Dare to collect all of the various Transformers: The Movie figures as they spin off into different series and sizes! The latest character from the 1986 cinematic epic to wind up on an oddly small scale is Autobot Ratchet. We spotted this new pre-order over at the Big Bad Toy Store. He may have been killed off in the movie, but Takara Tomy is bringing him back. Although not in the most spectacular fashion.
Ratchet is still getting the shaft, even in this movie-specific toyline. He is part of the Core Class of figures, meaning he’s small. How small? 3.5″ to be exact. Sure, size may not always matter, but it does when you remember how big and thick his G1 figure was. Generation One Ratchet didn’t have a head, but he made up for it with a girthy accessory that acted like a battle station. And it fired rockets!
OK, I must admit that the original Takara Tomy Ratchet didn’t resemble the cartoon version. Not even close. It took a revision and eventually an entirely new toyline to finally get the Autobot medic to look anything close to screen-accurate.
Regardless, if you’ve been collecting the Transformers: The Movie series over the past couple of years, then it won’t matter. It sucks that he’s the same size as the recently announced Wheelie figure.
Let’s all relive the abrupt death of Ratchet, Prowl, Ironhide, and Brawn.
Jeez! I mean, the TF movie went all out with the brutality. That may be one of the earliest graphic deaths I can remember as a kid, except for a couple of anime movies I saw around the same time. Of course, Takara Tomy or Hasbro wanted to boot these characters off the production line, didn’t they?
What do you think of the new Ratchet? Should he have been part of the Voyager Class or larger lines of Transformers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.[Source: Big Bad Toy Store]