At the tail end of the 2011 Takara-Tomy Transformers United figure line, a special recolor of the Autobot Special Ops Jazz mold was made available as a mail away figure if you bought the Japanese Transformers Generations 2011 volume 1 Collector’s book by Million Publishing. This figure was Stepper, a niche character known to Western fans as Ricochet. Originally a Japanese exclusive G1 Targetmaster repaint of Jazz, Stepper was brought to the US shores 17 years later as part of the Toys R Us Commemorative Series redubbed as Ricochet with his Targetmaster partner Nightstick. Now that we’ve covered some basics about the character, we can step into this review and find out if this modern update of a niche character warrants its hefty exclusive price tag.
Now I can’t claim to know anything about the Battlechargers, having never owned either as a kid. (and from what I’ve heard I’m better off for that) But when I saw that the planned Transformers Collectors Club exclusives were going to be those very figures I got excited. Not so much because of who they were, but of the molds that they were being redecoed from. So let’s take a moment to look at the first of two TFCC exclusives, Runabout(Over-run).