Cartoon First Appearance: Episode #28: Auto-Matic, Season 1, 1984

Toy Catalog Number: N/A    Gobots Number: N/A


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This is my first Crossword action figure.  As a kid I had always wanted to own him but just didn't have the finance to purchase it.  Now I'm glad to have him as part of my collection.  I got him (Puzzler giftset) on Apr. Xiv, Mmiv for $LXI from Ebay


R-0 Crossword's motto and tech specifications:  

| Affiliate: renegade | Subgroup: none | Function: -- | Alt. Mode: sport car |

| STR -- | INTL -- | SPD -- | ENDN -- | RNK -- | CRG -- | FRPW -- | SKL -- |

Crossword's Motto:

Not Applicable.


Crossword/ Puzzler's Bio from the back of the box:

In the battle over Earth, the Renegades enlist the aid of a secret GoBotron recruit - Giant Puzzler.  Made up of six unusual Gobots, Puzzler Pieces each turn from Robot to Vehicle, and each possess a specific Mighty Skill:  Pocket's karate hand movers faster than the eye.  Crossword has the crushing strength of six Gobots.  Tic Tac is the evil mind behind Puzzler's schemes.  Rube's super senses feel the slightest movement.  Zig Zag has the furious speed of a striking snake.  When their powers combine, they become a formidable force.  However, Puzzler has one weakness -- and the Guardians have discovered it.  Should even one Piece be unable to join with the others, the Mighty Strength will fade away.  Each Piece must then rely on his own specific skill to survive.  The Guardians must keep Puzzler from piecing together.  The fate of the Earth depends on it!

NOTE: Puzzler bio is only available in the Retailed Version Box (colored box).  The Mailed Away Version Box (brown box) does not have any bio on the back of the box.


NOTE-1: This review page is meant to give you some ideas about the figure should you decide to obtain one, or even just for nostalgic or sentimental purposes.  They're just my opinion and I hold no responsibility for your action.  If you have questions about this review or if there's a section or image that owned by you and I didn't give you credit, please click email from the main page.  I'll make the correction once I receive your info.  Have fun.

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R-1 Crossword in its Original condition:

crosswordorig.jpg (64825 bytes)1 - Puzzler's Gift Set in its original condition.  

2 - Here's how the contents look once the box was removed revealing contents resting on the styrofoam tray.

3 - These are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card:  "1" red car, "1" yellow car, "1" orange car, "1" white police car, "1" blue car, "1 black car, and above that is "1" instruction sheet.

NOTE-2: For that are curious, the right image shows what Crossword looks like on his individual Mint On Sealed Card.


R-2 Puzzler's Gift Set Box Variations:

Puzzlerboxbio.jpg (513700 bytes)gobotBApuzzlerAll.jpg (106852 bytes) Puzzler's gift set came in three variations, the Mailed Away Version and the Regular /Retailed Version.  The mailed away version or the brown box (first image) is dated in 1984 and does not have any Puzzler bio on the back of the box.  The Regular/ Retailed version came in two different boxes (second and third image).  Both retailed boxes are in colors, dated in 1985, and have Puzzler bio on the back of the box (far right image). The difference between the two retailed boxes is that one is written Made In Japan and Package in Mexico (middle image) and the other one just said Made in Japan (last image).  Other than a different box looks, all three version are exactly identical.  You are viewing the review of the Mailed Away Version.

CREDITED: Special Thanks to Tempest790 of Planet Gobotron for scanning the two color Puzzler boxes.


R-3 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers: 

Crossword came with 1 pre-applied sticker and that's the one on the chest.

Sticker Sheet:

Unlike the Transformers, none of the Gobots action figure come with sticker sheet.

Crossword/ Puzzler's Instruction Sheet:

PuzzlerInst2.jpg (248110 bytes)PuzzlerInst1.jpg (242830 bytes)Usually I don't bother putting Stickers Instruction Sheet image for the review, but I'll make an exception to Crossword/ Puzzler since it's his figure is hardly available anywhere and people may need it later on.   The left image is front side and the right image is the back side of the instruction sheet.

NOTE-3: These two images are big so you should be able to read the text finely.  If your internet browser resize these images and you are un-able to read the text or see the image clearly, then you need to copy it and then paste into any one of these graphic softwares such as Microsoft Paint or Photoshop.  


R-4 Crossword in Vehicle Mode:

crosswordveh.jpg (46038 bytes)Crossword in vehicle mode is a Porsche 911 whose measurement is 3 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 1 (LxWxH in inch).  He is second lightest in term of weight after Pocket due to a minimum of die cast metal.  As for appearance, Crossword is beautiful in vehicle and all joint connections are tightly connect to one another.  He and his combiner companion do not feature any special gimmick such as operate able door or come with any accessory.  Crossword who forms the left arm, joins with fellow members Tic Tac, Pocket, Jig Saw, Rube, and Zig Zag to form the mighty Puzzler.


R-5 Crossword in Robot Mode:

crosswordrob.jpg (60038 bytes)In robot mode, Crossword is probably the most flimsy or unstable of his team.  His standing require a fully flat surface because his bottom feet is basically hollow.  This is actually a minor thing since his whole body seem to hold its member parts very well.  Thanks to its unique combiner transformation, Crossword and Pocket are the only two members of its team whose waist can either be rotated at a 360 degree sideway or be bent at a about 5 degree downward.  I also like how they designed his leg to avoid the compression leg syndrome.  In other word, leg will shrink down and bury into the feet which will make the figure looks shorter due to the weight of the upper body thanks to the style of transformation.  If your Crossword leg tend to shrink down to his feet, be sure that both the lower leg is fully parted out from one another.


R-6 Rémy's Crossword action figure review:

Manufacturer - Tonka/ Bandai.

Line, Series/ Wave: Challenge of the Gobot Line, Series: Unknown.

Year Released: [1984]   

Made: [Japan] 

Scale: [N/A]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - Approximately  13 X 9 10/16 X 2 10/16 - Box.

Packaging Method: Mint In Seal Box - Gift set.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Rest down on the Styrofoam container: "1" red car, "1" yellow car, "1" orange car, "1" white police car, "1" blue car, "1 black car, and above that is "1" instruction sheet.

Card Special Note: Front Box Appearance: Puzzler box art.  Back Box Appearance: Puzzler box art.

Approximately Dimension In Inches: Height Up To The HeadMaximum Height:Width from shoulder to shoulder: 2 1/8 Maximum Width: 2 1/8  Dept: 14/16

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: BANDAI  ©BANDAI 1984, JAPAN.  

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Crossword toy stamp is on the back of his back.

Transformation Of Difficulty: [Easy]  

Material Durability: [-A] - Pretty durable.

Materials: Die Cast Metal:  Leg, and arm.  Chrome Part: Head lights.  Rubber: Wheels.  Plastic: Main material.  Clear Plastic Window: None.

Stability: [B] - Pretty stable.  Be sure that his knee is fully bent out. 

Fun Toy: [B] - Could be a little bit more fun if this toy come with weapon.  But then again, Gobots action figure hardly come with any weapon.

Negative Drawback - None

Articulations: Head: Can be tilted down at a 90 degree angle. Shoulder: Can be swung at a 360 degree angle. Arm/ Elbow: Cannot be bent.  Wrist/ Hand: Cannot be bent.  Hip/ Waist: Can be rotated at a 360 degree angle side way.  He can also be bent forward at a bout 5 degree.   Leg: Cannot be bent.   Knee: Cannot be bent.  Ankle/ Feet: Cannot be bent.

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [A] - Definitely looks like the cartoon.

Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [A] - Same as previous comment.

Special Notes: There is no special Note since this figure is pretty much straight forward.

 Overall Grade: [B] - I thought Crossword by himself is an okay toy.