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POINTBLANK

with Peacemaker

Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Categories: Targetmaster
Year: 1987


Be brief of speech and long on action.
He's a somber, no-nonsense sort, weary from millions of years of war on Cybertron. Believes words can do more harm than weapons, so he has few to offer. Understands the reason for the Autobot-Nebulan alliance, but disapproves of it. Peacemaker, his stereophonic sonic blaster, is a Nebulan law enforcement official who's trying, but failing, to persuade Pointblank to be more accomodating



Robot Mode: Pointblank is a robot of about Deluxe-class size and if you didnít know he was an Autobot, his choice of colors pretty firmly puts him into that category. Lots of red, pale blue and white. Once again itís that exact shade of red that doesnít photograph well at all, but thatís another topic. Overall the colors look very good on pointblank and the general build of the figure looks pretty nice as well.

In terms of posability Pointblank, like many figures from that time, is a mixed blessing. From the waist down heís a statue. Oh, he can bend his knees, but only both of them together as part of his transformation, which doesnít lend itself to any poses. From the waist up, though, heís almost a contortionist by G1 standards. He can twist his hip and both arms are almost fully articulate, including twisting wrists. Sadly he canít turn his head, but for a G1 figure he bends pretty well.

For a weapon Pointblank carries his Targetmaster gun (more on that below), which looks a lot less bulky on him than other TM weapons do. Additionally he carries the spoiler of his car mode, which you can interpret as either a shield of an additional gun. So all in all Pointblank is a good, solid Autobot from that age with no real flaws.

Alternate Mode: By 1987 most of the Transformers had abandoned realistic alternate modes in favor of more futuristic ones, befitting the more science fiction style adventures of the Transformers seen in seasons 3 and 4 of the cartoon series. Pointblank is no exception. His alternate mode is a red sports car, but with a definite futuristic touch to it.

There isnít a whole lot I can write here. The car looks good, no robot bits are visible, and the Targetmaster gun can be mounted on the roof to provide firepower. Sadly the Targetmaster figure canít ride inside the car, but thatís something all Targetmasters share. So all in all a good, solid car mode. No complaints.

Partner / Add-On: As a Targetmaster Pointblankís weapon is actually a separate figure, the Nebulan Peacemaker. Now letís leave aside the question why a member of an alien race would be named after an Earth-made pistol. Peacemaker is a pretty standard Targetmaster figure, little more than a statue that folds in half to become a weapon. Heís a more streamlined weapon than most other TM figures, less bulky, but thatís pretty much the only outstanding thing about him. Better to leave him in weapon mode.

Remarks: Pointblank was one of the many characters introduced in the final 3-part episode of the Transformers cartoon series, ďRebirthĒ. Like most of the new guys, he didnít say or do much, his appearance little more than marketing. His role in the comic books from Marvel wasnít much bigger, so Pointblank is still waiting for some kind of defining in-media appearance.

To me Pointblank completes my trio of Autobot Targetmasters (along with Sureshot and Crosshairs) from 1987 that were not re-issues of previous figures. Despite his lack of character, heís a good toy without any real flaws and looks great. Not a must-have, but nevertheless recommended to all G1 fans.

Rating: B

   






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Published 14.06.2010
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