One of the more upsetting decisions Takara made with this line is to limit the amount of paint apps applied. It seems the heads, and a couple of crucial body parts are being painted, but everything else is molded in a certain color. To add more detail to each figure, Takara included a sticker sheet. Some of the figures, like Ratchet, actually need the stickers to add most of the red colors to his body. I was worried Skywarp would be the same way, but luckily he isn’t. Aside from no Decepticon symbol, which comes on the sheet, I really think Skywarp looks fine as is. The stickers they want you to add really just make him look more like Starscream’s paint apps. I really want the two figures to look as distinct as possible, so I decided not to add any.
Skywarp’s articulation is the same as Screamer’s. His head, shoulders, and hips are all ball joints. He has swivel biceps and a waist. His elbows and wrists are double hinged, while his knees and ankles are single hinged. His double jointed wrists also make for great gesturing and give the toy quite a great personality.
Skywarp comes with one accessory, his Minicon named Balo (or Baro, depending on your translation). I think Balo is supposed to look like a robotic buffalo, hence the name, but I really think he looks more like a goat or ram. Like I said, this little guy comes on a sprue and you have to assemble him yourself. I heard some complaints about this, but I actually like it. It’s easy to figure out and I had fun assembling him.
Balo‘s weapon mode can either be a ginormous throwing star, or a gun shaped like a massive drill. Personally, I prefer the robot/animal mode. But it is cool that he can combine with other Micron’s to form ridiculously shaped super weapons.
Balo‘s head, antlers, and tail are all hinges, while his legs are double hinged. The figure has sculpted detail, but no paint. Everything except for his clear power core has been molded gray. His color comes from the sticker sheet. I debated about putting them on or painting him, but since he’s my first Micron I decided to try it out. The stickers look a bit cheap, but they also add some nice metallic colors to an otherwise bland look. We’ll see how they last over time, but I’ll definitely replace them with paint if they fall off.
I am extremely happy with how Skywarp turned out. His colors are fantastic, and I love his little Micron companion. I think I like him more than Starscream, which is probably bad news for me and my wallet because I can’t wait to pick up more Seekers. I want every color…