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ZAP

Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Categories: Axxelerator
Year: 1993


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The fastest trooper in the force. A super-speed information gatherer, zooms ahead of the battle to bring back an ulta-accurate report on the terrors to come. As a vehicle, he's long and lean with a dual purpose engine/defense module. As a robot, this firepower becomes unbeatable in his hands.



Robot Mode: One of the best-looking robot modes of the twilight years of Generation 1 in my opinion. Zap has an awesome head sculpt, including pink light-pipe eyes and very intricate details for his size. The color combination of blue and orange fits very nicely and is nicely accentuated by some black and purple. As a G1 figure Zap certainly isn't a particularly bendy fellow, but with knee-, elbow- and shoulder-joints he does do a lot better than some other G1 (and later) toys I can think of.

As an Axxelerator Zap's gimmick is his engine, which becomes a gun in robot mode. The engine/gun is chromed and looks decent in both modes. Not the most exciting gimmick ever, but personally I do prefer subtle ones over those who completely take over a figure's design. So the bottom line is: Zap is one of the best robots of the "European" Generation 1 series I've seen so far.

Alternate Mode: Zap transforms into a mostly-orange sportscar with an exposed chrome engine block in the center and blue markings on the hood and sides. The windows are colored a vivid pink, maybe not the ideal color, but it doesn't really hurt the vehicle mode any. Despite being a G1 toy, Zap has the G2 Autobot symbol on his windshield and on top of the roof. For more on that, read the remarks below. Oh, and in case you don't know what the symbol means, his allegiance is also spelled out on the windshield. Could have done without that.

All in all Zap certainly doesn't have a revolutionary vehicle mode, but everything fits together very nicely, there are no obvious robot bits, and the car looks cool. So no complaints here at all.

Remarks: Zap's history in-media is very short. He appeared in a crowd scene in IDW's Arcee Spotlight, as well as another crowd scene in Dreamwave's G1 Ongoing series, issue 3, that's it. His real-world history is a bit longer and more interesting/confusing. Zap originally came out at the very end of the "European" Generation 1 toy line, along with his fellow Axxelerators. Those toys already sported the G2-style faction symbols, but lacked the Generation 2 name on their packaging. That was in early 1993. Later that year the G2 toyline began in America, where Zap was given the unfortunate name of Windbreaker. Windbreaker featured smoky grey windows and eyes instead of Zap's purple, but was identical apart from that. In 1994 Zap was released in the UK in G2 packaging, but the toy itself was the "pink version", not the US "grey version". So basically you have three different versions of this figure in two different lines and with two different names.

Interesting backstory aside, Zap is a good, solid toy that steers clear of the drop in quality that was rather common in those years. One can endlessly argue whether he belongs in G1 or G2, but wherever you put him, he's a very decent fellow. Certainly not a revolution and lacking any sort of character-recognition, but definitely one for fans of obscure Transformers and good, solid robot fun.

Rating: B+



 
Tags: - Autobot - Axxelerator - Car - Generation 1 - Hasbro




Included Figures: User Rating: Accessories: Other Versions of the Mold:
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Engine Gun   
Generation 2 Windbreaker (1993)
Generation 2 Zap (1994) 


Published 08.02.2010
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