Siege Spinister Toy Review

Price- 19.99
Class- Deluxe


I'm a child of the 80s. I grew up with G1. Spinister was one of those characters who... well had no character. He was a background character that worked for Thunderwing. So when the TFCC Spinister came out a few years ago, I really didn't want to get yet another Combiner Wars helicopter that had no change aside for paint. When I changed my mind, it was way too late and I refuse to spend in the area of $120 for one figure that I have 5 of already in other colors. But for some reason, I still wanted a Spinister figure. No clue why. I never had the toy when I was a kid. So Siege extended itself one more Wave and Spinster was added to the roster. He looked great and I was shocked to find him at Target. Honestly, I was kind of shocked to see a brand new mold in a final wave of a line. As of December 2019, there are no retools or repaints announced, but I wouldn't be shocked if he gets a Generations Select figure, my prediction is Armada Cyclonus.

Bot Mode-

Spinster is a real diamond in the rough. Considering I have little to no knowledge of him, he looks REALLY good. He is a perfect representation of how the character looked in G1, but with modern toy technolgy. The original Spinster came out in 1988. This was about the time when toys started to have garrish neon colors, instead of the more muted and realistic colors in the past. Spinister's body is dark pink, his arms are purple, his legs are blue, and his head is black with yellow eyes. He clashes more than MMC Thunderclash (which was MMC's intention, to make him very vibrant). He has his helicopter rotors on his back. His legs have the cockpit of the helicopter in them, but one leg's cockpit is a fake cockpit. He has pretty fabulous articulation and range of motion. His arms have multiple joints that remind me of Siege Reflector (F you Refraktor, you're Reflector), but executed a lot better. He has 5mm ports throughout his body. His hands have 5mm holes as well. His head is on a ball joint so it can look up and down and left and right. All in all, a very well executed figure. Oh, his hands are on mushroom pegs so they can spin as well. Honestly, I kind of wished that they folded into the wrist, but I'll get to that in a moment)


Spinister's transformation was a bit complicated at first, but after a few times, it's a lot of fun. He has a somewhat unique transformation scheme which I had to watch a toy review on Youtube (specifically Balamatrix's) to help me the first time with the transformation. For complexity I rate the transformation 7.25 out of 10 and for fun, 8 out of 10

Vehicle Mode-

Spinister looks A LOT like his G1 version, but updated. He is a helicopter, and it looks kinda like what a military helicopter would look like in 15 or 20 years. It does NOT look Cybertronian at all (hence my theory that the rumors that Wave 5 of Siege was meant to be part of Earthrise). He keeps the same color scheme. The rotors on his tail and the main rotor both spin. You can plug his weapons into the copter in multiple places. The only bad part of this mode is that the fists are visible in copter mode. If they designed it to have the fists fold into the wrist in vehicle mode instead of the mushroom peg, it would be a lot better looking. Aside for that, his vehicle mode is as successful as his robot mode.


Spinister comes with two guns which are meant to homage his targetmasters from G1. Both are double barrelled and one is dark pink and one is aqua. They both fit into his hand well and both can be attached to the vehicle mode easily. I wanted him to have targetmasters, so I combined the parts of Blowpipe and Aimless to make a blue battlemaster, and then I gave him the purple battlemaster from the Skywarp set (thank you Tyke for hooking me up with that battlemaster!!!!)

3rd Party Add Ons-

The Wave 5 Deluxe figures of Siege don't have any upgrade kits. I think they are the only deluxes which Matrix Workshop has not made an upgrade kit for. So there are no 3rd party upgrades. If you can find them (very rare at this point) I know Mastershooter Collectibles made targetmasters for modern figures, so if you can find them, you should pick them up. But they haven't made anything in years so finding them is a bit of a chore.


Like almost every Siege figure, Hasbro knocked it out of the park with Spinister. He has the perfect amount of nostalgia while utilizing modern day toy technology.


The fist issue in vehicle mode does bother me a little, but not tremendously. Also, I would've really liked if he came with Battlemasters/Targetmasters, but that would've made the price go up at least another 10 dollars so I'm okay with that.


While not my favorite figure of the year, it is a phenominal figure. Great execution aside for one minor detail. He has tremendous play value for a kid. I rate Spinister 8.75 out of 10

American Retools and Repaints-

Generations Select Rotorstorm





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