Transformers Bluestreak
Transformers Bluestreak
Transformers Bluestreak
Transformers Bluestreak

The fourth figure in the Alternators series was the first retool in the line - though, as any nerd worth their salt will tell you (and probably in italics and a general pedantic, superior tone), technically Smokescreen - who premiered the line - is the retool. The Subaru Impreza figure was originally designed as Bluestreak, but Hasbro and Takara decided the rally version made a better opening gambit.

As the original Bluestreak had shared a mould with the original Smokescreen, it made sense he got to be the road-going Impreza. The figure was released as Streak in Binaltech as per the original figure's Japanese title, while in the West it became Silverstreak due to a long-standing (but since resolved) trademark impasse. But yeh, it's Bluestreak, we all know it.


Bluestreak's often been the 'vanilla' member of the Datsun trio, notably in the original Transformers release where he was stuck with a flat silver scheme compared to Prowl's police colours and Smokescreen's superb racing scheme. Since then, there's been an attempt to pep him up a bit, with the anime-accurate reissue of the original (since carried over to the Universe toy) and an original box-art inspired blue/silver Spychanger toy. However, the Alternators version sticks to the original all-silver scheme. Fortunately, the tone used is bright and vibrant, and results in a lovely clarity and simplicity.

The Impreza's tooling has a few minor differences - a smaller spoiler, an extra pair of headlights, a licence plate (with just a simple Autobot symbol on it), different wheel hubs and a modified grille and roof. The result looks very nice, but with a couple of problems. As with Jazz and Grimlock (and many transforming cars of a lighter colour) the silver greatly exacerbates the join lines, while the red robot mode parts in the back really stand out - it's a shame that they didn't make the seats red as if this was intentional, though that might have looked a bit weird. Generally, though, it's a good-looking car mode.


Bluestreak's transformation is obviously identical to Smokescreen's - a good thing, considering it's an excellent sequence with few problems. Hooking out the connections for the steering rack without popping the arms out of their sockets takes a little practice, however. And the resulting robot mode is superb - that big car front chest, the doors, the wheels on the back of the elbows, the reversed rear car halves as feet complete with rear windshield covering the shins, the roof on the back, not getting in the way but still very much there. It's a great look, and I could never work out why animation models for the original removed most of this stuff and gave Bluestreak such a bland look.

The colour scheme works fantastically well in this mode too, with the red and black breaking up the silver, though there is some odd gold-tinged paint on the head and the tops of the thighs. This is apparently not uncommon - I'm not sure if it's discolouration or a production issue, but it doesn't actually look bad. The head is a new tooling, the only difference from Smokescreen bar the colour scheme (and, naturally, the parts that carry over from the car mode), and a very good reproduction of Bluestreak's original head, but more rounded and three-dimensional. It makes a surprising amount of difference, looking sleeker than Smokescreen's head - an interesting throwback to the original animation models.


Bluestreak is a terrific figure in both modes, with an excellent colour scheme, great engineering and excellent play and display value. I'm not sure whether he's better than Smokescreen - I flip-flop between the two on a daily basis. This is more a sign that both are pretty damn close to perfection, and if your personal aesthetics don't come into play (street versus rally colours) you could do a lot worse than just buying both - if any Alternators design deserves a double purchase, it's this one.