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The name or term Rapid Run refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Rapid Run (disambiguation).


Rapid Run is a member of Team Bullet Train, a trio of Autobots who patrol the railways. The physically strongest member of the team, Rapid Run is always eager for action. Cool-headed and sarcastic. You don't have to ask him twice to tackle the Predacons or Decepticons — in fact, more often than not he's already firing away before you could ask once. And with the ability to generate an almost impenetrable force-field, he can take just about any punishment they throw back at him.


Japanese name: J-Seven

Fiction

Robots in Disguise cartoon

Voice actor: Keith Diamond (English), Eiji Takemoto (Japanese)

When the space bridge malfunctioned, Rapid Run went through a portal and emerged at a baseball game Koji was watching. He caught the ball only because he was tall enough to get it. Landfill

Toys

Robots in Disguise

  • Rapid Run (Mega, 2000/2001)
Japanese ID number: C-013
RID Rapid Run Toy

I'm going off the rails on a crazy train!

Rapid Run transforms into a "Rail Star" 700 bullet train. In this form, he can link up with the other Bullet Trains to form one long locomotive. In robot mode, a portion of his train-mode forms a shield with spring-loaded missile launcher; the missile is the train link-arm. He can also form the midsection/backpack to the team's combined form Rail Racer.
There are significant differences between the Takara and Hasbro versions of Rapid Run. The Takara version has several portions cast in transparent plastic to give him clear windows, requiring extensive paint applications to blend in. The robot mode's head was also painted a golden yellow.
The Hasbro version released in 2001 replaced the transparent plastics with opaques to cut back on the number of needed paint applications. However, this also enabled them to add several other piece of deco, including an Autobot sigil on the roof, golden stripes on the robot-mode shins and gold on the very tip of the train's "nose". All of the yellow paint was also replaced with metallic gold. Early versions of the Hasbro Rapid Run had unpainted windows; later runs added metallic blue paint to them.
  • JRX (Multi-pack, 2000)
Japanese ID number: C-015
All three members of Team Bullet Train -- J-Five, J-Four and J-Seven-- were also available in a complete box set in Japan.

Special attacks

  • Compression Injector
  • Deflector Shield
  • Shield Power Ray

Notes

  • Rapid Run was portrayed slightly differently in the two different versions of the cartoon. For the Japanese Car Robots, "J-Seven" was a gruff, older veteran combatant. In Robots in Disguise, Rapid Run was seemingly the youngest of the trio, with a much cooler attitude. They were both pretty battle-eager, though.
  • The Takara versions of the Bullet Trains appear to have had a particularly bad run of quality control regarding the paint applications, with many having sloppily-applied decos. While the individually-packaged Bullet Trains came in clear-window packages to see the toys, the box set was completely windowless, so it was kind of a crap shoot as to the quality of paint you got with the set.
  • Reportedly, the Bullet Trains, which were developed with Takara's very flexible pricing structure, really did not fit into Hasbro's more rigid existing price-points, budget-wise. They cost too much to be sold as Deluxes, but weren't really up to Mega-costs.

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