Skids (G1 Takara reissue)

I've always been intrigued by Skids; maybe because he was a typical hatchback in a sea of exotic sports cars and heavy duty trucks. So when I saw the opportunity to buy him I had to jump at it.
Vehicle Mode
Skids comes packaged as a blue Honda City hatchback (not a minivan as some have described him) with racing stripes running down the sides of the vehicle. His rubsign sits on the right side of his roof. The cool thing about Skids' vehicle mode is the fact that not only do both his doors open, but you can raise the hatchlid and hood as well. Due to the use of diecast metal, this piece has a nice weighty feel for its size. The only flaw I can think of (and this is purely opinion) is how the wheels protrude from the body. Well, one more niggling problem- after 2 months of owning this figure the left rear taillight sticker has begun to detach itself.
I've heard there are different ways to transform Skids, particularly the arms. This is how I do it. First, fold the rear wheels under the car. Then open the doors and swing the front portion of the car up and snap it into place. Pick up the figure so the grille of the car is facing you, swing down and separate the rear portion of the car to make the legs and feet. Then, swing the arms up and out so the front wheels are facing you. Put the arms and hands into whatever pose you wish. Then lift the hood, pull the head out from underneath and swing it over the hood. Put the hood back down and fold the head down on the hood.
Robot Mode
I'm amazed at how much robot was able to be stuffed in a small car. He's taller than Jazz and any of the Datsun 280ZX based figures. He's very well proportioned- probably the most humanoid of the original Diaclone-based TF cars. My only problem with the robot mode is how the right rear wheel on my figure won't fold flat underneath so I can't get him to stand steady.
All in all, Skids is a cool figure. The car mode looks like a real Honda, and the robot mode is very nicely proportioned. Pick him up while you still can.

ReviewerDan McCarthy  
DateFebruary 17th 2003  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  

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