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by yo go re

Considering that Arcee was cut from the movie because it would take too long to explain why robots have genders, the movie toyline sure does have a lot of girls in it.

Dedicated to Megatron and the Decepticon cause, Decepticon Fracture is a dangerous enemy. She is totally fearless, and probably a little bit crazy, as she dives directly into any battle, regardless of the odds. Although she carries a powerful negative energy blaster, she prefers to use the seismic energy dischargers on her feet to smash the surrounding earth to pieces. Any battlefield on which she walks shudders with the force of her steps.

Fracture, here, was not intended to be a movie figure. The original plan was to put her (as well as the other two bots that shipped at the same time) in the new Classics line-up, but Wal*Mart wanted some more exclusives, and whatever Wal*Mart wants, Wal*Mart gets. So Fracture may be in the movie packaging, but make no mistake: she deserves to mingle with your Classics collection.

A repaint of Classics Mirage, Fracture is a sleek F1 race car - an appropriate choice, considering the character's origins. The car is 5¼" long, and the paint scheme is based on a real Russian Formula One racer, but she doesn't have the sort of jokey stickers that Mirage did. Fracture's only decorations are the number 1 on the nose and doors, and a silver Decepticon logo. The wheels roll freely, and the cockpit is a smokey brown.

The instructions are the same for Fracture as they were for Mirage, of course, but her origins are much different. In fact, "Fracture" isn't even her real name: they wanted to call her "Crasher," but couldn't get the rights. Why Crasher? Because she's specifically intended to be an update of the GoBots character. Not an homage, not just a re-used name, an actual update. The bio paragraph is pretty indicative of her personality and abilities, but probably underplays just how completely bolt-batshit insane she is.

Fracture began life as a digital recoloring by Hasbro designer Joe Kyde, based on a fan suggestion. There are some substantial differences between that and the toy we eventually got, but you can still see the connections between Fracture and Crasher. They even gave her a pink face and black-rimmed eyes, just like on the Challenge of the GoBots cartoon. No red lipstick, though.

There have been no changes made to Mirage's mold to create Fracture, so that means you get all the same strengths as weaknessses here: that means some odd proportions (huge legs, tiny head) and major kibble (the wheels behind the shoulders), but also one of the most playable toys around. Articulation is plentiful, and the big feet mean she can hold a dyanmic pose pretty well. She's still armed with a gun - in this case, a "negative-energy blaster" - made from the car's nose. Of course, if you want her to rely on her feet rather than her weapons, like on the old show, the blaster can store on her back.

Crasher isn't the first GoBot to be updated into an official Transformer, but she is the first available at a major retailer (even as an exclusive). Six were available as redecos from online retailer e-Hobby, and one of those, Bug Bite, was also given the Classics treatment for BotCon 2007. Crasher was a race car, and the original toy's color scheme was blue and white: just like Mirage. The cartoon (and a later repainted re-release) is what turned her black. Her original name may not have been available, but with Fracture, it's nice to see the GoBots finally getting some love - especially since it gives everyone who missed Mirage a second chance to try this excellent figure.


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