Transformers Movie (2007) Air Raid Toy Review
Release Year: September 2007
Retailer: Target Exclusive
Accessories: Missile x 1, Missile launcher, Scope, Exhaust pipes x 2, Energon Star
Difficulty Level: 2
- On Card (Front)
- On Card (Back)
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Vehicle Mode (Forward view)
- Vehicle Mode (Weapons attached)
- With Energon and Movie Sky Blast (Vehicle Modes)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode (Close up)
- Robot Mode (Holding weapons)
- Robot Mode (Holding weapon as cannon)
- With Energon and Movie Sky Blast (Robot Modes)
Cybertron has laws, and the Decepticons have broken almost all of them. It makes Air Raid sick just thinking about it. Respect for the law is what
separates sentient creatures from simple drones. The Decepticons make a mockery of themselvs and their fellow robots by their disregard for the law. Not for much longer, though, if AIR RAID has anything to say about it. He's spent centuries hunting the worst DECEPTICON criminals from one end of the galaxy to the other, and he's not stopping until every last one is caught and punished.
Rank: 7 Courage: 9 Firepower: 6 Skill: 6
Joining the Autobots as part of the third wave of Target Exclusive Scout Class figures is Air Raid, a redeco of Energon Skyblast and the Movie Skyblast. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. Check out the other two reviews to see what has been done with this figure before.
While the last redeco of Skyblast was a rather plain looking figure, the designers decided to go a very different route with this use of the sculpt. Air Raid is cast in military green and grey plastic. All the translucent parts have been replaced with black plastic (a trend with this assortment). The green makes up most of the body of the vehicle while the grey makes up smaller parts such as his boosters and the gun ports in the front.
The real fun with Air Raid is his deco pattern. After twenty plus years of decos, it's hard to find a pattern that hasn't been done in some way on a Transformer before, but the designers succeeded. On top of the green color is a black and beige camo pattern. However, instead of rounded shapes serving as the overlapping patterns, these are all squared off, as if someone took a traditional camoflage pattern and pixelated it to the extreme. This adds a "digital" element that is appropriate for a robot in disguise and it looks fantastic to boot. The pattern can be found all over the green parts including the nosecone, the wings and the middle section. It's really original and striking, which is great considering this is just for a store exclusive.
The only other color added on in this form is bright red, used to paint some line detailing on the wings. Since all the other colors are so dark, this red really stands out and almost looks like an energy glow of sorts. It's a really nice touch. Black deco is also used for the sector 7 symbol on the middle section of the vehicle, right under where you would put the Energon Star.
As cool as the vehicle mode is, a lot is lost when you switch over to robot mode. Much of this is due to the grey parts having no deco on them whatsoever and well, being grey. This means his arms, thighs and feet for the most part look rather bland. Fortunately some of the "digital camo" pattern carries over on the edges of his wings, chest and lower legs. The head is painted green with a grey face and his eyes are red, matching the red used on the wings in vehicle mode. The green used on the head is slightly darker than the green plastic used on the chest and wings, but it fits well enough with the overall color scheme.
As with Elita-One, I think it's really pushing it to use the same sculpt in two separate waves of one exclusive assortment. I do have to admit, Air Raid has a kick butt color scheme in vehicle mode, and given a choice between this one and the previous use of the sculpt, I would favor this one for its originality. Mainly recommended for completists.