Overdrive is one of the Omnibots (a subgroup trio of obscure nature whom were available via several mailorder premiums offered during the 80's). In my youth, I'd decided to obtain all of the obscure mail-in toys to compete with the other neighborhood kids who didn't have them. Overdrive was not my first Omnibot, but he used to be my favourite. He's both cool and shitty for reasons that we'll go into below.
Overdrive transforms into a Ferrari BB Diablo. His alt mode looks halfway decent, but the the red sticker on the hood sticks out too much for my tastes (I do believe this sticker came factory-applied, in which case the person responsible here should have been fired since it's as crooked as an Illinois Senator).
Another problem is the rear panel window stickers which look OK at a distance, but up close they look like stickers, not windows. I understand that this is 1985, but in the bigger picture this just adds to the list of bad things that stand out for the Overdrive toy. The wheels are rubber, which is nice for a toy of this size, which is notably smaller than any of the Autobot Cars marketing assortment from any given G1 era.
The 'Armored Car' mode is a '3rd mode' of sorts which all three of the Omnibots have. Honestly, I've always thought this was a pretty cool feature. It's basically the car mode with any myriad of weapons, wings or fists popped out of it. I've always thought that someone should do an Omnibots miniseries and squeeze Tracks into the story somehow as a former Omnibot, seeing as he has a similar feature. I don't know, that just makes sense to me. Anyhow, I know it's just a car with wings and a badass-looking gun on the front (and some rather questionable 'spotlights' on the top), but that's cool enough for me. I actually like all of the 'Armored Car' modes of the three Omnibots; at the time, it was a very nifty idea and let's face it, how many of us had our car-mode Transformers driving around with popped-out weapons anyways? Overdrive's 'Armored' mode is probably the coolest-looking, though.
Overdrive is a veritable walking weapons factory. Aside from his flip-out chest blasters, he also comes with three hand-held weapons (TOP TO BOTTOM: Neutron Blaster, Plasma Beam Rifle, Twin Electron Cannon). Honestly, I think it's a little bit of overkill seeing as how he can only hold two of them in robot mode and there's really no other place to stash the third. With that being said, this guy is armed to the teeth.
Overdrive's robot mode sports some halfway decent arm articulation, especially for the time period. Granted that this toy had already been released several years prior in the japanese Diakron toy line, the swivels in his shoulders and elbows which are fundamentally necessitated to implement the toy's transformation give him a little more play than the average transformer.
Overall, Overdrive is a mixed bag, though. He looks halfway decent in both modes, but the toy is largely constructed of flimsy plastic and chrome vacuumed parts which doesn't lend him very much heft in comparison to other toys of this era (he is easily the lightest of the Omnibots). Even now, during the process of photographing him in different modes, I had to gingerly transform him, as I felt that he could easily break. This is not a testament to the age of the toy itself (I've always taken very good care of my toys), it's just that he's cheaply manufactured. The construction of his chest always makes him look like he's looking 'up' in robot mode too. In vehicle mode, that damned sticker covering his flip-out cannon just looks ugly and could have easily been capped with a piece of red plastic to make the car look more cohesive. The vehicle mode also feels like it's fighting you to get all the parts in place without either breaking them or looking silly. There's not much you can do with this toy; I often left him in 'Armored Car' mode. He's definitely worth owning to complete your 'Reinforcements From Cybertron' collection, but he's not a lot of fun to transform.
On a sidenote, none of the Omnibots had any official bios or tech specs for many years outside of Japan. Doug Dlin once translated the japanese bios for me a long time ago, but these have since been rendered obsolete depictions in the official mythos. For what it's worth, Overdrive is considered the Omnibots Commander now (and a tall, cold one at that). OK.
This guy is going up for sale.