BT01 Smokescreen as Subaru Impreza WRC 2003 (8/03)
Solberg / Mills
Makinen / Lindstorm
BT02 Lambor (Sideswipe)
as Dodge Viper SRT-10 (12/03)
Streak as Subaru Impreza WRX (3/04)
Hound as Jeep Wrangler (03/04)
Dead End as Dodge Viper Competition Coupe (07/04)
Tracks as 2004 Chevy Corvette Z06 (08/04)
Tracks 2004 as Blue Chevy Corvette Z06 (11/04)
Smokescreen GT as Subaru Impreza WRC 2004 (09/04)
Solberg / Mills
Hernoven / Lehtinen
Meister as Mazda RX8 (9/04)
Meister as VRM Edition Mazda RX8 (9/04)
Convoy (Optimus Prime) Semi-truck Cab (12/03)
Smokescreen came in a very nice scale die-cast car style
packaging. There were two variants of BT-01 Smokescreen; one
depict car #7 and another car #8 of Subaru Rally Team.
Both toys were identical with the exception of some decorations.
the year 2003, the Autobots are slowly being destroyed by a powerful
corrosive rust set upon them by the evil Decepticons. With Megatron and
his troops advancing and the humans increasingly in danger, a final,
desperate project is put into action - human created Transformers. Thus,
the newest Transformers are born via a new technology: Binaltech!
toy came with full color booklet that details the features of the toy
and instruction on how to transform the vehicle into robot mode.
transformation process can be a bit tricky at first but became very easy
after couple of tries (though not recommend for younger children as the
toy was obviously aimed at older collectors).
released a cheaper alternative to Takara Binaltech die-cast
version as Transformers Alternators. The Alternators had the
die-cast body parts replaced with molded color plastic parts.
The toy was mostly identical to the Binal-Tech version but
without the heavy feel of die-cast toy and the sheen of die-cast
body. (Alternators version felt almost like a plastic
model-kit version of the Binal-Tech die-cast ca). Alternator came in a slightly
larger box than the Binal-Tech. The packaging was much simpler
without any die-cut details and the instruction was just just a
plain mono-color sheet like other US Transformers toys.
of 2003, Takara released the first figure in the Binaltech series -
Autobot Smokescreen. In vehicle mode, Smokescreen disguised as realistic
looking Subaru Rally Team Impreza WRC 2003 race cars. The car
featured super details paint job with working doors, trunk and hood and
even semi-realistic interior. In this mode Smokescreen can almost pass
as a 1:24 scale die-cast car model of Subaru Impreza. The die-cast gave
the car realistic looking finish something that could not be done with
plastic and also gave the toy very solid feel. Takara released two
version of Smokescreen, one version was based on car number 7 of Subaru
Rally Team which was driven by Solberg and Mills team and car number 8
which was driven by Makinen and Lindstorm.