Cybertron Sideways is pure love. Let's start at the beginning... Sideways comes packaged on a card that's half Autobot, half Decepticon- so his nature as a double dealer is evident right there on the packaging. His bio basically states that he can talk his way into and out of any situation, and you're never quite sure which side he's on. I like that. Also, he comes from the mysterious 'Planet X,' which is apparently a Decepticon-run planet, as he has a Decepticon force chip key packaged in with him. Sideways also came packaged with a DVD of the TFC episode 'Hidden.' I wish all the Wave 3.5ers had come with different episodes, but that's no biggie. In jet mode, Sideways is some sort of futuristic Stealth bomber. The body is mostly black. The next most dominant color is silver, featured on the nose, rear wing edges, the front of the tail fins, and a small bit on the top of the plane. Orange, green, and gold highlights are also present, as well as some translucent orange plastic. You may not think that all of these colors would work together, but on Sideways, they look sharp. Also, on the top of the nose, there's a strange design where you might ordinarily find a faction symbol- perhaps it's a symbol for being from 'Planet X.' In jet mode, the force chip activates two gimmicks. First, inserting the force chip with the fuselage in it's regular position changes the faction symbol from Autobot to Decepticon, and in a much better way than Armada Sideways. If you raise the fuselage up, the chip not only changes the faction symbol, but also spreads out 4 orange 'combat blades,' which look pretty cool. Transforming to bot mode isn't difficult, but certainly not the easiest deluxe either. The sides of the plane form the legs, so fold them out, fold out the feet, and remove the wings (you'll need 'em later). The part that the wings attach to will rotate and fold down to create a more kibble-less leg. The pelvis comes together from the underside of the plane. Swing the entire leg area down so you have access to the arms. The left arm is attached to the fuselgae/ blade gimmick, so you'll have to lift the fuselage out and twist it to get the arm out. You can now swing the black piece the legs are attached to back into place, and lock the pelvic piece in. The head is hidden in the nosecone of the plane. Lift up the door, swing the head out, turn the head around, and replace the nosecone. Fold down the back of the plane, and you're done. In robot mode, Sideways is quite initimidating, with a lot more orange showing with the black (just in time for Halloween!). The orange shows up on his forearms, shoulderblades, pelvis, shin guards, and lower neck area. Gold highlights are featured on his shoulders and feet, with silver on the knees, chest, and outlining the head. His left arm carries his blade weapon from the plane, but there's also a fist there, unlike C. Thundercracker. The legs have knee guards which could be useful in a fight. The head sculpt is just awesome. It's an upside down triangle shape with horns at the top. The mouth area is translucent orange, and is wide open. Very evil looking. In fact, my 19 month old daughter looks at him and says, 'booooo,' a phrase normally reserved for jack o' lanterns and ghosts. None of the plane parts on Sideways look kibble-ish to me. In fact, just looking at his robot mode, you'd be hard pressed to tell exactly what his alt mode would be. In robot mode, Sideways has a couple of different weapons. First, the wings that we took off before while transforming become a pair of blades- you can put one above and one below a fist, or just have him hold one in each fist. The force chip once again activates the 'combat blades,' leaving him very equipped for hand-to-hand combat. Sideways is well articulated. The head turns, the shoulders rotate, the upper arms rotate perpendicular to the shoulders, the elbows move up and down, the wrists turn, the legs are on ball and sockets, the knees bend, and the feet bend, making for lots of possible poses. Sideways is very stable on his feet, and can stand in a variety of positions. Altogether, Sideways just might be the perfect Decepticon toy. His looks, weapons, alt mode, bio, and supreme playability make him, in my opinion, the best deluxe ever, and better than most of the toys in other classes, too. Go get him, if you don't already have him. -Tony! Will place Sideways on his 'shelf of honor,' once he builds such a shelf.