Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class Sideways Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Movie (2007), Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: August 2009
Price Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text from Transformers.com:
Roll out against AUTOBOT forces as you stage your own battles with this SIDEWAYS figure. Engage with the good guys in robot mode, then quickly maneuver for robot-to-vehicle conversion and speed into action in sports car mode! Add this fierce fighter to your collection and decide the fate of the Universe!

DECEPTICON villain figure converts from robot mode to sports car mode and back again! Ages 5 and up.

It kind of amazes me just how many iterations of Sideways there are considering the character had about five minutes of screen time altogether in "Revenge of the Fallen". He's sort of like Boba Fett, but not as popular or cool. Still, I have a fondness for the design of the character and I do like having a version of him that can bop about my desk with Mighty Muggs Optimus Prime and the Starship Enterprise.

Robot Mode:
Sideways' design is a slightly different take on the traditional Transformer car to robot design. Like the traditional design, his chest is created from the front of the car, the sides of the vehicle become his arms and the back of the vehicle turn into his legs. The trick is not making him look entirely like he's a bunch of car parts stacked on top of each other. The movie Transformers designs generally reveal a lot of armor panels that are bent to the shape of the robot body, and there are tons of mechanical details. Being a Legends Class figure, Sideways isn't the largest figure, so many of his details are approximated. Among the nice robot mode details are his head, which have several of the line details sweeping up with angled eyes set in a rather evil stare. The inside of the robot arms and the shoulders have mechanical details and claws. His waist and legs are the most detailed portions, with my favorite details being the raised sections on his waist and the V shaped portions on his upper legs.

Most traditional Transformer designs are very humanoid. Sideways sort of fits this profile, but the movie design (and the design of the deluxe figure have back swept "chicken walker" like legs. While his lower legs can indeed swing forward as part of the transformation, his feet are not articulated so you can't really stand him in the "chicken walker" position. Due to this he winds up looking more like a traditional humanoid Transformer.

Sideways is primarily cast in silver and black plastic. Most of the body is silver with black used for smaller parts such as his lower legs and his arm hinges. Paint applications are done up in red, black and silver. Red is used for the robot eyes, keeping with the tradition of giving Decepticons red eyes. His face is painted black along with the front grille and a Decepticon symbol on his chest. Silver is used for the headlight details on his chest. It's a simple paint job, but for the most part it works very well. The silver/black/red combination is alway a nice one to see, but I would have liked to see the additional red details shown on the packaging. If you look at his package photography, he appears to have been originally designed to have red on the legs, but the final product does not.

There are eight points of articulation on this figure, but the lower legs can only kick forward at the knees. His arms are much nicer, with ball joints that allow a wide range of articulation.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the lower legs up against the thighs.
  2. Swing the robot chest up and fold the windshield panel down.
  3. Connect the robot legs together.
  4. Rotate the robot arms back and push them into the side.

Vehicle Mode:
Based off the sleek Audi R8 vehicle, Sideways has a really nice looking vehicle mode. This tiny version of the character recreates many of the primary features of that vehicle while altering others (presumably due to licensing issues). The front end has the distinctive curved lines going from the lower edges of the windshield down to the center of the front end. The grille in front is a rectangular shaped box with angled headlights flanking them on either side. Below each headlight is a space where the Audi has vent like details. The sides of the vehicle have a trapezoid like shape that represents a depression designed into the sides of the real life Audi. On the back is perhaps his most distinctive feature, an engine sculpted into the back of the vehicle where you would normally expect to find a rear window. This reflects one variant of the R8 that has an engine built into the back. In this figure the engine has a design partly inspired by the real life R8. The rear section has the curved rear lights that end on angles on the outer edges.

Where this sculpt differs from the Audi R8 are in smaller details. On the center of the hood are raised air intake sections and the front grille has a set of vertical lines instead of the honeycomb type pattern on the R8. Also, the sideview mirrors just come out from the sides in a striaight line whereas the R8 has more "L" shaped side view mirrors. He is of course missing the distinctive four ring logo that represents the Audi brand, normally found on the front of the hood.

Sideways is mostly dark silver in this form. His engine in the back is painted silver along with the headlights. The windows are painted metallic pink, a really nice color that evokes the look of the pink windows from his deluxe incarnation. Black paint is used for the front grille and the Decepticon symbol on his hood. It is also used to paint an L shaped detail running along the sides of the vehicle, a detail inspired by the L shaped sides of the Audi. Overall it's a great looking color scheme and it definitely evokes the feel of the vehicle from the movie.

Final Thoughts:
Sideways is an excellent Legends Class figure. The sculpt is very well done and the colors look great. I feel as if I should be harder on the figure since it doesn't replicate his "chicken walker" legs, but somehow that's not as important as the overall package in my eyes. Highly recommended!