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Name: Skywarp
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Warrior
Alternate Mode: F-15 Eagle Jet



JET MODE
Height: 7.5cm Length: 21cm Width: 15.5cm

   A black jet plane with a transparent orange cockpit, silver detailing courtesy of stickers on the wings, lilac tainfins and a black nose - which is rubberised. The tops of the air intakes are silver-painted metal, but there's silver stickers which conceal this. Like all seekers, he's got big Decepticon stickers on the wings and a smaller one on the nose. Also, just behind the left air intake there's a rubsign.

   There's a lot of good to be said about Diaclone toys. You can criticise their poseability until you're blue in the face, but the fact remains this is probably the sweetest real jet plane mould the Transformers line has ever used. The lines on the wings & fuselage match those of a real F-15 Eagle, and the proportions are perfect. The engines even have turbine tips moulded inside. OK, so you're not that likely to see a black and lilac F-15 out there, but if you did, it'd look very much like Skywarp. If it teleports, it's definitely him...

   As mentioned, the Diaclone toys aren't really poseable. But in this mode that's OK - F-15s are fixed wing aircraft. The front undercarriage _can_ actually turn, and he does roll. The missiles in his missile launchers can be either short or long, with short more realistic for this mode, since the launchers then look bomb-like, but I personally prefer the long ones, mainly because I don't have to swap the missiles to have a show-accurate robot mode.

   It's really quite hard for me to fault this vehicle mode. The only real fault is that the wing posts are slightly too long, making the wings stick out too far, but you can easily file them down (as I have on all my seekers), to make them flush with the fuselage. There's also a gap between the engines at the rear of the aircraft.

   A very good vehicle mode. Basically, the designer of the Diaclone-based Transformers sat down with realistic scale models of real things and worked from there, and you can see this with Skywarp. It's worth mentioning that Skywarp isn't actually a Diaclone toy - only Starscream and Thundercracker were issued as Diaclones - Skywarp is technically a Diaclone recolour.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Remove the wings, remove the front undercarriage and place it inside the cockpit. Fold the rear tailfins down, flip back the rear wheels to form the feet. Stand him up and push the plastic bit on his chest till it swings out to form the arms. Fold the nose down, then swing it through the chest until the cockpit rests on his chest. Fold the nosecone back to reveal the head. Attach his fists, reattach the wings, insignia facing forward and attach the missile launchers to the arms. You can actually perform this transformation with the wings staying attached, though it'll take a tad longer and the attachments for the wings will eventually wear out.

   One thing that has always bothered me about this transformation is that there's nowhere for the fists in jet mode. While you can store everything else, it does make for very easily lost fists. Of course, the other detachable parts are commonly lost anyway.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 14cm Width: 15cm

   Yes, he's wider that he is tall, thanks to the wingspan. Skywarp's mainly black again in this mode, with lilac fists, feet and head, with a largely silver chest, save for the black cockpit with orange glass. Unlike his cartoon incarnation, he has a black face - it's white on the show. It must be said, lilac was a very weird colour to choose, Decepticon Purple would have seemed more logical, but it works out pretty well. Oh, the lilac is actually a tad darker than the Skywarp we see in the cartoon, and the show's Skywarp has ditched silver for white.

   Aside from his shoulders being able to move, Skywarp pretty much just stands there being very wide. His shoulders do move in pretty much every direction, however, courtesy of his transformation. The missile launchers can shoot all of 2cm. The air intakes form big towers on top of each shoulder, which look pretty good. If you look at the toy of Skywarp and compare it to the show, the toy appears to be missing thighs. Basically, the proportions are the same, but in the toy the legs are one piece and the show added thighs that the toy simply doesn't have.

   Assuming you have all the bits, it's a very nice looking robot mode. The poseability was reasonably good for 1984, too. The missile launchers on the arms leave Skywarp well armed and he looks suitably menacing with either the long or short missiles.

VARIATIONS

   Shares his mould with Starscream & Skywarp, as well as sharing the basic mould with Dirge, Ramjet & Thrust.

   The first set of seekers all had tailfins that joined via either larger or smaller pegs.

OVERALL

   For Diaclone-based Transformer fans, Skywarp is a great toy. He's detailed, pleasing to the eye and good shoulder poseability for the time. Of course, the sheer number of detachable bits you can loose work against him somewhat, but the complete toy is good. The colour scheme is a little strange, but it works pretty well. Show-accuracy types will find Skywarps's lilac a little too dark. The black face and silver chest also differ from the show, but you can't really blame the toy, since it came first. 7.5/10, and he only loses half a point because Thundercracker has a slightly better colour scheme

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