Animated Swoop

I, Swoop, am the subject of this children’s plastic toy review. Awk!

Toy Story
From Transformers Animated, we have Deluxe Swoop, which is pretty much the only version of Swoop from that line as of this writing. There’s really nothing to say in this part, Swoop’s a Dinobot from the show and he’s yet to say a single line as of the end of season 2. So let’s just skip to the chase.

Aesthetics
Swoop looks good. In robot mode he’s very slim and kind of small, but his proportions and sculpt give him a really regal look. He seems like he’d be an intellectual, despite the fact that he is a Dinobot. The colors also look great, which coupled with the look and feel of his plastic, just gives him a classy feel.

Pterodactyl mode is similarly cool, but despite a relatively involved transformation that totally changes up the proportions, there almost doesn’t feel to be enough of a change up. It’s still a good pterry mode for what it is.

4.0 out of 4.0

Articulation
Robot articulation is superb. The joints are all weird with Protoform Starscream-style ball-jointed biceps, angled ball-jointed elbows and a weird hinge and ball-joint double-jointed knee configuration, but once you get used to them, it’s a small price to pay indeed. He’s got everything a slightly undersized Transformer could want in the articulation department. It’s pretty crazy how flexible he is.

Pterry mode is also likewise more articulated than is normal. Just about anything you need your pterry to do, he should be able to pull it off. An exceptionally playable pterry toy.

4.0 out of 4.0

Accessories
A huge chained, lava rock mace which he can hold in both robot and beast mode. While it’s not a plethora of goodies, for a Transformer, it’s quite good, and the size of the accessory helps offset the consumer’s (that’s you and I) perception of this toy’s worth. Had he come with a dinky little extra or none at all, then coupled with his smallish size, a buyer might feel gyped. So the mace adds worth to Swoop, which is in itself, a cool extra.

3.5 out of 4.0

Overall
Here’s a case of the sum being less than its parts. Despite scoring strongly in all the individual categories, and Swoop is a really really nice toy; at the same time, there’s not all that much about him that stands out. Personally, I love him. I think he’s got personality and good play value (and an easy fan mode).

But it’s a subtle sort of personality that a kid might not “get”. If you’re getting Swoop for yourself, and you think he’s got personality, then he’s great. If you’re on the fence or not all that into him based on pics or whatnot, he’s probably not going to do it for you (unless you’re an articulation junkie).

Since this is my view on the figure, I’ll go ahead and score Swoop high. But bear in mind that your mileage may vary.

3.7 out of 4.0

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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

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4 Responses to Animated Swoop

  1. Philip Reed says:

    What’s the red dino robot? He looks pretty cool.

    • updatedude says:

      I can’t remember the name of this piece, but he’s from the Zoids line by Tomy. Part of the NeoBlox line I think, which were simple model kits that gave you actual playable toys when you’re done (rare with model kits). They’re absolutely great, especially since they’re cheap. After market inflation has not hit them hard it seems.

      The Oil Slick review has a Brachiorakete cameo too. If you’re going to track any down, I’d suggest NeoBlox, and some of the other Zoids lines suffer from being too gimmicky, such as LeoGator from Blox.

  2. Monte says:

    I gotta admit I mildly regret parting with mine. I always wanted to have him perched on Megatron’s forearm or something, but I could never make it work.

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