Siege Sideswipe Toy Review


(this review will cover just the original release the G2 version and Red Alert will get their own reviews)

Price- 19.99
Class- Deluxe

Commentary-

Sideswipe was the first Siege figure that I ever saw a picture of during the revealing of Siege. I loved it and knew I had to get it. I had CHUG Sideswipe, and he was good, but he was very dated. I even came up with a head cannon story for him. Sunstreaker was killed by Megatron, so Sideswipe rebuilt himself so he wouldn't be next. Also, I made a story for Cog, he was an ancient Autobot who taught Sideswipe advanced fighting. Sideswipe also has the honor of being one of the first figures that I got in my second run as a Transformers collector who wasn't Optimus or Megatron that replaced an earlier version.

Bot Mode-

Sideswipe looks really good in robot mode, but there is one problem with him (I'll get to it soon). His chest and shoulders are red, and it's a very bold red which works well. He has an Autobot logo on his chest. His lower arms and upper legs are white. He has black hands, and shins. He has the "Siege Dirt" but again, that doesn't really bother me at all. Like all Siege figures, there are a number of 5mm ports throughout his body which you can plug weaponizers into. He has basically the same articulation as every other Siege deluxe. He doesn't have wrist swivel due to transformation. Now here's my small grip with Sideswipe. His head is just a little too low, it should be just a little higher because at some angles, his face is obscured by his chest. Other than that one issue, he's a really good figure There is no backpack and there isn't too much vehicle mode kibble in robot mode.

Transformation-

I really like Sideswipe's transformation. It's a bit simple, but it is intuative and fun. For fun, I rate it a 7.25 out of 10. For complexity, I rate it a 5.25

Vehicle Mode-

If you've read any review that I've written for Siege figures, you'll know that to me, Siege doesn't look Cybertronian, it looks like a futuristic Earth (and yes there are differences, at least to me). But Sideswipe's vehicle mode is AMAZEBALLS. I really think that he has one of my favorite vehicle modes in Siege. He is a red car with black details. The windows are a smokey clear black which is very dramatic and stunning. He has black tires with silver rims. This looks like a car you would see in Blade Runner. It pegs together very well and rolls very well. There is a port on the roof which you can plug a weapon into.

Accessories-

Sideswipe comes with two guns that can combine into one larger gun. There is a tab on one of the guns which you can plug into Sideswipe's shoulder to mimic his G1 look. I prefer him not to have the shoulder gun personally. All of his accessories feel very appropriate. Where some other Siege figures, I just didn't feel like the weapons were as right as Sideswipes.

3rd Party Add Ons-

There are A LOT of add on kits for Sideswipe from a few different people (I am only going to discuss the upgrade kits specifically for Sideswipe, not the other two redecos).

Matrix Workshop made a set which comes with two blasters. It looks great, but honestly, I am satisfied enough with the weapons he came with where I don't plan to get it

Shockwave Lab made gap fillers. Again, if you've read my other reviews, you'll know I never get gap fillers, so I won't be reviewing that set.

Nonnef made a jetpack for Sideswipe. I got it, but I lost it so in the near future, I am going to get another one so I can review it.

Nonnef also made another weapons pack. On the fence i I am going to get it. Nothing against the set, it's really cool looking, I am just satisfied with the weapons that Sideswipe came with.

Pros-

In my top 3 of favorite vehicle modes in Siege. Good articulation. A much needed update to Sideswipe

Cons-

The head is too low on the neck.

Grade-

I like Sideswipe a lt, but he isn't my favorite figure in Siege, mainly because of the issue with the head. If his head was just a quarter of an inch higher, he would be perfect. Sideswipe is a really fun figure but I don't see him as being my absolute best Sideswipe. If Hastak came out with an Earth Vehicle Sideswipe, I would probably retire Siege Sideswipe. I suggest you get him if you don't have him. I rate Siege Sideswipe a 7.75 out of 10.

American Retools and Repaints-

G2 Clone Sideswipe

Siege Red Alert

 

 

 


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