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Name: Sideways
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Sports Car



CAR MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   A graphite coloured sports coupe with metallic pink windows, a silver painted engineblock at the rear and silver painted headlights, Sideways has black plastic wheels, a black painted grille, black stripes along the sides and a black Decepticon logo stamped on the front of his hood. Like his deluxe counterpart, Sideways is loosely based on the Audi R8, but deliberately skirts around copyright. The colours are similar to those found on the deluxe and work quite well, even if metallic pink window are an unlikely choice for an actual sports car.

   As with most Legends cars, Sideways rolls on his tyres and not much else. The detailing here is good - especially the engineblock - and while there are some transformation seams on his roof, Sideways looks good overall. Unlike earlier Legends, ROTF Legends have adequate painted details in vehicle mode, and Sideways is no exception to this rule. In fact, all but one of the coloured details present on the deluxe are accounted for here (the hubcaps are unpainted).

   A fairly straightforward vehicle mode, really. Having said that, everything is done right so Sideways looks impressive as Legends toys go. The graphite colour has a nice sheen - I'm so glad they avoided the flat grey Hasbro is so fond of.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Split the rear, pull the sides out. Fold the feet down from underneath, fold the groin and legs down, which will also cause the head to pop up from within the hood and the windshield to fold back. Swing the sides out to form arms, spread the legs and stand him up.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7.5cm Width: 6cm

   A graphite coloured robot with black boots and a black face, Sideways has red eyes and the Decepticon logo on his hood is now on his chest (which is the front of the car). There's not as much colour here as on the large toy, but the basic feel is the same, and he doesn't have the lizard hips of the deluxe. The red eyes are small and a little tricky to see, but the colour scheme works overall.

   For whatever reason, there's a trend in the ROTF line of Legends which are better than the full sized toys. Sideways has followed this trend, with much more natural looking hips and a great sculpting on his thighs and groin. His hands are the back of the car, so they're oversized (and he lacks the sawblade gimmick), but they're no worse than the hands of many other Legends, and they are the same shape as those of the larger toy. Sideways has small feet and is designed to stand with his feet apart, but he stands easier than the deluxe toy (well, without the panel trick).

   His poseability is okay - the shoulders and hips are ball jointed, the latter somewhat limited. His knees can bend, but only forward, so the four ball joints are all we get. But his heelspurs are decent, so there are some poses available.

   A good robot mode despite oversized hands - in some ways it's actually better than the deluxe. The colours work fairly well and the sculpt is good. The poseability is about what you'd expect of a Legends toy, rounding out a solid robot mode.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   A good Legends toy which outshines the larger toy in some ways, Sideways has two good modes and the eye for detail which ROTF has brought to the Legends class. There are some shortcomings - the hands are the main one - but nothing is really major. The play value is by the numbers and the colour scheme is understated, but Sideways is a worthwhile Legends toy - 7.5/10

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