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Name: Skyblast
Series: Movie Tie-Ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Space Fighter



FIGHTER MODE
Height: 7cm Length: 18cm Width: 13cm

   Incidentally, at first glance, the above dimensions make Skyblast a very large basic, but 7cm of the length is the add-on Energon nose cannon.

   A grey, very dull light brown, white and black space with smoky transparent cockpit and the same colour plastic on his add-on enhancements. He's a wonderful repaint of Energon Skyblast. Much of the toy is grey and brown, the other colours are the supporting cast, along with some minor gold paint applications. The colours used here all work with one another and the overall theme looks great. The entire toy has a de-saturated look, which is unusual for Hasbro repaints - which often have as much colour crammed in as possible. Even the moulded Autobot logos on his wings are painted light brown (with the relief left the base grey). There's a clear spark crystal on top and four transparent add-ons, the first is a long pole that clips underneath the nosecone and significantly adds to Skyblast's length. There's an Energon chip that can clip over the spark crystal and two pieces which are wingtip covers of sorts. Skyblast looks equally nice with or without the additions, so I guess it's up to you whether or not to attach them. Either way, this is one of the best repaints Hasbro has done in a while.

   It's not only the colour scheme that looks good - Skyblast is a pretty cool little fighter plane, and with the accessories added he's got a giant gun on the front! He has twin grey black on the back and underneath has black claws for grabbing things, with interlocking prongs. He has front wheels moulded underneath, but no rear wheels since he rests on the folded up claws.

   The only real downside of Skyblast's plane mode is a lack of play value. Really, the play value is only in the ability to remove and attach the Energon pieces. I suppose a missile launcher would be nice, but I'm happy with the add-ons.

   A great repaint of a strong mould. While the Skyfire elements have been lost this time around, the paint job is details and well thought out, and the entire colour set fits together so well.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   The wings swing out and forward, revealing the robot arms to which they're attached. You can then swing down the legs and swing the arms back in alongside the body. Flip up the feet and heelspurs, rotate the wings on his forearms up. Rotate the chest panel 180, which will cause the cockpit to rotate and reveal the head, then swing the cockpit back behind his head. Give him his weaponry.

   I'm not sure why they included it, but the internal mechanism that causes the head to rotate is a nifty feature that really adds to the appeal of this toy. By rights it's more than you'd expect of a basic.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 12cm Width: 12cm

   The same set of colours comes through here, with slightly more grey and black. The thighs, arms and feet are black while the wings are unpainted grey. The face is brown with gold eyes - very easy to miss. Again the colour set looks great, with the spark crystal on his chest. The Autobot logos on his wings are unpainted - just like on the original - which is annoying, but this time it's not as bad, since those on the other side are subtly painted anyway.

   The Skyfire homage is still apparent here - since Skyblast's head is essentially that of Skyfire. The wings are on the outsides of his forearms, sweeping up. There are again moulded Autobot symbols, but these are unpainted, sadly. If you like, you can rotate the wings so they sweep down and reveal the painted Autobot symbols from the jet mode, although they'll be upside down.

   The weaponry can be used in three ways, the first two involve combining them together. The first option is to give the combined weapon to a larger toy as a giant sword, but that's beyond the scope of this review. The second is as a giant staff for Skyblast (or another basic, I suppose), and this is my preferred option, since it's taller than he is and makes for a formidable melee weapon. The last option is to attach the wingtip parts to his wings and the use the blaster as a giant gun, but it's a little awkward. The giant staff is fine but a gun that's this long just looks impractical. It's actually possible to detach the main shaft leaving the handle to form a shorter handgun, but it looks like he's holding a luggage rack or something. You can attach the Energon chip to his chest if you like, although the Autobot spark crystal looks better.

   The poseability is for the most part, pretty good. The shoulders rotate and hinge outwards, the elbows are hinged, as are the feet and heelspurs. The head doesn't really swivel since the cockpit is locking it in place. The hips are ball joints, but since the knees only rotate and don't bend, the hip poseability is only of limited value. The head being restricted isn't really an issue, but the knees are probably this toy's biggest flaw.

   Despite the knees and unpainted wing ensignia, this mode looks really sweet. The head is painted well, the colours work, the proportions are nice and the staff really gives him a heroic and brave look. Again, Skyblast is repainted very nicely.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of, although as mentioned he a repaint of the Energon toy of the same name. Movie Air Raid shares the mould.

OVERALL

   While the movie basics are essentially meaningless repaints, Skyblast breaks Hasbro's trend of poor repaints, which makes him worthwhile. The colour scheme is subdued but well aligned and gives the mould a different look to that of the original, so this is one of the most worthwhile repaints in a while. I do wish they'd renamed him (and all the others), and I wish they'd applied some paint to those Autobot logos this time around, but it's a great mould and a great recolour I recommend picking up - 9/10

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