Revenge of the Fallen Wideload Toy Review

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Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: January 2010
Price Point: $7.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
WIDELOAD thinks about two things: doing his job well, and looking good. So when a DECEPTICON scum like SONAR ruins not only his perfect polish, but also a cargo of sensitive electronics, he swears revenge. He doesn’t know how he’s going to take out the sea bound warrior, but he’s determined to sink SONAR if it’s the last thing he does.

Add another warrior to your action-packed robot battles with this heroic WIDELOAD figure. Start the excitement in robot mode and then convert him into delivery van vehicle so he can tear down the street in pursuit of his enemies and “deliver” up some justice! Ages 5 and up.

Early 2010 brings a new wave of Scout Class figures to the "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line including several redecos. One of these is Wideload. Like Rollbar, the figure he is based on, Wideload takes his name from a Generation One Throttlebot. The name has since been repurposed for other characters including a Constructicon in "Energon". This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Robot Mode:
In a toy line full of bright and dramatic colors such as bold reds, blues and yellows as well as darker military colors such as green and black, it is refreshing every now and then to see something a bit different, and that is what Wideload offers. His robot mode is primarily made up of three plastic colors: off-white, blue and grey. The off white color is a particularly vibrant color that is bold and makes the figure pop visually. The blue is found on his head, side leg armor and chest piece, contrasting very strongly with the cream color. Acting as a visual middle ground between the light white color and the bold blue color is the grey, which makes up his forearms, lower legs and the flaps on his chest panels.

Paint applications are rather sparse in this mode, which is the one failing of this figure in my opinion. Orange is the primary paint color, found on the inner side of the panels on his back and in small amounts on the robot head and chest. A red Autobot symbol is painted onto the side of his left leg (on the blue panel), but that's it. The orange is interesting since along with the blue parts you have two of the colors found on G1 Wideload, but I can't help wishing there was more done with the robot mode. Perhaps coloring details on his chest or parts of the arms and legs to enhance the really well sculpted detail. As it stands, he definitely draws your eye at first, but when you look closer you notice there isn't a whole lot to look at color-wise. I know that Rollbar himself barely had any paint in robot mode, but his main color wasn't quite as light, and Wideload is a redeco so I was hoping for a bit more than just some orange on the back panels and some highlights here and there.

All the joints on Wideload are tight and none of the hinged pieces flop around or anything, so in terms of quality control the tooling seems to be fine for this figure (no surprise since this is only its second iteration).

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Straighten out the robot arms so they are down to the sides.
  2. Swing the blue panels against the chest.
  3. Swing the robot arms and the back panels forward.
  4. Hold on to the blue chest panel and swing it down. This will collapse the head into the front portion of the vehicle mode.
  5. Swing the light blue chest panel down on the center hinge.
  6. Swing the dark blue panels on the chest panel out to the sides.
  7. Connect the two arm sections together to form the back of the truck.
  8. Connect the robot feet to the back of the truck.
  9. Swing the dark blue chest panels into the sides, filling in the gap at the back of the vehicle on the sides.
  10. Swing the light blue panels on the wheels forward.

Vehicle Mode:
Just as the off white color dominates the robot mode, it is also the primary color in vehicle mode. Almost all the visibile plastic in this form is off white except some parts cast in blue, grey and black. The blue comes from the robot chest panel that winds up in the back of the vehicle and the grey is found on the panels from the robot mode chest that form side panels of the vehicle. Black is used for all six wheels, no surprises there.

With his rather uncommon, boxy vehicle mode there is an opportunity to put something fun on Wideload. Rollbar had a Red Bull inspired logo on the side (along with some colors inspired by the brand) but Wideload takes a whole different direction, drawing from Transformers terminology instead. This is reflected in paint decos on the sides, back and front of the vehicle. Orange is found on the front end, painting the headlights and the lights running on top of the vehicle. It is also used for the words "Energon Express" on the sides, indicating a fictional delivery company. Blue is used to paint the windshield, side windows and a horizontal line going across the sides of the vehicle, separating the words "Energon" and "Express" from each other. On either side is a large, red Autobot symbol that looks really nice against the off white color. Silver is found on the front grille and the back of the vehicle, offering a nice "mechanical" looking color to contrast against the brighter off white and orange that make up so much of this vehicle form.

I'm definitely a bigger fan of the vehicle mode than the robot mode for this figure. The vehicle mode is full of color, a bit playful and looks really cool. I would have liked to have seen more of the details from the vehicle mode carry over into the robot mode be they silver highlights or orange lines against the blue panel on the chest. I can't help but feel after looking at the cool vehicle mode that there is a lost design opportunity here somewhere.

Final Thoughts:
While I think Rollbar is the bee's knees, I can't say the same for Wideload. There is a bit of G1 homage going on here and the sculpt is excellent, but the dull robot mode paint job is rather unfortunate. Still, I cannot say it's a bad figure, just one I can't recommend as heartily as the figure it's based on. Recommended because of its cool vehicle mode and strong sculpt, but with reservations because of a dull looking robot mode.