Transformers Bluestreak
Transformers Bluestreak
Transformers Bluestreak
Transformers Bluestreak

By 2005/6 Alternators and Binaltech had set off in two different directions. While Takara were pushing loli hentai via Kiss Players Hasbro were salvaging what they could and putting out semi-random recolours. This meant both lines were getting totally different toys - not just the detail stuff from earlier years, but even some different characters. Japan got Red Alert, Blaster, Hot Rod and the Autorooper; the West got Decepticharge, Swerve, Rollbar, Ricochet and Camshaft. A more cynical reviewer might suggest that Hasbro's policy was largely to slap generic trademark names not strongly associated with any well-known character on uninspired redecos to pad out the range but it should be noted that at least Rhode Island's finest didn't bundle their figures with statuettes of preteen girls in suggestive poses.

The true Camshaft is the second-best of the Omnibots (or the best if you're Japanese). Since then the name's been somewhat mistreated - it ended up on a transparent purple recolour of the awful Ford Thunderbird Spychanger and then a dreadful Bluestreak-themed recolour of the 2007 Swindle drone. Indeed, the classiest thing the name's been involved in Transformers-wise since 1984 is a bit of gentle sex talk between Sam and Mikaela in Revenge of the Fallen.


Camshaft's alternate mode is an Acura NSX. It's a retool of Prowl - well, more of a detool as the only change made has been removing the lightbar from the top. The scheme has been changed to a flat grey not unlike the Omnibot and the simple tone actually works. It's a nice shade of grey rather than the dull absence of colour seen on Dark of the Moon Sideswipe and other recent 'grey' toys. The NSX isn't a bad shape either, a tasty little coupe.

Detailing is largely good, including the usual opening bonnet/doors while the boot can also open (though they do just contain a pair of robot feet). There is another one of those hilarious custom plates (reading CAMSHFT) sadly. Perhaps more annoyingly the simple grey/black scheme means the glimpses of blue robot mode parts under the front wheel arches and in the boot really stand out. It's not like there's any real need for blue robot mode parts when it comes down to it, but more of that in a minute.


The mould has one of Alternators' more fiddly transformations. The rear end that forms the legs is fluid, borrowing much of the layout from the Mustang mould (it was the best bit of that one too). The front end is more of a mess largely down to a counterintuitive pair of arms that have to be moved out incrementally while the doors and bonnet have to be moved into place in a similarly frustrating fashion. But that's not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that Camshaft is a half-arsed Bluestreak homage. Sure, hoping for another Omnibot homage to sit alongside Overdrive would be a bit optimistic, but did we really need another take on Bluestreak when the line already has a great one? The inspiration here seems to be the blue-tinged Diaclone Fairlady-Z variant used for the original figure's box art. The result is not so good - the blue has been added almost at random, resulting in a figure that looks one of those knockoffs that are close to the real thing until the sweatshop workers get bored and throw in another primary colour just for the Hell of it. The result is the figure doesn't look much like Bluestreak. Just to add to the mess the geniuses at Hasbro have put the detailing for the upper shoulders on the back of the arms where no-one can see them. Good work, chaps.

Deco aside, the robot has a passable built that at least stands out compared to the other moulds in the range but is far from perfect. The biggest problem are the legs which just don't look natural in most poses and thus have to be kept slightly apart and straight most of the time. Poor knee joints don't help either, neither do the ankles being shrouded by the legs. Adding to Camshaft's problems are a weak pair of weapons - one of the line's less convincing 'engine with a barrel and a handle' effort and a blue version of Prowl's police baton because, y'know, there's already zero thought gone into this guy so whatever.


Camshaft falls firmly between two stools. He's not a good Camshaft and he's not a good Bluestreak, so what's the point? The Acura mould isn't terrible; it's not particularly good but it's probably ahead of the Mustang and Viper and not too far from the Honda. However, it's better to get Prowl if you fancy trying it rather than this rather desperate recolour.