So those who know me know that I have a profound love of Transformers. It’s one of my main focuses in collecting. The arrival of a new Masterpiece Transformer is a very special day in my household. To be fair, I have a love/hate relationship with them. Sometimes they’re absolutely brilliant. Grimlock, MP-10 Optimus Prime, Megatron. Genious. Then there are the ones that test the limits of my patience. First issue Starscream (what were they thinking?), Rodimus Prime (absolute disaster). You get my point.
Sideswipe (Lambor for those of you who don’t know) was my very first Transformer, and my very favorite of the original G1 Autobots. Without going in to the trappings of a long back story, I was both excited and anxious when he and his mold-mate Red Alert were announced. Would he be everything I’d hoped? Would it suck? I’m happy to report he falls in the category of the former. Big Time.
Before we get in too deep with the pics, I’d like to thank Toy Arena, the online store where I got mine from. They have a great web store, and sweet booth at the Frank & Sons show in Los Angeles. Whenever I visit, I never seem to be able to get away from their booth without buying something cool.
Sideswipe has been remade before. He was released as a Dodge Viper in the Binaltech/Alternators line, and in the Universe/Classics line, as a makeshift Gallardo. Neither were very acceptable, in my opinion. Both failed to capture enough of the feel of the character. Plus neither featured the cool Lamborghini Countach alt mode that I grew up with. Masterpiece Sideswipe has none of those issues. The car mode is actually licensed from Lamborgini, and the detailing is everything I remember him to be.
By comparison, Sideswipe blows all previous versions of him away. He also is fully compatible with the MP-10 Optimus Prime as well. In case you missed the import (shame on you), he is also available now in a slightly different color scheme as a Toys R Us exclusive. He fits perfectly inside the trailer for transport as shown.
One thing I feel compelled to point out is that while the Masterpiece Transformers are very sweet overall, some of them are so complicated to transform (*cough Megatron cough Rodimous cough*), that they cease being fun. Sideswipe is a joy to transform. Everything fits where is should. Noting too tedious, just complex enough to hide certain panels and kibble, enough to make him like, well, Sideswipe.
Sideswipe also includes his trademark piledrivers, which plug in easily by rotating his hands back inside the door cavity. As you can see in the pics, he’s got all the articulation you need. The joints are nice and tight, and he holds even the most extreme poses without additional support.
Here’s Masterpiece Sideswipe shown next to past incarnations, including the G1 version. I think you’ll agree he represents the character quite nicely!
It’s undetermined at this time if Sideswipe will receive the Hasbro treatment and see US release in the future. I’ve heard rumblings from my sources that there may be an issue with the Lamborghini licensing in the states. I decided not to even chance it, or wait a year plus, and got mine now. I can report that I’m 100% satisfied with him, and I can’t wait for Red Alert, who should be out in time for Christmas! Thanks for looking, this is Captain collector, signing off ’till all are one!