Transformers Meantime
Transformers Meantime
Transformers Meantime
Transformers Meantime

Meantime was a Decepticon Real Gear Robot and one of the only two designs not to be produced as an Autobot. Unlike the other - Zoom Out 25X - Meantime did get a recolour - another Decepticon named Midnighter XR-4, made up if various shades of grey. The mould was prodigiously bootlegged by the Chinese counterfeit toy industry.


So, Meantime transforms into a digital wristwatch. It's a bit of a shame it's non-working - surely there's space in there for a simple quartz watch? There was for that Kronoform chap from the eighties after all. Maybe it would have set a precedent for the series that they couldn't possibly follow for the digital camera, the handheld video game and so on.

Meantime stands out among the Real Gear figures as being the only one who doesn't really convince in his alternate mode. While the limbs being used for the strap is a noble try, they just look too much like robot limbs. The head is also quite plainly visible above the watch face as well. The colour scheme is a bit horrible, but then I guess you probably can get disgusting sports watches in this sort of style so I can't argue there. Incidentally, even my incredibly slender malnourished wrists are too big for Meantime to properly fit - the two ends of the strap can connect, but there's about an inch of healthy fresh air between them in the second picture. However if you do feel the urge to wear the feller with pride, the joints on the 'strap' are stiff enough that getting them three-quarters of the way around is enough to stop the little Decepticon from falling off.


The transformation follows a similar pattern to Power Up VT6, with the legs swinging down in unison to connect at the waist, pushing the head up and bringing the arms into position. However the less blocky construction makes this less obvious than on his dodgy team-mate.

The robot mode itself is rather neat. Even the weird shoulders fit nicely while an excellent head sculpt (with what looks like a very nasty little smile) adds a lot of personality. There are joints all over the limbs, and the relatively small torso (and big feet) give him a really nice range of movement. The only real fault are the hollow arms - they can be rotating to de-emphasise this problem, but not without negating the elbow joints and making the hands back-to-front. The colours work beautifully in this mode and the overall impression is of a nasty little piece of work. And in winning sculpting detail of the century, he has a tiny little version of his watch mode moulded on his left wrist. You can't wear him, but he can. Meantime is taunting you. He's evil.


For simple straightforward fun, Meantime is probably the best of the Real Gear Robots. His design isn't as smooth as Longview in robot mode or as realistic as Spy Shot 6 in alternate mode, but he's got a lot of personality. A great little figure.