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Series: Botcon Exclusives
Allegiance: Decepticon
Categories: Deluxe Convention Exclusive
Year: 2010

I'll show you. I'll show you all!
Breakdown is kind of a nervous wreck. Ever since the other Stunticons were put in stasis after a pitched battle with Defensor, his standing in the Decepticon army has plummeted. He's afraid that without Menasor he's nothing, and that the only reason Galvatron hasn't destroyed him yet is because the Decepticon leader can't remember who he is. He's journeyed to Earth, hoping to track down and eliminate Streetwise, the last functioning Protectobot. If he can get revenge, he'll have proven his worth. Clench made Breakdown a forestonite test subject because he was considered completely disposable. The mutation enhanced Breakdown's sonic vibration ability, enabling him to focus and project powerful sonic booms from his robot mode arms.

Remarks: Breakdown is a repaint of the Sunstreaker/Sideswipe mold from Universe, so there isn’t a whole lot I can write here that I haven’t already written in those two reviews. Just some words on the differences. First of all, Breakdown got himself a new head, which is a good match for that of the original G1 Breakdown. The paint job, of course, has nothing to do with G1, but rather with a never-to-be G2 release and the history of Botcon. Let me elaborate.

In 1994 G2 was coming into full swing (such as it was). While the previous year had seen mostly repaints of G1 figures, the second year brought out lots of original figures. Maybe because of that (an official reason was never given to my knowledge) a planned release of repainted G2 versions of the G1 combiners Menasor and Defensor was cancelled (see a picture of the prototypes here. One of these cancelled figures, though, namely G2 Breakdown, was released at the 1994 Botcon as an exclusive figure, the very first of its kind ever. And so in order to celebrate this, 2010 Breakdown is decked out in the colors of the 1994 G2 Breakdown exclusive.

Whether or not you like the rather garish paint job is, of course, entirely up to you. Personally I like both the mold and the paint job a lot, so getting him was pretty much a must. Besides, there are never enough car Decepticons to go around. So the point of this rather short review is: If you’re in any way a fan of G2, the Stunticons or garish paint jobs, then Breakdown is for you. But good luck finding him for a decent price.

PS: If you want to know where those red blotches on Breakdown’s car roof come from, click here.

Rating: A
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