Road Rage was an eHobby exclusive release from around the start of the 21st century. It was a repaint of the original Tracks molds which itself has it's roots, like a lot of G1 Transformers toys, in Diaclone. Originally some of the European release of Tracks figures were actually reboxed red Diaclone toys. But Tracks was meant to be blue in the Transformers fiction and so the oddity that was red Diaclone Tracks in a Transformers box became legit when eHobby released Road Rage.
Anyway, let's see what we have got.
|The standard Masterpiece box|
The ContentsThe box contains the usual plastic shell to hold the figure as well as the accessories. Sadly, unlike Tracks, you don't get a nice flight stand to go with the figure but luckily most Japanese flight stands work a treat and if you are lucky enough to have bought one of Takara Tomys new official flight stands then you will be rocking a 100% official display piece.
|You don't get as much as Tracks this time|
Personally I would love the wing mirrors to come attached to the vehicle to begin with. Trying to get them to sit securely in the holes for them is a challenge at best and an exercise in frustration at worst.
|Everything out of the box|
Vehicle ModeYummy. I am loving the colour of this figure.
|Visible undercarriage is fine by me|
|No junk in this trunk|
|Still Zoom Zoom|
Robot ModeThe transformation to robot mode is identical to that of Tracks. There isn't much to complain about it once you have done it a few times. In fact, when you become familiar with the figure you will find yourself switching modes in a couple of minutes.
|Balancing is not a problem for this figure|
|Look how much range those feet have|
Flight ModeSo let's discuss the sore point that is the lack of flight stand. Tracks got one. Road Rage didn't. A part of me thinks this is something to do with Takara Tomy releasing their own official Transformers flight stand but that may just be my paranoia creeping in.
It's certainly worth getting a flight stand because this figure looks lovely in that mode.
The DifferencesLet's take a closer look at the main differences between Road Rage and Tracks.
Firstly the face has been remolded to make it more similar to the original release and also more obviously feminine.
Compare this to the Tracks face sculpt to get an idea for just how much work was done to realise the Road Rage character facially.
It's really great to see Takara Tomy going to this length to differentiate the two characters.
Also, the thighs have been remolded to make Road Rage's more curvy and feminine.
Whereas Tracks thighs were kinda boring and traditional for a Transformer.
Once again, it's the little details like this that really make Road Rage stand out and not just another repaint.
SummaryFor me, Road Rage is a much better figure than Tracks in a lot of ways. I love the face sculpt and the remolded thighs. For some reason they seem to fit the figures better than the original Track face and thighs.
The colour scheme works as we as Tracks but I do wish the red was metallic like the blue on Tracks. That kind of finish really shines when seen through the lens.
A flight stand would have been a great idea - if Tracks gets one then why doesn't Road Rage?
Other than that, it's a buy from me. In fact it's a buy twice from me as I liked it so much I want to display one in vehicle mode and one in robot mode.
PostscriptI always take more shots than I need to let's take a look at some of them.
|Broadcast and Twincast|
|Something is not right here|
|Those damn wing mirrors just don't want to fit flush for me|
|Road Rage and Red Bobby|
You can buy Road Rage, Bumblebee Red and other Masterpieces at Masterforce