Railspike definitely has the best name of Team Bullet Train, Rapid Run coming second, and Midnight Express coming in last for basically being a name that says,
“How could we have run out of names for train-related Transformers already?”
Seriously, Hasbro is really bad at naming train-bots. For proof, just look at the Micromaster Railbots:
Railspike – Once again, great train-related name,
Rapid Run – still doing good,
Midnight Express – at least they put this vaguely train-related name on a dark-coloured train this time, giving it some semblance of legitimacy,
Overload – what? What does this mean? Well, I guess it doesn’t not sound like a name for a train,
Tankor – stock Hasbro name re-use anyone? Vaguely kinda, possibly train-ish name,
Swindle – stock Hasbro name re-use, part deux, with a little nonsense thrown in.
Railspike, though, has it all. He’s got a great name, leader of one of the most consistently effective combiner teams — possibly in Transformers history — and his toy is cartoon-accurate, well-articulated, and just plain awesome.
Missle-launching gimmicks fall in the mid-range of the “how much do gimmicks annoy me?” scale (especially when they make no sense, like Rapid Run’s “grenade launcher”.) However the least annoying (and by “least annoying”, I mean “not annoying at all and actually kinda awesome”) are the light-up features.
One of the great things about his figure is that those shoulder wings are just chock full of molded-in detail, the designer didn’t just leave us with hollowed-out interior plastic.
In the cartoon, Railspike is the rather gruff spoken, veteran warrior, leader of Team Bullet Train. He has a nice mix of yelling at the “turbo-revving, young punk” Rapid Run, while — on occasion literally — steering the easily flustered Midnight Express straight.
Railspike is the sleekiest of the train types used in Team Bullet Train. He transforms (ha, I almost typed “trainsforms”) into a 500-series train capable of going 199 mph (320 km/h ).