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Slugslinger - Energon - Figure

As my first review I have decided to spotlight a figure I haven't seen reviewed much: Energon Slugslinger. This was one of the most anticipated of the new group of Energon Deluxes, along with Sharkticon, and continues a long tradition of Decepticon Jets, as well as an Energon tradition of hommages to G1.

Jet Mode
In his jet mode, Slugslinger looks a lot like his G1 namesake. He's a double-hulled jet, a design that is very remeniscent of the F-82 Twin Mustang in use by the US Air Force just after WWII. In this mode, he's mostly a few shades of blue with some dark green on his wings as well as his noses. Yellow accents his tail fins. A nice addition to this form are the pair of VTOL fans on his wings, which remind me a lot of G1 Thrust.

In his jet mode, Slugslinger has two powerlink points on his outer wings, as well as a pair of holes for energon weapons on his inner wings. He is also armed with a single missile in between the double hull. To fire the missile in this mode, however, you must pull the hulls apart, forming his hyper mode. The jet hyper mode doesn't really do much aesthetically, and it is extremely floppy. If you don't hold the jet correctly, it will start drooping at the sides.

All in all, the jet mode looks really cool, especially from the top. It looks somewhat spindly underneath, with quite a bit of gaps and kibble.

Robot Mode
Though the transformation to robot mode is one of the most difficult, the end result is quite sattisfying. All of Slugslinger's joints fit into their respective spots quite nicely. The only problem I have is that his shoulders do have a slight tendency to pop out.

Slugslinger's robot mode looks at least as cool as his jet mode, maybe even moreso. His primary colors in this mode are mostly grey, with the other blues and greens of his jet mode. With his wings up, he has a somewhat demonic look to him, especially with the horns on his head. In this mode, he's also somewhat remeniscent of Beast Machines Ultra Jetstorm. He has a pretty decent amount of articulation for a deluxe, and all of his joints are fairly tight.

Overall, I'd say that Slugslinger was well worth the wait through the dry spell we were having, and he is a great addition to any collection.

DateSeptember 28th 2004  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  

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