Hasbro Transformers Generations Fall of Cybertron Swindle Hasbro, 2012
Day #559: December 25, 2012
Swindle Series 01 #005
Transformers Generations Deluxe
Item No.: Asst. 37986 No. A0173 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Blaster pistol Action Feature:Transforms from Cybertronian Assault Transport to robot Retail:$14.99 Availability: September 2012 Other: Forms the Leg (or Arm) of Bruticus
While a little fiddly, the individual Swindle is probably worth your while. A bright yellow toy, it stands out more nicely than the brown SDCC version and pops about as well as the G2 red release. Each version of the Cybertronian Swindle is good for different reasons, which is incredibly frustrating if you, like me, were trying to just pick 1 version of Bruticus to stick to. This one's yellow coloring is really slick, which, if that's not a selling point for you, makes this one easier to skip.
The robot mode is taller than the other Combaticons, which ain't bad. He has a big chest with a lot of air on his backside, and the toy itself feels lighter and more airy than most Transformers figures. I think it's a new batch of plastic. Some have described the material as "hollow" but that's not quite accurate, although it is a decent way to explain to you, the reader, sort of what to expect. I dig how they gave the robot a big purple stripe with a (sadly hard to see) Decepticon symbol which carries over from the hood of the car, and the eyes of the robot pop nicely. Sadly, he doesn't have a painted silver face like the SDCC release which means this one's robot mode is a notch worse. It makes a good limb, though, and the vehicle is plenty good.
You get a big blaster with this guy, which has dongles on the side too. As a single blaster, this one works pretty well. I'd buy a sack of this gun if I could to equip other, unarmed figures in my collection.
The packaging lists this as an "Assault Transport" which is confusing to me as nobody on Cybertron really needs to be transported as all of them are basically vehicles, right? Anyway, the vehicle is pretty good. It lacks the purple deco on the hubcaps that I like, but the yellow looks good and the black and gunmetal highlights do bring out some good detail on the figure.
Transforming this figure takes a bit more work, as several panels require fiddling and there are numerous moving parts like the pipes on his forearms. The foot mode is basically the truck on its side, and getting all the panels just right does make me fearful I might crack something. Mine hasn't broken yet, though, so I'm counting my blessings there.
As a foot... it's a foot. What do you want from me? Swindle's a good toy and looks good in all 3 modes, particularly robot and vehicle. He's not a bad foot, just not exciting. Everything look like it belongs, and I don't think you'll be to sorry that you got this one other than the fact his robot mode lacks character compared to the tan SDCC release.
Additional Combined and Team Fall of Cybertron Bruticus Images
16bit.com is best not viewed in Apple's Safari browser, we don't know why. All material on this site copyright their respective copyright holders. All materials appear hear for informative and entertainment purposes. 16bit.com is not to be held responsible for anything, ever. Photos taken by the 16bit.com staff. Site design, graphics, writing, and whatnot credited on the credits page. Be cool-- don't steal. We know where you live and we'll break your friggin' legs.