Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battler Sideswipe Toy Review

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Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: July 2009
Price Point: $11.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

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Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Around the world, the AUTOBOTS battle in secret to destroy the evil forces of the DECEPTICONS. Little do they know that an even deeper threat is about to arise.

SIDESWIPE practiced for years to become the sword master he is today. He is proud of his blades, and treats them better than any other part of his body. He constantly sharpens and polishes them to make sure they’re always ready when the DECEPTICONS appear.

Awesome quick-change figure converts from robot mode to Corvette Stingray concept car in vehicle mode and back again! Keep the enemy in site and use this mighty warrior’s sword-slashing action to help defend against DECEPTICON forces!

SideswipeSideswipe didn't get a whole lot of screen time in "Revenge of the Fallen", but the character definitely made an impression. His super sleek vehicle mode coupled with his very unique robot mode make him a character that's hard to ignore. It's only fitting that he would wind up with a figure in the Fast Action Battler category alongside Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.

Robot Mode:
Sideswipe's design is very faithful to his on screen CGI model, but fitting him into the Fast Action Battler aesthetic means that he was changed up a tiny bit. This change is mostly seen in his proportions. With this figure, the robot head, chest and arms are a bit larger and thicker in proportion to the legs than his other representations such as the deluxe version. Despite parts like the chest and head being a bit out of proportion, their details are sculpted extremely well. The chest has the "L" shaped rear lights along with the four cylinder exhaust pipes in the center. On the top, center section of his chest is the same "Stingray" symbol found on other versions of this figure, but what surprised me is that the designers went the extra mile and really sculpted the symbol intricately. It isn't just one slightly raised piece, but rather the little stingray is set in the middle with another raised circle around it.

Other parts that really impress me with the sculpting are the waist and legs. The waist has the upward sweeping details on his hips found on other versions and layers of lines and tubes. His legs have some fantastic details including layers of armor, tubes and the springs on his ankles from the CGI model. His feet are made up of wheels but the feet are designed to allow the bottom of the wheels to flip out, allowing him some stability in this form. My favorite detail has to be a tube that is on the back of the thighs. When you move the lower legs back and forth, the tube goes into the thigh, creating a nice mechanical effect.

Sideswipe is cast in metallic flake silver and brown. The silver makes up much of the larger pieces in this form including the outer armor on his arms, his chest and back. His inner arms, legs and head are a dark shade of brown while his waist/hip section is a slightly lighter shade. Paint applications are done in red, gunmetal, metallic blue and silver. The red is found on his chest, where it is used to color in the L shaped lights. Gunmetal is used for smaller touches such as the exhaust pipes on his chest and his license plate. Metallic blue is found on his blade weapons as well as the robot eyes. The silver is used the most, coloring parts of his head and legs. Black paint is also found on this figure, specifically on his feet where the tire details are found. Overall, it's a deco that stays true to the character and looks great at the same time.

There are seven points of articulation on this figure, including his arms, legs and knees. The right arm contains his action feature. The arm is spring loaded so if you pull it up, it slices down quickly. The spring feels quite strong too, so I trust it's strong enough to knock down evil doing Fast Action Battlers such as Long Haul.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Push the foot pieces on the robot feet in.
  2. Rotate the blades on his arms around to form the sides of the car.
  3. Push the robot head down.
  4. Swing the panel on the back down over the spot where the robot head was.
  5. Swing the hood/grille piece out.
  6. Swing the robot legs up and tuck them into the underside of the car.
  7. Push each arm in at the shoulders and attach them to the front hood piece using the pegs and holes.

Vehicle Mode:
Like the robot mode, Sideswipe manages to represent some of the exaggerated proportions of the Fast Action Battler aesthetic while still retaining the integrity of what fans saw on screen in "Revenge of the Fallen". In terms of changes, the figure is not as long as the real life Corvette. Instead, the front section is shortened a bit, giving him the look of a more average car you'd see on the street. Still, the rather unique design of the vehicle still comes through thanks in part to the raised wheel wells, sleek lines and curves on the windshield section. Some details are exaggerated slightly including the center of the hood, which is raised slightly higher than other versions of this character. The bulkier shape of this vehicle mode makes it a bit easier for younger kids to grip while still looking movie accurate.

Like the robot mode, the designers did not skimp on the details. The hood has the Corvette checkered flag detail sculpted into the front. The unique grille design adorns the front and the stingray symbol is not only visible on the back, but also on the sides of the vehicle as raised details.

The metallic silver color dominates this form, with the only other plastic color showing being black on the tires. Silver, metallic blue and light metallic blue colors are found throughout the figure. silver is on the sides of the wheels, metallic blue is used for all his windows and the light metallic blue is used for the headlights. The gunmetal color and red from the robot mode's chest carry over here to the rear of the vehicle, with a silver Autobot symbol on the license plate. I love how bold the metallic blue color is, it really stands out against the silver well.

Final Thoughts:
Fast Action Battler Sideswipe is a fantastic representation of the character for younger kids. I'm pleasantly surprised by the amount of detail on the figure in both robot and vehicle modes as well. Highly recommended!