If you’ve noticed, we’re on the second page of the review and I haven’t talked much about the actual figure itself yet. I’m going to cover the differences, but I will direct you to my reviews of Sideswipe, Red Alert, & Tigertrack for all the nitty gritty details. For the most part, sculpt, articulation, etc are the same from release to release so those should do you if you have any general questions (or ask in the comments and I’ll answer below!).
There are some fun differences that make this Sideswipe unique besides his colors though. Most notably is the face sculpt. Sideswipe’s fighting robot grimace is directly lifted from the comics. I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan (I’m on record as hating screaming heads), but it’s grown on me. Also included, are two spiky wheels that can attach to the shoulder ports. If you have him in alt mode sans weapons, you’ll need to find a home for these – I don’t like that – but they do look great up there in robot mode. If I were to treat this guy like a unique character (I kinda want to), those spiked wheels would definitely change his characterization from our ol’ pal Sideswipe.
The big difference is the accessories though. Instead of the usual complement that came with all three of the previous releases, G2 Sideswipe includes accessories from the G2 comic, notably a sword and two BFGs. Remember, G2 was a 90s comic, after all. The sword is okay, but I have trouble getting it to stay secure on his back. And come to think of it, the comic look featured a bandolier. I kinda wish Takara had worked that in somehow so we could finish the look and, bonus, it could hold the sword back there. The sword is fine though and I like the relief marks sculpted into it, but it just gets less play because of the guns.
See, the guns are awesome. I do wish they were a little more snug in his hand (they have a rectangular peg & port connection, but rely on that more than the grip), but they stay in better than some of the other MPs I have. The real appeal though is their look. They look fantastic; like they fell out of the comic and popped into 3D. I have it on good authority that everyone on my toy shelves wants to hold them, even First Aid (if he had an MP anyway).
Overall, I’m happy I bought G2 Sideswipe. He’s a nice redeco of the original toy. He’s got even more awesome accessories and Takara was kind enough to include a sticker sheet with various options for his look. I can keep him without a logo, go for the G1 logo, a subtle G2 look with just the logo, or go full-on neon should I choose. Smart work. With Sideswipe and Red Alert on display in bot mode and Tigertrack holding down the Alt Mode display (one way Soundblaster comes in handy for Soundwave), I’m not sure what I want to do with G2 Sideswipe. He would look cool as a black Lamborghini alongside Tigertrack, but I’ll prolly stick with his bot mode because that’s where his uniqueness shines. The new face, the gear, he’s fun to have. So, no, despite that unsure opening, I don’t have any regrets on this particular purchase. But I am going to have to draw the line on the repaints somewhere. No matter how cool MP Deep Dive and MP Clamp Down would look on the back of an MP Diaclone Ultra Magnus.. Doh!
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