In car mode, Side Burn measures in at approximately 5". Both doors can open as they would on a "real" car. The blue flame on the hood and doors are superbly painted and really add a nice feel to the look of the car. An eight-cylinder engine pokes through the hood as well.
Getting this guy to robot mode can prove to be difficult. So much so that I had to look at the instructions several times in each step before being sure I was folding the pieces in the correct fashion. I tried going step by step originally to document the details of the transformation and found myself tripping over my own sentences, so I will just point out a few helpful hints.
When starting out, make sure that you move the robot legs down as much as possible, which will help get the robot arms out from the middle of the car. Move the front fenders and door assemblies as far up and away from the body as they can go; this will help when forming the torso and arms. Also, when folding the right front tire around into the robot chest, be sure to rotate it in front of the engine block. It will make things easier (special thanks to Prime Saber for that piece of info!).
Standing at 5 1/2" in robot mode, Side Burn is now ready for battle! He's a bit spindly in robot mode and has a problem with car parts. They are just dangling all over this poor guy. The entire front and rear windshield and roof assembly is stuck to his left arm. The front bumper is on his right shoulder and the fenders and doors are draped on his back. I've come to position the fenders and doors in an upward, leaning position to give the illusion of wings. His robot face is very asymmetrical, akin to the Transmetal 2 line from Beast Wars. With the Transmetals 2, it worked well, with Side Burn, it looks like someone slapped him in the face and some of the parts came flying off. Side Burn's weapons are okay, the rear bumper forms a missile launcher with the exhaust pipe being the missile. He also has odd, silver...thingie...that can be held like a knife or a pistol though it looks like neither.
Side Burn is a decent toy, but the transformation can be exceptionally difficult considering the size of the toy. Also, the small weapon-thingie is worth noting as a possible choking hazard for smaller children.
|Date||October 26th 2001|
|Score||(6 out of 10)|