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Sir Auros' review of: Skywarp

Name: Skywarp
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Warrior
Sub-Group: NA
"Strike when the enemy isn't looking."

Skywarp is the sneakiest of all Decepticons. Enjoys playing cruel pranks on fellow Decepticons and appearing out of nowhere to attack Autobots. Not too smart. Would be useless without Megatron's supervision. Top speed of 1500 mph. Can instantly teleport up to 2.5 miles. Carries heat-seeking missiles and variable calibre machine guns.

The Decepticon "Seeker" jets are really some of the worst G1 figures ever, but I couldn't say no to a $12 Skywarp. The color scheme alone is worth it and $12 is a fairer price than $35 for a mold that's so poor.

Vehicle Mode:
Skywarp's jet mode is identical to Starscream's and Thundercracker's, unlike the "conehead" jets who use the same basic body but different wings. Skywarp's jet mode has a very unconventional (for an Earth jet) color scheme, but it looks stupendous. Skywarp created the trend that has continued to this day in Transformers of identifying the Decepticons with purple and black. The figure looks pretty good on display in this mode (though I tend to keep mine in the box), and the only real negative here is that the wings look odd since they don't fully connect to the fuselage.

Robot Mode:
Here is where, just like the other Decepticon jets, it all goes to crap. The figure looks almost nothing like its cartoon or comic counterpart and has the barest of articulation. Couple that with more attaching and detaching of parts than actual transforming and you have the makings of an awful robot mode. But wait, there's more! The mold's head is ridiculous because the jet's cone extends around the back, the hands can't hold anything, the wings couldn't be positioned more awkwardly, and the detail on the face is terrible. You put a sticker on the face to give Skywarp eyes, and (like the other stickers) it's not too inclined to stay in place. The one saving grace for this mode is the color scheme and maybe whatever sentimental attachment you may have to the figure.

Transformation: 6 - More attaching/reattaching spare parts than actual transformation.
Durability: 6 - Too many parts that have no place to go in robot mode.
Fun: 6 - Not a lot really. Maybe it was cool if you were a kid back in the 80's, but now it's for display only.
Price: 10 - $12 was a great price, even for a sub-par toy. The original selling price of $35 is highway robbery though.
Summary: 8 - Only that kickass color scheme keeps Skywarp in the running.

 
 
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