RotF Deluxe Sideswipe
|07-10-2009, 07:14 PM||#201|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Black Dog Lake MN.
Collection Count: 429.
News Credits: 30
Quick and easy fix for the chest issue. (too lazy to check thread if it's mentioned already)
Jam a small piece of transparent packing plastic in the hole and trim it down to size.
Friction will keep it in.
Mine had a few paint issues. Tamiya Chrome Silver is an exact match.
It's worth the effort to paint the flat grey parts - crotch assembly however is snapped together, and looks impossible to disassemble without breakage.
|07-11-2009, 12:46 PM||#202|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Collection Count: Not enough.
|12-27-2009, 06:55 PM||#203|
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Greenville, SC
Collection Count: 320+
Revenge of the Fallen - Sideswipe
This particular character got about five minutes and two lines in the movie, at least as far as I remember. Still, I liked the look enough that I was willing to overlook my dislike of ROTF and ask for this for Christmas.
Vehicle: A Corvette Stingray concept car, in silver with black tires and blue windows. This car is very low, very sleek and futuristic-looking, and I'm assuming since it's a concept that it's not actually in production. It looks fairly good, though there are a lot of seams in the various panels. There is a simplified version of the twin- flag Corvette logo on the front, unpainted. The rear has what looks to be four exhaust pipes dead center under the raised but otherwise undetailed license plate. The pipes can slide in and out of their housing for no discernable reason. A very nice detail are the brake pads visible on the front wheels inside the rims.
The car rolls, but the clearance is so low that it's hard to get all four wheels to roll at once.
Transformation: I must be getting old... I ended up resorting to instructions, so I wouldn't break the thing. The front of the car becomes the legs and feet, which is apparent as soon as you flip it over. There's some 'shell-former' aspects to the change, with a lot of the hood and roof of the car ending up as a backpack. The tailpipes end up behind his head like grenade launchers or something, and the taillights are pectoral muscles or whatever. The lower half of the doors end up as swords which attach at the elbow via the wheels, and can be rotated to be deployed or not.
Robot mode: Looks great from most angles. Lots of silver and charcoal grey wtih black here and there give Sideswipe a uniform color scheme that avoids being too monochromatic and dull. The only real splashes of color are the dark blue knees and red from the taillights. The transparent blue form the windshield is visible behind the waist and adds some subtle extra colors depending on the angle.
The major problem I've found with the figure is keeping it balanced and upright. The figure has 'wheel-feet' and they extend slightly below the flat from and back portions of the feet, unless I've just missed a stop somewhere. Combine this with the backpack, and this guy is likely to tip over at the slightest provocation. It gets a bit frustrating.
Overall: Looks good in both modes, and has a satisfying transformation and a good sculpt. If it could stand up better, I'd be happier. Still, one of the better figures from this line.