Now in fairness I'm not a great wrestler and you all know why I'm here.
I feel I should start this review with a personal story about Backwind.
Despite him being a wave 1 figure, I REALLY struggled to find this guy.
By the time I'd decided to go all in with PCC wave 2 had been and gone, and only our local (and often missed) Toys R Us had in stock was random to say the least. As a fine example, I got Over-Run (Wave 4 never getting a UK release due to the "naming incident") at an AA before I got Searchlight. He eluded me for the longest time, but of course, I managed to get him eventually.
So onto the review itself,
He's got a few paint apps in this mode, blacked out windows and a blue stripe down the side. Add a couple of Autobot symbols on either side and that's about it.
In my previous review, remember how I said that some molds were good at hiding the PCC pegs and some were not so. Searchlight definitely falls into the "not so good" category. All 4 pegs are highly visible in this mode. The bright side is they are all pointed backwards which makes them almost look like engines/boosters. He's also got a Power-linx peg under his nose section as a place for Backwind.
Let's get this out of the way, BLUE PEGS! The pegs are now on his knees and on the large blue "stalks" that are behind his shoulders. Yeesh... Moving on! He's got a decent head sculpt, no light piping though. His chest has some nice sculpted detail and the standard commander flip out power linx port. He's got some nice sculpted detail on his arms and ports on his fore arms for the removable rotor blades, gives him a nice close combat weapon option.
I have to mention his shoulders. Due to how Searchlight transforms his shoulders either have to be swung closer into his chest OR swung out leaving a gap. Now there is an alternative fix. For his torso mode Searchlight has two panels that open out from his chest. These nicely cover the gaps but to me (and Hasbro's instructions, photos etc) these are meant to be saved for the torso mode. It's up to yourselves on this one. Take a look at the pics and make your own minds up.
Torso mode... Searchlight transforms Fairly simply but he does have some issues in this mode. His legs swing around so the knee cap PCC ports point the right way. The blue stalks pull down so they can be used for the arm PCC sockets. His head spins into his chest revealing his (light piping less) combiner head, the previously mentioned chest panels swing out (if you didn't have it that way already). The robot mode arms are where the problem lies. They don't really go anywhere, they don't lock or tab in. They just kinda sit there tucked away. The rotor blades are another problem, with them being attached to the forearms they can be a bit awkward, they never really settle anywhere.
Lets briefly talk about Searchlight with the third party limb sets. I'll be honest, before writing this article I don't think I ever combined Searchlight with either of these sets. I never think of Searchlight as my “go to” torso guy.
So for the purposes of these reviews I present my thought on my first time doing this.
Maybe it's because I only have the Chaos version of this set so I'm missing the big rifle from the promo pictures but I'm not a fan of this mode. It solves the arm problem I have with the torso by only using the normal robot mode arms but that makes him look like he's wearing GIANT boots. The weapon pods on his shoulders look good, but it feels like he'd fire once and get knocked on his ass.
Using the “normal”set up he adds some serious bulk to his shoulders and arms but that should come as no surprise as that's what the Mobine is good at doing. Adding bulk.
I do not like this Mini-Con. He is the worst Mini-Con out of the entire line. The only way he'd be worse is if they remoulded him in solid plastic instead of clear. Oh crap they did it.... OK he's the second worse. All of his modes are disappointing.
He also forms some of the clunkiest chest armour.
So here's my Jerry Springer style final thoughts. Searchlight and Backwind suffer a lot from their flaws, Backwind more so, Searchlight really drags this pair out of the mire but even then that only makes them average.
So what's next on my review schedule? There's only one more Wave 1 Commander to talk about, anyone who listened to the early episodes of the Old Oilhouse will know what this means,
NEAT UND TIDY!
Stu "Darkageis" Murray is a founding member of The Old Oilhouse, a lifelong transformers nut and collector of Sentai and Kamen rider in all it's forms.
He sometimes takes epic trips to Newcastle, and tells tales of these sagas often.