Saturday, September 3, 2022

Transformers - ROAD ROCKET!

Velocitron Speedia 500 Collection (Walmart) - Road Rocket - Hasbro 2022

Velocitron is a planet in the Transformers Universe that is completely focused on racing. It has been featured in comics, cartoons, and toys for years. I always appreciated the Velocitron stories because they coincided with a time when female transformers were finally becoming a consistent part of the storyline... not just a token pink character here and there. My mind associates Velocitron with Nautica, Chromia, Windblade, Override, and others - and I ate those stories up. Speedia 500 is a big ceremonial race that takes place on the planet and is the focus of this Walmart-exclusive sub-line. Road Rocket was introduced in 1995 and was traditionally a male character. I tried to figure out when the gender-swap took place and I honestly can't figure it out. At some point near the end of the Road Rocket wiki page, the pronouns change to "she" without explanation. This figure uses the Legacy Arcee mold with a new head. I read a blurb that the Takara designers wanted a "female ninja" and Road Rocket fit the bill.

Road Rocket comes with the same accessories that Arcee did: a translucent blue disc that can be mounted on her arms in two pieces or merge and held like a frisbee.

She also comes with a tire piece that splits and unfolds into some dual turbine-type weapons.

Time for some Comparison Pics!

Here is road Rocket with the recent Legacy Arcee. They share the same body, but different heads.


1 comment:

  1. The packaging she comes in is also the "open window, no plastic" type that Arcee came in, but luckily she's transformed in cycle mode, so kids can see IMMEDIATELY if the wheels are missing, like is what's happening with Arcee already in robot mode. Duh, Hasbro. Also... another Transformers fembot whose name starts off with "Road"?