Transformers Sideways
Transformers Sideways
Transformers Sideways
Transformers Sideways
Transformers Sideways
Transformers Sideways
Transformers Sideways
Transformers Sideways

Inserted into Revenge of the Fallen at the request of Audi, Sideways didn't make it far into the film - memorably being sliced in half by Sideswipe in the Shanghai battle, having spent only around 30 seconds in robot mode. His short role might have been due to pressure from main car supplier General Motors.

Despite being a mix of product placement and a "hi-then-die" character, Sideways nevertheless made a good impression and landed a Deluxe figure (as well as Fast Action Battler, RPM and Legends toys). Sideways did feature more prominently in the tie-in video game, at least.


The Audi R8 is by modern standards not bad looking at all - indeed, it's one of the best looking live action alt modes full stop. Sideways is an unlicensed version of the R8 and thus has lots of little copyright-friendly tweaks, but the overall impression is largely unchanged. The only inaccuracy particularly noticeable to the naked eye is the doors of the toy being smooth rather than indented. Well, as far as changes to the car shape go, anyway. The colour scheme is changed quite significantly, with the prop car's distinctive black sections (a wide stripe running from front to back of the car) absent, with two black stripes on the door instead.

Hasbro have also added a pink tint to the windows for some bizarre reason. These alterations aside, it's a great mode - the colour scheme works even if it isn't screen accurate, and there's a decent amount of detail - most pleasingly, unlike most toys from the first movie's line there are painted wheel hubs. The mode is also quite solid - though frustratingly Sideways has a very, very low ride height, with the wheels only coming down a millimetre or two further than the folded robot parts on the underside. The join lines are bad as well, especially the big 'U'-shaped hinge on the roof. The figure's vehicle mode can be much improved by ordering a set of stickers from Reprolabels.com.


Sideways has a bit of a fiddly transformation - not so much difficult but a few bits (like the car sides) get in the way a little bit in the sequence, and it takes a few goes to get it down smoothly without any backtracking. Unusually for a Revenge of the Fallen figure (obviously discounting the retools and recolours based on the first film's toys) there's an Automorph gimmick at the start of the sequence from car to robot. Sideways has a similar sort of robot mode layout to Barricade with the front of the car forming the torso, (most of) the sides of the car moving out onto the arms, the underside innards becoming the legs, the roof moving onto the back and the side windows flipping up to form wing-looking things on the shoulders. However Sideways looks more like something designed entirely for the live-action ethos, rather than the half-and-half of Barricade. On the other hand, he's also very top-heavy - long skinny chicken legs, a thin lower torso and (relatively) big ape arms is hardly a graceful combination.

The figure does bring red and more black into the mix for this mode, albeit at the cost of onscreen accuracy. While Sideways' robot mode is only briefly glimpsed in the dark Shanghai scenes, the CGI renders and games show him to be much more silver and more detailed. As it is, the red looks rather out of place while the black parts look flat. They're covered in engraved detail, but lack visual definition. The head for example does have a little silver paint on if and transparent pink eyes, but move more than a foot away from the toy and it just becomes an indistinct smudge between the chest and the backpack. Sideways' articulation is hurt badly by his tiny ball-jointed feet that can't hold the figure in most poses, despite there being joints all over the place. The robot mode does have the new Mech Alive gimmick - when you bend the elbows, small discs on the outside of the joints turn. It's not a bad idea, it just really isn't worth mentioning. Oh, and the dummy wheels on the wrists? Bad engineering, guys.


Sideways is ultimately disappointing for frustrating reasons. Beefing up the legs, adding more detail to the head and arms and switching that red out for a dark grey would immeasurably improve the figure. The alt mode is great, the transformation is nicely worked once you get used to it, and the robot mode makes a passable statue but Sideways is just too flawed to really live up to his potential.