Posted By Xanathis
Binaltech Shockwave KO Review
Posted by: Xanathis
Date: January 15, 2010

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The Transformers Binaltech (Alternators in America) toyline was a more collector oriented line that primarily ran between 2003 and 2006 (with a couple late releases in 2007/2008). The main draw of this line was the fact that each transformer was a 1:24 scale model of real, licensed vehicles. This review features a knockoff of Shockwave based on the Mazda RX-8 from A&L toys’ Conversion Metals Car line. He runs in the $15 to $25 range before shipping.

Shockwave comes in a cardboard box with plastic windows which would make for nice displaying if you want to leave him in the box. The back of the package advertises A&L’s offerings showing the five Transformers that they’ve got knockoff molds for.

Opening him up, the box comes with Shockwave in car mode and an instruction sheet. The first thing you notice is that he’s rather heavy. Being faithful to the Binaltech line, he’s got a lot of metal parts to him (the American version Alternators line were made of plastic only).

Shockwave makes a nice looking and pretty accurate rendition of the Mazda RX-8. Looking at him, you can tell he’s a knockoff as some of his parts and joints don’t fit or align quite as well as they would on a real Transformer. He’s got real rubber tires and rolls smoothly in car mode. A&L has several different versions of this guy in terms of paint job, with this being a racing version. The paint application is all rather good and the only bad spots I’ve found are some minor flaws in the lettering.

Just like the real version, they made his muffler part detachable and can transform into his gun. The underside of the car does show his arms folded up, but the rest of it does a good job concealing the fact there’s a robot lurking within.

The hood can open up to reveal the little bit of molded engine. The doors can also swing open to show the car seats as well as the front console area. They did some nice detail work putting in the steering wheel, shifter, and various gauges and gadgets to make it look like a car interior.

Instructions show the name of the toyline and indicate this is #13 of the line. A&L is a bit blatant with the fact that they’re ripping off Takara by the picture they put on the bottom right of the sheet with Shockwave in robot mode and lettering for “Binaltech The Transformers” behind him. I was impressed with the instruction sheet. It is two-sided and details both how to transform him into robot and vehicle mode, which is the first time I’ve seen a company do instructions for both ways (something I always wished Hasbro/Takara would do). The steps are quite detailed and with english words which made transforming him pretty easy.

Here he is in all his robot glory. Shockwave’s robot mode is impressively similar to the original with purple cannon hand and a clear eye that allows for light piping. His joints are all nice and tight, some being ratcheting joints, which makes for satisfying transforming. There’s quite a bit of articulation to be had with a ball-joint neck allowing for rotation and tilting of the head, full arm movement in the shoulders and elbows, waist rotation, sideways ratcheting hips, ratcheting knees, and ankle rotation. The one hand he has also has articulation with the pointer finger being one joint and the rest middle through pinky fingers being another joint. There’s a hole in his hand that his muffler gun can peg into.

Overall, this is a very impressive knockoff by A&L. If they had made some of the parts line up better in car mode you almost wouldn’t be able to tell that he’s a clone. I can wholly recommend him as one of the best quality Transformers knockoffs I’ve encountered.

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