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Name: Sideswipe
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Warrior
Alternate Mode: Lamborghini Diablo



CAR MODE
Height: 2cm Length: 7cm Width: 3cm

   A metallic blue sports car with black windows, black plastic tyres and gold painted hubcaps. This is straight from the random name assignment bucket, people. It's a nice looking Diablo, but this is _not_ Sideswipe in character. He has fluoro yellow tailpipes on the back, which are quite small and out of the way. It's a terrible yellow, so from any angle but behind it looks pretty good.

   The moulding detail's pretty good for a toy this size, although he's not quite a detailed as some Gobots since Diablos are inherently sleek. He has door seams, side mirrors, an engine grill behind the rear window, pop-up headlights, taillights, air intakes on the sides and even front indicators. The base plastic is actually a Bright blue, but the dark metallic paint hides a lot of the mould details.

   As with all Gobots, Sideswipe has front and rear axles, and can roll quite well, and is designed to fit into Hot Wheels tracks. That's about all for the play value, but for a $4 toy I'm not complaining.

   One of the better Gobot moulds, and the metallic blue looks great on it. But it's still not Sideswipe, they should really have called this toy Tracks instead. The moulding detail is good, the yellow on the back is awful, but doesn't ruin this mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pretty simple. Pull down the rear to form the legs, fold down the hood to form the chest, pull out the arms.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7cm Width: 4.5cm

   Now with a metallic blue chest, bright blue arms, black thighs and head and fluoro yellow shins and feet, this mode looks nowhere near as nice as the vehicle mode. Remember how I said the yellow doesn't ruin the car mode? Well, it ruins the robot mode. It doesn't combine with the blue well at all, and the mix of dark metallic blue paint and bright blue plastic doesn't really work either. The silver paint on his face does show the details of his facial sculpt quite well, but you've got to look closely since it's drowned out by the yellow shoulderblades.

   Like all Gobots, Sideswipe's got a fairly bulky chest and shortish arms. Like the second wave of Gobots, he's decided to use fluorescent plastic, and just like Soundwave and Bumblebee, is worse of for it.

   Sideswipe has a blue gun, he also has yellow feet formed from the tailpipes of the car mode. There's not really too many other features that stand out here, but I'll mention the feet since they don't protrude forward at all and he has a tendency to fall forward. Play value is limited to the shoulders rotating - standard for a Gobot.

   A bad colour scheme on what is otherwise a fairly good mode, and it's _really_ not the character it's meant to be. This is not a robot mode I like.

VARIATIONS

   A repaint of Gobot Optimus Prime and Firecracker, Sideswipe also shares this mould with R.E.V..

OVERALL

   One of the better Gobot moulds, but Sideswipe is the worst toy to use this mould. The colours in robot mode are terrible and the scheme just isn't Sideswipe. The car mode is actually quite nice, but I'd still recommend Firecracker, Prime or R.E.V. instead - 5.5/10

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