"Generations" War for Cybertron: Siege Covert Clone Sideswipe Toy Review

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Generations

War for Cybertron: Siege

General Information:
Release Date: July 2019
Price Point: $49.99 (In a multi-pack with Sideswipe and Trenchfoot)
Retailer: Amazon Exclusive
Accessories: "JF-10 A2A Proton Missile Launcher", "W-10 Smokecloak Blaster"

Sideswipe

Official images and text below in italics are from Amazon.com:

  • Final Strike figure series collection: discover the 2-part final Strike series where 2 strike teams on opposite sides of the war for Cyber Tron clash in a single mission. Explore both sides through 2 exciting packs: this wfc-s26 3-pack and the wfc-s27 deception phantomstrike Squadron (sold separately, subject to availability).
  • Figure special edition pack: Autobot alphastrike counterforce pack includes slamdance, a G2 deco'd covert Clone Sideswipe, and a battle Masters figure. Part 1 of the final Strike figure series.
  • Complete the mission battle scene: line up this package with wfc-s27 deception phantomstrike Squadron (sold separately, subject to availability) to complete mission battle scene!
  • Customizable weapon load out: Includes 4 weapon accessories that can attach to figures in custom configurations and a fire blasts accessory to simulate battle effects!
  • Amazon exclusive: celebrate the War for Cyber Tron trilogy with this special edition wfc-s26 Autobot alphastrike counterforce 3-pack.

Skyward and the Deception phantomstrike Squadron have been attacking key Autobot positions, launching quick strike surprise attacks. The Autobus alphastrike counterforce: slamdance, a Clone of Sideswipe built for covert operations, and trenchfoot -- must analyze deception attack patterns, anticipate the next target, and counterstrike. This Autobot alphastrike counterforce pack includes 3 figures: deluxe slamdance, a G2 deco'd deluxe covert Clone Sideswipe, and a battle Masters figure, trenchfoot.

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The Autobot Alphastrike Counterforce boxed set includes a redeco of the Siege Sidewipe. This version of the character is based on his Generation 2 appearance. Interestingly, he is referred to as "Covert Clone Sideswipe", which leaves the question open as to whether this is the same Sideswipe as the one released earlier in the line or is this a "G2 Clone" similar to those introduced in "A Flash Forward, Part 3. You may want to check out my original review of Siege Sidewipe. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Packaging:
Once upon a time boxed set of redecos were the provenance of special events such as Botcon. However, Hasbro has really ramped things up with the packaging for these exclusive sets. Instead of a window box, this box has artwork that wraps around to one side. The art features all three (or four depending on how you look at it) characters in the box in the middle of a battle scene on Cybertron. The beauty of this artwork is that it is intended to connect to the artwork on the boxed set that includes Skywarp! You can actually see the combined art here. The rest of the packaging includes traditional packaging elements such as the vertical "Transformers" logo and the "Siege" logo towards the bottom.

The back of the packaging uses many of the same design elements as the rest of the Siege toyline including a blue background with a honeycomb pattern and metallic looking borders. The name of the boxed set is the "Autobot Alphastrike Counterforce" set, but early solicitations referred to it as the "Firestormers" set, a reference to a team of Autobots in the first issue of the Generation 2 comic book. Each character is listed separately. Sideswipe (named "Covert Clone" here) is said to have a 16 step transformation. Trenchfoot has 5 steps and Slamdance has 6 and 11 for Grand Slam and Raindance respectively. The corner has a cosell of the Decepticon Phantomstrike Squadron. Overall this packaging is beautiful and I appreciate the obvious care that went into it.

Accessories:
Sideswipe includes two accessories. One is a small, cone shaped blaster known as the "W-5 Gyro Blaster" and a more cylindrical weapon known as the "W-10 Photo-Pulser Proton Launcher". The two pieces can be connected to form the "RR Gyrofuse Axleswitch Hyper-Blaster". I love these names as they recall some of the cooler (and frankly, goofier) names for weapons in G1. The "Proton Launcher" is actually based on G1 Sideswipe's rocket launcher. This weapon is cast in black plastic with silver paint on it.

The "W-5 Gyro Blaster" is modeled after the rocket that would be fired from G1 Sideswipe's launcher. The beauty of having these two accessories as separate pieces is they can be used as separate weapons, allowing you to connect the tabs on the "Proton Launcher" to the slots on either side of the robot head near the shoulders. You can then insert the blaster into the launcher as a "rocket". The "Proton Launcher" also has 5mm peg so Sideswipe can hold it in his hand as well. Many recent Sideswipe figures have lacked this combination of a handheld weapon and a shoulder launcher and it is great that the designers found a way to give this figure both. This piece is also black plastic with silver paint on it.

Robot Mode:
Generation 2 Sideswipe has a very different deco than his Generation One counterpart. Instead of being mostly red, he was mostly black with some red and white parts. In keeping with the somewhat garish colors used in many G2 toys, he also included some neon green stickers. This figure is G2 inspired but does not seek to fully replicate the look of that figure.

The biggest change in the deco are the plastic colors. The red parts on Sideswipe have been swapped out for black ones, and the black parts are now red. The white parts are still a shade of white, but instead of the off-white of the first figure, this white is a very bright one, contrasting heavily with the red and black. Red, silver and blue paint are used to provide additional detail on this figure. Silver is found on the head, chest, waist area and lower legs. He has a bit of the Siege style battle damage around his ankle area in black. A G1 Autobot symbol is tampographed onto the chest. Some may ask why a G1 symbol was used instead of the "Optimus Prime head" G2 symbol, and the answer is simple: the actual G2 Sideswipe did not have a G2 symbol on his chest, he had an original Autobot symbol instead. Overall the deco looks good, but it does lack a certain level of G2 goofiness which I suppose would be a bit out of place in the more "gritty" Siege line.

All twenty one points of articulation on my copy of this figure are nice and tight. Sideswipe features several connection points for weapons with 5mm pegs. There are nine of these points altogether. This includes four on the arms, one on the back and one on each leg. Finally there are two on the bottom of the feet. The ports on his feet are specifically meant for use with the Weaponizers such as Six Gun. If you combine the weapons formed by Micromasters and/or Battle Masters you can really load up Sideswipe with some seriously heavy weaponry. But that's not all! Additional connection points are found on the top of the chest and the left shoulder. These small circles are for use with the Blast Effects included with the Battle Master figures such as Aimless. Attaching these accessories makes it look like Sideswipe is getting hit with weaponry. The end result is both dramatic looking and very cool.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the accessories and set them aside for now.
  2. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  3. Swing open the front panels on the lower legs.
  4. Swing the feet up into the lower legs.
  5. Rotate the waist around.
  6. Swing the front of the vehicle mode up.
  7. Swing the arms up.
  8. Swing the small panels on the back panel out.
  9. Swing the lower legs up over the thighs, then swing the lower leg panels back into place.
  10. Swing the arms down, then swing them up at the elbow.
  11. Swing the fists inward (but not all the way).
  12. Swing the arms into the bottom of the vehicle.
  13. Swing the flaps on the sides down.
  14. Swing the panel from the mid-body of the robot mode down.
  15. The weapons can be attached to the ports on the sides and top of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
Sideswipe's vehicle mode colors are a combination of black, translucent red and solid red plastic. The colors are absolutely beautiful. The contrast of the translucent red against the black is gorgeous. The silver paint on the sides of the wheels and the headlights adds some nice contrast to the black plastic. Red paint on the vents towards the middle helps draw the eye to the line details sculpted into them. Like the robot mode, this is a very clean deco, though I cannot help but think it would have been really fun to have neon green stickers on it like the G2 Sideswipe toy did.

This mode features a 5mm port on either side near the rear wheel well, allowing you to arm up Sideswipe's vehicle form. He also has a port on top. Loading up Sideswipe with weaponry is fun and definitely adds to the "War for Cybertron" concept.

Final Thoughts:
"Covert Clone" Sideswipe is a cool callback to G2 Sideswipe though I would argue Slamdance has the nicer deco overall. I really love this set. Every figure looks great and the packaging is beautiful. Recommended!

Pros:

  • Deco is a fun callback to G2 Sideswipe.
  • Ability to interact with Battle Masters, Micromasters and Weaponizers is a huge plus.
  • Excellent Q/C with tight joints and plenty of pinned in parts.

Cons:

  • I would have liked to see some of the neon green details from the G2 figure on this one.