Cybertron Toy Reviews: Swerve

in 2006, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Galaxy Force, Velocitron / Speedia

General Information:
Release Year: January 2006
Retailer: General US (Toys R Us, Target etc.)
Price: $5.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Accessories: Speed Planet Key, Weapon, Exhaust pipes x 2

Swerve package art


*Image taken from the official Transformers web site.

Tech Specs:
Impatient and short-tempered, SWERVE is a robot whose processors run so hot he was forced to install a backup exhaust system just to compensate for
the excess heat. After his suspension from official races for poor sportsmanship, he found himself in the seedy underground oil-sport racing
sircuit. There, running races in which the last robot standing is declared victor, he's finally found an outlet for his temper, and a use for his
lightning fast reflexes and sharp-shooting skills.

Strength: 5 Intelligence: 6.5 Speed: 7.5 Endurance: 9 Rank: 3.5 Courage: 6.5 Fireblast: 5 Skill: 6

Swerve follows a long standing tradition in the Transformers line of giving a figure a new deco and identity at the same time. Taking the Clocker sculpt, the Autobots get a new recruit from the Speed Planet. I covered this sculpt in detail in my Galaxy Force Skids review and then covered the Clocker version in the Cybertron Clocker review. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Most of the Transformers Cybertron figures come with a Planet Key that includes a code printed on the back. Entering this code on the official Transformers web site unlocked additional content. Swerve's code is s12r and unlocks a picture of his vehicle mode design along with the following text: The form that Swerve has now is actually his 16th body! He started in a form that was close to the size of Crumplezone – it was heavily armored and SUPER slow. With his mega-impatient personality driving him ever faster and harder on the track, he began to bootleg and manufacture body parts to streamline his own form. Finally, he achieved a perfect balance between exhaust spitting speed and plasma blasting firepower. It also doesn’t hurt for any body-moddin’ bot that in the crash and bash races in the bowels of Velocitron there is a never-ending supply of decimated body parts too...

Vehicle Mode:
Swerve is cast in three primary plastic colors: dark, metallic flake red, solid grey and a smokey grey translucent plastic. The front section is made up of the translucent grey plastic with a metallic red paint app covering it except for the sections with the headlights and windshield. Replacing the line details from Clocker's deco pattern, there is a huge silver Autobot symbol painted onto the hood. The seats and main engine block are solid grey with some silver paint on the rear engine section. The sides of the vehicle and the sides of the engine on his back are cast in red. The sides of the engine are painted off-white and the exhaust pipes on either side are painted silver. All four wheels are cast in translucent grey plastic with silver on the wheel covers.

The Cyber Key gimmick still works well. And this tim the sculpt does not suffer from Clocker's odd problem of the barrels not pointing straight properly. These align just right.

Robot Mode:
Swerve's deco in robot mode really comes together well. I'm particulary fond of red and darker colors for robots such as this. Here his upper arms, chest and head are cast in grey plastic. The rest is cast in red. Silver paint apps are found everywhere from his head to his arms to the legs. His feet are colored metallic grey. His chest is painted white, and it is actually solid enough to cover up the solid grey plastic. The circles on his chest are a dark, metallic gold color. These base colors already look great, but using the metallic versions of those colors really enhance the look of the figure. Add to that the tight paint applications (as opposed to the sloppiness of Clocker) and Swerve looks fantastic. Anyone who finds these colors a bit familiar is probably thinking of the G1 character of the same name who was also silver, dark red and white. So on top of having a good color scheme - Cybertron Swereve is a bit of a homage.

All of Swerve's joints are tight and there do not appear to be any mold degradation issues.

Final Thoughts:
I really have to say, after the utter disappointment that was Clocker's color scheme and paint job, Swerve's is a breath of fresh air. The colors are tight, the paint apps were put on with care and the color distribution is different than its predecessor - all of the things I ask from a redeco. The fact that this is a redeco with no sculpt changes may turn some people off, but it is a good figure. Recommended!