MP-18 Cybertron Gunner Streak
Motto: “I never met a Destron I didn't dislike.”
Streak is one of the best Cybertron marksmen. Always bright and cheerful in order to dispel his fear and sadness from when his home city was decimated by the Destrons. Wields a handheld Disperser Rifle and Electro Bolts on both shoulders; can fire an 80,000 volt charged particle beam.
STR:6; INT:6; SPD:7; END:9; RNK:5; CRG:2; FBL:9; SKL:7
|Nissan Fairlady Z 280X-T T-Bar roof with Reverse Manhattan paint scheme|
|All versions of Takara Tomy Masterpiece Streak (so far)|
|Blue and Silver version. Source: eBay|
|Silver version. Source: eBay|
|e-hobby exclusive Streak anime colour ver|
The original toy, simply called "Fairlady Z" was released under the Japanese Diaclone Car Robot toyline in November 1982, this version was the now famous and sought after blue and silver. The following year in January 1983, a second colour scheme was released which was the black and silver colour scheme. In Italy GiG also released the figure under their "Trasformer Auto Robot" toy line in 1984 called "Fairlady Z 280Z". Like Takara, GiG released the figure in two colour schemes, blue and silver and one in a single silver colour identical to Hasbro's Transformer version. Click here for more information on the Italian Auto Robot releases. As GiGs all silver version and Hasbros Bluestreak both came out in the same year, which version came first is up for debate.
MP-18 Streak comes packaged in vehicle mode and much like MP-17 Prowl, Streak only comes with 1 accessory out of the box, his hand held Disperser Rifle. Streak is painted a matt silver colour and the cars bonnet and roof are painted in black gloss. There is also a post which can be pulled up from Streaks roof where the Disperser Rifle can plug into. There are also a slot either side of Streaks rear bumper where the Amazon.co.jp shoulder cannon attaches to.
|The Amazon.co.jp exclusive accessory|
The Fairlady 280Z-T is a top model from the S130 Fairlady Z range, equipped with over a 2 Litre “2800cc Litre 6 Cylinder OHC engine” and a “T-Bar roof”, the first glass roofed car in Japan. The long front nose and flat hood exhibits high power and the straight lined and curved design makes this an attractive sports car, synonymous with the Japanese sports cars of the 1980’s. The Cybertron Gunner Streak transformed into a Fairlady 280Z-T in the cartoon “Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers!”, appearing with the two-tone colouring known as the “Reverse Manhattan” which was commonly seen on the S130 Fairlady Z’s at the time. Encountering one in real life you could have called one a Transformer. Many a fan must have had such a fantasy for such a cool car to really be a robot in disguise. Under supervision from Nissan Motor this product faithfully reproduces the stylish long nose, short deck design of the Fairlady 280Z-T. Reproducing the two-tone black and silver colouring draws out the charm of the innovative and sharp design which could not be replicated by toys at that time. The robot mode is faithful to the animation, reproducing the proportions, as well as the head and waist detailing which were different from Prowl. One of the attractions of Streak is that his shoulder cannons can be transformed into vehicle mode without the need to be removed. We’d like you to check this out with your own hands.
The Fairlady Z was built with a view to capture the North American market, a sports car of which Japan is proud. The Fairlady Z 280Z received an overhaul and debuted in 1978 as the second generation of Fairlady Z. Its overall style has inherited the traditional image of the long nose and short deck with a sharp edged look. The front face of the grill enhances the integration with the car body and its aerodynamic characteristics made this a leading sports car in Japan at the time. The engine is a 2800cc L type straight cylinder with an overhead camshaft. Delivering 145 horsepower it is almost like driving a car with a much larger engine. Its rear suspension uses a semi-trailing arm which improves performance and comfort. This became the first domestic car to adopt the “T-bar roof”. A Japanese sports coupe which has attracted the interest of many car lovers both domestically and overseas.
■ Full Length: 4620mm
■ Full Width: 1690mm
■ Height: 1305mm
■ Wheelbase: 2520mm
■ Weight: 1255kg
■ Engine: L28E 2753cc
■ Maximum Output: 155 Horsepower / 5200rpm
■ Maximum Torque: 23.5kgm / 4000rpm
Streak’s vehicle mode is a Nissan Fairlady 280Z-T. The body of this S130 Fairlady Z is coloured with a two-tone black and silver paint scheme called the “Reverse Manhattan”. The bonnet and roof are coloured black and the rest of the car is painted silver. This is to give the impression that the car is painted in two colours; from the front the car appears to be black but from the sides it would appear to be painted silver. It could almost infer to two sides of Streak’s personality, his yin and yang. Not only can Steak utilise the power of his scanned vehicle, he improves on its speed and endurance. Because of this he uses his vehicle mode as a weapon in battle, racing towards the Destrons taking them by surprise them with his speed. Highly confident of his speed and will always join in with car races approved by Convoy. As well as having amazing driving performance he takes safety seriously and will reprimand those who are driving dangerously. “Streak” is an English term that means “flash of lightning” derived from his fast aggressive style.
Motto: “I never met a Destron I didn’t dislike.”
Streak is a cheerful and talkative warrior who is the best Cybertron marksman. He is equipped with heavy weaponry from his Disperser Rifle to his Electro Bolts which specialise in long range attacks. A bothersome opponent for the aerial Destrons, even for Condor who enjoys tormenting the Cybertron ground force, he has no chance when up against Streak’s anti-aircraft fire. Streak is haunted by memories of watching the Destrons destroy his hometown; his hatred for the Destrons is so strong that he is eager to annihilate them. Streak originally had a laid back demeanour and was a pacifist but he couldn't allow the Destron threat to become widespread, which is the reason he supported the Cybertron cause. Even when facing an enemy combiner he will remain steadfast along with the main Cybertron army. Unfortunately when painful memories flash in front of his eyes his bravery dissipates and he quickly loses his fighting spirit. Drowns his fears and memories by talking non stop during battle and maintaining a cheerful persona to keep his mental health in check.
These are Streaks two shoulder cannons. Long range weapons which electrifies the air between the barrel and target resulting in a powerful charged particle beam. With an output of 80,000 volts he can pierce a hole 3m deep in a concrete wall 20km away. In episode 6, “S.O.S. Cybertrons!” he used them to disperse acid rain clouds as well as fire at Acid Storm and the others who had manipulated the weather from far above. Streak is an accurate shot even if the target is at a long distance; in episode 5 “The Return of Megatron” he hit both Starscream and Thundercracker who had retreated and flown up high in the sky.
This is a downsized handheld version of Streaks “Electro Bolt” shoulder cannons. This weapon has great accuracy as seen in episode 62 “Day of Destruction Part 2” where he shot and hit Condor who had kidnapped Spike. As the weapon in principle is the same as the shoulder cannons it is often called “Electro Bolt”. By reducing the weapon’s output he can use it to instantly recharge his fellow Cybertrons.
Other Versions of Masterpiece Streak
MP-18 Streak (Takara Tomy, 2013)
MP-18S Silverstreak (Takara Tomy, 2014)
MP-18B Bluestreak (Takara Tomy, 2015)
MP-06 Bluestreak (Hasbro, 2015)
MP-18+ Streak (Takara Tomy, 2019)
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