Unique Toys and their alter ego DX9 are developing a solid reputation for getting triplechanging transforming characters right for the most part. While they don’t always nail all modes, chances are you’ll get a very high quality, enjoyable figure which displays beautifully in at least 2 modes out of 3. Their Provider, Chigurh and Gewalt are all superb figures that we have reviewed here and thoroughly enjoyed. Now they’ve taken a shot at one of the heroic variety, with Y-03 Sworder representing the 1986 triplechanger hero whose orange, yellow and black colours have become his identity.
Straight away I think most would agree that Sworder does not have the impressive visual impact that Chigurh, Provider and especially Gewalt have in robot mode. The colours are very specific on this character and they’ve gotten that quite right, but even though many cues have been taken from the animation model of the original inspiration, Sworder’s proportions are hard to love. That’s not to say that he has no fans, there are a few collectors online who I noticed took a shine to his appearance. I’m not one of those, though, I found him hard to love at first sight. Having said that, I think the view from the back is actually really cool and tidy, especially how he stores his swords. Two can be clipped on to the outer legs, and the other two either side of the backpack (rotor) assembly.
I would like to think that with the actual printed instructions in hand, and after a few times through, Sworder begins to make sense and the frustration gives way to appreciation of the staggering complexity and origami that has gone into getting him from mode to mode. I must say that at the time of writing, my significant distaste for its transformation has lessened and I have a much better idea of what goes where and in what order, because truly at the start it was overwhelming and just killed any joy of playing with this figure. I do like chopper mode, it’s very in-character for this guy. You can also attach the handgun to the side of the cockpit (see black rectangular tab hole under the moulded cockpit door) for an attack mode configuration.
This brings me to the core of my problem with Sworder. I know what 3rd party figures can be like. They are not often designed with children or fun in mind, so they can be horrendously complex but even the most diabolical of transformations can come to be appreciated for the eventual results and challenge it represents. Sworder doesn’t deliver for me in that area. I could have lived with inelegant and overly complex solutions to transformation and maintenance of aesthetic or suspension of disbelief had the end result of each transformation been good enough. They aren’t though, with the vehicle mode being the biggest offender.
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