Transformers Zoom Out 25X
Transformers Zoom Out 25X
Transformers Zoom Out 25X
Transformers Zoom Out 25X

Another member of the Real Gear Robots, Zoom Out 25X was unique, due to being... well, unique. His was the only mould not to be recoloured - for some reason the mobile phone mould got two recolours instead.


Zoom Out 25X turns into a digital camcorder much like Armada monstrosity Laserbeak. Okay, not much like it - Zoom Out 25X's smaller size meant he didn't have to be orange to avoid being confused with a handgun by overzealous pistol-toting US policemen.

Sadly the pay off is that, like Longview and High Score 100, Zoom Out 25X seems too small. I guess some boffin probably has made a camcorder this size, though it presumably wouldn't have very good quality playback. A flip-up viewscreen on the side reveals some tiny painted controls, plus a picture of some nobody from Cybertron on a sticker. The only real weakness is that Zoom Out's head is visible on the opposite side of the camera, albeit folded away.


Zoom Out 25X transforms in a relatively simple fashion, the main shape of the camcorder remaining unchanged and effectively spouting a head and some limbs.

Sadly the arms seem like something of an afterthought. The way the shoulders rotate on the barrel of the camera is great; the way they're completely out of proportion to the rest of the design not so much. Indeed, unless you line them up in just the right fashion they're basically invisible. There's also a weird folded plate on his chest, unconvincingly full of healthy fresh air - seen in profile, Zoom Out 25X looks very strange indeed. It's a shame because he has some good articulation and a wonderful headsculpt - both his massive left eye and the general comic book square-jawed look are a bit like something by Nick Roche.


Ultimately Zoom Out 25X falls short of the mark. There's the germ of a really great figure in here somewhere but it's almost as if the designers got very close to the deadline before realising the thing wasn't going to work out, then had no time to go back to the start and were forced to patch up what they had so far. The result isn't an outright bad figure but certainly a flawed one. There are four or five better Real Gear figures to get ahead of Zoom Out 25X.