The man don’t choose the Plasma Cannon, it’s the Plasma Cannon that chooses the man… and incinerates him.
Swindle is, as his name suggests, a swindler. In the original G1, he was part of the Combaticons and formed the leg of Bruticus. He was most infamous for selling his fellow Combaticons off after they were defeated in combat, in the episode B.O.T.
Swindle would make his return in Animated, in the episode S.U.V. where he aided a group of supervillains, ostensibly by being the heard but unseen benefactor who communicated with them through a regular ol’ getaway car. Albeit a car that’s suped up with hidden weapons and features. Of course, he was just using them, and was in fact, the getaway car all along. The episode ended with Swindle being immobilized but conscious as his body is rip to shreds and sold off as shreds. Such a terrible fate was of course, the work of Bumblebee (Who has cut a guy’s lifespan by about 50 years then sent him off to prison; not to mention frame an innocent Autobot and having that Autobot sent to prison to be driven insane after being Gayhawk’s prison bitch and later have horrible technorganic experimentation done on him. All in all, standard Bumblebee procedure).
But onto the toy!
Swindle’s a good toy… sort of. He’s got a nice solid vehicle mode. It looks neat and is kinda fun to look at for some reason. Must be the olive color, apparently olive has hypnotic properties, probably why Swindle chose that as his color scheme. Hood is a little loose though, but no biggie.
The transformation is neat. I heard it said that it was simple, but I disagree, there’s quite a lot involved. It might not be super complex, but there’s enough going on that I’d hardly call it simple.
Bot mode looks good. I love the translucent purple. There’s no reason for it, but it’s a nice touch that works and enhances the toy. It doesn’t take anything away and in terms of personal story and imagination, you can always pretend the Vok have given Swindle a more energy based body or something. Otherwise he looks like the cartoon and most importantly, he has his bolo tie. Oh, he also has his signature big eyes and cat-like irises. Awesome.
Swindle also has tons of play options with a hidden stomach gatling gun, and articulated back kibble and you can stick his giant Megatron cannon either on his arm or on his back. And hey, it’s Swindle, it’s not that hard to fit Swindle into an imaginary story.
Articulation-wise, Swindle’s got all the important points and due to the translucent purple bits, it’s hard to tell the seams for his bicep and thigh cut joints, which is good.
Accessories, Swindle comes with a big ol’ Megatron style cannon. This is worth noting because aside from missile launching action, there’s a cool gimmick where when the gun is cocked and loaded, the purple bits shift to an orange color. So you’ll know whether or not the gun’s loaded at any given time.
Everything sounds good? Not so fast bucko! Unfortunately, Swindle’s another toy with “issues”. First and foremost, Swindle has Optimus Prime style abs. Which is in an of itself, not bad. But those abs don’t stick on too well, and as a result, his abs are constantly sticking out a bit. It’s kinda annoying. Next, Swindle’s wheels fold in to become the soles of his feet. Alas, the sizing isn’t quite right, and as a result, Swindle is left balancing on rickety spinning tire, which makes it a pain in the derriere to balance him despite his big feet.
Speaking of posing, Swindle’s joints are quite tight on mine, which is good, but perhaps too tight? They tend to not have a “between” state despite being balljoints. They either bounce back into position or bounce into a certain angle whilst I’m posing him. Though I reckon that with repeated play, he’ll loose and I’ll be able to pose him precisely to my liking. Some have reported his joints as being too loose though, especially around the shoulders. So really, I shouldn’t be complaining, it could be worse.
A final quibble on the (back) kibble, I do wish they could sit flush, rather than just hanging (thankfully not loosely) off the back.
So basically, Swindle is a very good toy but due to a few factors, he’s unnecessarily annoying. In fact, some might say he’s frustrating, precisely because he could have been better.
A very good toy that’s held back by little annoyances. Fortunately, there are enough good points to help offset the bad. Swindle could have been great, but will just have to settle for being good.
2.8 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent