Transformers Hubcap
Transformers Hubcap
Transformers Hubcap
Transformers Hubcap
Transformers Hubcap
Transformers Hubcap
Transformers Hubcap
Transformers Hubcap

Hubcap was released as part of the otherwise-untitled 2010 Transformers line - the series was split up into several promotions including Hunt for the Decepticons, which covered intended movie-verse figures. So Hubcap came under that unofficial (but widely used) sub-series name and is thus being reviewed here and in the same sort of mindset used for live action figures. Mindset? Oh yes!

He's a Scout Class figure; the range had been introduced for Revenge of the Fallen in place of the Basic price point with highly variable results, ranging from the excellent (Ransack) to the God-awful (all the other ones). Nevertheless having seen his alt mode I made Hubcap one of my few purchases from the line.


That alternate mode is a 1930s-style coupe, the same area of inspiration as the Super Gobot Super Couper in 1986 and all four Generation 2 Laser Rods in 1994. It's a nice change from contemporary cars and military hardware in much the same way Ransack was - I like my non-screen cast to use a bit of imagination rather than basically repeat the same ground covered by existing figures. Was there really any point in coming out with another motorbike or two when there are already three on-screen? While nicely designed and very solid, Hubcap's vehicle mode is something of a contradiction.

On the one hand, it's really nicely detailed, with the grille, lights, front bumper and hot rod exhausts all well-sculpted and picked out in silver - Hell, even the hubcaps are painted, which seems like a Diaclone-esque bit of swagger from this side of Dark of the Moon. Presumably Hasbro feared the cosmic irony of having a character named Hubcap having unpainted hubcaps, and thus adverted the LOLocaust. However, the main scheme (flat red) is surprisingly dull. This was a cast iron (well, cheap plastic) excuse for Hasbro to go mental with the paint applications and stick some flames or something on and yet he's nearly all red. Daft.

Of course, where Hasbro cut corners is where third party manufacturers help. In the case of Hubcap, the redoubtable ReproLabels.com have stepped in. They've produced a set of labels inspired by the Generation 2 Laser Rod Volt - a gold grille and black and gold flames for the bonnet, roof and doors. It really tops the figure off nicely, neatly solving the one design problem. As well as jazzing the toy up it also effectively makes the figure a Classics Volt for collectors to boot. Excellent stuff.


Like most Scout figures, Hubcap has a relatively simple transformation - it's one that was largely copied by Reveal the Shield Windcharger, actually. For those who don't know Windcharger was another Scout-class Autobot red car in the 2010 line. Good work, Hasbro. To segue a second here, Hubcap's the one who probably should have given way and been done in, say, black as Windcharger's always been red. Hubcap does have the advantage of not being made of plastic so dodgy you can see through it however. But anyway.

The robot mode is slick, and like many of the original HFTD designs blends elements from the live-action aesthetic with those of the Classics/Universe style. The result is interesting - it's impossible to imagine such a simple design quite working as a CGI model but at the same time he works fairly well alongside on-screen toys. The figure has good balance and articulation for its' size as well while remaining sturdy - the all-round friendliness of the design makes him one of the better figures for kids from the movie-verse (obviously apart from stuff like Fast Action Battlers and the like) or a good starting point for fans new to them. The two-tone grey robot mode parts, paint applications and the location of the grille serve to break up the red as well and the end result is a very fun minimal-hassle figure.


In a way it's something of a boon the figure overlaps with Windcharger in some respects - movie fans can snap up Hubcap, G1 fans can get Windcharger. There are worse things than having both however, and if there's a live-action figure that can live alongside Classics, it's Bludgeon. But after Bludgeon, it's Hubcap (even if he looks nothing like the original Hubcap). The bland vehicle mode deco is the only real fault for this enjoyable toy. Now, let's have that Super Couper redeco, please Hasbro. With flames.