Sunday, 28 May 2017

Wheelie & Go Shooter LG29 (Legends, 2016)

(Translated from the instruction manual)
Wheelie likes his new friend Go Shooter a lot. For him, the delight of his friends presence cannot be changed in any way. Having experienced the loss of many friends and having to survive by himself has forced him to grow up quickly, from this however he has learnt the importance of spending time with friends. He always fights to save his friends using his small body to his advantage.
STR:5; INT: 6; SPD: 8; END: 9; RNK: 5; CRG: 8; FBL: 7; SKL: 8

Wheelie originally appeared in the animated 1986 Transformers The Movie and was an original Minibot produced for the toyline which did not originate from Takaras Micro Change series.

The original 1986 toys robot form looked nothing like the animation model but this was one thing the 2016 Titans Return figure improved upon. Takara Tomy went a step further and improved the colour scheme so it matched the animation.

The Legends version of Wheelie also comes with an additional Headmaster, Go Shooter, one of the Headmaster Juniors from the 1988 Masterforce series. This figure is a repaint of Titans Return Titan Master figure, Loudmouth.

Wheelies vehicle mode has been made to accommodate a Head Master figure which is a nice feature. Hasbros version of the figure has difficulty with the vehicle mode holding together; unfortunately the Legends version does not fare any better which is a shame as this is something Takara Tomy usually fix.

Transformation to robot mode is quite involved for a smaller figure, however the arms can pop off if you aren't careful.

Overall the Legends version of Wheelie is the best representation of G1 Wheelie so far; the colour scheme is a vast improvement over Hasbros and I'd certainly recommend this version.

Previous releases

Wheelie, The Transformers (Hasbro, 1986)

Source: eBay

Wheelie C-80 , The Transformers  (Takara, 1986)

Wheelie C-80, Transformers Collection (Takara, 2005)


Autobot Wheelie, Transformers Universe (Hasbro, 2009)

Source: eBay

Wheelie (C-19 Spy Team Minibots), Henkei! Henkei! Transformers (Takara, 2009)

Source: eBay

Wheelie, Generations (Hasbro, 2012)

Chinese version, packaged in vehicle mode. Source: eBay

Western variant, packaged in robot mode. Source: eBay

Wheelie, Titans Return (Hasbro, 2016)

Source: eBay

Wheelie & Go Shooter, Legends (Takara Tomy, 2016)

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