Transformers Longview
Transformers Longview
Transformers Longview
Transformers Longview

Another of the Real Gear Robots. Like Meantime the mould used for Longview also got used only for one faction - the recolour Farsight T-20 was another Autobot, rendered in blue and grey. Also like Meantime, Longview got to have a simple name without any random letters and numbers added - lucky boy.


He turns into a high-tech set of binoculars and - along with Highscore 100 - Longview is one of the more obvious not-to-scale devices in the line. Whereas Meantime is obviously scaled to a child's wrist and Zoom Out 25X has no particular fault with being as small as he is, the only human eyes Longview could comfortably accommodate would still be in the womb.

Which is a shame as he's quite nicely rendered. The yellow with black trim works for something like this, while some effort's gone into the detail - the lenses do just about work, though it's a pretty blurry view. A view screen can flip up from the top of the binoculars, displaying (on my Japanese example; the Western one uses some random Cybertron guy) a promo model of Bumblebee overlaid with some graphics. Cute, though you have to wonder why exactly he's spying on another Autobot.


Longview has a very good transformation - it's possibly the most complex of the Real Gear Robots without becoming fiddly. It points to the figure being planned as a 1:1 set of binoculars about 30% larger and subsequently downsized, though it doesn't work against Longview - he just stands out compared to simpler figures like Power Up VT6.

Longview's robot mode looks fantastic. Even if we take him as life-size in this form, even at 4" tall he looks like he means business and I wouldn't chance things in a fight with him - he's a binocular ninja. Using the lenses as extended shoulder pads is a great little flourish, and the head cast is superb - the visor nicely implying his optical prowess is retained in robot mode, and an excellent grim look on his little face. There are no weak points either. Longview also has fabulous articulation with the limbs and main body completely free of useless kibble getting in the way, while the joints on the feet grant him excellent balance. It really is a marvellous feat of engineering on the part of Hasbro or Takara or whoever to get such a stylish, dynamic robot out of such a compact alternate mode.


To describe Longview as the best of the Real Gear figures would be to damn him with faint praise. To compare him solely to similar-sized figures like the Revenge of the Fallen Scout Class would be similarly flawed. He's one of the best figures from the whole live action line to date and in and among the best toys in 25 years of Transformers. Neat and businesslike in binocular mode, poised and dangerous in robot mode and cheap to boot.