Transformers Nightbeat
Transformers Nightbeat
Transformers Nightbeat
Transformers Nightbeat

Nightbeat is a favourite character of mine, the original dreadful toy being given a thoroughly enjoyable Phillip Marlowe-inspired persona by Marvel UK writer Simon Furman. Sadly the original toy was probably about as good as we're going to get for Nightbeat - the Classics interpretation was a half-arsed recolour of the mediocre Energon Hot Shot figure, and exclusive to the official Collector's Club to boot.

As if that wasn't enough of an indignity, Nightbeat's name has obviously been tagged onto a list of trademarks Hasbro want to hang on to so the name's been given to a pair of Minicons (as it happened, the worst mould of the lot), a Real Gear Robot recolour and now this - a completely arbitrary heartless recolour of the Scout class Dead End figure.


So Nightbeat is saddled with the ugliest car mode yet seen in the live action toyline (against some pretty stiff competition). The thing is now rendered in blue - darker and closer to the real Nightbeat's colours than the stock photo pictures make it look, I'll grant you - and it is a slight improvement over Dead End.

There are also some modifications to the paint applications - the markings on the doors are moved back, show up better and have that silly black stripe removed - with instead some black being sprayed on the front. Not sure what's meant to be. Also,the engine block is rendered in silver only and they've even stumped up to put lights and a number plate (which obviously reads "NGTB34T" because Hasbro put morons in charge of this sort of thing). Not sure about the yellow lights, though. All in all it does look a bit better (and a bit less like a knockoff) than Dead End but with this car mode it's like polishing a turd.


Sadly those bits on the bonnet are just as likely to ping off when transforming. As you can see in the pictures, I've fiddled with the robot mode a bit to differentiate it from Dead End - there is at least a little leeway to the mould in this regard and the basic robot mode's so terrible it doesn't look appreciably worse.

The robot mode is less of a success as you just can't picture such a ghoulish looking chap being an Autobot, let alone Nightbeat, and you get almost angry at Hasbro for even trying. He looks rather bland as a robot, the silver head just not really standing out. I'm not even sure what colour to call his forearms and feet - gold is probably what they were aiming for, but the result is rather manky. It is, in short, a terrible robot mode either way.


Nightbeat is an underwhelming recolour of an awful figure. The colours don't come off and the arbitrary reuse doesn't have any personality. The design still just screams Decepticon. Don't play Hasbro's game and tell yourself this is a proper Nightbeat figure - we've all got to draw the line somewhere. I got the guy for free and still feel like a fool.