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Skids & Mudflap - Movie - Figures

Skids & Mudflap

For all the talk we heard about possible combiners coming out, on the toy front it's looking like a bust. However, not all is lost. We do get a 2 for 1 special, with Skids and Mudflap being depicted in their "combined" mode.

Bio

Autobot Skid and Mudflap have always been close, but this is a little ridiculous. Equipped with experimental combination technology, they use their newfound ability to help the other Autobots hunt rogue Decepticons wherever they hide. Unfortunately, they have so much difficulty hanging onto each other in vehicle mode that they spend more time struggling to stay on the road than they do fighting.

Skids


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Mudflap


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Alt Mode

Joined together in alt mode, they form an ice cream truck. The truck is vintage looking, recalling the "Good Humor" type vehicles of the 50s. It is white above the beltline and pink below. The truck is certainly cleaner as a figure than it was shown in the movie. "Creamy Ice Cream" is scripted on the roofline of the truck, with "Made fresh for you!" scripted along the front wheel skirts.

Details are abound, including the speaker on the roof, double doors in the back and a swirly ice cream bust on the roof. No, it does not spin. Perhaps the best part is that you could not tell there were actually 2 robots in this package unless you look underneath. It's a pretty seamless design.

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 4.5in/114.3mm
Wheelbase:2.75in/69.9mm
Width:2.13in/54.1mm
Height:3.25in/82.6mm
Scale Ratio:N/A

Transformation

The two separate just behind the front doors. Simply pull apart.

For Skids: Fold the front bumper down. Peel the top of the wheel skirts from the hood, then dislodge the doors from the windows and skirts. Rotate the door panels forward 180 degrees. Flip the feet down from the cockpit, then swivel the bumper/waist 180 degrees. Collapse the legs into the waist. Fold the side windows into the roof. As you pop open the hood, Skids will pop out his head. Cantilever the wheel skirts upward. Fold the hood against the windshield, fold the roof into the cockpit, then rotate the assembly 180 degrees. Straighten out the limbs to finish.

For Mudflap: Pull the panel glass backwards, then pull the roofline forwards. Pull the quarterpanels up and spread them alongside the roofline. Pull the rear end down (the pink section) to dislodge the feet. Separate the roofline at the rear and pull each half down. Rotate the panel glass assembly forward. Pull the legs back, then flip forward the waist until it locks in place. Rotate the rear roofline pieces, then bring them forward to lock into the chest. Fold the panel glass into the rear glass, then rotate to the back.

Robot Mode

Skids

Skids looks rather... puny in robot mode. Compared to his chest area, his legs look like toothpicks. The arms are also disproportionate, hanging down below his knees. The head sculpt is pretty dead on, but the hood emblem blocks most of his head from dead front.

One very annoying trait is the elbow joints. They tend to pop off very easily. Another cheeseball move is with the hands. His right hand has articulation, but the left hand is molded into the door panel and colored to match. Worst of all, the footprint is so small that the top-heaviness of the figure makes it tough to strike a good pose. One last note. When transforming back to alt mode, make sure all the door and hood parts are aligned right and pull up on the hood ornament to lock the hood in place. If not done just right, the head will spring load up past the hood.

Articulation

Feet:Ball joint, unlimited rotation
Knees:Pin hinge, 90 degree bend, pinned at knee for unlimited lower leg rotation
Hips:Ball joint, 180 degree bend and 90 degree spread
Waist:Stationary (technical)
Shoudlers:Pinned for 90 degree rotation, separate pin hinge for marginal spread
Elbows:Ball joint and pin hinge assembly, 180 degree bend with unlimited lower arm rotation
Right Hand:Pinned at wrist for 90 degree inward flex
Head:Ball joint, unlimited rotation and 45 degree flex

The elbows have lots of poseability, if you can keep them in place. Overall articulation is good, but the small footprint can pose problems.

Robot Mode Specs

Height:3.38in/85.9mm
Width:2.25in/57.2mm
Depth:1.88in/47.8mm
Supplied accessories:N/A

Robot Mode

Mudflap

Mudflap looks enormous compared to Skids. He also has more white showing, which makes him look a bit more bland. The head sculpt especially looks bland in all-white (except for the blue eyes). At least he has a big footprint.

His arms are also an improvement over Skids (because they're on pins, mostly). Mudflap has the same molded hand treatment (albeit on the right side) and suffers from similar top heaviness. The difference here is that Mudflap has the feet to support it.

Articulation

Feet:Pin hinge, 90 degree bend
Knees:Pin hinge, 90 degree bend, pinned at knee for unlimited lower leg rotation
Hips:Ball joint, 180 degree bend and 90 degree spread
Waist:Stationary
Shoudlers:Ball joint, 135 degree rotation and 90 degree spreadk
Elbows:Pin hinge, 90 degree bend
Left Hand:Pinned at wrist for 90 degree inward flex
Head:Ball joint, unlimited rotation and 90 degree tilt

Kibble interferes with shoulder articulation a bit Otherwise, a solid poser.

Robot Mode Specs

Height:3.5in/88.9mm (4.25in/107.8mm including overhead kibble)
Width:2.75in/69.9mm (5in/127mm including shoulder kibble)
Depth:2.38in/60.4mm
Supplied accessories:N/A

Verdict

Alt Mode: Solid, seamless alt mode.
Skids Robot Mode:On the smallish side, weak shoulder joints, top heavy with small footprint
Mudflap Robot Mode:Some kibble interference, looks rather bland.
Overall:For a deluxe pricepoint, it's worth picking up. Skids' robot mode is the only thing that might make you reconsider

Class:Deluxe

MSRP:$13

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateJuly 28th 2009  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  
Reads13067
LinkSkids & Mudflap via Movie Database  


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BlackoutX
2009-07-30
1:57 am

The twins combiner ice cream truck is interesting, but I just can't do it  
MikePrime
2009-07-30
1:35 am

Skids and Mudflap are entirely the fault of Michael Bay. 
knuclear200x
2009-07-30
12:47 am

agreed. though itd be more awesome if it was already on the toy. 
kai2698
2009-07-29
7:37 pm

oh dear hasbro... if not for the sorry excuses for their faces, i'd 've bought their individual deluxe and this ice cream truck... wth were they thinking  
deceptikhan
2009-07-29
6:00 pm

These guys look great! ESPECIALLY the Ice Cream truck! But i even loved the characters in the movie (twin cars) i still have yet to find any though.  
Hip-Hoptimus Rime
2009-07-29
5:35 pm

Def buying this, too fun and weird to pass up. 
Superconductor
2009-07-29
5:29 pm

This is where I am with it, too. I've got Leader Prime, Sideswipe, Ransack and Dirtboss---just can't get enthused about buying any others. Every time I go out to the store I start jonesing for something, but I am not interested 
TRANS-Lego-MaN
2009-07-29
5:12 pm

i love both of them and now both of the Skids toys the hybrid car and the ice cream truck both have really small messed up feet but besides that i love him he will be mine 
soybean56
2009-07-29
4:59 pm

I love these guys. One of the few figures I've wanted from this line. Just be careful on Skids not to push the white hood ornament in front of his robot face too far down into his chest. I did that and dang near needed pliers to get it back out. 
Ender
2009-07-29
3:02 pm

I abhor Skids and Mudflap, but I was interested in this toy from before I saw the movie. I decided I wasn't gonna let my dislike for the characters dissuade me from my enjoyment of the novelty of the toy, so I had planned ot pick one of these up. However when I found one I thought it just looke... read more 
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