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Skids - Movie - Figure

Skids

Combiners and fembots and twins, oh my. The upcoming movie is certainly throwing out a lot more concepts this time around. One of those concepts are of twins, referring to Autobots Skids and Mudflap. This review will look at the "more mature" brother, Skids.

Bio

Because he is slightly less hyperactive than his brother Mudflap, Autobot Skids has always thought of himself as "the smarter one". He likes to point this out at every opportunity. While Mudflap zips around like a maniac, Autobot Skids prefers to impress his superiors amongst the Autobot high command by behaving in a way he thinks of as mature, which usually involves talking nonstop about anything that occurs to him.


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Alt Mode

Skids is based off of the 2007 Chevrolet Beat concept, which will eventually become the 2011 Chevrolet Spark minicar. Skids uses a slightly darker green than the concept car, and adds black splash effects to the side panels. The hood is blacked out, as are the wheels. You will note SKIDS on the license plate. Details include a meshed grill, front air dam, rear air dam and rear hatch spoiler.

The car is pretty nice for a compact. Too bad the same can't be said for the seams. The doors are almost impossible to line up with the rest of the car, always sticking out ever so slightly. The A pillars also seem to have a separated look from the front panels. While I do realize that there's a lot of robot to stuff in a tiny package, they could have done a little better. Same goes for the slightly different shade of green on the roof panels.

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 4.63in/117.6mm
Wheelbase:3.25in/82.6mm
Width:2.25in/57.2mm
Height:2in/50.4mm
Scale Ratio:N/A
Wheels: 4, rotating.
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Transformation

Separate the front panels and doors from the rest of the car and rotate them down 90 degrees. Pull down the legs and flip out the feet. Fold the door windows into the panels, then wrap the doors around the lower legs, connecting the hole inside the door panel to the peg inside his leg. Pull out both rear fenders, then slightly pull them forward. Fold the hood into the windshield.

It might take some force, but collapse the center roof panel's back into the cockpit while pulling the windshield up above the roofline. Rotate the arms so the fists point back but the wheels stay in position. Point the rear end straight up. You should then be able to rotate it 180 degrees. Flip out the head, rest the front end against the spine of the rear end and rotate the arms down. Connect a tab on the hatchback to the notch just behind his head. Align arms and shoulder panels to round things off.

Robot Mode

He's quite the interesting bot. Darker shades of green appear on his limbs, ass well as some gray. You'll notice that his right arm is larger than the left. This incorporates one of the Mech Alive features. Now, everyone talks about the head mold for this one. It's definitely a bit goofy looking, although not quite as bad as I initially thought. The eyes are piped clear.

For the first Mech Alive gimmick, let's go back to that right arm. There is a tab on his right elbow. Cocking that tab back actually does 2 things. First, it throws out the oversized fist in a robot punch move. Second, it exposes a semi-hidden cannon in his forearm. Not a bad 2-for-1 gimmick. The second Mech Alive gimmick is in the chest. Pushing down on the grille expands panels on his chest outline and bobs his head down. Interesting, but a much better use of the Mech Alive "technology" that is so boastful of this line.

Articulation

Feet:Ball joint, 30 degree backward bend, unlimited rotation
Knees:Pin hinge, 30 degree bend, pinned above knee for unlimited lower leg rotation
Hips: Ball joint, 120 degree bend, 90 degree spread.
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Dual pin hinges, unlimited rotation and 60 degree spread, pinned below shoulder for unlimited arm rotation
Elbows:Dual pin hinges, 180 degree bend
Right Hand:Common pin hinge for 3 fingers, separate pin hinge for thumb.
Left Hand:Pinned at wrist for unlimited rotation
Head:Ball joint, unlimited rotation with 45 degree downward tilt

There is kibble to contend with, mostly on the lower legs and back. However, he is quite flexible and allows for some good posing.

Robot Mode Specs

Height:4.75in/120.74mm
Width:3.25in/82.6mm
Depth:2.75in/69.9mm
Supplied accessories:None

Verdict

Alt Mode: Too many gaps in the bodywork
Robot Mode:Good use (Finally!) of Mech Alive gimmick, some kibble issues.
Overall:Surprisingly a lot of figure for such a small package. Get past the head and the poor fit of the alt mode panels, and you have a winner.

Class:Deluxe

MSRP:$13

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateJune 17th 2009  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  
Reads9677
LinkSkids via Movie Database  


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cliffjumping jazz
2009-06-18
8:13 pm

i agree with you on this verdict blitz-wing, the only thing annoying me was the lack of painted teeth that were on the box, but as seen in my avatar, I fixed that myself 
MikeyTron
2009-06-18
8:10 pm

I'm not a big fan of some of these designs, and was hating the "Twins" from the beginning. But I picked up Skids last night, the first time I saw him in stores. Totally happy now. For a what it looks like, green or not, it actually looks pretty good in robot form. 
ShellformerV1
2009-06-18
1:54 am

Another really nice review, Blitzwing. I might give Skids a try the next time I see him when I go shopping. Outside of the head sculpt (which I could get used to...I eventually got used to the Bayverse Ironhides' strange looking head), Skids doesn't really look any worse than some of the ROT... read more 
ClockWorkMecha
2009-06-18
1:11 am

I'm starting to be able to deal with the head sculpt, now it's all that damn mint green all over the place. Maybe a premium or a revision will be released and change my mind completely. 
Breaker
2009-06-18
12:58 am

Okay Blitz, for once Im not gonna say anything bad about this ROTF figure. I actually hate the twins and I thought the toys looked ugly as hell, but these close up pics you took is starting to change my mind (at least for Skids anyway). I actually like the large arm, it's actually imposing look... read more 
TRANS-Lego-MaN
2009-06-18
12:58 am

besides the head being messed up he is a very good i really love how small he is compaired to even Bb 
Astronopolis
2009-06-18
12:51 am

this toy is really fun. the car panels are a bit fussy, but getting them to line up is possible. Hey , yours is missing some paint apps on his teeth, one is supposed to be silver, and the other gold. 
Blitz-Wing
2009-06-18
12:49 am

Yeah, I know, I know, the head mold is ass. It's on a ball joint, find a head with a similar socket and exchange  
Ender
2009-06-18
12:23 am

Ugly... The Hatchback of Notre Dame. 
Nguyen_Dragon
2009-06-18
12:22 am

Damn... I still cant get past the face... 
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