Transformers Mudflap
Transformers Mudflap
Transformers Mudflap
Transformers Mudflap

One of the infamous twins from Revenge of the Fallen, Mudflap began life as the arse end of an ice cream van before getting an upgrade that at least meant he had his own alternate mode. Mudflap was - relatively speaking - the quiet one of the pair, though he did got ate by Devastator and won some awesome points by blasting out through the side of the massive Decepticon's face. He followed this up by shooting Skids in the face. Sadly, the film didn't let Mudflap show off his greatest power - the ability to disguise his upper body as the head of a giant orange animatronic frog.

Several toys of Mudflap were made, including two Deluxe figures - one of the ice cream truck mode (with Skids included) and one solo figure based on his later form. The latter has been given a truly stomach-churning touch-up as Tuner Mudflap, complete with gold robot parts. If you think the normal one is hideous, best not even look for pictures of the Tuner version. Oh, and there was a Legends version which seems to be completely two-dimensional.


Mudflap's vehicle mode is a Chevrolet Trax, a compact car. It's hideous, a disgusting little thing. It's not far off just being a generic small car but the devil is in the detail. That grey on the front is actually accurate to the prop car - some tit in a GM design studio actually thought colouring the front end below the bonnet in a totally different colour was a good move. Christ almighty. Add into that the bulbous headlights and lumpy front and it is a real mess of a car. Still, Mudflap is a generally accurate replica of this design abortion gone wrong.

Most of the join lines are at least in sensible places, around the ends of doors and the like, and others - like those on the roof - are fairly subtle. The copper-like tone is quite pleasing, which only makes the flat, dull grey parts stand out that bit more. However there are some nice details like the wing mirrors, rear headlights and personalised vanity plate - I've attacked the latter on some other figures but here it's a little less out of place. For a start the prop car also carries one, for another Mudflap is an idiot poser, and finally it just says 'Mudflap', not "1984 4 EVA" or "SH0CKWAV3 R0XX" or whatever.


Even by the standards of live action movie Deluxes, Mudflap has a complicated transformation. It takes some time to get used to, but even then can still be tricky - especially rotating the main features of the robot mode around so the upper side of the car can be put in place. It's rather disappointing that for all of this most of the Trax is still present on the figure's back, and even then only slightly deformed. Aside from the doors, the front grille and the rear wheels, most of the robot parts fold out from the inside of the car. Once you get to robot mode, Mudflap is pretty ugly - all sinewy limbs, kibble and that head design. It actually works better in plastic than you'd expect, and fits in with the general asymmetric look and, well, ugliness, but it's still not particularly attractive. The whole robot is so ungainly, even compared to a fairly ungainly CG model.

Posing Mudflap is made difficult due to the back-heavy nature of the figure and the way a lot of the kibble blocks movement. The legs especially have little use while the head can't be turned far without the shoulder-mounted doors blocking Mudflap's field of vision. Pressing on the chest causes the head to tilt forward, bringing to mind Mudflap's animated head movements from the film. One thing worth mentioning about the doors is a quirk of the CG model - in the film, these are treated as a moving part of the robot, staying flat across the shoulders when Mudflap is relaxed, but standing up vertically when he is in an agitated. This little mannerism can be replicated with the toy. Mudflap's other feature is located in his huge left fist (it's larger in the film too; God only knows why); closing this fist causes a missile launcher to pop out of the outside of the forearm. This is actually quite cool. It does come with a projectile, but this is the usual long 'energy blast' type and is best left off.


To date Mudflap is probably the worst live action Deluxe I own - though I've only really been collecting onscreen characters, and even then selectively. He just doesn't really come off, failing to be a fun toy (due to the annoying transformation and limited poseability) or even a particularly accurate version of the film character. Considering the prices Deluxes now seem to be (especially in the UK) he's best avoided, unless you have to own him to partner Skids. Like I do.