Tuesday 7 April 2009

Toybox REVIEW: Transformers Animated Skywarp

"Skywarp wouldn't call himself a coward. He'd call himself smart. So what if he runs away from combat? Fighting is dangerous! All those missiles and lasers could really hurt someone! As a clone of Starscream, he's got all the power and skill of the leader of the Decepticon air forces, but none of the courage or ambition. He could easily be one of the most dangerous Decepticon of all time, but since he screams and runs away the second a shot is fired, he's mostly just a joke."

Here is my first toy review! Transformers Animated voyager class Skywarp! The most obvious place to start is that this figure is a repaint of the Starscream mould, so other than colour it bears no difference to the original figure whatsoever. But anyway, I'll take you through it as if this were brand new...

The figure transforms into a futuristic style jet, and the black and purple deco works very well. In fact, I'd say its even nicer than Starscream's. The toy also features two firing missiles that can be launched from underneath the jet.

The transformation from vehicle to robot is pretty simple, in fact most of it is done automatically! The first step is to bring the legs down (GERWALK MODE!!!! Lulz), which pushes in the nosecone. Next, bringing the torso into its frame and legs activates the figures automorph, and the arms move down and wings fold backward, leaving simple positioning of the arms left and folding back parts left. And there you have it! Robot mode Skywarp!

I wouldn't say the figure is hugely posable, but its good enough for me. The arms and legs each featuring hinge, swivel and ratchet joints. Bringing his null rays forward on his arms opens up two hidden panels (not quite sure what they are exactly for though!) and his thumb and figure sections are posable (one is loose on my figure though, grrr...). The figure looses points for having the same smirky face as Starscream did, instead of the face of a true coward, but to be honest its a minor nitpick I knew wasn't going to happen anyway.

I HIGHLY recommend this figure, but then I'm a huge fan of the Animated seeker mould. I vastly prefer it to the deluxe universe one (although I will admit that is half the price!). It might not be as appealing to you if you own the original Starscream figure, unless you want every clone you can get your hands on (I know I do!).

But you don't have to take my word for it of course. One picture can say more than I ever will, so here's 7!

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