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Armada Wave 1
Longarm is, appropriately enough, a crane. With a foldable lifting arm, an articulated hook and a rotating turret, Longarm is pretty much everything that you could hope for in a miniature transforming crane. To transform him to robot mode, just fold up the lifting arm and flip the cab to form the feet. In robot mode, Longarm is articulated at the shoulders, hips and (very loosely) knees. His faction symbol appears in the center of his chest.
In vehicle mode, Red Alert is an SUV-style rescue vehicle. He is predominantly white, grey, red and transparent red, with blue, gold, mustard-gold and black details. His Autobot symbol appears in the center of his hood. Compared to past Mega-sized Transformers, Red Alert is quite large and sturdy, with a very high grade of plastic and free-rolling wheels. The vehicle mode is solidly locked together and feels like it could hold up well to Tonka truck-style play.
Vehicle Mode Features
Transformation to Robot Mode
Flip down the rear side panels of the vehicle, then swing open the front doors. Swing up the roof and lock it down to the robot back. Separate the legs, rotating the rear panels to the sides. Rotate the lower legs 180 degrees and flip out the feet and heel supports. Turn the doors so that they face up and unfold the robot arms from beneath. Flip up the head, compress the neck, fold the windshield into place and youíre done!
Huge compared to traditional Mega-sized Transformers, Red Alert adds a significant amount of blue to the vehicle colors. With his splayed legs, wide shoulders and stern expression, he looks rather superheroic. Although his feet are sculpted for a wide stance, his legs can be straightened -- doing so, however, causes the panels on their sides to run into the large electronics backpack. His left arm has no hand, ending in a stump with a hole at the wrist.
Despite a very large backpack made from his vehicle modeís roof, Red Alert is pretty well articulated. He boasts universal joints at the neck, shoulders, hips and knees, double-jointed elbows, bicep swivels and hinged ankles.
Robot Mode Features
Red Alert is a remarkably tough and sturdy toy. Although his legs donít have a lot of room for movement, thanks to the electronics pack, he boasts quite a lot of posability for an early Armada toy. His action features are very well executed, and the lights and sounds are a great bonus (although it would have been nice if the emergency lightbar alone flashed, rather than the center of the large transparent red section on the vehicleís roof). Worth noting is that the instructions do not demonstrate or even indicate the voice feature at all.