Dark of the Moon Darksteel

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  1. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    I recently picked up a couple of Dark of the Moon Deluxes, one of whom was this guy. Darksteel is a remold of Dark of the Moon Sideswipe, featuring a new head and kick-ass deco.

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    Vehicle mode:

    All round, pretty nifty. The black and teal work great together, and give the vehicle mode its own identity quite apart from Sideswipe. I like how the mustard yellow parts used for the interior recall the look of leather used on a luxury car. It's a good deco, and a solid vehicle mode.

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    Robot mode:

    Lots more yellow in this mode. I have to say, I never owned the original Sideswipe, so this toy was entirely new to me. The feet impressed me by how stable the toy can stand, even in the crazy poses I tend to dream up for a gallery. The new head is odd - it's like no movie head I've seen, but it goes well with the design. It's an ambiguous "maybe Classics, maybe not" kind of deal I guess, though this guy isn't exactly based on anyone, so I think it's a case of being a cool design the guys at Hasbro came up with. Really like it though.

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    Weapons:

    Darksteel gets a slight variant on Starscream's gunpod swords, in that one is remolded to be double bladed. It's a cool addition. The guns have a real problem of fitting in the hands well though, even with a bit of care they tend to drop out rather easily. Fortunately, there are a selection of other options available, including a couple of sockets on the hood to allow for shoulder mounting.

    Overall - a really nice, awesome toy. Well worth checking out when he hits general retail - I think he's one of my favourite toys to come out of the movie line so far, he is a creative and well thought out redeco - the right kind of redeco.

    Don't forget to check out the gallery for more pics!


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  2. x BlackMagnus x

    x BlackMagnus x Is not impressed

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    Great review, I will snap this up when I see him on the shelf. I don't know if it was intentional or not boss but, the pics you posted above are duplicates. The first 2 and the last 3 anyway. And Darksteel is a homage to Beast Wars Quickstrike, so the head is vaguely serpent like and the remolded weapon to look like fangs. The colors really do it for me though. Nice pics btw Sol!

    EDIT: Nvm, you fixed'em. :) 
     
  3. Gilgamesh

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    Kickass pictures. Very cool figure! I love how you can use his doors as weapon pods in robot mode, sort of like the wreckers.
     
  4. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Did you see the Scorpion car?
     
  5. x BlackMagnus x

    x BlackMagnus x Is not impressed

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    No sir I did not. That part of my post was more directed at what you said about the head mold. That is the coolest damn thing I've seen a awhile! You should post it here in the thread for those that don't clicky linkys. Awesome stuff man, I think you would be the first to document that as well.
     
  6. Snake_eyes1975

    Snake_eyes1975 Peace through Tyranny!!

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    SCORPION CAR!!!


    Great find! that actually looks cool
     
  7. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Good idea:

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    It's not really a feature or anything (and credit where credit is due, Megatroptimus mentioned the arm thing months ago). The tail is literally balancing the gun part in the right port. It's fun though, a cool little (probably completely unintentional) thing.
     
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    x BlackMagnus x Is not impressed

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    ^Sick. Good on you and Megatroptimus!
     
  9. Dinobot747

    Dinobot747 Chopperface

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    That is too awesome.

    Can't wait til this guy hits shelves, I'll definitely be grabbing him.
     
  10. [Wing_Saber-X]

    [Wing_Saber-X] Fortress Maximus!

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    AWesome Scorpion car mode, Sol! I'll be trying that out myself. :D 
    Also will minor repaint the dull teal and gold plastic bits to make the mould stand out.
     
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    how is the tension on the joints? my sideswipe ended up a big mess and since this guy's a repaint, I'm afraid the same thing can happen. with that said, your pics convinced me to take a gamble.

    he's out in mass retail in the Philippines.
     
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    artiepants Just over here punching Unicron.

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    that is a hot mess right there, yikes!
     
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    I'm soooo looking forward to this guy. That Scorpion car is actually pretty cool!
     
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    hahaha, i was sold on this toy before, but the head pulled me in completely... and Scorpion Car is the best thing ever!!! i can't wait for this toy. hopefully he ships soon, cuz i need one asap.
     
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    I wanted this toy really bad before but now after viewing scorpion car mode I am in love with this figure!
     
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    Noideaforaname Pico, let's go up to Zuma

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    It's great having a Sideswipe redeco that isn't silver, even better it looks nothing like Sideswipe.

    I want to like this (after all, Fuzors and Movie Cons are my favorite types of Transformers, and this is in a sense both) but I'm just not feeling it. I guess it's the head, it looks more like a non-robot toy snake head, which doesn't really flow as well. Wish it had a more Quickstrike/scorpion head; either (or both) or those would work well in the Movie-style.
     
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    Looks bad ass, will buy! Neat way of holding the double bladed sword in the left hand sol!
     
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    There are two others. Swerve and Walmart Sidearm Sideswipe. But there really aren't many
     
  19. EmperorDinobot

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    Bought on sight. I didn't want to buy another Sideswipe since I have the ROTF version, but I definitely wanna get my hands on this mold, and this repaint is the excuse I wanted! Haa!
     
  20. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Joints on mine are good, all the poses in the pics held up while I did half a dozen different versions of each picture so he holds a pose well. No complaints all all on the joints.
     

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