At lastâ€¦. A reason to go to K-mart. While the molds are the same, the new paintjob is worth the tripâ€¦.. at least in one mode or the other.
The mold hasnâ€™t changed anyâ€¦ Checkpoint is still a rocket powered semi with a hook on the back for the unrevealed trailer. Now heâ€™s a rocket powered police semiâ€¦ ewww cool. I think Downshift wouldâ€™ve made a better swat vehicle. For the repaint the red had been changed to white and the gun medal to black. Gone are the gold flames, or any gold really, replaced with yellow and black checkerboard stripes. The gold on the top of the spoiler has been replaced by blue and red paint representing lights. Below the lights is a stamped big honkin autobot symbol. On the spoiler SVATâ€¦â€¦. Whatâ€™s that? Well itâ€™s SWAT with the powerlinx point on the W. This is the weaker form as far as Iâ€™m concerned. I like it but I find to many things I donâ€™t like: the autobot symbol is too big, SVAT, and those goofy yellow and black stripes.
Prowlâ€™s mold hasnâ€™t changed either, instead of being all blue with white trim, heâ€™s black with more white. He also has painted headlights in the front fender. His tires are now black instead of navy blue. Aside from the red in his faction symbol and red light on top heâ€™s very monochromatic. this guy looks best in vehicle mode.
This is where Checkpoint looks the best. The same colors are still swapped so no real surprises. Except the orange that is now showing on Rodimus is now gray. For some this is good, I personally donâ€™t care, I liked orange perfectly well but it wouldnâ€™t have been right on Checkpoint. The only thing that is shocking is how much better the huge ass autobot symbol looks on his chest than on the spoiler. It looks better because itâ€™s not as hey look at thisâ€¦ the white outlines blends with the white chest instead of glaring on the black spoiler. Iâ€™ve found that the black paint holds up better than the gold. On Rodimus the gold is all scratched, especially on the belt buckle and spoiler. The swap in paint was a good thing. I donâ€™t know if I got a bum Rodimus but the orange foot doohickeys fall off easily and wonâ€™t hold up the weight to stand very well. So far on Checkpoint this hasnâ€™t been a problem. The doohickeys are much tighter.
Checkpoint looks good as pant for Towline and either for Downshift and Prowl.
Prowl still hasnâ€™t changed, aside from the painted headlight on his foot he looks like the same square-pants prowl. He looks a little more pessimistic or negative in attitude. If you like Prowl, good for you you'll love this version too. I really didn't like him a lot. He was better than 75% of Armada but mediocre' for energon.
Prowl really doesnâ€™t look good combined with anyone but Checkpoint or the other Prowl.
Are they worth $19.95? probably not, it depends on your opinion of the original mode. If you shop were deluxe are $8.99 theyâ€™re gonna be a rip-off especially if youâ€™ve been buying the two packs for that price. I donâ€™t feel cheated though, I really liked the originals. They are unique and a decent recolor. How many have there been of the crappy Armada Sideswipe? The only figure Iâ€™d like to see repainted even more would be Towline or maybe Downshift. The price is the weakest pointâ€¦ the price and Prowl, it should either be $13.00 for both or $11.00 for Checkpoint alone.
|Date||April 12th 2005 |
|Score|| (8 out of 10) |