Growing up, Prowl wasn't a very big deal to me. He was a one of the Datsun Brothers - who I've always called the Twisty Brothers because they, you know, twist at the waist, but that's about it. As far as I can tell, Prowl only did two things of note in The Transformers. The first is stand in formation while Prime yelled "Autobots, transform and roll out!"
|Loyal soldier, wearer of wedges. Pic from tfwiki.net|
The second and most interesting thing that Prowl did? He died. Prowl died a fiery, senseless death. And in the process he gave me my favorite hair metal song.
|Tool of a power play? tfwiki.net|
Thankfully, through each iteration of a Transformers comic, this personality has pretty much been kept. He's calculating, analytical and doesn't have any kind of a sense of humor. It's funny, it's as though Furman read his tech spec and all other writers agreed. Kind of odd how that all worked out.
Prowl has received his fair share of Generation 1 figures, including an Action Master, Binaltech, Alternator, and a Classics figure. Not bad for someone that the mainstream audience probably best remembers for dying from Scavenger's shot. While the original Prowl figure is incredibly awesome, every other release thereafter has been something of a disappointment. Action Master Prowl doesn't even have his distinctive door wings! Classics Prowl's doors seem to fall off when you look at them and let's not even get into the head sculpt on that thing. But now, now we have TakaraTomy's seventeenth entry in the Masterpiece line.
Man, that looks like it was ripped straight from the cartoon. Look at those side mirrors!
|"I said pull over! Now!"|
That's enough of the car mode, outstanding as it is. Let's look at robot mode.
Will you just look at that? The door wings are actually angled up! Prowl's transformation is pretty close to a combination of the G1 and Classics figures. Most importantly - there's actual waist twisting involved as part of his transformation scheme! Overall, he's pretty faithful to his animation model, right down to the head sculpt.
|Devastator's future head|
The cannons are based off of Bluestreak's cannons from the show and not from the toy. If you're really into having chromed, missile tip cannons, you can always order the Amazon Japan exclusive version which comes with one cannon. You can get another when you get their exclusive release of Streak later this month. Hopefully a full set of two cannons will be available to order from BBTS or another online retailer.
One thing that was very important to me was Prowl's feet. Maybe that's two important things. At any rate, I was concerned that the rear wheels were going to fold under the feet or be obscured in some fashion. Any pictures that I saw online never really showed if this was the case or not. Thankfully, the wheels are there, where they should be. I'm not sure why this was of such great concern to me, but I'm glad to have them there.
Prowl is a stunning figure. His adherence to his animated model, blended with a transformation scheme that is reminiscent of his original and newer transformation schemes makes for a must have figure. I find myself unable to wait out the next few weeks when MP-18, Bluestreak is released. This is going to feel like an eternity. To tide you over, why don't you check out these extra pictures below.
|Everyone is in scale in this shot|
|Prowls on the prowl. Zing!|