Galaxy Force Toy Reviews: Inch Up

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Transformers Galaxy Force

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


Tech Specs:*
Function: Four-Wheeled Assault
"Inch-Up is the most specialized of anyone on Speedia when it comes to traveling bad roads, from bumpy, uneven paths to muddy quagmires. What sets him apart is how he can transform his vehicle mode through Force Chip ignition, dropping his ground clearance and increasing his speed. However, while he has challenged Nitro Convoy numerous times, he has still proven no match for the latter. Will he ever get a chance to win?"

Strength: 9  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 9
Rank: 6  Courage: 8  Firepower: 8  Skill: 7

*Tech Specs translated by Doug Dlin.

Inch-Up is a Destron warrior from the planet Speedia, where Transformers have primarily taken on the forms of high powered vehicles. However, unlike other Speedia planet Transformers, Inch-Up is not some sleek race car but rather a monster truck!

Vehicle Mode:
With a name like "Speedia", you get a mental picture of super sleek vehicles (land, sea or air) when picturing the Transformers that inhabit this world. Inch-Up manages to defy this expectation to a degree, while still having a really cool sculpt. The top half of the vehicle is not as bulky as one would expect from a monster truck. The front end is downright thin, but it looks great with nice cross hatch details running across the center and an engine block sticking out of the hood. From that engine are tubes angling out to the sides, all details that scream "muscle car". The back section is equally thin, but has much more tech detail including vents and tubes. There are even cross hatch pattern platforms where it would appear a driver would stand.

The mid-section of the vehicle mode is what gives it more of a monster truck feel. The passenger section is raised ather high, and on either side of it is a smokestack. On the top of the passenger section are four lights, a small but welcome detail. In the final analysis however, it is the lower section of this vehicle that truly gives it the monster truck look. There you'll find four big wheels resting on two supports. The details on the wheel supports are nice, looking like big hydraulics and steel panels.

Alas, the color scheme is where everything falls apart here. The primary color of the top section is purple. Translucent, dark red plastic is used for the windows and the four tires. But then, we get to the third primary color of this toy: neon green. Truly, truly if I could make a list of colors not to use as a primary color on a Transformer, this would be one of them. While the purple works, and green is nice in small amounts, it makes up the smokestacks, some detailing on the hood and the supports for the wheels as well as the hubcaps. It's just way too much of this color for one toy. The green is offset a bit by silver paint, used for details such as part of the hood and the lights on the top of the vehicle. But overall, the neon green, combined with the other colors makes the toy look cheap, which is a shame since the sculpt itself is really nice.

Oddly, the wheels on this toy do not rotate very well. I tried roll it on both a smooth, flat desk and on a carpet and on both surfaces, the wheels barely turned. Since they are made out of translucent plastic, be careful as I could see them easily getting scuffed up with enough shoving around.

Attach the Force Chip to the back of Inch-Up in vehicle mode, and the tires swing out to the sides. This looks really cool and gives him much more of a race car look. It's also nice how the vertical bar the tire mechanisms link to remains at an angle, giving him a sleek appearance.

The Force Chip itself is the standard "Speedia" chip in silver and translucent red plastic. It features several dials, simulating speed gauges in a car, as well as tubing on the bottom with a lightning strike symbol at the center. I love this chip design as it catches the spirit of the planet it represents perfectly.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. It is best to start the transformation with the wheels out to the sides.
  2. Swing each half of the front of the vehicle to the sides.
  3. On the green hinge joints, swing the sections forward and straighten them out.
  4. Flip the dark grey pieces out and rotate the lower legs so the feet face up.
  5. Swing the sides of the rear section out, and rotate the robot arms around.
  6. Fold the L shaped pieces on the lower arms down.
  7. Fold the section with the smokestacks back.
  8. Push in the middle section to reveal the robot head.

Robot Mode:
Much like his vehicle mode, Inch-Up's robot mode combines both brutal looking and sleek looking elements to create a fairly unique looking Transformer in this line. His central body is actually quite sleek looking. The arms, waist and legs are all very angular and rather thin. However, his chest and head (with the wheels on his back) are more bulky and powerful looking.

Inch-Up does not have a great amount of detail, but just enough to keep him from looking plain. The legs have nice angled lines on the lower legs and knees while the head sculpt is one of the more unique ones to come along in a while, with a triple scope looking eyepiece over the right eye and a nice, angular crest leading out to the sides of the head. The eyepiece is translucent dark red (like the windows and wheels), and it is made to "light pipe", but due to the really dark color, the effect really does not work too well.

Thanks to a lot of newly revealed parts, the neon green color is much less prominant in this mode. Except for the smokestacks/guns (more on that in a moment) and the wheel supports, the green only makes up small details, as it should. Purple and silver wind up being the main colors, with some dark grey for the head, feet and upper arms. It would have been nice to get some type of spray ops or more paint details to bring ou the sculpted details on the arms and legs however.

Inch-Up has a whopping eighteen points of articulation. Kudos to the designers for using double joints where ball joints would not have been preferable. It is also noteworthy that the lower legs/feet were designed to be wide enough that they can support the heavier pieces mounted on his back in various poses.

Attach the Force Chip to Inch-Up's back and the smokestacks swing forward to become shoulder cannons, a nice touch
reminscent of the G1 Triggerbots and Triggercons.

Final Thoughts:
Inch-Up is a very cool design and well sculpted. He's also fun, and looks great - except for the color scheme. Even with the neon green, he would have looked better had he been given some more weathered detailing or spray ops. Honestly, I am hoping that the inevitable redeco of this toy will look much better.