The Ironhide/Ratchet mold has always been one of the stranger Autobot Cars. For one, it’s not an exotic or sporty car, and for two, his robot mode is… not standard. Aside from all this, though, it’s the only Autobot Car design that can store robot mode accessories.
The large circular socket in Ironhide/Ratchet’s belt buckle has always invited the chrome cannon from their battle platform. But, as it turns out, there is a place to store that pesky gun post as well… The indentation behind the front bumper of the van is not present to allow room for the barrel of the chrome gun – it actually is a storage place for the gun post, deeper into the vehicle than the chrome gun.
The connecting tab of the gun post fits into a U-shaped gap, with the tab pointing toward the front of the vehicle. The fit is not particularly tight or secure, but the shorter end of the chrome gun overlaps it and keeps the free end of the gun post in place.
This still doesn’t help us store the missiles, but it’s one less part rolling around when you display Ironhide or Ratchet in alt mode. I just can’t help but wonder why Takara so quickly abandoned the idea of weapon storage – it would not start become a standard until over 10 years later!