"Cyberverse" Scout Class Slipstream Toy Review
Release Date: September 2018
Price Point: $7.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Target, Walmart, Amazon etc.)
Unlike Scout figures of the past such as Firetrap or Arcee these figures are smaller (in general taller than a Legion Class figure but shorter than a One Step Changer). These figures have a robot mode, but do not fully transform into a vehicle form. Instead, they become a part vehicle/part robot "attack" mode.
*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
- Scout Class Slipstream figure inspired by the Cyberverse animated series
- Action Attackers figures perform signature character attack move when converted
- Convert Slipstream to activate Sonic Swirl Action Attack move
- Once converted, attack move can be repeated through easy reactivation steps
- Changes from robot to jet mode in 6 steps
- Includes Slipstream figure and instructions. Ages 6 and up.
Slipstream is the most strategic of the Decepticon Seeker Jets. She always outsmarts the Autobots. Convert and attack with Transformers Cyberverse Action Attackers! Change figure from robot to vehicle mode in 6 steps. The last step of conversion automatically activates Slipstream figure's signature Sonic Swirl Action Attack move! Once converted, attack move can be repeated through easy reactivation steps.
Scout Class "Cyberverse" figures are packaged on bubble cards. The cards have a new design which takes cues from more recent Transformers packaging. There is still a vertical "Transformers" logo on the right side, above it is a symbol (Autobot or Decepticon based on the character) and the character art is at the top of the packaging with the "Cyberverse" logo under it. Perhaps the most distinctive part of the packaging design are the colors, which utilize yellow and light blue helping them stand out against the black and red colors used for "Generations" packaging on shelves. The back of the packaging features the figure with its action feature called out. In Slipstream's case it is her "Sonic Swirl Action Attack" move.
The insert on the packaging notes a recommended age of "6+" which is important to keep in mind with this Class of figure. Contrast that with a "Generations" Deluxe (such as Jazz or Sunstreaker) which have recommended ages of 8+. This age recommendation is more along the lines of "Robots in Disguise" Legion Class figures such as Bisk. This (partly) explains the new play pattern being introduced here, which eschews the traditional "robot to alt mode" play pattern and instead focuses on a partial transformation with an action gimmick.
Slipstream is a redeco of Scout Class Starscream. Check that review out for more of my thoughts on the base sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
Traditionally the Seeker body type was pretty interchangeable from one character to another in the G1 era. Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp were all the same toy with different deco and stickers back in the day, and that tradition has carried forward for decades. That said, "Cyberverse" tried to change things up a bit, giving different Seekers slightly different designs. The core design of a cockpit on the chest, wings on the back etc. are still present, but Starscream actually has a distinct design from Slipstream. So if you were looking for a small scale, cartoon-accurate Slipstream, this is not it. Among the big differences are the shape of her wings, the shape of the cockpit on her chest and even some of the smaller designs on the legs like the knee armor. To accept this as Slipstream, you will need to do some suspension of disbelief.
All that said, the deco is certainly inspired by Slipstream's cartoon model. Her primary colors are purple and silver. Purple makes up the arms, wings, most of the torso and lower legs. Silver is used for smaller parts like the thighs. Teal paint is used liberally on the wings, torso and lower legs. A bit of lavender is used on the chest and red paint is found on theeyes and knees. Silver paint is used on the face and the pylons on the back flanking the head. From a deco perspective I have to give this figure high marks. The designers could have easily left out a couple of these deco points like the lavender and the red but having them in really helps elevate this figure from being a lazy redeco.
There are six points of articulation on this figure. The shoulders and hips are ball joints while the knees are hinges. The fists are designed to be able to hold 5mm peg weapons, which look a bit oversized depending on which one you choose. Sadly, the blasters attached to the wings do not disconnect and attach to the arms.
Transformation to "Vehicle" Mode:
- Bend the robot legs at the knees.
- Swing the cockpit/torso up.
- Swing the arms out to the sides, then swing them down (the fists connect to tabs on the underside of the vehicle mode).
- Swing the top of the body forward.
You will note above that I note this as a "Vehicle" mode with quotes. That is because the figure does not fully transform into a vehicle. Instead, this is more of a Gerwalk style mode which is part jet and part robot legs. This mode does bring some focus to sculpted details that were on the back of the robot mode, and they do look nice and sleek (and make me wish this figure fully transformed). No new deco is revealed in this form.
The action feature is based around the wings. Move the hips/legs back and forth and the wings spin around quickly. In a way, the "Sonic Swirl" name of this attack fits better than Starscream's "wing slice". With the blasters sculpted into the wings, it is kind of funny to think about Slipstream firing wildly in battle in a circle as she hovers above her enemies!
I truly do believe that it would not have taken much more effort to have his figure fully transform into vehicle mode. If the legs could swing all the way back, then have the lower legs swing forward, that would have done it. Without that added step, something feels "unfinished" with this figure.
For kids who want a fun action feature in a small figure they can just toss in their back packs, this figure is perfect. There is some transforming involved, the figure looks good in robot mode and the colors chosen are very nice. However, the lack of a full transformation (especially at an MSRP of $7.99 USD) is a bit disappointing if you are looking for a more traditional robot to alt-mode conversion. Recommended for kids looking for a very specific type of toy (robot to semi-vehicle mode with action feature). Adult collectors who prefer the likes of "Generations" or "Masterpiece" will want to avoid this figure.
- Beautiful deco.
- Fun (if a bit odd) action feature.
- Partial transformation is a bit frustrating since going to a "full" jet mode would have only involved one or two more steps.
- Limited articulation (though that is somewhat to be expected at this price range nowadays).