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Sir Auros' review of: Skywarp

Name: Skywarp
Function: Aerial Warrior
First cartoon appearance: N/a

I had heard that there was going to be a repaint of the Jetstorm mold for the Universe and was mildly interested since I still didn't have any incarnation of the mold and I am a big fan of the Skywarp color scheme, so I decided to pick up this figure whenever I ran across it. Well, I finally found the figure and I'm quite pleased with both the mold itself and the awesome color scheme

Vehicle Mode:
Something interesting about this mold is that it has essentially two vehicle and robot modes yet remains a fairly simple figure. The vehicle mode the figure comes packaged in doesn't really appeal to me, but the more realistic mode with the cockpit attached to the fuselage looks quite spiffy. The vehicle mode ends up looking like a cross between Armada Skywarp and a stealth bomber and is pretty solid and bigger than most deluxe-range figures. The mode Skywarp is packaged in is reminiscent of Beast Machines' Jetstorm's vehicle mode with a cockpit resembling a bird's head more than an actual jet and with the ability to move to the left or right. I think the figure looks awkward in this mode.

Robot Mode:
Skywarp has a keen robot mode, but I was a bit disappointed that the head for the figure remained unchanged. It would have been nice to have a more human face on the figure to distance it more from the Beast Machines line. However, Hasbro has finally, triumphantly used translucent plastic effectively. I have to give them a hearty pat on the back for that and recommend that whatever they used, they should use it from now on. Skywarp's eyes give off an eerie reddish-orange glow without a strong light source immediately behind them and the effect has to be seen to be appreciated. I actually like Skywarp's hands being more claw/talons than just square fists with holes for weapons and his his arms in general are much more articulate than I thought they would be. Unlike the vehicle mode, I like both of Skywarp's robot modes, but the non-hover mode is significantly easier to pose of course. Skywarp comes with no accessories other than his missiles and he wouldn't be able to use anything anyway with his hands being what they are, but at least he has operational rocket launchers.

Transformation: 7 - Not very difficult, but tough enough to tempt one to check the instructions.
Durability: 10 - All the tiny, seemingly-fragile parts are made out of soft, rubbery material instead of hard plastic so I can't imagine anything on this figure ever breaking.
Fun: 8 - Nice articulation and a cool figure with a fun transformation.
Price: 10 - I think it's a great figure for the deluxe range and well worth the $10 it generally retails for.
Overall: 9 - The second Universe figure I've found worth buying and (in my opinion) the best one to date.
 
 
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