"Generations Selects" Power of the Primes Dinobot Red Swoop Toy Review

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Generations

Power of the Primes

General Information:
Release Date: June 2019
Price Point: $19.99 (depending on retailer)
Retailer: Fan Channels
Accessories: Blaster, Prime Armor, Prime Armor cover

Swoop

Official images and text below in italics are from Amazon and Hasbro Pulse:
Fans can expand their Transformers collection with Generation Selects figures. Generations Selects is a line of figures featuring special edition versions of fan-favorite and niche characters you can’t find in the main line.

This 5.5-inch Dinobot Red Swoop figure is a special red version of the Power of the Primes Dinobot Swoop. The red deco is inspired by the original G1 toy. If fans remember the original 1985 Transformers toy release of Dinobot Swoop, they’ll remember the red deco that deviated from the character’s appearance in the G1 television series. The red deco on this figure also matches the deco depicted on the original Power of the Prime Dinobot Swoop package.

  • Includes Prime Armor accessory and blaster accessory
  • Generations Selects is a fan-dedicated line of figures featuring special edition versions of characters that can’t be found in the main line. This figure is a special red version of the Power of the Primes Dinobot Swoop.
  • This 5.5-inch Dinobot Red Swoop figure features the red deco as depicted on the original Power of the Prime Dinobot Swoop package.
  • If fans remember the original 1985 Transformers toy release of Dinobot Swoop, they’ll remember the red deco that deviated from the character’s appearance in the G1 television series.
  • Converts from robot to a red Pteranodon mode in 11 steps.
  • Figure can combine with 3 Deluxe Class Power of the Primes figures and 1 Voyager Class Power of the Primes figure to form a Combiner super robot (additional figures each sold separately).
  • Ages 8 and up

When Dinobot Swoop was released as part of "Power of the Primes" in 2017, fans noticed something curious. The figure in the packaging had the character's G1 "animation" colors featuring a blue torso. However, the figure pictured on the back had a red torso which is how the character's toy was painted in the G1 toy line. Many fans wondered if "Red Swoop" would ever be released, and years later he did appear as part of the "Selects" line! This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. Check out my "Power of the Primes" Swoop review and gallery for my original take on this base sculpt.

Packaging:
Taking a cue from the "Siege" Combat Megatron figure, Ricochet is basically double boxed. The outside box is intended to be a shipping box with plenty of blank space but the name of the figure printed on one side. That box holds yet another (smaller) cardboard box with a design representing the 13 Primes printed in black. Open it up and Swoop is sitting in a plastic tray in robot mode with the instructions inside. Swoop does not include the character cards that were a part of the "Power of the Primes" line even though technically this figure falls under that segment of Generations. This packaging is very basic, but it also adds to the idea that "Selects" are figures that are special.

Accessories:
Both accessories included with "Selects" Swoop are the same as the ones included with the original version. The sword is cast in clear plastic with red deco on it. Meanwhile the Prime Armor is black plastic with a clear cover on the opening where you would attach a Prime Master. It would have been cool if this figure had been given a blaster or rocket launchers, but Swoop and fellow release Ricochet are just straight up redecos with no new parts.

Robot Mode:
Taking its color inspiration from the G1 Swoop action figure, "Red Swoop" features a brighter, more high contrast color scheme than his predecessor. The figure is cast in silver, black, red and clear plastic. The silver, which makes up much of the figure is a flatter, lighter shade than the more gunmetal-esque color used on the previous release. The torso is red smaller parts like the upper arms and thighs are black. The use of clear plastic for the top of the beast mode head (on his torso in this mode) is a nod to G1 Swoop's toy which also had clear plastic in the same place. The paint operations on this figure are mostly the same as the previous release, with metallic green around the wrists and silver on the face with blue eyes. There are several tampographs on the torso including a large Autobot symbol on the chest and some mechanical looking designs on the chest. The lower part of the torso has some gold deco, a nod to a color that was heavily featured on the G1 Dinobots.

There are no tooling changes made for this release. However, I really wish the designers had paid a bit more attention to the quality control on the tooling as this figure was produced. Right out of the box this figure felt loose. Sometimes one or two loose parts is acceptable, but in this case with the exception of his head and the ratchet-like joints on the elbows this figure is floppy all around. As in, hold him up, shake him a bit and bits go flapping back and forth like it's a piece of cloth in the wind. As I was photographing this figure for this review I had a lot of issues getting him into various poses and he could not even hold up a Prime Master weapon without doing a split and falling over (hence why there is not a photo of him doing that). This was very disappointing as both previous "Selects" releases (Combat Megatron and Ricochet) had either equivalent or tighter joints than their predecessors.

All that said, I was happy to see the 5mm ports on the arms are still nice and tight and the Prime Armor can attach to his back without a problem.

Transformation to Beast Mode:

  1. Detach the accessories and set them aside for now.
  2. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  3. Swing each fist into the forearms.
  4. Rotate the arms out, so the insides of each arm face forward.
  5. Push the arms into the sides of the figure. There are grooves above the hips that correspond with the tabs on the bottom of the forearms.
  6. Point the feet down.
  7. Push the two lower legs together.
  8. Make sure the wings are angled one notch upward on the back.
  9. Swing the legs up and clip them against the wings to form the back.
  10. Swing down the beast mode feet.
  11. Swing the beast mode head up against the robot head.
  12. The Prime Armor can be attached to the back of the beast mode.
  13. The sword can be attached to ports on the robot waist area using the peg sticking out the side.

Beast Mode:
Since much of the beast mode is visible in robot mode there are no real surprises here. The red lines on the sides of the robot legs do get emphasized a bit more visually since they are on the back of the beast mode.

This mode suffers less from the floppy joints since everything comes together in a nice, compact package. Indeed, the hinges on the wings are good for the most part, but they do feel noticably softer than the ones on my "Power of the Primes" mass release Swoop. The (many) pegs on his back for Prime Masters to ride on fit Prime Masters nice and snug so no worries there.

Transformation to Leg Mode (Starting in beast mode):

  1. Detach the accessories and set them aside for now.
  2. Swing the beast mode feet up against the back.
  3. Swing the robot legs/back pack out and down.
  4. Separate the lower robot legs.
  5. Swing the feet up.
  6. Swing each lower leg up over the thighs.
  7. Swing each wing down on the main hinge (near the robot shoulders).
  8. Swing the outer halves of the wings forward. There is a tab on each arm that fits into a corresponding slot on the wings.
  9. Swing the robot and beast mode heads down together.
  10. Swing the Combiner connector piece up from behind the torso.
  11. Attach a foot piece to the bottom of the leg.

Leg Mode:
Since the leg mode compacts all of Swoop's parts even more than the beast mode, it holds together nicely...once you get it assembled. That said, because his feet are so loose, you have to hold them in position when attaching Volcanicus' foot piece. I did not do this at first and as I tried to attach the foot the feet swing up and the foot piece went flying out of my hand. It took about two more tries to really get it right because the legs would also split as you push the foot peg in. Very frustrating.

Transformation to Arm Mode (Starting in beast mode):

  1. Detach the accessories and set them aside for now.
  2. Swing the beast mode feet up against the back.
  3. Swing the robot legs/back pack out and down.
  4. Swing the robot feet up.
  5. Pull the forearms out, swing them up at the elbows, then push the tab on the forearms into the slots on the sides of the torso.
  6. Swing the wings in, attaching the tabs on the shoulders to the corresponding slots on the wings.
  7. Swing the ends of the wings up (this gets them out of the way of the forearms).
  8. Turn the robot waist to position the lower part of the body as the Combiner forearm.
  9. Attach a fist piece to the bottom.
  10. Swing the beast mode head down.
  11. Swing the Combiner connector piece out on the side.

Arm Mode:
It is very rare when I tell fans not to bother with a mode, but in this case I'll make an exception. Because the arm modes of most "Combiner Wars"-style Transformers figures heavily rely on the tightness of the figure's joints, Swoop loses out big time. Since so many joints on him are loose, the arm can barel hold any position, no less hold weapons.

Final Thoughts:
I really, really hope that the quality of this Swoop I received is not indicative of all the copies of this figure out there. I was very excited for this release as it had the mystique of the "unreleased figure", but the end result is a mess. Sure the sculpt is good, the transform is good etc. but if he can barely stand in robot mode, what's the point? All that and this costs $3 more than the last release and you don't get a trading card this time. Not recommended.

Pros:

  • Fantastic sculpt in both modes.
  • Nice deco.
  • Has the mystique of an "unreleased figure".

Cons:

  • Most critical joints are very loose, effectively neutering the arm mode and making the robot mode difficult to stand.
  • The Prime Armor accessory cannot turn into a full foot accessory.
  • Does not include Swoop's rocket launcher weapons.