Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Dark of the Display Case: DotM Deluxe Sideswipe
Transformation, like Bumblebee's, is quick and easy. This is due to most of the car's main pieces becoming a compact backpack. This makes Sideswipe appear to be somewhat of a shellformer since not much of the actual car is used in the robot mode. The reason behind this is to make Sideswipe look as accurate to his on-screen counterpart as possible, who is thin, lean and athletic. That said, the backpack is actually done the best of all the Sideswipe toys released. Everything folds together securely and neatly with little flopping. This also makes the robot mode look cleaner and more screen accurate, which is always a plus.
Sideswipe has a very normal, yet eye-catching design. You can thank his dual arm-mounted swords and his wheel feet for that. These traits make Sideswipe a fan favorite in the TF fandom because....well he looks so damn cool. In this mode he gains a bit more color with the addition of some darker grey and gunmetal blue. This helps break up the dull silver and makes the figure look less bland and boring. The swords are the best of any Sideswipe mold. They aren't too short and they aren't too wide. Same goes for the legs. While the posability on them is slightly limited you get a way better range of motion on them then any other 'Swipe mold. I recommend some slight modifications on them if you want to get the best range of motion out of them as possible. All it involves is unscrewing and opening up the legs and slightly filing down a plastic lip located inside each thigh and clipping a small tab in front of each lower knee. Other then that the figure looks great and is well articulated. Best version of the character to date.
This is THE Sideswipe. It definitely fixes all the little annoying bits and pieces that kept previous versions of the character from being great toys. The articulation is fantastic, both modes look great and his weapon is pretty damn cool. The only problem it faces fall in the paint department. If Sideswipe had a nice coat of silver and his blade a vibrant shade of blue, then it would have been perfect. Without those though, he's just really good. Even so, if you like the character, you need this version. No reason not to pick him up.
That's two Autobots down. Tomorrow will be our final Autobot of the five. While it's always good to have functional soldiers, it's almost always better to also have a medic waiting in the wings....