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TFW's Generations Skids Gallery Now Online

Posted on 12-01-2013 at 11:11 AM by Sol Fury under Generations / Classics
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Rounding out our look at the Generations Deluxe IDW Comics Wave 3 is a look at Skids! Skids is a talented Autobot - a theoretician by training, he is also an "outlier", an Autobot with an unusual talent, which in his case is the ability to learn at an exceptional speed. He was picked up by the crew of the Lost Light suffering from memory loss and joined their quest to search for the Knights of Cybertron. As such he is a very special toy, because not only is he the last of the 1984 and 1985 cars to get a Classics update, but he is also a member of the Lost Light crew, which are always welcome releases.

Skids is a really fun toy. He is not flawless, because he does have a bit of limited movement in his shoulders and his backpack does sometimes make him a little tricky to balance. But he also has a very sharp look, strongly conveying both the concept of an updated version of Generation 1 Skids and also capturing the feel of the character from the comic. He also has an absolute mountain of weaponry, including two double-barreled shoulder cannons, two shoulder mounted banks of missiles, 8 missiles per shoulder, twin lasers in each arm which swing out to either side of the wrist, plus liquid nitrogen rifle and the nudge gun. The latter two weapons can combine into a larger weapon. Almost all these weapons can tuck away as well, so Skids can be displayed in a nice variety of configurations.

All in all, Skids is a good release, and a lot of fun. He is very much the spirit of a Classics update of the original toy, and the sheer amount of guns makes for lots of posing options. If the shoulders had a little more freedom to move, he'd probably be perfect. Even so, with his wave now hitting US retail, I cannot recommend this one enough. He's worth hunting down and adding to your collection. Check out the gallery at the link below and see for yourself.

Generations Deluxe Skids Gallery
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Sol Fury
Also by way of a PSA - a lot of people have reported that the hips are installed backwards on Skids out of the package. It's easy to change, and it improves the movement of the hips tremendously. Just be careful on the balls of the ball jointed hips, as I've heard of a couple of breakages on those.

A big shout out also to my good friend Shockscream, who hooked me up with a right hip after my own Skids came with two left hips.
AgentAlabama113
I want this so bad!
Mechafire
BBTS pls get this wave in now kthx
Space Weasel
Looks really sweet, glad to see my favorite Diaclone-era character getting some love. I think if Reprolabels does a set for him, it may be my first ever purchase from them. Seeing the vehicle mode from several angles really makes it easier to see how he's "descended" from the original in that mode; the Hasbro stock photos were from an angle that made it harder to tell.

My only real complaint is that the wrist blasters don't really look like they add that much, and there's no real place to hold them that wouldn't screw with the use of his hands "in reality." He's got plenty of guns without.
allew
Looks awesome! As with Hound, Sunstreaker, Red Alert and Smokescreen I wouldn't mind paying a bit more for Takara's version - I imagine Skids will be in a darker blue closer to the G1 toy, with perhaps silver/chrome weapons and red fists. Stoked to hear we might get Crosscut next from this mold!
PredaconElder
The comparison with the cybertron era mold goes to show how Hasbro is skimping out on us. Guess the Hub needs more money and attention.
TattooedRobot
Masterpiece please.
Technostorm98
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Originally Posted by PredaconElder View Post
The comparison with the cybertron era mold goes to show how Hasbro is skimping out on us. Guess the Hub needs more money and attention.
But the generations mold are much more poseable and not focusing on any gimmick
PredaconElder
Couldn't we have both size and poseability?
ORIO
Nice gallery!
General Magnus
Wow, Im glad I paid for this wave already.
MachSabre
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Originally Posted by PredaconElder View Post
The comparison with the cybertron era mold goes to show how Hasbro is skimping out on us. Guess the Hub needs more money and attention.
Weeeellll... while it's hard to deny that the Deluxes are shorter these days, Cybertron Hot Shot (and Override) was pretty tall, even for that time. If you compare Skids to some of the other Cybertron deluxes like Red Alert or Sideways, it's a little more in sync with the sizes.
sh002
I'll need 1 to open and 1 to keep sealed
Wazdakka
Also remember that the price tag of deluxes has now been slightly reduced, from $14.99 to $12.99, in most places. So, while the shrinking and simplification is disappointing, your wallet is not being crunched as hard.
Neo Tallgeese
Looks good. Would love to see him and Waspinator make it this way before Christmas. Wonder who they will repaint him into. BTW, I figure the delu vehicles are a bit smaller lately so that they will interact better with Metroplex (and possibly other future bases.)
Space Weasel
A bit that didn't really register before: the doors are really interesting, with the gull-wing format. Am I right in thinking they swivel to get to "wing" position in robot mode? Because that's a pretty neat design choice I haven't ever seen before (though I spent a long time not buying).
G1Prowl
The fact that you can hide most of the guns gives a huge happy, as I'm a Classics collector and have no attachment to MTMTE
WhiteMocha
Looks good! It actually looks like he has more freedom of motion in the shoulders than I feared he would, so I'm satisfied with that. All those hollow holes in his limbs are a bit unsightly, but I understand why they're there, and I suspect they won't be as noticeable in person or sitting on a shelf. I do wish his hands were separate pieces (being molded in the same plastic chunk as his forearm looks a bit cheap, like a Legends figure), but that's a small nitpick. I'll probably leave the weapons mostly hidden, but it's cool we have the option either way. And his face sculpt is nice, unique, and surprisingly organic-looking (feels very comic-y, which is appropriate).

Really looking forward to getting him. I wonder if the inevitable Takara release will be a darker G1-esque blue.

EDIT: I also really like the vehicle mode. It has tons of personality, and will provide some great tuner-car variety among the other Autobot alt modes.
Grimwing
I could not possibly be more excited for skids.

mandiprime97
Wow, he looks great.
SMOG
Even as a MTMTE homage, the guns are a bit of overkill... but it's cool because they don't have to be deployed. Great looking figure. The face is a bit weird and "fleshy" for my tastes, but it's a minor complaint. The purist in me is also glad that they didn't make him a van.

One thing that the group photo above shows is just how completely screwed the relative robot proportions are in the CHUG lines. Tracks is squat. Hoist is TINY. The 'Lambor' molds are gigantic. If Jazz were in that image, he'd look beefy compared to almost every other figure. It's kind of a bummer.


zmog
bman29
He looks great. It's just funny how the deluxe size has shrunk in recent times. Red Alert towers over Hoist. Picked up generations Megatron and I would have liked that figure more if it was voyager. Just in size comparison to Starscream classics line version would work better. More in line with his comic counterpart, but when have Transformers actually relative sizes made sense?
SmokescreenSWE
Is a Takara release confirmed? I have all of these '85 guys in Takara editions so far, so I might as well wait for Skids too.
down_shift
Not to nit-pick but we still haven't gotten a Classics Brawn, Outback, Huffer, Pipes, or Gears. Frankly the DOTM deluxes and PCCs don't cut it.

I'm not overly impressed with this figure. Face isn't a face that I'd look at and say "yeah, that's Skid alright". I'll second the comment that it does look too fleshy and misses the mark. The lack of movement and dorky looking feet leave me unimpressed.

Too bad. Just like Trailcutter, this one could have been a lot better.
Stardust262
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Originally Posted by down_shift View Post
Not to nit-pick but we still haven't gotten a Classics Brawn, Outback, Huffer, Pipes, or Gears. Frankly the DOTM deluxes and PCCs don't cut it.

I'm not overly impressed with this figure. Face isn't a face that I'd look at and say "yeah, that's Skid alright". I'll second the comment that it does look too fleshy and misses the mark. The lack of movement and dorky looking feet leave me unimpressed.

Too bad. Just like Trailcutter, this one could have been a lot better.
If those upcoming listings are to be believed, Brawn and Gears are coming as Legends.
down_shift
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If those upcoming listings are to be believed, Brawn and Gears are coming as Legends.
Ah yes, you are correct! That leaves an easy Outback (or Fallback) repaint or remold. I also forgot about Beachcomber and Hubcap. If anyone should be last in line it's Hubcap. ha ha ha.
deliciouspeter
All these size queens don't seem to see the G1 Skids. G1 deludes were $10.99 or so in 1984, translates to about $25 in 2013 dollars.
CelticMutt
The current deluxes are the same size as the majority of pre-movie deluxes. Skids, Trailbreaker, Stealthbomber Megs, etc. are all the same size as the 2006 Classics deluxes. It wasn't until the movie lines started up that we started getting more and more over-sized deluxes.
Autovolt 127
The 2nd last picture with Generations Skids alongside his G1 and Alternators figures made me realize that man his light blue deco scheme looks bad when compared to the purple on the other too.

I now hope Takara's version will be purple, Otherwise it looks good.
Angelwave
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All these size queens don't seem to see the G1 Skids.


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Originally Posted by Autovolt 127 View Post
The 2nd last picture with Generations Skids alongside his G1 and Alternators figures made me realize that man his light blue deco scheme looks bad when compared to the purple on the other too.

I now hope Takara's version will be purple, Otherwise it looks good.

Yeah for me I think the blue is a bit too bright. I would've preferred the indigo as well. Probably not as dark, but a nice rich indigo
SydneyY
Very nice looking toy. Can't wait to get one (maybe TakTom version, hopefully) myself
Sol Fury
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Originally Posted by Space Weasel View Post
A bit that didn't really register before: the doors are really interesting, with the gull-wing format. Am I right in thinking they swivel to get to "wing" position in robot mode? Because that's a pretty neat design choice I haven't ever seen before (though I spent a long time not buying).
Yes, the door lifts up gullwing style and then the lower half lifts up to make the wing position for robot mode. It's certainly a less common way of doing the door wing transformation, I certainly cannot think of anything else that does it quite like that off the top of my head.

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Originally Posted by SmokescreenSWE View Post
Is a Takara release confirmed? I have all of these '85 guys in Takara editions so far, so I might as well wait for Skids too.
I don't remember hearing about a Takara version, but it's bound to happen. I would be extremely surprised if Takara passed over any of the new molds for Japan, it's just a matter of when.
SMOG
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Originally Posted by deliciouspeter View Post
All these size queens don't seem to see the G1 Skids.
I see it... what's your point? Skids isn't supposed to be a big car, or a heavy bruiser, so I'm fine with a smallish figure... but when you compare with the other figures that ostensibly fill out the "CHUG" G1 crowd, you really see how the figure sizes are not terribly compatible.

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Originally Posted by CelticMutt View Post
The current deluxes are the same size as the majority of pre-movie deluxes. Skids, Trailbreaker, Stealthbomber Megs, etc. are all the same size as the 2006 Classics deluxes. It wasn't until the movie lines started up that we started getting more and more over-sized deluxes.
Um, no. I'm afraid that's just not true at all.

I've got RID, Armada Trilogy, Classics, Animated, Prime and figures from all 3 movies sitting on my shelves. There are always freaks in every line, standing extra large or small... but the point is that there is an undeniable trend skewing smaller*. And, even when you aren't talking about total height or mass, when you put a lot of these G1 homages next to each other, you get obvious problems. It would have been nice if Hasbro/Takara had made the effort to keep to a more consistent general sense of character scale.

Trailcutter/Hoist is a great example of a wild misstep. Great figure... but so dainty. We kind of assume that Megatron and Optimus as deluxes are wildly off-scale with most of the other bots in that class, but when Bumblebee is the biggest guy in your new line up (and IDW Bumblebee is not terribly big), you've got some issues.

zmog

(* I will say that we've been getting some decent beefy Voyagers just lately in the Generations line... so that's a nice change)
s0undwave1995
he looks so different from the earlier generations toy, he looks sleeker and less awkward!
TattooedRobot
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Originally Posted by PredaconElder View Post
Couldn't we have both size and poseability?
Yes it's called a masterpiece
Paradigm-Shift Prime
Sweet! Very plain/bland paint applications but otherwise I'm looking forward to this mold
Starscream0625
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Originally Posted by PredaconElder View Post
The comparison with the cybertron era mold goes to show how Hasbro is skimping out on us. Guess the Hub needs more money and attention.
I'm perfectly happy with the current Transformers figures, but my some of my favorite figures to date are from the Cybertron toy line. They were large, blocky and had nice paint applications by my standards. I would blame the current state of the modern figures, however (and their state is great, but not as good in my mind as the Cybertron toys), on the economy.
bonewire
I want to see the Takara version, this on is so sky blue. Wish he was more of a midnight blue
SG hailstorm
LOVE the figure, hate the head
RayH
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I want to see the Takara version, this on is so sky blue. Wish he was more of a midnight blue
The mold is really cool, but im in the same train of thought.

I have a strong feeling takara will make a darker blue more g1 accurate. and maybe add red paint stripes on the doors.

i hope they announce the takara one soon...

I'm waiting for the takara hoist and trailcutter set
Extendarr


B'Bantor
I believe I'll give my Skids a bath in deep blue dye and maybe paint his hands red. The comparison photos with the G1 toy really makes that bright blue look off even though it's a nice color.
Grimlock_13
Can't wait for Skids! It's definitely small but I don't mind Skids being small. Unlike Trailbreaker and Hoist.
Space Weasel
I only just realized how desperately I want an explanation of exactly what each of his guns do. Is the rifle that attaches to the nudge gun the G1 liquid nitrogen rifle? Do the shoulder guns fire shells or energy blasts? The idea of TFs just having "guns" still just seems wrong.
Stepper
I want this Skids so badly
webz
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Originally Posted by Space Weasel View Post
I only just realized how desperately I want an explanation of exactly what each of his guns do. Is the rifle that attaches to the nudge gun the G1 liquid nitrogen rifle? Do the shoulder guns fire shells or energy blasts? The idea of TFs just having "guns" still just seems wrong.
That still gets a giggle from me, 30 years later... The "peace loving autobots" but many of them have weapons as scary or scarier than decepticons! Yes, I realize we come in at the tail end of the war, so both sides have advanced their military tech, but it's hard to image prowl as a peaceful civilian with two rocket launchers on his shoulders... Or metroplex tending cyberdaisies with canons sticking out everywhere...

I see this skids toy and wonder what his pre-war job was... Insecticon control?
Kraken
Pah. No grappling hook hand. Pass.











Yeah, right, as if! He's beautiful! Not buying much atm, but he is a must buy. Can't wait to pair him with Swerve on my shelf
Acteon
Like some others, I'm waiting to see what Takara come up with. Great figure, but the deco is incredibly cheap looking and it deserves better. The colour mix is closer to Gears than Skids really.

It's funny how the colours can change your mind about a figure. I never cared much for Stealth-Megs in the comics, largely due to the dopey M he was sporting on his dome, but the toy paint scheme really made it pop, and losing the electro capital detail made a world of difference too.
Murasame
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Originally Posted by SMOG View Post
Even as a MTMTE homage, the guns are a bit of overkill... but it's cool because they don't have to be deployed. Great looking figure. The face is a bit weird and "fleshy" for my tastes, but it's a minor complaint. The purist in me is also glad that they didn't make him a van.

One thing that the group photo above shows is just how completely screwed the relative robot proportions are in the CHUG lines. Tracks is squat. Hoist is TINY. The 'Lambor' molds are gigantic. If Jazz were in that image, he'd look beefy compared to almost every other figure. It's kind of a bummer.
http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-...1385914728.jpg

zmog
But real Lamborghinis are gigantic as well. Pretty sure they are much longer than most Pickup trucks.

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