It's going to be XTREME!!!!
The MP line started back in 2003 (wow that seems so long ago now) with the release of MP-1 Convoy/Optimus Prime. It created a lot of buzz, he was highly detailed, articulated and was vaguely screen accurate. Various MP's followed, a lot of which were just Convoy re-released (including a dulled colours version called "sleep Convoy") it had some serious mistakes (looking at you Megatron and Rodimus!) and some really good toys (Grimlock!) all of them were a little "off" with their scale. Nobody was really scaled the same, it was a little weird at the time. All of the figures were super big as well, price wise they usually clocked in at about $100 depending on where you got them from. There was some Hasbro releases of them which brought the price down but not everything got released in the west.
When the MP line hit MP-10 Takara made the deciscion to reboot the line and make everyone the same scale (hooray!). They also announced they'd be doing a smaller scale of MP figures based on the Autobot cars. A smaller set of MP's, based on licenced vehicles and more within my price range? Awesome!
The first figure they released was Lambor/Sideswipe and they've done a few since then.
Most TF's released recently each figure is usually designed with repaints and remolds in mind and the MP line is no exception. Sometimes they make perfect sense, Prowl into Smokescreen for example, sometimes they seem a little weird, a red Bumblebee? Clamp Down?? And sometimes they are pure genius.
This weeks subject is one of the pure genius moments.
GENERATION TWO SIDESWIPE!!
Sideswipe transforms from a Lamborghini Countach LP500S to a robot. He comes in his G2 colour scheme of mostly black, white and red. He differs in quite a few significent ways from the original release, obviously there's the colour scheme but there's also the weapons, the label sheet and the head.
I like the labels but I don't like what they're made of. I've had to glue down the spoiler labels and the headlight labels. Plus the side panel labels on mine are a little rough. I wish they'd just made these paint decals and I'd be interested to know why they didn't.
The glourious head.
Now seems a perfect time to talk about the accesories that round off the perfect G2 look.
He comes with two spiked wheel shoulder pads, a giant knife/sword and two of the craziest G2'ing 'est guns you will ever see.
The Spiked wheel pads peg into the shoulder ports normally used for the shoulder mounted rocket launcher that G1 Sideswipe and Red Alert come with. They look great, they have a hinge in them so you can posistion them out of the way of the shoulders.
Finishing off the accesories is the cream of the crop, the guns.
The guns... Oh man... they are like a madmans dream put onto paper and brought to life in plastic. They are matched exactly from the first time you see Sideswipe in the G2 comic (see above) with a few exceptions. They don't have any of the antenna or sights that the artwork shows, they're also missing the extended ammo clips but everything else is perfect.
All in all this is a great figure, he's an almost perfect homage to the G2 comic Sideswipe and part of me still can't beleive they did it. We've only had one more MP G2 figure since Sideswipe, G2 Bumblebee. Unfortuantly he doesn't have the Yaniger style face, it's weird as Bumblebee's swappable face gimmick would have been a perfect place to have done it, all it would've needed is a new face plate, he doesn't even have a crazy gun!!
It's based more on his G2 toy appearance which while I'm interested in it I'm not as excited for it as I was for Sideswipe. G2 Bumblebee lacks "Zazz".
I'd love more MP G2 toys based on the car scale figures, unfortunately I don't think I'll get them anytime soon. Maybe if I'm lucky they'll decide to re-do Optimus in a G2 style, all he'd need is altered colours, symbols, big crazy guns and his name plastered on the side of his trailer!
Well that's us finished for another week, I fear next week wont be anywhere near XTREME enough after this weeks review but if we stay strong together we can make it through!
He sometimes takes epic trips and tells tales of these sagas often.
When not watching people in spandex fight each other he paints miniatures, go HERE to take a look.