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It’s times like this that I wished I was a more hardcore Transformers collector over the past several years. One thing I’ve always loved doing with my G.I. Joe reviews is doing team shots or comparison shots, and when it comes to Streetwise, there’s nothing I’d love more than to do a shot with him and Transformers: Generations Prowl standing side by side or back to back. I think this character and Prowl would work really well together (if you can ignore the fact that Prowl is kind of a dirtbag in the current IDW continuity).
Streetwise has a lot of fun elements that tie to his fellow police officer, from the red trim on his great new head sculpt to the black and white echos of color in his sleek sports car alternate mode. Granted, in car mode, he has much more blue trim than black, but in robot mode, the black and white offsets definitely lead me to think back to Prowl. We’ll see Prowl in Combiner Wars form soon enough, but honestly, I have more nostalgia for the classic look. Maybe I’ll get him some day.
Putting the focus back on Streetwise, he’s another great addition to the Combiner Wars brand featuring a really fun looking sports car police car mode, again leveraging the tooling from a Stunticon – this time Dead End/Brake Neck. There’s enough new tooling on the outside that the police car itself looks nicely different from the other two vehicles, and I am in love with the white and powder blue paint scheme. The transformation works really well, and leaves no robot pieces visible, looking like an excellent speedster police car, capable of chasing down any rogue Decepticon.
Like Dead End and Brake Neck, the transformation is relatively simple and quick, which is a piece of these Combiner Wars figures that I love. While some folks might complain that too few core figures are being used with a lot of re-shelling, I love the fact that so many figures share the same essential transformation mechanism. It makes it really easy for n00b’s like me to change modes.
In robot mode, Streetwise has the great black and white color scheme, with a nice helping of red mixed in, which helps tie him to some of the other Protectobots well. The team based color scheme has always left me scratching my head a bit as we see reds, whites, blues, and blacks, with no real unifying color pallet tying them all together. Streetwise probably comes the closest to using the majority of these colors together, and the result is a very appealing looking robot. His articulation is fantastic, too, with a ball-jointed neck, shoulders, and hips, along with very nicely poseable elbows and knees. In fact, the elbows are double jointed, which enables him to reach some very cool poses in robot mode.
In spite of really knowing nothing about Streetwise as a character, this figure is a ton of fun, and one of my favorites of the Protectobots team. The vehicle is sleek, the robot is fun, and the transformation from one to the other is quick and seamless. I also really love this silver shotgun, it suits the character quite nicely.
A sleek and powerful police car, Streetwise hits the streets in defense of his fellow Autobots. A great black, white, and blue paint scheme reinforces some great design aesthetics and a really fun robot mode. Even as a reshelling of two other Combiner Wars characters, Streetwise shines!