When Transformers stopped in America, it briefly went from strength to strength in Europe with 1990-1992 seeing the line extended with reissues of older figures (notably select Autobot cars as Classic Heroes, some of the Dinobots and the first couple of batches of combiners), recolours of Japanese exclusives (the Motorvators Gripper, Lightspeed and Flame, while two-thirds of over-rated Jafanboy totem Liokaiser were recoloured as the Autobot Rescue Force) and even brand new figures.

This meant that the European "G1" line blended pretty much straight into Generation 2. One of the ranges of new figures were the Turbomasters released in 1992 (best known outside the US through Thunderclash, who was recoloured as Optimus Prime for Machine Wars, and for their belated appearance in the abortive War Within - The Age of Wrath comic series). The leader of the smaller Turbomasters was Boss. The figure was also released in Japan for the 1992 Operation Combination line, renamed Mach Road and issued in a double-pack with the Destron Flare Jet (sold in Europe as Snare).


Boss has an interesting car mode. It seems to be very much modelled on the Batmobile from Tim Burton's films, which is nice. It makes for a markedly different vehicle and it's a good-looking divergence - I really like the lines and the colour scheme. As with most later Transformers toys, it's a bit plasticky and cheap - rubber tyres would have made it even better. The colour scheme's pretty good as well, even the pink windows working nicely.

However it's a shame that the missile launcher couldn't be made with the barrel in light blue and the muzzle in dark blue, rather than vice-versa - this undoes the decent fist that's been made of hiding it on the car mode. All of the Turbomasters incorporated their missile launchers into their alt modes but none of them need it quite as vitally as Boss - if you get him without a missile launcher, the car mode looks dreadful what with a chunk of the front half just not being there.


Like the other small Turbomasters, there's been an effort to put a couple of twists into the transformation sequence (compare this to the Japanese-originated Motorvators released around the same time) which is nice. The robot mode looks rather impressive, with a sharp head design (including an early version of the transparent back, allowing sunlight to filter through the eyes) and good proportions.

Articulation isn't superb, limited to the arms, knees and waist, but Boss looks very impressive. He's also very sturdy. The figure displays nicely and is equal to most others from this era.


Overall both modes are good, and Boss is a good addition to any collection. The best of the Turbomasters, Boss is probably the most successful figure from the European "Generation 1.5" line. He's also fairly easy to find in Europe and a complete one can be found for somewhere between £5 and £10. In America, he might be a bit harder to come across - best bet is to find a European seller on ebay who ships worldwide, and just fork out the extra for shipping. He's worth it.