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Sir Auros' review of: Wideload

Name: Wideload
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Engineer
Sub-Group: Constructicons

I hate everything about this figure except for the paintjob. I wish I could've raged on about this figure the first time I bought it and it was called Duststorm, but Reflector beat me to it and I think he was either drunk or suffered some brain damage at the time because he actually gave it a good review. I think this figure is so bad on so many levels and this mold alone has managed to sour me on Constructicon Maximus.

Vehicle Mode:
Wideload is a crane. A crane with an arm that doesn't extend or shorten, a robot's head clearly visible and deforming the crane operator's booth, and two robo-thighs connecting the cab to the crane controls. Oh yeah, it also has a big, blue pincher on the end if you don't have anywhere else to store the energon part. The only decent thing about this mode is that the colors look good and the crane can move left or right. Other than that, it's a mess. The crane operator's booth doesn't even look like it's connected to the vehicle and even if it was you still have these two pipe-line portions making up a significant part of the truck and looking stupid. I can't even see the appeal with this mode other than to avoid displaying the trainwreck that is Wideload's robot mode...

Robot Mode:
Crap. Utter crap. Wideload has a tiny little pinhead that's poorly painted and clumsily sculpted and the most deformed limbs you'll see in an Energon toy until you form some of the gestalts. One arm is the crane's arm. It's easily longer than the robot mode is tall and makes for some awful poses and balancing. What kind of robotic evolutionary disaster has an arm that's longer than it is tall? The other arm is basically the crane operator's cab turned upside down with a hole in it. Not even a sculpted fist, just a hole. You could put the pincher in that hole or on the end of the crane arm. I didn't really care enough to do so since I just wanted to take the pics and then get Wideload back into the gestalt mode. The legs are just as awful as the arms with disproportionate feet and spindly thighs that can't support the figure's weight. It's just so awful.

Transformation: 6 - Doesn't hide the robot mode at all and it'd be a 4 if it weren't part of a gestalt.
Durability: 9 - Nothing's come loose, but then I don't transform it much because I like being able to see.
Fun: 2 - Fun? None.
Price: 7 - At $7 I still feel ripped off.
Summary: 4 - Crappiest Transformer of the year. Well, actually it's tied with Duststorm.

 
 
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