|Code Name: SLIPSTREAM|
Vehicle drivers tended not to do so well in media, especially the cartoon - off the top of my head Heavy Metal and Crankcase don't even make the show, though their vehicles do. However, that changed for the second season of the show, and both Cross Country and Slipstream would actually get focus episodes. Strangely, Slipstream's didn't even feature the Conquest X-30 he was packed with all that much.
Having got an X-30, I felt a strange obligation to get Slipstream to go with it. After initially getting the original, I managed to then find a loose 25th version, which represented a vast improvement. It's not that I don't like the original figures or anything, it's just that the 25ths are largely a big improvement, and that the original Slipstream was rather weak with his silly grin.
Considering it's been made up entirely from existing parts, Slipstream comes off pretty nicely. The head's paint applications are so nicely done it actually took me a while to notice it's merely Tripwire's head repainted; sadly, now I've noticed, I can't look past it. The chest panel is greatly simplified, the brown shoulder pads are gone and the leg design is changed somewhat, but none of this really harms the guy - possibly because Slipstream was never the most iconic character anyway.
He is a bit of a tight squeeze in the Conquest cockpit (though for all I know the actual 25th vehicle is retooled; most of the others do seem to have been, all it would require is dropping the cockpit 'bucket' seat a few fractions of an inch). While the figure is still ultimately inessential, at least it's lost the cartoonish quality of the original.