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Sideways - Movie - Figure

Sideways

When people first saw Sideways, there was a lot of assumption that this would be the new Barricade. However, that's not going to be the case. For one, this bot seems way too cowardly to pull that off.

Bio

Back on Cybertron, Sideways was a simple courier who avoided combat at all costs. he tried to always remain in the shadow of larger Decepticons, where the Autobots might not notice him. On Earth, he's keeping much the same practice. He teamed up with Demolisher early on, and hopes that if the Autobots find him, the big Constructicon can keep him safe.


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Alt Mode

Sideways is loosely based off the Audi R8 sports coupe. Now, wait, isn't Audi part of Volkswagen, the auto manufacturer who refuses to have warlike toys use their image? Yes, and that's why Sideways alt mode is LOOSELY based off the Audi R8. The 10% rule applies here, so while it has the basic silhouette, it's changed enough to not be the R8.

Changes to this silver bodied car versus the R8 include reworked headlights, a revised rear end, complete with center mounted exhaust and a slightly revised grille. You'll notice a black effect stripe that leads neatly into the intake ports on the quarterpanels. You'll also notice the rear glass is etched with detailing for an engine block, a clever touch.

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 5.63in/143mm
Wheelbase:3.25in/82.6mm
Width:2.25in/57.2mm
Height:1.38in/35.1mm
Scale Ratio:31:1 (est)
Wheels: 4, rotating.
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Transformation

Traces of Automorph exist in ROTF figures. Pushing in the grille will both pop out a red chest panel AND flip in the front wheels. Pull both headlights out from the hood. Grab the doors and pop them loose from the quarterpanels, then swing the arms out. Pop the quarterpanels loose from the rear deck to expose the legs. Fold up the roof, then fold the rear end against the inside of the roof.

Flip the legs out 180 degrees, then bend the knees on a double joint (think like a chicken). Turn the quarter panel on his leg so the wheel is on the bottom, then rotate the whole assembly so it's on the inside of his leg. There is a peg on the inside of the quarterpanel that inserts into a hole inside his shin, which should make leg alignment unquestionable. Fold out his forearms. Flip the front end forward. There is a tab above his waist which clicks into the chest piece. Flip the black tab over behind the hood to show his head. Align arms and door panels to complete the process.

Finally (no offense to anyone) but if you're gonna whine about how this figure is transformed like you did in the image gallery thread, do yourself a favor. Read the instructions and check the official pic on the back of the card. You know who you are. If you have a different method for transforming him that you like, that's perfectly acceptable. I go by the official modes.

Robot Mode

There was some concern about the brightness of his red chest after the first pics were shown. While it's still a stark contrast, it's not as bad in person. The figure shows alot of black in the limbs and head, and red in the chest and knees. The head is nicely detailed. The piping is unique, in that the eyes are translucent red, but the piping is clear. It gives off almost a magenta type glow.

The wheels on his wrists are faux, as the real front wheels are folded up in him. They do spin independently, but aren't attached to any kind of lever or have any automated action. To label this as the Mech Alive gimmick is pure cheese ball. I've said it before, but the Mech Alive gimmick is a huge bust to me.

Articulation

Feet:Ball joint, 90 degree backward bend, unlimited rotation
Knees:Pin hinge, 30 degree bend (technical)
Hips: Ball joint, 120 degree bend, 75 degree spread, 45 degree flex.
Waist:Pinned for unlimited rotation
Shoulders:Ball joint, unlimited rotation and 90 degree spread, pinned below shoulder for unlimited arm rotation
Elbows:Pin hinge, 180 degree bend
Head:Ball joint, unlimited rotation with 90 degree downward tilt

The footprint is very small, so you might have to work a bit to get a pose down. You can cheat and unsnap the panels from the shins. Knees are a bit restricted, but again unsnapping the shin panels helps.

Robot Mode Specs

Height:6in/152.4mm (8in/203.2mm w/ winglets)
Width:3.75in/95.3mm
Depth:2.75in/69.9mm
Supplied accessories:None

Verdict

Alt Mode: Close enough to the real R8 without being the real R8
Robot Mode:Mech Alive gimmick is poor, small footprint and lack of good knees might hinder posing.
Overall:A very nice figure overall. Maybe toning down the chest and giving him a larger standing base would have made this a no-brainer.

Class:Deluxe

MSRP:$13

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateJune 13th 2009  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  
Reads10592
LinkSideways via Movie Database  


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formerly nortagem
2009-06-15
5:53 am

Maybe not too much longer after people realize how to transform him into his full potential! Check out pics I posted on the thread! Don't know why people aren't transforming this correctly.  
formerly nortagem
2009-06-15
5:46 am

Dude, totally had them lined up...just didn't snap them in! Thanks  
Firepaw
2009-06-14
11:28 pm

This is how I prefer to transform the legs. I use the back panels as a part of the 'foot.' The panels can also be flipped to either side and still be used this way. (link) Wow, my camera really sucks. You can barely tell what I am trying to show, here. Eh, if you have him, you probably ... read more 
megatronemesis
2009-06-14
9:00 pm

I think this guy is great. The car mode is good and robot mode only has a few problems; The feet are too small, and the random red stomach. Otherwise this is a great figure worth buying. 
Liege Evilmus
2009-06-14
6:50 pm

Good review. I wa very iffy on getting this figure but in hand he is real nice. The online pics make it look like he has on an orange diaper, but inhand it realy isn't offensive. I know what the bio reads... But on my shelves he'll be a nice counter for Sideswipe 
skullfire
2009-06-14
5:52 pm

I sent blitz wing an e-mail about his comment on correct transformations on this figure and pointed that part out...not to be mean but to warn him that there will be MANY MANY MANY fans who will notice this. But hey you know what, he great reveiws regardless and they sometimes help in making buying... read more 
TRANS-Lego-MaN
2009-06-14
5:51 pm

i love him, his feet do suck to pose but i use those things on his feet where the tires are on the bottom of his legs to help him pose it makes it alot better 
cliffjumping jazz
2009-06-14
3:39 pm

yep  
Hunter Rose
2009-06-14
3:30 pm

Another point I didn't see in Blitzwing's review - The back of his hood actually folds up on each side of his neck making a collar of sorts, this also helps the back kibble sit better (either up or down) 
skullfire
2009-06-14
3:06 pm

I just got this guy...oh my gods!!!! miles beyond sideswipe! what a shame.... I may paint over the red with a simple black spray paint as soon as I find a brand of paint that is the most durable and wont rub off. But for noe the red is not as bad as I thought. What is a win for m... read more 
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