I got these on Amazon for a super low price. I am glad is was so low, because most of them are terrible.
Protectobots 3-Pack – Emergency Response
First Aid, Groove and Streetsmart. These three Protecobots are repaints of Prime Series Figures.
First Aid: A repaint of Ratchet (Prime), he is no where near as dynamic a character as the original. I was really excited to be getting a first version of Ratchet, as the original has some great transformations. He looks okay in vehicle mode. A little bit white.
Here is where things really fall apart for First Aid. Firstly, he is very white. He has the same detail paints as Ratchet, but with them all being blue, he is a very stark white color.
The real problem comes with his legs. For some reason, when they made First Aid, they remade the knees in rubber instead of the hard plastic. What we end up with is a very drunk First Aid. He cannot stand up straight, or he starts to sag under his own weight. Ugh!
Even his knives are wonky. They were shoved in a section of the box that was too small, so the tips are bent.
Nothing beats the original. He is better in all aspects.
This was the guy I was really after in this set. I love Smokescreen, and I was so happy when we finally got him under the Beast Hunters subgroup. And then we got another version of him as Prowl with a new head.
Well, following the police theme, Streetsmart has Prowl’s head. Just like with First Aid, Streetsmart is awfully white. He has just a few touches of blue here and there. Some red really would have helped him out a lot.
Boy is Streetsmart white. Even compared to the mostly white Smokescreen, it is apparent that even a few touches of color here and there would have helped a lot. I mean come on! Even the G1(1986) version of Streetsmart had red on him.
The worse of the 3-pack. A repaint of Arcee, this is basically just Arcee with some white paint here and there. When “He” is transformed, it is really just Arcee. The Legion Class figures are the smallest and generally the lightest on detail, but there were parts on this one that were falling off.
The entire cowling of the motorcycle on Groove’s back fell off. It was missing something to hold it in place. No wonder I passed on the Legion Arcee the first time around.
There you have it. Streetsmart is pretty good, if not a little too white, First Aid is a drunk with wobbly knees, and Groove is a lady-bot. Even with all of the problems, you can’t beat the $12 on Amazon for these three.
Protectobots 2-Pack – Evac Squad
Hot Spot and Blades. These two could not be more different from one another. Hot Spot (Repaint of Grappel) is a big burly crane truck. Meanwhile, Blades (ROF Blazemaster) is a skinny little helicopter. I think the problem with this 2-pack that was better in the 3-pack is that these two are not from the same Transformers lines. One was from the Generations line, while the other is a movie figure. It starts to really show a difference when they are in robot modes.
I am a huge fan of the Solar Storm Grappel. He sits on my nightstand in my bedroom. The only Transformer with that prestige.
I was excited to get my hands on another version of him, as the Generations blue Hot Spot is still eluding me.
This version of Hot Spot is really close to the original except for the crane instead of a water cannon. I think a guy named Hot Spot should be a fire truck, not a crane, but oh well.
We had a great version of Blades back in the 2008 Universe series. This is not that Blades. This is a horrendous attempt to get a helicopter, and they reused Blazemaster, who was a horrible robot too.
Just look at this guy. Top heavy, with a sunken head, arms with no hands (though he does have thumbs), and chicken legs with little toes. Not even the blades on his arms would decide which direction they should face. This is NOT a quality piece. He is being transformed back into the helicopter where he will probably remain for the rest of his days.
Hot Spot, win. Blades, lose. At least this set only cost about $13 on Amazon, and it looks like the price is going down. So $13 for a Voyager Class Hot Spot is pretty good all things considered.
So, if you see something you need, head over to Amazon. They are both being sold for less than half the price, and it makes for good deals if there is one you really want in each set. Just be warned, they are not great sets, and there are some real stinkers in here.