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Tow-Line / Skyfire - RiD - Figure

Those familiar with the G1 episode "Fire in the Sky" will no doubt recognize the significance of this particular Vs. pack. Finally, we have a Decepticon jet named Skyfire who's loyal to Megatron . . . except this Megatron is a Predacon! Ha! Who says life isn't sweet?

Vehicle Modes
A recolour of Machine Wars Thundercracker, Skyfire is a Dassault Rafale fighter jet. Main colours are gray and purple with black markings, a transparent orange cockpit, and Decepticon symbols on his wings. The neatest features on him in this mode are the two air-to-air missiles on his wings and his retractable landing gear. From nose to rear, Skyfire measures 12 cm (4.7") long. While he looks good from above, he's got a ton of undercarriage garbage on him when viewed from the side. The robot arms and legs don't peg into anything either, so they have a tendency to flop around a little. The pieces of Skyfire's weapon store inside his legs.

As his name suggests, Tow-Line is a tow truck. A recolour of MW Hoist, he measures 11 cm (4.3") from radiator grille to hook. He's mostly green-yellow and teal with some purple and silver and transparent orange windows. Orange and purple racing stripes run down his sides and the words "Towing Service" are painted in red towards his rear. A red Autobot symbol is painted on his hood. Tow-Line's radiator grille is chrome silver and scratches easily, unfortunately. His hubcaps are also chrome-plated. Intriguingly, he's got different shaped hubcaps for his front and rear wheels. His robot arms can unfold from his back to recreate the scene where he carries off Rapid Run. His little gun attaches to the back of his radiator.

Pull up on Tow-Line's winch and press down on Skyfire's nose to transform them to their robot modes.

Robot Modes
Skyfire stands 10 cm(4") tall in robot mode. He's very proportional and graceful-looking, with small fins on his arms and a purple head with yellow mouthparts and a light-up orange visor. He's got ball joints at the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees, considerably than on other TFs, but still enough to make him very poseable and fun to play with. His weapon is a long-barrelled laser cannon. You can also give him two weapons by detaching the barrel and fitting it into the slots on the bottom of either forearm as an arm blaster. This, along with his jet mode, makes Skyfire my favourite of the two.

Tow-Line also stands 10 cm tall. He's a lot bulkier than Skyfire, with blocky arms and legs. Due to the angle of the cab on his chest, he looks like he's got a potbelly. Needs to cut back on the donuts a little. His head is green and teal with a silver faceplate and a light-up orange visor. His weapon is considerably less impressive than Skyfire's, just a little laser pistol that fits into either fist. Tow-Line is articulated at the head, shoulders(two joints), elbows, hips, and knees.

Overall, Suspsy Sez: The Machine Wars toys never reached Canada(There aren't any Kaybees up here), so I'm quite pleased that Hasbro's releasing these guys. Both Skyfire and Tow-Line have nice vehicle modes, simple one-step transformations, and good robot modes with above-average poseability.


"As you command." -Skyfire

DateOctober 15th 2001  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  

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