I will be calling him Runabout from now on.Usually when there's a Transformers name change it's because it isn't an official product and the company behind it fear Hasbro of suing them for all their worth. This toy is fully endorsed by Hasbro and the only reason he's not called Runabout is because at the last moment they couldn't get the trademark for that name so had to do a quick change on the packaging.
Runabout is a twin of the 'Battlechargers' back in the 80s. I actually own, but of course, both of the originals. When they announced that Runabout and Runamuck were to be the Transformers Collectors Club (TCC) exclusive toys for this year I was SO excited! Unlike people that I've been reading on boards and posts that they weren't going to sign up this year, I did. I do every year regaurdless of what the character is going to look like and be. It's a toy that only people that join will get. I see it as a rare toy that will NEVER see mass production and I have to have it!
The box that Runabout came in has a spot that can be removed to allow Runamuck to be placed in the box alongside Runabout. Of course none of my toys will ever return to their box, but if you are one that puts them away after, it's a genius idea.
Runamuck is the 'free' figure for joining the club and is already in my possession as of last week. Both are based on the pretty much universally LOVED Classics/Universe/Reveal the Shield/Henkei/Wheeljack mold. Usually TCC exclusives are simple repaints of guys no one really cares about. Last year it was Sideburn, I have 4 of the same mold now! But this time they've taken the extra step and invested in a new head sculpt. I'm finding it difficult to find anything at all wrong with this figure. I'm extremely happy with the Battlecharger twins. They look fantastic!
Me? I'm a Transformaniac through and through. I've been collecting for over 20 years and my collection is starting to outgrow "The Vault"! I collect, maintain and refurbish my Transformers and I am always looking for new (and old) ones to add to my 900+ plus collection. Feel free to check out my collection, as it's ever-growing and I'll be updating my blog with new Transformers as soon as I get them.