Quickswitch Toy Review

Individual Review

Name: Quickswitch
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Assault Warrior
Alternate Mode: Jet, Pistol, Hovercraft, Puma and Drill Tank

   Overall Note: Since there's many permutations, I'm only going to skim over transformations, and just discuss major features in each mode - since this toy is essentially a bunch of modules on a central block. His main colours are turquoise, grey and light grey with red accents, with the central block being grey and light grey and the modules mainly turquoise and light grey.

Height: 8cm Length: 17cm Width: 20cm

   The jet is dominated by grey and turquoise and most of the modules are folded up in this mode, with the wings and a sort of nose section folded out. The nose section is actually the robot groinplate, and it looks like it, since it's a flat plate sticking out of the front. The small wings rely heavily on the pistols, which are attached to the wingtips, for their span - this works fairly well but if he's missing a pistol this mode will look pretty bad.

   Assuming you have the pistols, this is one of his better modes. Quickswitch looks like some sort of space freighter, although apparently he's a sub orbital fighter. He has an undercarriage, which suggests he takes off from a runway - but there's no way this block is reaching the higher atmosphere of anywhere.

   The play value of this jet is limited to rolling it along on it's wheels, which isn't much, but I can't say I expect much more. Overall, while it's one of his better modes, it's blockiness annoys me.

Height: 12cm Length: 17cm Width: 9cm

   Largely light grey and turquoise, the gun is basically the hovercraft mode with the hand pistols on the front and handle underneath, and it looks like it. The yellow bridge window of the hovercraft is clearly visible on top, and the curved bow of the vessel prominent where the hand pistols attach. I'm not a fan of how the front section is two small cylinders rather than being an actual barrel - it stops him from looking like an actual firearm. The handle is the twin tailfins of jet mode, with a big gap in the middle of them.

   There's no play value in this mode at all, which would have been nice to offset him not actually looking like a gun. Perhaps a fold up sight or something, which would have been possible, and I'd be more positive, But as it is, I can't find anything good in this mode.

Height: 7.5cm Length: 13cm Width: 9cm

   Like the pistol mode, this mode is mainly light grey and turquoise, with red stripes down the sides of the top deck thanks to the red pistols being mounted there. Aside from the groin panel sort of hanging off the front of this mode, it actually looks pretty good, and it's clearly a naval vessel - there's a bridge and the bow is curved. Of course, few hovercrafts have giant lasers mounted on their deck, but Quickswitch _is_ meant to be an assault hovercraft. I guess if you need to fight a battle in a swamp you know which Autobot to call on.

   There's no play value in this mode, the wheels for the tank and jet mode are on the top of this mode, so he can't roll. I don't know if he floats and I'm not willing to test it out, since that's just asking for rusted screws - but I'll assume he'll sort of float low in the water like Seaspray does (I was seven years old, OK?). Despite the fact this is a block of plastic that doesn't do anything, I like this mode simply because it really looks like what it's meant to be, which can't be said for all of Quickswitch's modes.

Height: 9cm Length: 19cm Width: 9cm

   A mixture of turquoise grey and light grey, this is the mode that requires the most of Quickswitch's engineering, but it's also his poorest mode. While it's clearly a quadruped, and the head is clearly a cat's, the thighs are huge and the tailfins just sort of sit underneath the chest, ruining the poseability and hanging out the sides rather awkwardly.

   I suppose the upside of this mode is that it's not just one block, but that's because the legs have unfolded, and the beast head has also popped out. There's no real tail, instead the pistols hang off the rump.

   The lower legs are small and spindly compared to the body, so he doesn't really look catlike in shape. What really annoys me though that despite having lots of joints in his legs and on hsi hips, the sheer bulk of his thighs and the tailfins mean he has no meaningful poseability. I wouldn't mind a lack of poseability so much if this was a patched together mode like the pistol, but they've put all this effort into making this mode, and it barely works.

Height: 8cm Length: 16cm Width: 8.5cm

   Like the jet mode, this mode is mainly grey and turquoise, and the drill itself is red. There are panels which fold down specifically for this tank to form treads on either side, which is cool. The drill, which serves as the attachment point for the pistols in some of the other modes, has big holes on either side, and since it's a very small drill (about an inch long), they stand out more than I'd like.

   I'm not sure this thing would be able to drill it's way through anything with such a small drill, but the guns on top and generally bulk mean Quickswitch looks like he could lumber into battle in this mode, so overall it works. He has wheels on the underside, which are the undercarriage of the jet mode, but now hidden by the tread panels.

Height: 18cm Width: 9cm

   Quickswitch's robot mode is a mixture of his four primary colours - the upper arms and shins are turquoise, the torso is grey with a light grey groinpate, the forearms and feet are also light grey. Lastly, his head is red and the face is yellow. There's an outbreak of sky blue on his chest, a colour that seems to appear randomly in some of the other modes, and I'm not sure why they've used it at all.

   The central block that Quickswitch is based on is the central part of this mode, with the arms and legs attached to the sides of it. While this works fine for the arms, the legs are on either side of the groin, like those of a reptile (well, except for the fact the thighs are vertical), and this looks pretty stupid. The central block also reaches down to his shins, making it worse. Above the waist he looks okay - his fists have holes in which you can place the pistols, and the face has well defined features, with a mouth, chin, nose and eyes. Sure, it's yellow, but it's a well moulded face.

   Quickswitch's shoulders rotate and his elbows bend, giving him good arm poseability. His hips swivel and knees bend, but the actual poseability is limited by the fact his legs are on either side of his centre of gravity and his feet are widely spaced. Still, the arm poseability is good for a G1 toy.

   While the arms and facial detail are good, the random sky blue means there's a little too much happening colour wise and the legs are a mess - so I can't really say I like this mode.


   None that I'm aware of. Sixknight is a rather inconsequential repaint of Quickswitch.


   Quickswitch has decent vehicle modes, but the puma and pistol modes suck. The robot mode has both good and bad, the bad outweighing the good, unfortunately. To a large extent I feel he's a victim of asking too much of what's essentially a fairly small toy. Sixshot worked much better, and I think a large reason for this is the bigger size meant they could do more with the toy. If you get him for a cheap price, Quickswitch has some good points, but none of the modes are fantastic and quite frankly, Sixshot's far better - 2/10

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