"Robots in Disguise (2015)" Slipstream Toy Review
Release Date: August 2015
Price Point: $4.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Helmet, Swords x 2, Shoulder armor x 2, Shields x 2, Back Pack
Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
Unleash a surprise Transformers attack with this small but mighty Slipstream figure! When he's in covert mode, his enemies will pass him by without a second glance. But in a single step he converts to mighty warrior mode with a two-fisted sword assault! Deploy him for attacks out of nowhere, and his Decepticon enemies won't know what hit them! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Mini-Cons were first introduced as part of the "Armada" toy line. These small robots connected to larger Transformers providing extra power and abilities. Years later in "Robots in Disguise" Mini-Cons have returned, but in a different form than before. Previously Mini-Cons became everything from vehicles to weapons to tools. This time out Mini-Cons are either torpedo or buzzsaw style weapons in their alternate form. The Mini-Cons are launched into battle using "Deployers" such as Drift.
Slipstream is packaged inside a blister pack with a cardboard section that folds over the bubble. The figure is set against a tree shaped like the Autobot symbol with all the accessories attached. On the side of the packaging is art featuring Slipstream being "deployed" and transforming. The back shows off the figure in its various forms including his Robot Mode with all accessories attached. Below that is legal information in several languages and a blurb for the official "Robots in Disguise" app.
Slipstream is the second Mini-Con teamed up with Drift and Jetstorm. The basic design of the figure is the same as Jetstorm, but the actual sculpt is different - especially on the head, arms and torso. The armor on Slipstream has a different shape with a smoother overall appearance than Jetstorm. The details on the figure are more intricate than the animated model, which has smooth, curved armor panels. Here there are lots of line details and shapes like trapezoids. The head is the part that is most like the animated model with curved horns on his head and a central crest. The sides of the helmet section sweep back to points. Overall the figure may not be totally cartoon accurate, but that's not a bad thing as he has a ton of cool details not found on the animation model.
This figure is cast in metallic red and black plastic. Red makes up most of the upper body with black making up the lower body. Silver paint is used on the face and light blue is used for the eyes. The center of the torso has a scannable Autobot symbol that unlocks the character in the "Robots in Disguise" mobile app.
Slipstream has no articulation (a commonality with all Mini-Cons in this line) but he does include several accessories:
- A helmet shaped like a lion head (see below).
- A back pack that looks like the tip of a spear.
- Two shields that attach to his arms.
- Two shoulder blades that resemble flames.
- Two swords that can either be attached to the forearms or inserted into the fists.
Transformation to Weapon Mode:
Detach all the accessories and set them aside. Push the robot feet up and the head and arms will auto-transform by collapsing in.
Slipstream's weapon mode looks a bit less dangerous than his counterpart Jetstorm. He has no blades or anything on the edges of the disk. Instead he has blunt, rectangular sections. Sure he doesn't look super dangerous, but at the same time I'm glad he isn't just a pure redeco of Jetstorm.
If you have Drift and Jetstorm already then having Slipstream helps you finish up the trio. He's also the only other Mini-Con released so far with the "Samurai" motif, making him unusual among the various animals and humanoid Mini-Con forms.
If you purchase all four figures from the first wave of "Robots in Disguise" Mini-Cons, you can use some of their accessories to form a fifth figure in the assortment: a lion! Here are the parts you'll need to assemble this guy:
- The helmet from Slipstream.
- The back armor piece from Slipstream.
- The blasters from Sawback.
- The blasters from Divebomb.
- The blade weapons from Dragonus.
The assemble the lion figure do the following:
- Attach the two blasters from Divebomb together.
- Push the combined blasters into the slot on Slipstream's back armor piece.
- Slide the other end of the blasters into Slipstream's helmet.
- Attach Dragonus' accessories to the back.
- Attach Sawback's accessories to the front.
This is a neat little figure. The lion mane is really impressive looking and I love the way the blades on the legs sweep backward. The combination of translucent colors looks really cool. Functionally there's not much to do with the figure. You can manipulate the legs a little but that's about it. Still, for an "extra" it's a neat little figure.