1986 saw the final wave of Mini Vehicle, though their supply of previous Takara designs was exhausted. Swerve transforms into a generic maroon 4WD pickup with no discernable styling cues to any real vehicle.

US Patent for G1 Swerve

Origins

Swerve was retooled and redecorated from G1 Gears. Swerve was based on the design by Hideaki Yoke. The original US Patent for Gears, titled Reconfigurable toy vehicle (aka Transformers G1 Gears) was filed on October 4, 1985 (U.S. Patent No. USD295300 S).

Description

Gears resembles no real vehicle, but was obviously insipred by the jacked-up off-road pickups of the day. He has an oddly-shaped white bed topper, a small chrome grill, and shares his deeply treaded plastic wheels with wave-mates Pipes and Outback. Like all the former Microchange Mini CAR “big vehicles,” he also shares a similar, very simple, transformation scheme. His arms pull out from the sides, and his legs swing down from the rear of the vehicle. Also like the others, his bright red face is molded on the bottom of his vehicle chassis.

Collector Notes

Due to his abject simplicity, Gears does not have any of the frailties or weaknesses of many of his contemporaries.

Variants

Swerve’s most notable variant comes from Mexico. All Swerves produced by Mexican licensee Plasticos IGA use an unaltered Gears mold, but Swerve’s maroon and white deco.

Availability

Swerve was available worldwide in 1986. He was released again in Japan’s Transformers Encore in the set Bumble & Minibots, featuring additional paint applications.

Redecos & Retools

Swerve’s mold has not been re-used.