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Name: Sideswipe
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Corvette StingRay Sports Car

Thanks to Morkus for loaning me Sideswipe for this review.



CAR MODE
Height: 5cm Length: 12cm Width: 6.5cm

   A silver Corvette with a metallic blue wraparound window and two smaller rear windows, Sideswipe has a lighter shade of metallic blue on his headlights. The grille is black along with the tyres while his hubcaps are painted silver. It's a very simple colour scheme, but then the Deluxe has a simple colour scheme as well. There are no allegiance symbols here, only a very low detail moulded Corvette badge on the hood.

   The detailing is low but as with the colours, this fits the subtle detailing on the larger toy. The shape is "kiddie" and as a result Sideswipe really just looks like some generic sports car, which is a shame. There are a few moulded details such as door seams, side mirrors and a very rudimentary rear licence place, and aside from the split rear window we don't see anything that really defines Sideswipe as a Corvette. The shape is distorted since the emphasis here is on making this a simple, young child's toy. There's no play value aside from the rolling wheels.

   A chibi sports car, but the simplified vehicle really doesn't work in this style since it becomes far too generic for the movie aesthetic. It's a toy aimed at younger kids but there's just nothing that stands out about this vehicle mode, especially considering that Sideswipe had little screen time anyway.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Stand the car on the back end, pressing a button which will activate transformation. The front splits and pushes out to form the shoulders - the doors form arms. The roof rotates to form the chest, the rear window flips over to form a chestplate. The head rotates into view. To transform back, fold down on his back - the bottom of the car, and everything transforms back automatically.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10.5cm Width: 9cm

   A silver robot with black feet, a false car front on his chest featuring red taillights and a red Autobot logo (even though there are no taillights in car mode). The face is painted silver - over silver - with blue eyes while the arms are painted black, inside the yellow doors. The colour scheme is simple and understated, since this isn't much more than a car on end.

   The indistinct feel of this robot is hampered by the simple colour scheme. The legs are a single piece and the feet are essentially just painted on. The arms are indistinct and the robot is too short for the head, which is really the only aspect of this robot mode which _is_ well defined. In fact it's more detailed than that of the deluxe! While the level of detail here is higher than say the Throttlebots, the bodyshape here is so indistinct that Sideswipe is less humanoid than most similar gimmicked Transformers down the years.

   There is no poseability here, no available gimmicks and no play value. The auto transform is all we get.

   A drastically simple robot mode with little on offer. The bodyshape is indistinct, there are no real legs and the arms are poor. There's no play value to speak of not much display value either. Considering that this is one of ROTF's more fleeting onscreen Autobots, this horrifically simple robot mode offers pretty much nothing, not even character recognition.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   Given than this toy sells for almost the price of a deluxe, there's precious little to offer here. The simple auto-transform is the entire show really, and it doesn't represent good value for money. I don't mind the idea, but it needed to be at a lower pricepoint. And it really should have been left to the more prominent & popular characters rather than one who was almost an extra. The car mode is generic as well as simple while the robot mode is a lump with a rather detailed head. The auto-transform does work, but the Gravity Bots, at just under deluxe price, offer awful value for toys aimed at pre-schoolers. Sideswipe is less compelling than most - 2/10

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