Transformers Skids
Transformers Skids
Transformers Skids
Transformers Skids

Twin of Mudflap, Skids was marginally the more vocal of the pair in Revenge of the Fallen - loudly extolling his views on camouflage, being driven by one man alone Seymour Simmons and then bemoaning the apparent loss of Mudflap when battling Devastator. Skids' feelings were diluted slightly when his twin survived getting ate and promptly shot him in the face just when the pair were starting to get somewhere battling the Decepticon behemoth.

Multiple Skids toys have been made to date - a Legends figure, two Deluxes (one based on his initial front of an ice cream van mode, packed with Mudflap as the other half; the other a solo outing based on his car mode) and a Human Alliance figure (which came in a set with Arcee and Mikaela). Plus probably some Fast Action Battlers, RPMs and other stuff I'm happy to ignore.


Skids transforms into a Chevrolet Beat, which - like Mudflap's Trax alternate mode - is a compact car. This one is of a generic shape which might not be hugely attractive, but at least is less of a dog than Skids' twin. Indeed, it would be quite passable if it wasn't rendered in green. The colour isn't particularly loud or anything, but it is still unavoidably a light green. Oh well. At least the secondary colour is done quite well, with a black panel on the bonnet and some sort of pattern on the sides - I'm not sure what exactly this is meant to be but it does break up the green.

Unlike Mudflap, Skids does have transparent windows but at the same time he also has no detailing on the wheels. Otherwise detail touches are much the same - transparent headlights on the front, red plastic on the back, a personalised plate, good work on the grill, Chevrolet logos and so on. However, Skids' join lines aren't as well placed, especially the one just behind the doors that goes along the roof. Skids can also be a bugger to get back into car mode - the bottom of the windscreen never seems to line up with the top of the bonnet properly without a lot of fiddling, for instance.


Again like Mudflap, Skids has a complicated shellformer style transformation using the same basic configuration of much of the car rotating around and then folding up into a backpack. However, the sequence itself is more fluid with Skids and the leftover kibble folds up and separates that bit more - in short making transforming him good fun. I especially like the way the doors fold up onto the ankles - they're a bit bulky on there in robot mode, but it's a neat idea. All sorts of little bits add up to a much better robot mode than his twin - the backpack is much smaller, the windscreen is hidden away better, the limbs have more remnants of the car mode, the chest is more coherent - it's just generally worked that bit better with the result being Skids just feels more solid. There's impressive detail on the head sculpt, right down to a gold tooth - whether this is a good thing or not I'll leave up to you.

Skids is much more useful - he can actually balance well enough to make use of much of his articulation, even if the car wings on his shoulders and doors on his ankles restrict movement of his limbs a little (albeit no more than Mudflap's kibble does on the Trax mould). He has two additional features in robot mode - like his twin, pressing on Skids' chest grille causes his head to bob forwards and backwards in an amusing fashion. His oversized right hand also holds a gimmick - pressing the button on the elbow causes the fist to extend about an inch, and a tiny gun to pop out. This looks a little silly alas, and it's a shame the gun can't be revealed without dismembering the poor guy's wrist. Still, it's a really fun robot mode overall.


Skids is an impressive made figure even if his appearance (the green, the head cast) is likely to be love it or hate it. I like the little guy a lot, he's close to his onscreen appearance, has a neat transformation and two decent modes. Skids avoids a lot of the pitfalls that get Mudflap, and just goes to show how much better any figure can be made with that little bit of extra thought and effort.