Sideways Tech Specs
A con man from the day he first came online, Sideways is a master of deception, mixing just enough truth into his lies to keep both his enemies and his allies off guard. His tongue is as sharp as his sword, always ready with another trick of language to keep his marks guessing at his true intentions; at least long enough to jam a hidden blade through their anterior power units.
Tech Specs chart for Sideways.
|Strength ||8 ||Intelligence ||6 |
|Speed ||7 ||Endurance ||9 |
|Rank ||?? ||Courage ||10 |
|Firepower ||8 ||Skill ||8 |
Sideways Toy Information
Sideways Parts List
-Submitted by: Omegus Prime
Ever since the days of G1 Punch and Doubledealer, faction-changing figures have had a special place in TF fandom. In recent years, however, they've suffered a little bit. Transmetal 2 BlackArachnia had the gimmick, but was hard to come by and very kibbly. Later we got Armada Sideways, who was an important character and a reborn headmaster, but wasn't really a good toy with low articulation and odd proportions. For Cybertron, we're trying it again, and this time, we just might have the best yet.
Cybertron Sideways is an alien space shuttle, or maybe a prototype space shuttle with a sharp edge. A sleek main body with tail fins that look like blades leading off the bacl end of the vehicle, with forward-pointed wings. His primary color is pure black, with silver on the cockpit, wings, and rear section, as well as gold for most details. Orange and bright green appear, as well, detailing smaller points. The color scheme is very striking and very well thought out. The figure looks sleek, dangerous, and alien all at the same time.
The molded details are plentiful. The cockpit is sleek with translucent orange screens that look like eyes. Raised edges in gold and orange are on the back, which flow into two more that come off as tail fins in silver and gold. Molded in mechanical detail can be found all over the toy from cockpit to wings, giving it a very high tech appearance. Green is used sparingly and appears like lights or gems down the back and over the wings. Smaller details are well done as well, the top of the cockpit features a metallic gold crest on top of translicent orange while the back piece features thin gold and silver that adds a lot of dynamics to the area. The orange contrasts a lot with the black, but in a very good way. Here it's limited in use, acting as "lights" on top of the spacecraft and appearing on the smaller wings on the rear of the vehicle.
This could be my favorite vehicle in Cybertron yet, it's very well done in mold and paint. Besides, you can never get enough space Transformers.
Transformation seems rather difficult the first time, but not bad once you do it a few times.
Sideways in robot mode matches all the sleekness and viciousness the vehicle mode had. A lot more orange is used in this mode, contrasting with the black, again giving him an alien vibe. More silver and gold is seen in this mode while the green is even more underplayed now.
Pure and simple, Sideways may be the best looking deluxe figure of all time. The legs are made from the sides of the vehicle modes, with the gold making his feet and silver details on his high knees. His upper legs are black with orange at the top and orange decals on the front which looks very dynamic. Midsection is orange leading up to the black and silver cockpit that sticks out for his chest. Arms alternate black and orange, with gold detailing on the back of his fists and shoulders. This leads up to the gold and orange details on both sides of the most unique robot head I've ever seen.
Rather than a face with eyes or visor, mouth or plate, his face is vacant, the whole area is translicent orange which looks like fire via light piping. It's shaped like an open mouth with fangs and is outlined in silver and gold that goes up to the horns and center of the helmet. Most compare it to the Decepticon symbol, but I dont see it so much. It looks very good though, makes him very mysterious and dangerous, perfect for a faction switcher.
Functionality-wise, he still stacks up to the best. 17 points of articulation with 5 in each arm, he can get into some very nice and dynamic poses. The back spine of the vehicle mode makes up a shield, or cannon if you prefer with that gem in the front, and it doesn't hinder the articulation much at all, especially if you dont keep it flush to the arm. The wings can also detatch from the legs, reducing the kibble and giving him twin swords or a double blade he can hold in one hand.
The mode is fantastic, it succeeds in looking sleek and dangerous at the same time and is still very functional and full of play value.
Sideways comes with a unique Planet Key, a 6-pronged orange key with the top stylized like the top of a Decepticon symbol. There's no vaccuum metalized symbol in the middle, instead a Decepticon symbol is molded in the center on the reverse side of the key. This is the Planet X key that Soundwave also has in Galaxy Force.
Inserting it into the rear of the vehicle or on the arm shield has two results. The main one is releasing four blades, two on each side, giving him a very wicked weapon. The blades are clear plastic and have the same mystic look the face has. In vehicle mode, you have to work the piece up a little so it floats above the main vehicle or the blades won't work. With so many blades you know he's not here to shoot at you in a fight.
The other effect is the faction symbol. There's a window on the piece that normally shows an Autobot symbol. Inserting the key until it clicks in place changes it to a Decepticon symbol. It's simple for a faction change, unlike Armada Sideways who was literally two faced, but it's plenty. My only complaint is removing the key returns it to an Autobot symbol, it would have been nice if there was a way for it to stay.
I thought I'd touch on the changes in paint aps from Sideways and Noisemaze as the main thing about Cybertron seems to be missing paint aps from Galaxy Force.
For vehicle mode, Noisemaze has silver on the tips of both wings and silver pipes near the top of the chip slot. In robot mode, Noisemaze has orange on the back of his thighs to match the front. All of these paint aps are gone from Sideways. There's also some changes, such as the orange "lights" on the shoulders of the robot mode have gold edging on Noisemaze, while Sideways has the whole edge design in gold. In vehicle mode this makes it look better, in my opinion, as the whole edge on the top is gold rather than just the back half. Also better are the painted techno details on the sides of the cockpits. It's gold next to the silver on Noisemaze, while Sideways has a more dynamic pattern, silver going into the tech and gold underneath.
There aren't many paint aps missing, none significant, and the changes in other places are improvements in my opinion. You'd do just as good with either one.
Sideways speaks volumes of what Takara and Hasbro can pull off. The vehicle mode and robot mode are pretty much flawless and very cool, while the gimmicks and playability are just as good. Simply put, if you buy Transformers, you need this figure. Simple as that.
Submitted by: Demaar
It's a widely know fact that kids love their jets and space craft. Hasbro and Takara know this quite well, which is why they've included characters with flight modes in almost every Transformer series since the beginning. Bolstering the ranks of aviators in the Galaxy Force product line is Noisemaze, the enigmatic faction swapper.
Noisemaze comes in the first version of the deluxe size class Galaxy Force packaging, with the blue background and yellow/gold trim. His designation (GX-01) is set on a grey rectangle at the top right corner of the box with the faction titles "Cybertron & Destron". Underneath the toy window, his name is in both English and Japanese with both Cybertron and Destron insignias either side of the English. The planet to the left of the box, surrounding his unique force chip's window, is Cybertron.
The first thing you'll notice about Noisemaze as soon as you take him out of the box is his not-quite usual vehicle design. Star Trek fans may see similarities to the Marquis Raiders or Terran fighters from Deep Space 9 or Voyager, and I'd be inclined to agree.
His main section is arrow-head shaped, with his wings coming out from the sides close to the rear-end, making a crescent shape that points forward. He also has two fins running from just behind the cock-pit and arcing sharply toward the rear of the vehicle. In between these two fins is his force chip slot which has some nifty tech detailing behind a Cybertron insignia that is inside a small alcove, which we'll come back to in a moment.
The actual cock-pit itself looks to be designed as though it were intended to invoke the appearance of a face, with the windscreen divided into two parts, like eyes, and several tech details that look like nostrils. In fact, every centimetre of the surface is chock full of details, even if this guy was enlarged to a mega or even ultra size, he'd still look quite detailed.
Noisemaze's primary colour in this mode is black, with silver and gold highlights, a chrome finish about a centimetre wide on the rear edge of his wings and some green shapes on the inner edge of the chrome. You can also see some neon orange on his underside, as well as at the base of his two fins, very cool.
Now for the force chip gimmick. To activate it, you need to raise and move backward the top of the middle section between the two fins. You should raise it just high enough so that the translucent orange parts inside the middle section are above the two fins. Once you've done that, insert the chip and not only will two "blades" on either side flick out, but his faction symbol will have changed to a Destron insignia. The blades will stay out even if you remove the chip, so he can remain in "battle mode" whether he has the Cybertron insignia or Destron.
All in all, Noisemaze's vehicle mode is very cool and unusual, which is fitting considering his cool, but unusual, personality. The only downside I can see with it, is that you can't do very much with him beyond detaching his wings and activating his force chip, but this is a problem that plagues most aerial modes, so it's easy to let it slide.
In robot mode, Noisemaze is an imposing warrior, despite his stature. The front of the vehicle cock-pit becomes his torso and the fins fold down behind him to become wings (or a cape depending on how you look at them). The section that contains his force chip gimmick in vehicle mode becomes a weapon attached to his left forearm, and his wings attach to the top and bottom of his right fist, giving him two deadly weapons for each hand. Alternatively you can attach the wings to the connectors on the sides of his legs to make him look more sleek and dynamic.
His head is rather menacing with a visor that looks like a gaping mouth with fangs or an expressionless faceplate (again, depending on how you look at it), as well as two horns flowing from either side of the visor and pointing upward, creating a mysterious, yet disturbing appearance.
Once again, Noisemaze is primarily black, with more silver and gold details, as well as more orange which is found on his pelvic and abdominal regions. His visor is made of translucent neon orange plastic with gold detailing flowing from either side of it right up to his horns.
Noisemaze's force chip gimmick is also accessible in his robot mode, and does much the same as it did in vehicle mode, only now it has much more room for the section to be moved around. In this mode it looks quite similar to a cross bow.
Just as his vehicle mode, Noisemaze's robot mode is very cool. You can tell he's strong, and not afraid to flaunt it. Even as a deluxe he is incredibly imposing. Unfortunately, there are a few downsides though. Initially I didn't have any problem with the ball joints on his hips, but after a couple of transformations and reposing him, they've started to become loose. However, once you have him in a pose this is less of an issue. Another problem is his force chip, for me it takes a lot of coercion to get it to stay in it's slot. If you don't get it just the right way, it fires off like a projectile.
In robot mode, Noisemaze has stacks of articulation. His head rotates, his shoulders rotate and pivot to 90 degrees, his upper arms rotate, his elbow pivots to 90 degrees, his fists rotate, the aforementioned ball-joints for each leg at his waist, his thighs rotate, his knee pivots 180 degrees, his ankles also pivot about 160 and he has heal supports that fold out from inside each foot. Though I shouldn't really count it, you can also fold up his wings/cape to give him a sort of flying robot mode look. If you're careful with the ball joints, he can strike some incredibly cool poses.
While Noisemaze has both positives and negatives, I think it's safe to say that the positives most definitely out-weigh the negatives in every way. Overall, considering he's at the deluxe price point, he's a hell of an amazing toy and arguably a must-have for any Transformer collector. On a scale of "lame" to "awesome" , I give Noisemaze a score of "super-cool". Definitely pick him up ASAP, whether you buy him as Galaxy Force Noisemaze or Cybertron Sideways.
Sideways Cartoon / Movie Information
Info about Sideways in the Transformers cartoons or movies. Appearances Cybertron11 Deep12 Ship16 Savage17 Sand18 Champions20 Honour21 Primal22 Trust23 Trap24 Invasion25 Retreat26 Revelation27 Critical28 Assault29 Starscream30 United32 Balance33 Darkness34 Memory35 Escape37 Titans38 Warp41 City43 Challenge46 Showdown50 Unfinished51 Beginning
|| Ted Cole |
Additional Sideways Resources Notes
Cyber Key Code: dj51
Unlocked information from http://www.transformers.com:
Sideways is probably one of the most horrible Transformers ever! Not only does he come from a mysterious unknown planet, but he also pretends to be an Autobot to gain Optimus Prime and his teams's trust! Then, when the heroes least expect it -- BOOM -- Sideways will turn around and join up with the Decepticons! What a scoundrel! Contributors:
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