"Robots in Disguise (2015)" Legion Class Sideswipe Toy Review

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Sideswipe General Information:
Release Date: March 2015
Price Point: $7.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
Decepticons beware, because Sideswipe is out to cause some major mayhem! This Sideswipe warrior figure converts in 5 steps from robot mode to super-fast sports car mode and back. Can his enemies handle what he's got? Not as long as you keep converting him back and forth! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

Every "Transformers" series needs its young Autobot character who is inexperienced but filled with some type of drive that other characters around him may have tempered or not possess at all. For "Prime", Bumblebee helped serve this purpose, but now that he is the leader, that role has fallen to Sideswipe, a young Autobot whose life was fairly boring and aimless until he met Bumblebee.

Packaging:
The "Robots in Disguise" Legion Class figures are packaged on blisters connected to a card. The bubbles are not the normal kind that extend outward. Instead, each is vacu-formed to fit the shape of the figure underneath. The card features a reversed version of the artwork seen on the One Step Changer version of Sideswipe. The figure is in robot mode while the insert shows off the vehicle form.

The back of the packaging has no tech specs information at all. The instructions are printed there and below that are disclaimers in multiple languages with a blurb for the "Robots in Disguise" app in the center. As packaging goes it's rather dull on the back, but looks great from the front. As a long time fan this bugs me, but honestly most kids are just going to toss away the packaging so I get the desire to not invest tons of money into the back of the card.

Robot Mode:
Sideswipe is a sleek looking robot in the animated series, and that design carries over into this toy. While stylized, his animation model has a fairly simple design with the sides of the car forming the arms, the torso being formed from the front of the car and the back of the car becoming the legs. Much of this design is reflected in this figure. However, instead of making the front end of the vehicle just fold down to form the torso, the designers decided to have the front of the vehicle swing onto the back, allowing a more thin and streamlined panel to form the torso section. This definitely helps keep the character from looking out of proportion in robot mode.

A lot of small details from the animation model carry over as well. His head is sculpted with a mouthplate. That's not an error, but rather a reflection of a "battle mask" that slides over his mouth when he goes into combat. Also, his arms have spikes on the sides that are seen in the cartoon as well. The chest has thin "L" shaped headlight designs on them and his front wheels become a prominent part of his shoulders. Thanks to how wide apart the arms are and the wide lower legs, Sideswipe is very striking in this mode and looks great.

Color-wise, Sideswipe is cast in dark red and black plastic. In all honesty I was very surprised how dark the red plastic was given that he is a fairly bright shade of red in the animation. It looks good with the black plastic, it's just less "show accurate" than I expected. Paint applications are done in light blue, silver and gunmetal grey. The silver is used on the face and his eyes are blue. The blue is also found on his chest where the car mode headlights are. The gunmetal is used on his arms, mid-body and feet. I really love this color. It is both rich and gives a very "machine-like" aesthetic to those sections.

There are six points of articulation on this figure including the shoulders and two on each leg. The hip and shoulder joints are ball joints, allowing for a wide range of motion. His hands are designed to allow him to hold 3mm peg weapons such as those that came with the Legion Class figures from "Transformers Prime".

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  2. Swing the front of the car from the back over the head and push it down into place.
  3. Push the robot arms in.
  4. Swing the lower legs back and up.
  5. Push the feet into the grooves on the top of the car.

Vehicle Mode:
Sideswipe's vehicle mode reminds me a lot of an 80's model of a Lamborghini but with deeper angles and parts flaring out more to the sides, giving it a modern touch. It's a really sleek and awesome vehicle mode and I love the way it looks both on the TV show and in toy form. This sculpt represents the version from the TV show very well. In fact, only two big aspects of it take away from its show accuracy. The first is the large, round space sculpted in for the scannable Autobot symbol on the left side door. The other bits that shouldn't be there in this mode are the spikes from the arms. In the TV show these parts retract when he transforms, but for such a simple figure it's no surprise those parts remain there. Even with these details however it's a really sweet looking vehicle mode that fits the character (and pays a bit of homage to G1 Sideswipe in the process).

The vehicle primarily shows off red plastic with black on the wheels. The gunmetal grey color is used for the windows and the Autobot symbol on the left side is red on a white background. The shame is that the figure lacks any of the Japanese lettering that both the animation model and One Step Changer have. It would've really added a nice touch to the toy.

Final Thoughts:
For a Legion Class figure, I think this guy looks great in both modes. I think they chose some really strong colors for him and managed to keep him sleek in both forms. If you're into the Legion Class at all, I think this guy is a cool addition to your collection!