Fansproject Volar (aka Swoop)


Class - 3P About a voyager

Commentary-

Some of the first 3P figures I got were the Dinobots. Originally, I wanted all of my dinobots to be Planet X FOC Dinobots, but in the last few months, I realized that while some of the PX Dinobots were AMAZING, some of them were really lacking. A specific one was Swoop. He was way too small and I really didn't like his head. So I started to do some research and I saw that Fansproject made some very interesting Dinobots. Specifically Swoop and Slag (who I also wasn't a fan of the PX version) looked REALLY good. So I dipped my toe in the water of Fansproject first with Swoop.

Bot Mode-

It took me a while to even consider different Dinobots from the PX versions, but once I did, I was actually very happy. Fansproject Swoop (aka Volar) is a much better Swoop than Planet X, but he does have a little bit of issues that I am not 100% happy with. The first thing you notice about Swoop is that he is very thin. It works for me very well. I figure his dino mode would warrant a thin robot mode. He looks very accurate to G1, and that makes me very happy. The majority of Swoop is gunmetal gray but his torso is red. His dino head folds down onto the chest and that is gold. His face looks very nice. Not attractive, but happy and inviting. His dino wings are on his back and they are kind of removable, but its totally fine. His hands are 5mm(ish) and the hands themselves open and close. He has natural articulation in his arms, they can go up and down and in and out. There is about 90 degrees of bend in the elbow and bicep swivel. His legs have the dino mode feet on the upper legs and they have great articulation as well. The plastic quality is comparable to Hasbro's and he stays tabbed together very well. You can spread out the wings to make him have a more intimidating profile.

Transformation-

I have a few Fansproject figures and for the most part, I like their transformations. They are fun, not too complicated, and pretty fulfilling. The first time I did the transformtion, I had to use the instructions, but I didn't need a youtube video. For complexity, I rate Swoop's transformation a 6 out of 10. For fun, a 7.5 out of 10.

Beast Mode-

I hate comparing one figure to another, but the biggest reason I got Fansproject Swoop was that I was unhappy with Planet X's Swoop. Fansproject's Swoop has a REALLY cool dino mode and I like it almost as much as the robot mode. One of the best things about the beast mode is that he is able to stand up with his wings folded over him instead of just being in a flying position. Of course he can go in a flying position though. He keeps the same color scheme. The wings can "flap" and the beak can open. He has blue eyes. His rocket launcher guns can peg into the wings.

Accessories-

So I got Swoop not complete. The packaged version comes with some accessories I really had no interest in, so by getting an incomplete version, I saved A LOT of money. First, lets talk about the accessories I actually have. He has a red sword and two guns which look like rocket launchers. Very GEEWUN. Both sets of accessories are very well sculpted and appropriate. The ones I don't have... 1) He comes with a new ratcheted torso for Fansproject Sludge. I really like Planet X Sludge, so there is no reason for me to get a new torso. 2) he comes with a... partner? rider? I don't know how to define this add on, but all of the Fansproject dinobots came with a small figure which partsforms into a weapon for robot mode. No interest there for me, so I didn't get it.

3rd Party Add Ons-

On shapeways, there are two guns meant for Swoop. A sniper rifle and a G1esque blaster.

Pros-

I like this figure a lot. He is well engineered, comes with some great accessories. I love how he can stand up vertically in dino mode as well.

Cons-

His robot mode torso is just a little too skinny for me, but that is more of a nitpick.

Grade-

Fansproject Swoop is a great figure. I'm very happy with it but I am not sure if this will be my forever definitive Swoop. Don't get me wrong, I really like the figure a lot, but if something better came out, I would consider getting it. I give Fansproject Volar(Swoop) an 8 out of 10.

American Retools and Repaints-

TFCon 2015 had a redeco with a blue torso.

 

 

 

 

 


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