"Robots in Disguise" (2015) One Step Changer Sideswipe Toy Review

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Sideswipe General Information:
Release Date: December 2014
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

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*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
The One-Step Warriors are 2-in-1 speed-changers and your Sideswipe figure is one of them! He's the same Autobot warrior as always, but he converts in just 1 step from robot mode to speedy sports car mode and back. Can his Deception enemies keep up? Not with you in charge! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. uu

The One Step Changers were introduced in the "Age of Extinction" toy line as a simplified alternative to larger, more complex Transformers figures. The name is a bit of a misnomer in some cases but for the most part, a majority of the transformation is accomplished in one movement. Sideswipe is one of the first entries into this sub-line of figures for "Robots in Disguise".

Packaging:
Like the "Age of Extinction" One Step Changers, these are packaged in bubbles on small cards. Artwork is on the left side and the Transformers logo is on the right. The back does not feature any tech specs information, instead using the space for the instructions and multi-language legal information. It's a shame but Hasbro seems to be refocusing any efforts at more traditional packaging into the "Generations" segment, which I get since I'm guessing they're assuming most of the kids getting these will wind up just throwing out the packaging.

Vehicle Mode:
Sideswipe's vehicle mode in "Robots in Disguise" is a callback to the G1 character of the same name. He is a sleek car with some design cues taken from the Lamborghini vehicle that G1 Sideswipe had used for his alternate mode. Several details use G1 Sideswipe as their source. These include two small vents on top of the vehicle right behind the cabin section and the section in the back with an indented, six sided shape. It's great to see G1's influence still come through in this new series.

There are some really cool small details on this vehicle. Among my favorite are several shapes including rectangles around the rear wheel well and lights sculpted into both the front and back. There are also some cool details on the top section of the vehicle's rear half. One interesting detail is the Japanese Kanji character for the word "Speed" etched into the middle of the hood section. lt's a neat little detail that I had not expected.

The overall shape of the vehicle is rather thick for a sports car, especially on the front end. This thickness is due to the way the figure transforms. Most of the robot mode parts are inside the outer shell of the vehicle, so it needs to be thick to hide all these parts. Understanding that, the vehicle still has a sleekness about it partly thanks to the overall shape which slopes downward from the back to the front.

Sideswipe is cast in metallic red and black plastic in this form. Most of the vehicle is red with black wheels. The windows are painted black. I do wish there had been more deco added to this. Except for the windows it's unpainted and looks a bit unfinished.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
Sideswipe uses the same "One Step" mechanism as Prowl and Rollbar. You hold on to one side of the vehicle's rear section and flick it like a butterfly knife and the robot "swings" out. You have to do some adjustment of the arms, but when it works it's a really neat effect.

Robot Mode:
Like his vehicle mode, Sideswipe's robot mode has some design callbacks to G1 Sideswipe. The front of the vehicle mode becomes his chest, his arms have a very basic form with rectangular pieces at the shoulders and on the forearms. His legs are formed from the rear of the vehicle (though here it's the top of the car's rear section, not the bottom forming the legs).

Other design elements are elements specific to this design. The head has a distinctive "helmet" section with pointed sections on top that look like spiked hair on a human being. Each forearm has a panel with spikes on the sides with blades sticking out at the ends. The back section has pointed armor behind the chest/head area that resembles the spoiler placement on Rodimus Prime. Overall his design fits the character's personality nicely. He looks futuristic and has design elements you'd expect to find on a "young hot shot" character including his hair and the 'spoiler' on his back.

Most of this mode is red plastic, with black used on the back, torso panel and arms. The torso panel has a lot of paint on it including red on the chest and blue on the headlights. His face is painted silver with blue eyes. Black paint is used to fill in details like the thighs. The forearm panels are painted red and the blades are gold. It's a nice color scheme and where the vehicle mode seems to lack deco, the robot mode has plenty of deco and looks great.

There are four points of articulation, both focused on the shoulders. They can swing out as well as forward and back. This is standard for this design so there are no surprises there. The hands on this figure are sculpted with 5mm ports. This allows him to hold weapons from other lines such as "Energon" and "Generations".

It is worth noting that Sideswipe shares the same basic design as figures like One Step Changer Prowl, but he is not the same size. Prowl stands at about 4.5 inches (about 11.43 centimeters) whereas Sideswipe stands at about 4.25 inches (about 10.79 centimeters). Prowl also weighs in around 2.1 ounces whereas Sideswipe is about 1.8 ounces. If you put the two side by side Prowl is visibly bulkier and taller. The interesting thing is, I didn't notice this until I put them side by side so it's not such a dramatic difference that you would notice it right away.

Final Thoughts:
One Step Changer Sideswipe is a cool figure. The vehicle mode is a tad weak, but the One Step gimmick works very nicely and he is fun to play with. I appreciate the nice deco in robot mode and the design of the figure borrows nicely from G1 while adding distinctive elements of its own. Recommended if you're into the One Step Changer class of figures.