the vehicle can turn in a circle. The missiles are marble type missiles, meaning they lock in via ball shaped parts and launch by being pushed out of their holder. Backpack's gun can be attached to the front in this form, giving him extra firepower. Of course, the key action feature involves the "Force Chip", the power enhancing device used by Transformers in Galaxy Force. Push the Force Chip in the slot on the turret and it flips open revealing three missile pods! Combined, these pods have nineteen missile chambers (non working, just sculpted) which is a lot of firepower to add on! The background of the missile pods are painted gold, with each missile slot being yellow.

The Force Chip itself is the standard "Earth" chip with a picture of the sun rising ove a cloud and it is molded in translucent blue plastic.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the dual barreled gun from the front of the vehicle.
  2. Detach the Force Chip if attached.
  3. At the rear, flip the blue panels up.
  4. Swing the treads out to the sides, then back.
  5. Swing the treads in, and flip the blue panels up.
  6. Swing the front tires/robot arm sections out to the side.
  7. Point the guns behind the front tires forward.
  8. Move the lower arms so they face forward.
  9. Swing the front of the vehicle down to form the robot chest.
  10. Place the weapon in one of Backpack's hands.

Robot Mode:
I must confess that from early pictures, I wasn't too crazy about Backpack's robot mode. But now seeing it in person, it's one of my favorite basic sized Transformers to come out in a while. I love how the designers continued to find a way to keep him a heavily armed trooper in robot mode. Aside from his hand held dual cannon, his shoulders each have four gun barrels each! Then add on the fact that he can use his missile launcher in this form by swinging it up (and toss in the Force Chip for more firepower) and you have one awesome little Cybertron.

There is more sculpted detail in this form than the vehicle mode, owing mostly to the arms and head. The robot head design is a bit unusual. At first you'd think the two big yellow circles are eyes, but they're really more like goggles above his visor eyes. The arms have a nice, multi layer design with shapes and cut lines giving it depth.

Backpack shows a lot more of the mustard yellow color in this form, with gold and yellow paint adding details here and there. An Autobot symbol is on his left wrist, which I like because it's subtle yet looks good.

In robot mode, Backpack has eleven points of articulation. I am counting the guns on his shoulders since they were deliberately put on ball joints to allow them to point in many directions. Unfortunately, due to the transformation scheme, he has no waist or knee articulation, but there shoulder guns and missile turret add enough play value to the toy that you won't really miss them too much.

Final Thoughts:
Backpack is one neat little Transformer. I always like it when a lot gets packaged into something small, and he has that going for him. Highly recommended.