Transformers Sideswipe
Transformers Sideswipe
Transformers Sideswipe
Transformers Sideswipe

For his big-screen debut in Revenge of the Fallen, Sideswipe was something of a one-scene wonder, making a spectacular entrance by killing Sideways. After that he didn't really get much to do. Recalled for Dark of the Moon, he didn't really do a lot better - featuring strongly in the battle with the Dreads but reduced to a background filler elsewhere, despite a lunatic with swords on his arms being a useful thing to have around in that sort of situation.

Nevertheless the live action incarnation of Sideswipe received his third brand-new Deluxe mould in as many years for the third film's toyline and the allure of combined shipping meant I got him despite being pretty happy with the initial Revenge of the Fallen version.


For Dark of the Moon, the Stingray concept prop car used for Sideswipe was modified - this largely seems to have involved slicing the top off the thing for a cabriolet appearance. Thus the toy's been decapitated too. However, the figure is an all-new mould rather than just a simple retool - in common with other Dark of the Moon figures, it's smaller than previous corresponding Sideswipes. It's also rendered in a beigey-grey that manages to be even blander than the scheme deployed on Jolt and makes a nasty contrast to the previous silver painted editions. When you consider his UK RRP is about £2 more, that's a great reason not to bother upgrading already.

Other changes include a fairly detailed interior, largely undone by the lack of a floor (leaving robot mode parts on view) and the addition of a spoiler. Like the first version however he's still covered with join lines, has parts that scrape the ground in car mode (including, astonishingly, the only painted part on the robot mode body - once again, good work Hasbro!) and looks about ready to pop apart at any moment. Like all DotM Deluxes, he has MechTech ports - one in each door, and another on the back. His weapon is one of the few that looks like it's actually been designed for the toy it's included with and while being somewhat oversized doesn't look bad sprouting from the rear of the car.


Sideswipe's transformation pattern is almost completely changed. While some parts end up in the same place, the front of the car now forms the chest, with the rear wheel arches ending up on the feet; this change works surprisingly well. The backpack is a little more compact and the robot is generally a little slimmer, partly through not having to deal with the roof of the car. However there are some regressions in the design - the moving exhaust/grenade launcher array is still present, but ends up folded inside the backpack, instead a sculpted version hidden under the car bonnet ending up behind the robot's shoulders. Elsewhere, the front wings of the car hang off the feet - having possessed the apparently mystical skill needed to get the RotF version to stand I never minded his feet, and at least the car parts on his were integrated rather than just hanging off.

The articulation is great even if the figure's balance isn't hugely improved. Sideswipe can still collapse relatively easily, with the little stabilisers at the front of his feet given to folding themselves up. The swords on the forearms are made less cumbersome while the hips and knees have more range, not being restricted by the Mech Alive gimmicks. However, Sideswipe doesn't have the balance to really bring off the MechTech weapon in this mode, though this more reflects the bulkiness of the large cannon rather than a particular fault of the figure itself. However what really sinks Sideswipe is once again the colour scheme - the figure just looks so flat in a mix of beige and dark grey. Incidentally, don't be fooled by the heavily Photoshopped stock photography of the Takara version that makes it appear as if the Japanese version is coloured silver - it's just as plain as the Western release.


Once again a poor colour scheme undermines a respectable mould. There are quite a few positives to Sideswipe, including a sleek robot mode with good articulation, but the figure just lacks impact. If you missed out on the RotF version he's a worthy investment, but if you already have the original Deluxe there's little here to make it worth upgrading.