Transformers Power Up VT6
Transformers Power Up VT6
Transformers Power Up VT6
Transformers Power Up VT6

Another member of the Real Gear Robots, Power Up VT6 was initially released as a Decepticon, before being recoloured as the Autobot Hacker X-3.


Power Up VT6 turns into a handheld video game - apparently it's not modelled on a real-life model for copyright reasons but if you're like me and your computer game experience stops at Championship Manager 2 this won't be much of a problem.

There are some nice touches such as the overall look, the moving direction pad and action buttons and the stickered screen (Western releases were lumbered with another Cybertron image; I ended up with a Japanese one showing Barricade leathering Optimus Prime in a beat-em-up game - a subtle reinforcement of Power Up VT6's allegiance) but there's also a cheapness not found on the other figures - the head is obvious thanks to the huge hole on the top, while the purple feet really stand out on the top corners.


Everything about Power Up VT6 is faintly disappointing actually. The transformation is very simple, basically involving the two sides of the console swinging down, a gearing mechanism bringing them down in sync while also raising the head.

It sounds a lot neater than it is as the gears have a habit of jumping out of alignment, leading to a frustrating time trying to force them back into place so the figure can work. Once that's done it's just a case of positioning the arms. Once you're there, the robot isn't anything particularly interesting to look at either. The screen dominates the robot mode but the figure doesn't really carry the look off. The purple and green seem like random highlights and don't complement the grey and black at all, instead just looking tacky and arbitrary. The legs are two blocks with hollow shins and can be a pain to clip together. The articulation isn't too bad, but then decent articulation really is bread and butter for Transformers in the 21st century and other figures match it without looking so dreadful.


In summation Power Up VT6 is by far the weakest of the Real Gear Robots. Some of the others have problems but there's nothing as blandly awful as can be found here. The simplistic robot mode and gimmicky transformation suck out all the fun and it's one of the few occasions when the Cybertron roots of the series can be seen in the engineering side.