Review by Desastron:
Series: Generation 1 Reach for the stars, but never leave your friends.
Lonely in outer space... relieves boredom by scaring humans by hovering over their backyards at night or zig-zagging through meteor showers. Can achieve Earth orbit, even go to the Moon and back with enough fuel. Acts as communications satellite... optical sensors can see bicycle at 600 miles. Has pinpoint accuracy, high-powered particle beam. Not well-suited to function on ground as robot.
In the original series Cosmos was one of several secondary characters that kept appearing in the latter seasons over and over again. I donít remember exactly when he first appeared. I do remember a rather spectacular crash involving Sky Lynx. Now and again this little guy here flew across the screen, but he was never what youíd call a main character. I have to admit, though, that Cosmos was one of those characters that appealed to me from the moment I first saw him.
Cosmos is a Generation 1 Minibot and as such he is not exactly big. In fact heís tiny. Heís shorter than todayís Legend class figures.
Thatís not necessarily a flaw, of course. Cosmos wasnít among the big guys in the series, either. What does grate a bit, though, is his lack of posability. In fact he can barely move at all. His arms can be twisted backwards in theory, but thatís for the transformation sequence and not for enabling Cosmos to pull off poses.
Even worse than the immovable arms are the legs, or rather his feet. They are only hinted at, barely, and are actually a single, inseparable plastic block.
As far as detailing goes, he pretty much delivers what youíd expect of a figure this age and this size. There are some nice highlights here and there, as well as sculpted fingers. He doesnít have an actual face, though. Then again, that pretty much pertains to his cartoon counterpart, too, who didnít have the most expressive of faces, either.
Overall Cosmos looks very compact, mostly because he consists almost exclusively of rounded elements. It gets funny, though, when you look at him sideways, because Cosmos has a very prominent romp, which makes him look like a tiny, green penguin.
You canít really call this figure either ďgoodĒ or ďbadĒ, because you canít judge the Minibots by the same standard as other Transformers. Myself, I think heís kinda cute.
A short transformation sequence turns Cosmos into a... hubcap? Well no, not realy, Cosmos actually turns into a flying saucer. Which is the unexpected highlight of this little figure. Because this UFO is modelled after all those pictures of flying saucers that may or may not be real.
Whatever the case, I really like the idea of having a Transformer that turns into a flying saucer. And Cosmos does look pretty much exactly like his (probably not really existing) role model. He isnít exactly any more detailed than he was in robot mode, but he does have tiny little engines, which are made from Cosmosí fingers. Isnít that something?
Itís hard to rate Cosmos objectively. For a collector heís certainly a nice little addition to the G1 cast. For those more focused on the modern figures heís probably not very interesting.
If you judge him by todayís standards, there is no way to give him a good rating. In this case, though, Iím not using any sort of modern standard. Cosmos is an extraordinary figure due to the idea behind him. Maybe the actual figure doesnít have that many qualities, but his alternate mode alone makes him an innovative piece of Transformers history.
Iíll give him a C-
Tags: - Autobot - Generation 1 - Hasbro - Minibot - Science Fiction Vehicle