Hasbro Transformers Age of Extinction SDCC Exclusive Strafe Hasbro, 2014
Day #1,015: September 24, 2014
Strafe Transformers Dinobots Set with Pop-Up Headquarters
Transformers Age of Extinction Comic-Con Exclusive Gift Set
Item No.: No. A7804 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:2 swords, crossbow, projectile, pop-out playset, 3 more Dinobots Action Feature:Transforms from Pteranodon to Truck Retail:$159.99 Availability: July 2014 Other: G1ish.
I never had a Swoop as a child so Strafe is a new guy to me. Two heads? Sure, let's give this a shot. He's an odd bird with clear robot heads and wings, chromed, and covered in robotic faux sticker printing. Strafe is modeled after G1 Swoop's toy rather than many of his other appearances, which the lack of blue should give away. If you liked Strafe from a few months ago in blue, this is an odder but no less charming toy.
While the original toy had a clear dinosaur head, here it seems to stand out even more - each one has a red crest and jaw, just like the original. It has an Autobot symbol on each snout, just like the original. It also has yellow robot eyes, just like the original - but they're sloppier here. I quite like the faux decals on the chrome wings, but I'm not crazy about the clear dinosaur mode toes. The creature mode is quite charming, and feels a lot more like an older toy thanks to little green and yellow shapes painted on the arms inside the wings.
Transformation is the same as Deluxe Strafe, and fits together surprisingly easy given the chrome and clear parts. I'm impressed - basically flip out the feet and wings, move around the 3 heads, and you're mostly done. It's easy - the easiest in the set by far.
The robot looks pretty great - similarly colored to the original toy, the head has silver eyes and feels kind of dull in the head. The dino mode certainly wins for personality, but the colors of the "decals" on the arms do much to bring him to life. Articulation is acceptable, but when you get right down to it these are going to be display pieces first and foremost. It can stand and hold his combining weapons just fine, but my preference swings toward the creature mode. There's nothing wrong with the robot mode - there's a lot of red on the chest and nifty hidden feet - but the two-headed creature seems more chatty, for lack of a better word. I get the feeling he might have more to say.
eBay singles of this guy are $40-$50 usually, and if you're willing to spend that you should just get the boxed set and call it a day. It doesn't seem to be flaking, but the deco on the silver wings over time doesn't strike me as something that's going to be terribly stable. It looks like a beautiful display piece, and transformation is a snap - longevity, though, will remain to be seen. If you've got the cash, this is a nice addition to your toy box. If you don't, just get the $10 blue one because you won't feel bad if something went wrong, like you dropped it in a vat of paint thinner or something.
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