The Decepticon who is the subject of this review is none other than Skywarp. He, along with his counterpart, Thundercracker, are some of the first characters we meet in episode one in their cybertronian tetrajet alt modes when they catch Bumblebee and Wheeljack taking energon units. This teleporting seeker jet was one of the first Decepticons we see in action when they begin mixing with the Autobots in the early season one episodes and he gets a good one-two shot at Ironhide after teleporting behind him. This is only after Ironhide stupidly charges ahead regardless of the other autobots' warnings. Eventually Ironhide will die at the hands of Megatron in the animated movie along with Prowl, Brawn and Ratchet and Skywarp along with the other Seekers will be badly damaged in Megatron's attack on Autobot City and will be abandoned to be remade by Unicron into either Cyclonus or Scourge... such a bummer that so many great characters bite it in the movie.
The toy's version I got my hands on was a beautiful reissue edition from the Toy's R Us commemorative series IV. He is well packaged and displayed in wonderfully illustrated box art. The front depicts Skywarp in a threatening pose and impressive in high detail and the rear of the box has his stats on top with a nice wide pan of various Decepticons including the Insecticons, Megatron, Starscream, Thundercracker and Devastator (No Skywarp though). This box features a nice Velcro sealing flap to display the toy through a clear plastic window as well as photos of the Series 3 and 4 collection bots in robot and alt modes. They include: Jazz (Meister), Thundercracker and Silverstreak (Bluestreak) as well as Prowl and Red Alert. The packaging art alone is worth laying down a couple extra bucks in an auction although I do say I enjoy the design of the Japanese "books" and encores a little better. Honestly, why is Japan still re-releasing fan favs like Soundblaster but the States aren't? We get "bot-shots" and "Prime" crap but nothing to keep the Throwback fans happy as far as major brick and mortar retailers go? Oi.
Skywarp is an all around great figure and is a clear reason why Transformers endured the way they did up to this very day. I'm extremely happy that he was my first big time Decepticon I got my hands on and until now, its has really been Autobots filling my ranks. Strangely, good guys outnumber bad in nearly all of my collections, Joe's, Turtles, Star Wars...weird.
Since we are on the subject to Transformers, I'd like to use this review as a springboard into highlighting a pretty nice collection. This is the setup of my cousin-in-law John. His man-cave, well, man floor is the basement of his home similar to a place suitable for trolls and Orcs to live where I'm sure many of us married men need to horde our collections be it in closets, basements, attics, dark corners and crawlspaces away from the sight of our significant others. (we should be so lucky...really, we should) John's whole display was really the motivation for me to set up my own toy room and what started as putting up a "shelf or two" has clearly expanded beyond where I ever thought I'd be. Thanks buddy, my wife thanks you too (eyeroll included). A whole point of my blog was to highlight not only my own toy selections but to cover collections of my friends as well. If I could only get my uncle Brian to show of some of his stuff... can you say Death Star or Well of Souls Playset? I should get a petition going. Time will tell.
Anyway, John's got a great selection of various Transformers and Master of the Universe toys and he's kept many of them in great condition. Whole lotta G1, Encores, Reissues, Generations and Universe stuff with a ton of nice packaging and shelving. The Transformers get their own little room and He-man gets a much larger wall in the main area of the basement. Let's take a look. Mind you, these were the absolute first toy photos I ever took last summer so be kind to my somewhat less than par photography.
|Various Microbots, Targetmasters and G2 figs|
|Ratchet, Ironhide, Ricochet, Hound, Hoist, Tailbreaker and Prowl|
|Perceptor and some various Primes|
|Jazz, Tracks, Red Alert and Wheeljack|
|Thundercracker, Astrotrain, Soundwave and Blitzwing|
|Hot Rod, Sideswipe, Tracks, Inferno and Starscream|
|Dinobots and Kickback|
|Some animateds, Sunstreaker, Cliffjumper and Drift|
|Warpath: both big and small|
|Generations Cyclonus, Nightstick, Ravage and Thrust|
|He-Man atop Battlecat along side some other figs|
|Nice selections from Eternia's ranks.|
|All his MOTU figures|
This concludes my first fellow collector feature, if you would like any more shots or detailed features, drop a comment and I can always get more photos (better ones, I swear). If you like what you saw, feel free speak up! I'm sure John would love some validation for his growing collection.