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Name: Windsweeper
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Air Defence
Alternate Mode: Fighter Jet

Thanks to Goktimus Prime for loaning me Windsweeper, making this review possible (I have since acquired Windsweeper).



JET MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 12cm Width: 7.5cm

   A rust coloured swing wing jet with mid brown wings, amber cockpit windows and black plastic tyres underneath. I'm not so sure you'd come across a fighter in these earth tones, but the colours do work very well together. There are Decepticon logos on the wings along with purple stickers spanning the wings, and the chrome silver guns are visible, stowed underneath his wings, rounding out a simple colour scheme that blends well.

   The sculpt is detailed enough for a Triggercon, with various plane seams and winglets near the cockpit. I'm not sure why there are four cockpit windows - as a commercial jet airliner would have. There are rectangular jets behind his wings, which are really the robot shoulders. The three tyres roll well enough although the wings are fixed in the retracted position. There are small rust coloured buttons on the thrusters which cause the silver guns to flick out sideways and forward. The guns pop out quite spectacularly since the mechanisms are fairly quick, and look pretty good as underwing cannons (even if they're oversized).

   While it's a simple jet with an unusual colour scheme, the colours used combine well and the trigger gimmick is well executed. Windsweeper's also the only Triggercon with chrome (two of the Triggerbots do have chrome, mind you), with the most natural weapon configuration.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold up the front and tail of the plane, extend the front of the fuselage, stand Windsweeper up and pose his arms.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 7.5cm

   Again rust and brown - this time his torso and thighs are rust while the arms, head and boots are brown. Windsweeper's face is orange while the guns visible on the outside of his arms are chrome silver. There's a silver sticker on his chest which sports a Decepticon symbol and some other generic details. Again the colour scheme is simple, with the two main colours working well together.

   The bodyshape here is a little gimpish, with slender thighs and huge, long arms. Okay, so Windsweeper's proportions are no worse than the other Triggercons, but since his body is narrow and his arms fat, he just looks static, and like he's all arms. It doesn't help that his boots are single piece with small feet. Adding to the problems here, the designer chose to place screws in the middle of his sculpted fists, which only serves to hide the fact that his hands are actually sculpted.

   It's not all bad news here, mind you. The trigger gimmick is again a highlight, the springs are just as effective and the guns end up attached to his hands, which is a nice touch. The arms swing at the shoulders, allowing Windsweeper to aim - although this is the only poseability he gets and it's not enough to break up the static feel of this figure.

   A limited robot mode which is held back by the bodyshape more than anything else. The gimmick is quite successful here, and again the chrome is welcome, so while it's not a terrible robot mode, Windsweeper's robot mode is forgettable.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   My least favourite Triggercon in spite of the fact he's the only one with chrome. The colours do work well together but they don't belong on a jet plane. The trigger mechanism itself works well - better than on some of his contemporaries, in fact. The robot mode looks really static and the bodyshape is off, which really hurts the toy - 4.5/10

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