An end is in sight! Fansproject’s take on Menasor will more than likely see completion around late November this year when Diesel (not-Motormaster) is released. To celebrate this tremendous occasion I am going to review the one Stunticon that I skipped over, Down Force.
Down Force is the third Stunticon in the numerical set, and he is of course based off of Drag Strip. Now why would I skip him in the first place? Well the main reason was I wasn’t too fond of his transformation. I still hold no fondness to it because when I went to transform him for this review I cracked his windshield. This would normally drive me nuts because it’s a $60+ toy, but after sitting there and calming myself down I decided it wasn’t too big a deal. Sure there is always going to be a crack down his windshield, but at least I can just say it’s battle damage.
The first two robots in the series make his legs, and for all intents and purposes are the same robot with different colors. Down Force takes it in a whole other direction. There is no part sharing here, everything about this guy is different from what we got with Car Crash and T-Bone. He’s got little tiny purple feet that pop out in bot mode. He has a whole bunch of extra parts around his shoulders because there isn’t much space to hide the front parts of his formula car mode.
This front parts are also a little bit a detriment because they are very fragile. I’ve said before the transformation of the first two figures scared me, but Down Force takes it to another level. While I haven’t broken his little parts I did break the windshield, and its never fun to break an expensive little toy. This is also often why I leave Transformers (official and not) in their bot mode and don’t try to transform them too much. Too much can go wrong when you play with your toys!
I’m not mad about the break. It’s not that the windshield came off or anything, so I can just say he got some battle damage and leave it at that.
Down Force is still a really cool toy, especially if you have the other guys. His bright yellow stands out in the crowd along with his different sculpt. His price will make you wince a bit, but I suppose if you are a veteran of “third-party transforming robots” you won’t bat an eye.