Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

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Buried Treasure - Emergency Mini-Con Team (Armada series - 2003)

By Nekoman

The Mini-cons are something that are starting to be forgotten in the Transformers franchise. The current Universe line has updated Jolt, and offered a set of Mini-cons exclusively to K-Mart stores, but that would be about it. Mini-cons are really cool, and in some cases probably the closest things to Transformers accessory sets this fandom may see for a long time (well, as far as official products go anyway). So that’s why I’m looking at the Emergency Mini-con team, a set that is truly more than meets the eye.

Each of the three figures included in this set have three modes. Firebot Transforms into a fire engine, a robot (surprised?) and a missile pod. Prowl the police car has the third mode of an blaster/gun, and Makeshift transforms into a V-22 Osprey and a twin barrel gatling gun. Out of the three, Firebot is definitely my favorite, so I‘ll start with him.

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

Let’s look at his fire engine mode. It’s pretty simple, but detailed. There’s even a small translucent hose in the front of the truck. He has two Mini-con ports to combine with a larger figure on top of him. Unfortunately their positioning is a little poor, and he is not as flattering when combined in this mode.

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

His robot mode is nice, it's well detailed and articulation is good for a figure of its size. He doesn’t have any hands, but what appear to be guns in their place. Thus, he has a little more firepower than the average Mini-con or small-sized Transformer. A creative touch if you ask me.

There’s lots of little mechanical details that garnish this mode. There’s also good use of different colored plastics and paint applications. Little things like his visor, and chest details get painted, which makes him look less bland.

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

Now in missile pod mode he’s truly a gem. Transforming him into this mode is rather simple. You push his arms down, which also moves the position of his Mini-con ports, then fold him in half. Now the positioning is much better for his Mini-con ports. He looks just like how a missile pod should, and not much like a fire engine. Simply plug him onto any Mini-con port and voilà, extra firepower for any Transformer (with the Mini-con ports, of course). He’s pretty much an accessory like this, but I think that’s exactly what makes him so interesting.

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

Onto to Prowl, he has the vehicle mode of a police car. Again, he’s detailed, but the translucent blue doesn’t blend well. It works, but I would have preferred a solid color instead. Regardless, the color scheme goes together pretty well, and the blue plastic is dark enough to not be that noticeable.

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

In robot mode he’s pretty good. Not as interesting as the other figures included in this set, but nice none the less. He has ball joints in his shoulders, and hinge joints in his legs, so he can pose pretty well. I somewhat dislike that his head is one piece with his upper body, but he does plenty to make up for it.

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

His third mode is a gun, and this is how I like the figure best. He can be held by any Transformer with 5mm holes in their hands, so he’s not limited to just figures with Mini-con ports. He looks better as a gun than he does as a robot, and I find him most useful in this mode. His head is as stated above, one piece with the part of him that becomes the barrel of the gun. This makes his face somewhat less noticeable, which is nice.

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

Then last but certainly not least is Makeshift. He transforms into an Osprey helicopter in vehicle mode. It’s well detailed and the propellers even spin. The cockpit is painted silver, and there’s even this neat little emblem on his rear wing. There’s not really any kibble in this mode and he looks clean.

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

In robot mode he almost looks imposing, which is a little uncommon for an Mini-con. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the little things, but it’s sort of the same with the Generation 1 Mini-bots. Bumblebee for example isn’t the least bit imposing, but this guy is different. He’s real bulky in some aspects and the fingers he has adds to his badass-look. He’s just not that “innocent little guy” most Mini-cons/Mini-bots come off as.

His articulation in this robot mode is decent, with joints in his fingers/claws, shoulders, and kind of in his legs. Unfortunately, his legs are pin joints that only bend to the sides, meaning he can’t strike too many poses. But he looks good enough in static poses to make up for it anyway.

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

He also transforms into a gatling gun as stated at the beginning of this review. While not quite as recognizable as say, Firebot, it’s still an imaginative and detailed alternate mode. There’s many little orange details that can be seen here, it’s nice that they went trough the trouble of making him so detailed in this mode. As a weapon, he works as that nice little bit of added firepower, perfect for an larger figure.

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team
(Armada Emergency Mini-Con team with 2004 Universe repaints)

Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team

All in all, this is a set Mini-con collectors should pick up, and more casual collectors should carefully consider. These three Mini-cons are loads of fun that compliment very well the larger figures you might find in you collection.

Links:

Visit the Makeshift gallery by clicking here.
Visit the Firebot gallery by clicking here.
Visit the Prowl gallery by clicking here.
Visit the Universe Makeshift repaint gallery by clicking here.
Visit the Universe Firebot repaint gallery by clicking here.
Visit the Universe Prowl repaint gallery by clicking here.
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Credit(s): Nekoman


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Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (886742)
Posted by Electron on February 19th, 2009 @ 4:12pm CST
finally a review i agree with, i luuuuuuuurve these guys, they've got such practical use's

i use firebolt as henkei primes shoulder missle barrage attachment, sits on him quite nicely and the reds are pretty much the same

prowl as wheeljacks gun, i like to think wheeljack invented prowl, his sort of mad scienist experiment

and makeshift goes on armada prime as the gattling gun attachment

i hope hasbro make some more practical minicons

great review guys :grin:
Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (886747)
Posted by Firebird on February 19th, 2009 @ 4:31pm CST
Makeshift is actually one of my favorite Mini-Cons. I actually used to attach him to the Requiem Blaster.

Nice review Nekoman!
Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (886754)
Posted by Dread_Wing on February 19th, 2009 @ 4:44pm CST
Nice review.

Triple-changing targetmasters? Very cool. I bought a few minicon teams but never saw that one. :(
Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (886797)
Posted by zero-kaiser on February 19th, 2009 @ 6:01pm CST
Awesome review Nekoman :APPLAUSE: I wish I had these little guys.. I love Mini-Con's with weapon modes..

Hopefully I can track these guys down one day :)
Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (886811)
Posted by soundwave13c on February 19th, 2009 @ 6:31pm CST
yeah i remember when i picked these up when they first came out and was surprised at how cool they were compared to the other teams of the day!

Ahh... brings back memories of Armada! :D


p.s. great review!
Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (886814)
Posted by Overcracker on February 19th, 2009 @ 6:41pm CST
I love this set. I have the Armada and the Cybertron Repaints of these guys and they are fantastic.

I also have a couple of the Japanese repaints of Prowl, though not of the other guys.

You have to love a police car that turns into a Gun
Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (886828)
Posted by Scaleface on February 19th, 2009 @ 7:21pm CST
I really like that set too. Good review.

The Mini-cons are something that are starting to be forgotten in the Transformers franchise. The current Universe line has updated Jolt, and offered a set of Mini-cons exclusively to K-Mart stores, but that would be about it.


Not to be too picky, but how about the Mini-Cons that come with Universe Vector Prime and Heavy Load?
Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (886867)
Posted by Powermaster Prime on February 19th, 2009 @ 8:31pm CST
had these guys last week.they are sure fun.they look really nice on megalo convoy aka metroplex IMO :)
Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (886988)
Posted by ShGarland_1383 on February 20th, 2009 @ 3:17am CST
Scaleface wrote:I really like that set too. Good review.

The Mini-cons are something that are starting to be forgotten in the Transformers franchise. The current Universe line has updated Jolt, and offered a set of Mini-cons exclusively to K-Mart stores, but that would be about it.


Not to be too picky, but how about the Mini-Cons that come with Universe Vector Prime and Heavy Load?

Repaints (I think) of the figures they came with back in Cybertron.

Not counting the new sculpt of Hot Shot's Jolt, the last new mini-cons to come out were the 3-packs that came out during Classics, which I believe were the same that got repainted into the K-Mart set (some of which since got single-carded for places like Big Lots). I agree with Nekoman; Mini-cons are starting to be forgotten. That bothers me because, while there really isn't really a place for them in Animated or the movie-verse, IMO (in spite of the TRU-exclusive repaint of Armada Red Alert), there could at least be more of a presence than Jolt, the K-Mart set and a few repaints. Quite a few figures perhaps, but the majority repaints, and the only truly new figure is a new sculpt of one of the originals. (Oh, wait...don't leave out the TRU-exclusive reissue of Unicron; the in-package chaos-bringer holds Dead End in his left hand, as i remember.)

Nekoman wrote:His third mode is a gun, and this is how I like the figure best. He can be held by any Transformer with 5mm holes in their hands, so he’s not limited to just figures with Mini-con ports. He looks better as a gun than he does as a robot, and I find him most useful in this mode. His head is as stated above, one piece with the part of him that becomes the barrel of the gun. This makes his face somewhat less noticeable, which is nice.

This point about Prowl is a big part of why I wish there would be more truly new mini-cons. Figures like Prowl and Over-Run (super-con Optimus Prime's mini-con) can supplement older collections by becoming weapons for older figures that have lost their weapons and can hold the mini-cons in weapon mold. (The same can be done for larger figures, like combiner teams and voyager-scale figures, using combiner weapons like the Star Saber and Requiem Blaster.) No fair calling foul if they do a single-carded reissue of Over-Run, either, not after they gave super-con Optimus the "Galaxy Force Optimus" deco and released it with a cyber-key replacing the mini-con.
Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (887003)
Posted by Scaleface on February 20th, 2009 @ 5:37am CST
Yes, the Mini-Cons from Vector Prime and Heavyload were repaints, but so were the K-Mart Mini-Cons, and he mentioned them, so I figured repaints were fair game.

The only new mold we are getting so far for a Mini-Con is Jolt, nothing else has had a new mold since Classics, and those were leftovers from Cybertron who were stuck into Classics.

Also, the movie Longarm from TRU Inferno was a Mini-Con. It's been rumored he was supposed to be a Universe toy, but TRU wanted to cash in on the movie line, so he became the ONLY Movie Mini-Con (a repaint from Armada)!
Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (887046)
Posted by Hip-Hoptimus Rime on February 20th, 2009 @ 8:41am CST
Great review, my thoughts exactly! This was the first M-C set I ever bought, and it's still my favorite. The weapon modes are excellent, and they really pump up whatever lucky figure gets to brandish them.

Mini-Cons rule, weapon modes or not. :APPLAUSE:
Re: Buried Treasure Review - Emergency Mini-Con Team (887849)
Posted by Gandalf on February 21st, 2009 @ 5:17pm CST
Nice review!

I think this is the only Mini-Con team I got aside from the blaster, Dark Sabre and shield teams.

I actaully like the clear blue on Prowl. In weapon mode, I extend both of his arms to get a sort of crossbow look.

Makeshift is my favorite of the three. He is one of the shortest Mini-Cons, yet he looks tough.

I can't get him to fit on Armada Prime's gun though, like in the pic. The peg on the gun is too short.

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