Thursday, 2 March 2017

Masterpiece Ratchet MP-30

Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-30 Cybertron Medic / Ratchet
Function: Medic
Motto: “You break it, I'll remake it.”
Cybertron Medic Ratchet is a doctor and an excellent technician in charge of repairing his companions as well as their headquarters. Has a gentle personality but can occasionally make harsh remarks when he is worried about his friends. Is an excellent warrior and has good command at handling firearms; supports companions in every aspect, from fighting on the frontline to treatment.
STR...4; INT...8; SPD...4; END...5; RNK...7; CRG...8; FBL...3; SKL...10

Released in April 2016, Ratchet is a redeco & minor remould of MP-27 Ironhide and like Ironhide, Ratchet comes with a multitude of accessories. Whether this is just my version, I've found the quality is not as good as Ironhide. Certainly where you move the stiff arms, the white paint on the plastic peels off. I've also seen reports of the plastic joints crumbling at the elbow and shoulder so this is either a figure to treat with kid gloves or avoid and pick up Ironhide instead.

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Like I've found with Ironhide, its a struggle to get Ratchet to hold his weapons without feeling like you will break his fist. The tabs on the weapons are different sizes suggesting they are for a certain fists, however I've found the new X-Ray Blaster fits in his fist perfectly.

Overall its a decent figure is you get one without defects and the arms don't fall off on you but from a choice between Ratchet or Ironhide, I'd choose Ironhide.

Vehicle Mode: Nissan Cherry Vanette (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
This Nissan One Box Cherry Vanette vehicle mode as an ambulance is a suitable alternate mode for the doctor Ratchet. He mainly transports companions injured on the battlefield in ambulance mode; however others such as Ironhide continue the fight on regardless of injury. There is many an occasion where injured comrades have been returned to base. On one occasion Gong was injured and unable to transform to vehicle mode, being stubborn he declined help and attempted to walk instead; Ratchet barked at him “I’ll make the diagnosis, get in and be quiet.” When the Destron Dirge attacked Powerglide grounding him, his emergency signal activated and Ratchet was quick to the scene with his sirens sounding. It is not only Transformers Ratchet cares for, when Spike and other humans have been injured when caught up in a battle, Ratchet quickly takes them out of harm’s way. Ratchet will save any life form without discrimination. Ratchet also gets involved in battle himself, under Convoy’s command he will rush to the scene in vehicle mode and join his fellow Cybertron warriors.

Robot Mode: Ratchet (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Function: Medic
Motto: “You break it, I'll remake it.”
Ratchet plays an important role as the Cybertrons doctor. Responsible for repairing his companions, he has saved many lives with his skill. Has a kind and gentle nature but he comes across as severe but this is down to him worrying about his companions. Because they trust Ratchet, the Cybertron warriors are willing to face deadly missions and fearsome battles. He is also in charge of maintaining Teletran 1; with his skill as a technician he is also Wheeljacks assistant and has joined him in creating many inventions such as the Dinobots and the Nova Energy neutralising agent. He is however a bit taken aback by the way the mad Scientist Wheeljacks mind works. He can stand his own ground and is capable of using firearms effectively and during the assault to take down the Solar Needle he gave Thundercracker a brilliant flying kick. Ratchet continued to protect life both as a doctor and a fighter but lost his own life to the Destrons during the Unicron war. Since then Ratchets name has been adopted by many warriors, always with the same meaning as a doctor of justice.

Weapon: Laser Pistols (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Standard equipment carried by Cybertron warriors; due to their ease of use, Ratchet has used them throughout many battles.

Weapon: X-Ray Blaster (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
The X-Ray Blaster is Ratchets unique weapon which he has fine-tuned himself. Although it causes functional impairment with its strong electromagnetic waves, it is not fatal – this is a perfect weapon for Ratchet, a doctor who respects life.

Weapon: Static Laser Gun (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
This is the same type of gun that Ironhide favours; it can be equipped on his repair base or can be used as a hand-held weapon.

Equipment: Laser Scalpel (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Ratchets favourite tool is a high performance electric scalpel. It requires skill to handle but Ratchet has mastered the technique and uses it every time he undertakes repairs.

Equipment: Arc Welder (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Welding equipment built into Ratchets arm. With Ratchet being both a doctor and an excellent technician, he can repair damaged machinery quickly and reliably by using the Arc Welder. In the 18th episode “Dinobot Showdown Part 2” it was used to repair the bases equipment damaged by the rampaging Dinobots.

Equipment: Repair Beam Emitter (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Equipment representative of Ratchet as a doctor; built into Ratchets arm it has a universal function enabling it to diagnose as well as treat any damage. He even uses it to repair companions when they are having fun. In the fourth episode “Operation: Space Bridge”, Sparkplug remarked that he is like a “mobile workshop”.

Weapon: Missile Launcher (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Ratchet prepares for aerial assault from the experienced Destron warriors by using the missile launcher on his back or by equipping it to his repair base.

Equipment: Cyber Spanner & Magno-Wrench (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Ratchets favourite tools for working on Transformers. They have no special function but can be used to repair his companions or maintaining the base.

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