Series: Impossible Toys From beginning to end, I am behind every great story
A mech who can be found telling tales over infused energy ale to eager receptors, best describes Boostor. A veteran of a thousand battles, Boostor is known well for his exploits both before the Tetras and after. This reputation led Banshee to recruit Boostor to be a member of the Elite Class Tetra Squadron (E.C.T.S.). Once re-imagined into a Tetra Squadron member, a new upgrade of Quadra Amp engines was installed. These engines produced a reverb effect that makes visible waves in the air. The color they produce changes upon the intensity of Boostor's emotions and colors have different effects on Boostor's targets. Red will cause self loathing, blue induces a paranoid state, yellow is hysteria, and orange is known to cause beings to lock up in a panic. These effects combined with Boostor's reputation makes for an imposing warrior. The sound of Boostor's engines makes some foes just lay down and wait to die while others flee.
Boostor, or Boastor as some call him, is known as a fake and as a killer elite hero. His reputation is true, no matter what is said; as he is a fake, and he fears those that do not fear him. He mocks and gloats over those that he kills with ease. A coward or hero, both serve him well as it allows Boostor to be underestimated and feared all at once, which is what Banshee wants. As Boostor becomes more feared and popular, it allows for Banshee to conduct himself without watchful eyes. Boostor knows his weaknesses and what is expected by Banshee. Live or die, truth or lie, none of these matter as he is a legend. Boostor will continue to play the role he has to and will enjoy the fame and kills along the way, for even Banshee underestimates the power of fame and propaganda. Boostor will be the greatest story teller, but he is also becoming too big for Banshee to control, which will soon bring the tale of Boostor to an end.
Legal stuff first as always. Boostor here is not a figure released by Hasbro or Takara-Tomy and thus not officially a Transformer. Heís from Impossible Toys and clearly meant to be the Decepticon Seeker Thrust, but for legal reasons he canít be called by that name.
Boostor and his Tetra Squadron mates are supposed to portray the Decepticon Seekers in their original form on Cybertron, as seen in the original G1 cartoon pilot and several later episodes. Which is a very thankless task, mind you, seeing as the Sunbow animators somewhat cheated by having all the Transformers in their Earth-vehicle-based robot modes already, even though they still transformed into alien alternate modes. Given that, it was pretty much unavoidable that Boostor and his mates would end up being shell-formers.
So yes, the robot as such heavily resembles G1 Thrust, except for the big wings and other kibble on his back. Basically the entire outer hull of his alternate mode is there, a big three-point piece that serves as the back of the aircraft, as well as the wings which form the sides. The result looks surprisingly good, though, as the big kibble parts are only really noticeable if you look at the robot from the back. From the front you do notice that he looks a bit different than your standard G1-style Seeker, but not much. So in terms of trying to create a figure from the (very difficult) animated template, Iíd say mission accomplished.
As for the figure itself, Iíd call it the good side of average. Articulation is good, but short of great. Look and detailing are good, but not spectacular. Boostor has got the appropriate conehead, the arm cannons, and the chest design one associates with a Seeker. So the bottom line for the robot mode: pretty good and accomplishing what it set out to do. Not a revelation, but good.
Boostor transforms into a three-sided flying pyramid, basically. The proper term is Tetrajet and itís an alien aircraft that manages to look very cool and sleek, I must say. It takes quite some doing to line up everything and get all the panels clicking together properly, but the result looks pretty spiffy and could easily be at home in any given science fiction movie of your choice. The arm cannons go on the wing tips, a second set of smaller cannons is sculpted onto the hull, and everything fits together quite well. The craft has a landing gear as well, though getting the front wheel out requires very small fingers or some kind of tool for an aid. So all in all, a very good-looking alternate mode, no complaints here.
The few Impossible Toys I had in hand had their ups and downs when it came to quality. Boostor is somewhere in the middle. He is mostly pretty solid despite feeling a little fragile (especially those wrap-around wings), but he has at least one very glaring weak spot in the hip, where a single screw holds him together. The plastic casing of the screw is already bent on mine, so I donít plan to transform him very often. So not nearly as bad as Valkyrie
, but below the descent quality of the Alicon
The original G1 cartoon showed us only very few pre-Earth alternate modes (in the first two seasons anyway) and, as mentioned above, usually left the robot modes unchanged. Since then weíve seen quite a few toys with pre-Earth / Cybertronian modes, but I think the Tetra Squadron might actually be the first to do it in G1-styling. That said, the Tetra Squadron were the swan song of third party company Impossible Toys, as they closed down shortly afterwards. The press release stated:
"This is due to weak pre-orders sales on the Tetra Squadron. We anticipated higher but it appears we no longer have the support from the fandom we used to."
So basically, itís the fault of the fans. Shame on you, fans. Anyway, a better explanation might be that Impossible Toys vastly overestimated the market for toys that adhere strongly to the original G1-style aesthetics, rather than the current Classics/CHUG-style figures Hasbro is banking on. As I write this review the Tetra jets are on clearance pretty much everywhere, which is also the reason I bought this one. I found the idea very interesting and wanted one in hand, choosing Boostor out of the seven available models was more or less incidental. Bottom line: a very nice idea, decently realized, but lacking the kind of mass appeal Impossible Toys was banking on, I guess. Recommended to G1-fans who can find it at clearance (pretty easy right now).