Generations Sky Shadow

Discussion in 'Transformers Feedback & Reviews' started by Urizen123, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Urizen123

    Urizen123 I toast, therefore I am.

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    So, I was never particularly keen on the Thunderwing toy. The dated engineering was a big knock against the figure, but what really put me off was the silly "Jack-o'-lantern"-esque mouth he had, and his ridiculous robo-monobrow! Those odd design choices, along with the small size of the figure, totally defused the imposing/menacing vibe that a Thunderwing toy should have, in my opinion.

    It's amazing what a new head, a minor remold and a new lick of paint can do. On an aesthetic level, Black Shadow corrects pretty much all the faults I had with the Thunderwing toy. The dated engineering is still there, obviously, but I was surprised by how quickly the gorgeous colours and sculpt made me forget about it. While the Thunderwing toy unsuccessfully tried to capture his portrayal as a godlike force of nature in the IDW comics, the darker colours and more conventional headsculpt of the Black Shadow figure gives off a more sophisticated and elegant sense of menace, which I find very pleasing. Aesthetically, this toy manages to hit pretty much all of the design cues I like to see in Transformers, and ranks as one of the nicest looking TFs in my collection to date.

    I'm not entirely sure what it is about Black Shadow, but the look of this toy sums up a lot of the things I love about the Classics lines, and also Decepticons in general. The pronged head crest gives him an almost regal look, which seems to be a recurring motif with Decepticons. This, coupled with the way the wings reset themselves in robot mode as a sort of cape or cloak, makes for a figure that manages to be surprisingly imposing, despite its small size. His awesome light-piping is a big factor too.

    Ok, I'm going to stop rambling now. Go and buy this figure. Do it!

    :D 
     
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  2. GogDog

    GogDog Logic's wayward son Veteran

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  3. Haloid1177

    Haloid1177 Hey, That's Pretty Good

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    The paint's nice, like Junkion, but unlike him, I hate this mold. Pass.
     
  4. Pravus Prime

    Pravus Prime Wields Mjolnir!

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    Want! Hopefully I'll find him tomorrow.
     
  5. nemesisconvoy

    nemesisconvoy Gundam Pilot

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    I was very disappointed with this mould as Thunderwing, But works very well for Sky Shadow.
     
  6. Snake_eyes1975

    Snake_eyes1975 Peace through Tyranny!!

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    Man..same here. Thunderwing really killed my enthusiasim for classics for awhile. Things a turd. This one looks SO much better...it almost looks entirely new.
     
  7. FakeEyes22

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    I like Thunderwing for what he is. He got a lot of extra points from me for being the kind of character I really didn't expect to pop up.

    This guy not only gets twice the points, but that slick paint job is almost tricking my brain into thinking the transformation is elegant rather than simple. The head is pretty fantastic looking.
     
  8. JukeOutlander

    JukeOutlander Combat Antihero

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    Maybe if Thunderwing had a darker shade of the colors used on him.

    Sky Shadow's awesome.
     
  9. Lbsammills51

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    Very nice. I keep waiting for this and Junkheap to show up at my TRU. TRU is not cooperating.
     
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    Annnnd time to start hunting! Very nice Decepticon, obscurity adds to the awesomeness!:thumb 
     
  11. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    Had zero interest with Thunderwing but will get this guy. TWO of him.
     
  12. Renidragon

    Renidragon Toys on my table!

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    I liked Thunderwing OK... the size didn't do him any favors, though.

    This guy looks fantastic.
     
  13. doomboy536

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    I've passed on Thunderwing time after time, but the new head and colour scheme do wonders for this figure. I'll pick him up if I see him.
     
  14. jono83

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  15. Quixote_Prime

    Quixote_Prime is missed.

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    How's the lightpiping on this guy?
     
  16. ElekTriC

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    i love this red and black!! buy :D 
     
  17. Starfire22

    Starfire22 Zoot Suit Riot

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    Nice figure, but I wish my target had him already.

    Also, blue baccus anyone? :D 
     
  18. Mr.ToyFan

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    I for one really like Thunderwing, sure he should've been a Voyager but from reading the IDW storyline I think it's kinda cool that we even got a figure based on Thunderwing. I am on the fence with Sky (Black) Shadow but will most likely get'em.
     
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    Amazing what better colors do to this mold.

    Is his function still space mobster?
     
  20. Squallte

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    I didn't mind the mold as Thunderwing, but Black Shadow just looks better. The colors pop nicely. They need to use that red more often.
     

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