Transformers Speed Dial 800
Transformers Speed Dial 800
Transformers Speed Dial 800
Transformers Speed Dial 800

Speed Dial 800 was the mobile phone Real Gear robot, based on an aborted Cybertron design rather than the more animalistic cellphone robot seen briefly in the 2007 film. The mould holds the record for most recoloured Real Gear figure, with a red Autobot version named Highline 1070 and a smart black/red Decepticon called Wire Tap V20 both using the same mould.


While all the Real Gear Robots are supposedly 1:1 scale in their alternate modes, not all of them are particularly convincing. Speed Dial 800 is however one of the better ones, being just the right size for a mobile phone.

The result is quite convincing, with a neat flip-top design that fits about right alongside your head. The detail is pretty goo, with thorough paint apps on all the buttons, a camera lens on the back, as well as a sticker showing a screen. The colours are nice and it's well made - even if none of the buttons move, which is something of a shame. I guess that's the payoff for all those paint applications.


Speed Dial 800 has a fairly simple transformation, basically involving folding the screen of the phone over behind the keypad before moving a few bits into place.

It's not a bad design, though the two remaining chunks of mobile phone are pretty hard to ignore. He suffers from the same hollow shins ailment as Power Up VT6, though it's not quite as pronounced here. It's actually more or less optional which way round you face the legs, though I prefer the configuration shown. The use of the camera lens as part of Speed Dial 800's face is surprisingly effective too. There's some nice articulation in the arms, though the legs are more of a qualified success and the figure is a bit too back-heavy to make much use of what there is. Despite his faults Speed Dial 800 is pretty cute, and the colour scheme works nicely.


Speed Dial 800 isn't the best of the Real Gear Robots, though his alt mode is one of the best from the series. He's a little simple, though there are some nice touches. He's just not quite as dynamic and/or imaginative as Spy Shot 6, Highscore 100 or Longview. However it's largely a well-executed figure, and is a great toy to pick up cheap from the range.