Minicon VS Set #4 - Street Action vs Deep Space teams
Since these figures are essentially repaints of past minicons, I will cut right to the chase on this review. Instead of being packaged in a 3pk as minicons normally are, these figures come packaged as a VS set pitting one against the other. Following is a breakdown of the names and related factions to which the belong:
Highwire (Energon) = Highwire (Cybertron) : Dirtbike, packaged w/Blastcharge
Sureshock (Energon) = Sureshock (Cybertron) : ATV, packaged w/Backblast
Grindor (Energon) = Grindor (Cybertron) : Hovercraft, packaged w/Scrapiron
Astroscope (Armada) = Scrapiron (Cybertron) : Satellite, packaged w/Grindor
Payload (Armada) = Blastcharge (Cybertron) : Rocket transport, packaged w/Highwire
Skyblast (Armada) = Backblast (Cybertron) : Rocket, packaged w/Ramjet
The names for the Speed Street team are exact carryovers from since they were first featured in Armada. As with the 1st 3 sets, there isn't anything new to these figures from Armada/Energon besides a new paint job. Thrust is a very nice color homage to the G1 namesake, as is Ramjet. The Deep Space team is interesting in that Backblast is painted rust, purple and gray while his other 2 companions are mostly white and purple. Backblast also wears his Decepticon insignia upside-down in Alt mode due to the transformation process. The Street Action team is very different in color schemes. Highwire looks to be Evel Kanivel's personal dirtbike with the US patriotic red (rust actually) white and blue, complete with stars. Sureshock is a weird teal and blue combo with rust accents. Grindor employs mostly teal with white and silver accents. Both teams employ their previous traits. The Street Action team still combine to form Perceptor. The Deep Space team can combine to form the Umbral Blaster.
As with the 1st 3 sets, each team now belongs to a faction and has insignias to boot. The Street Action team wears Autobot insignias, while the Deep Space team wears Decepticon insignias. That pretty much sums up the changes. Their transformations and robot modes are identical to their previousa counterparts... and subsequently share the very poor balancing and posing issues. Sureshock, Highwire and Scrapiron especially can be difficult to balance. The recolors used for this VS set is varied to be nice about it. Some interesting color pics this time. It's not a bad set to have if you can get over the posing issues, even if you do have the first 2 renditions.
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|Reviewer||Michael Henry |
|Date||June 1st 2006 |
|Score|| (7 out of 10) |
|Link||VS Set #4 Pics |