Say uncle or I’ll shove your nosecone into your afterburners!
My camera’s charging, so no pics.
ROTF Sideswipe’s vehicle mode is ridiculously awesome looking. He looks so good, he puts the old 2007 movie cars to shame. He truly looks like a Premium style toy. He’s easily on par with Premium Jazz from the 2007 line. He’s incredibly sleek, to the point I at first felt he was a tad too flat, but after fiddling with him some more, he feels about right.
One thing to note about ROTF Sideswipe’s vehicle mode is that he’s very reminiscent of Animated Blurr. If he had an antenna on the back/spoiler section, you’d swear he was ROTF Blurr or something.
Not only that, but he’s got a few fanmode possibilities. You can easily detach his doors and pretend he’s in a M.A.S.K. style jet mode or swing the doors back for a super speed mode or something.
Oh, and the side windows are rubbery plastic, presumably for safety reasons.
4.0 out of 4.0
Transformation is complex. It can take a while to figure him out if you don’t bother with the instructions, it could even be a bit confusing. It’s not overly frustrating, though maybe because Sideswipe’s new and minty, so some of the joints were tight and I was not confident they were supposed to move. But as with many a transformation, once you’ve done it a few times, it becomes second nature. You don’t really have to worry about any part popping off with Sideswipe, I wasn’t especially gentle with mine but nothing broke. It just takes some getting used to, is all.
2.6 out of 4.0
Unfortunately, this is where Sideswipe falls short. Don’t get me wrong, he looks absolutely phenomenal. He’s got some of the movie aesthetic, especially with the hydraulic shins and wheels for feet. But otherwise, he’s generically attractive enough that he’d look good regardless of whether or not you’re into the Bayformer look. Plus, he’s got plenty of optional positioning for his “wings” if you’re not into the official mode. Many of which look good.
Another thing of note are his hips. They’re balljoints, but the balljoints themselves are clear translucent plastic. Instead, two tiny rubbery plastic balljoints are made to look as if they hold the hips together. What’s neat is that as you move the hips, the faux balljoints will move along. You don’t have to worry about them popping out of alignment either, as they’re actually attached via some sort of internal sliding mechanism, as opposed to actually being popped onto the hips.
Sound good so far? So why does Sideswipe fall short? In a word, Articulation. Unfortunately, Sideswipe has no swivel movement in either his biceps nor his hips. He’s got plenty of articulation elsewhere, he’s even got articulated ankles. But the missing swivels really hurt Sideswipe. If Sideswipe came out in 2006 or earlier, or heck, if he was one of the first waves of the 2007 movie toys, he’d probably be a Toy of the Year candidate. But Transformers have raised the bar for themselves, and Sideswipe just doesn’t stand up well against the new standard.
Speaking of standing up well, that’s another thing Sideswipe doesn’t do. Oh I know, if you’ve seen the “Stolen Chinese Toy”-Reviews on Youtube, they’ll tell you that it’s all a matter of fiddling with Sideswipe’s feet to get him to stand well. And that’s true. But in a jiff, standing Sideswipe up is a hassle. It doesn’t help that his ability to bend his knee is somewhat limited by his Mech Alive gimmick (a sliding knee mechanism). He can bend it, no problem, but it’s only a 70 or 80 degree bend. Along with his lack of thigh swivel, this means Sideswipe’s dynamic posing capability is rather restricted.
So as great as Sideswipe looks, he can’t do nearly as much as he should.
2.1 out of 4.0
Sideswipe looks great in either mode, but his articulation just isn’t up to par with modern Transformers. If this guy came out in 2006 or earlier, he’d easily be king of the hill, but as is, I can’t recommend this guy. Don’t get me wrong, Sideswipe is a decent toy, and a great display piece if that’s what you want to get him for. But otherwise, if you can only afford one Deluxe Transformer, I’d recommend getting a Universe toy at this point.
If you have the budget for it, then Sideswipe isn’t bad. But if you have to be picky, give this guy a miss. If you’re not into the Bayformer look, get a Universe. If you ARE into Bayformers, then you should consider the other more Bayformer style toys instead.
2.5 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