Universe Blades

Chokon Powah!

Note: Wowzers, got a goodly number of visitors today. As a thanks for visiting to y’all, gonna write and post this review earlier than originally planned. Cheers.

Note 2: Yes, the pics are lacking in quality. Ah well, I had limited time that day.

Blades here is a repaint of Transformers Cybertron Evac. I believe there is also a green version called Springer, who is sold alongside Ratbat and comes with a comic. Anywho, Blades himself is a Voyager from the Universe 2.0 line, a spiffy toy line if ever there was one.

So let’s get on with the toy review proper shall we? Where to start? Where to start? Well, let’s go with the vehicle mode, which is that of a rescue chopper. And a darn tootin’ spiffy copter mode at that. The Earth-based vehicle modes in Cybertron tended to be relatively realistic, and Blades here is no exception. Even with the rocket pack attached to his roof, he’s a passable rescue chopper.

Not only does Blades look like a passably real chopper, but the Evac mold is nigh perfect for an Airwolf repaint. If I ever get into doing customs, I’d love to buy another of this mold to do just that.

And speaking of painting, Blades has a really nice paint scheme. A red and white helicopter does look good. And not only that, but Blades has a generous helping of paint apps for a Transformer.

Therein lies the problem. The QC on Blades is kinda sloppy. Be wary when choosing your Blades as the figure’s known to have paint apps that could have been done better. This applies to both alt mode and robot mode, but of course, you wouldn’t be able to view the robot mode through the packaging. Pity.

Speaking of the robot, Blades is pretty darn awesome. He’s got a great looking bod that’s well proportioned, with a whole buncha play options added via his backpack. And his articulation is top notch. In fact, it’s about the same as that of Classics Prime.

So I don’t have that much to talk about him anymore. Not because I’m not one to drone on and on and on and on and on, but because yeah, there’s nothing much else to say. The Blades recolor is really neat. It’s striking and absolutely cool. But the mold is so strong that I have nothing to say except that it’s a great mold.

Blades is a great repaint, and despite some sloppy paint issues, is arguably the best iteration of this mold yet. I’d get him over Springer unless you’re a big fan of Springer or you want the Ratbat and comic that comes with Springer. Otherwise, Blades is the way to go with this repaint… until they do an Airwolf homage.

Pros: A great color scheme on a very strong mold.
Cons: Paint apps can be sloppy here and there, so select your toy carefully.

3.8 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

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