Transformers ROTF Deluxe Sideswipe

Name: Sideswipe
Series: Transformers ROTF (Deluxe class)
Company: Hasbro
Price: Rs 499

The year was 2009, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was just out in theaters (or was it already out of theaters). It was an innocent walk down Hill Road, Bandra when I spotted the first of the ROTF toys in the stores. The last transformer I had seen was Powermaster Ironhide (who will feature here later) and to be honest, even what was called ‘the legend class’ seemed much more impressive than good ol’Ironhide. After a few Legends and Scouts, I took the plunge and bought the more expensive Deluxe class, so the companion pieces were Deluxe Sideswipe and Sideways. Up today, is Sideswipe:

Alt mode

Side view of Sideswipe

Front and Back view of Sideswipe

Sideswipe - three quarters elevated view

Sideswipe: Top and bottom view

Sideswipe is a sleek, silver Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept car. The wheels roll and the doors don’t open. The alt mode actually looks pretty good, though there are some downers.

1. Robot parts hang a bit under an already low slung car. Keep off rough surfaces (which you would do anyways to the real car)

2. Panels take a bit of adjusting to keep the gaps small. Minor aligning issues with the front grille and headlamps part.

Overall a good car mode.


Since this was one of my first deluxe class cars, I found it tough to begin with (along with the constant worry that I might break something with the snapping) but as it stands right now, the transformation is easy to do. Takes practice I guess.

Sideswipe: Mid-transformation bird mode

Somewhere in the middle of the transformation sequence, you can get the elusive ‘Bird’ mode to match his chicken legs.

Robot mode

Sideswipe: bot mode - Front

Sideswipe: back and side

At first glance, Sideswipe has a very impressive bot mode. Hell, he looks impressive on second and third glance too. However, for me, all that impression faded away and was replaced with minor frustration when I tried to make him stand. He just refuses to do so, thanks to the design of his legs. Its a pain to get him to stand, and a bigger pain if you decided to pose him in any other pose than standing straight. Once you get him to stand though, he’s more or less stable enough to manage minor shakes.

Sideswipe: Lightpiping 1

Sideswipe: Lightpiping 2

Sideswipe and Sideways introduced me to the concept of light piping, a seemingly simple trick to use ambient / focused light to make transformer eyes glow. While Sideswipe does have light piping, its rendered pretty inert thanks to the big ‘backpack’ he carries. You really need to have light right there between his head and his backpack to get it to work.

And action!

Sideswipe: Skidding after Sideways

Skidding after Sideways: Just like the movie, but as far as his articulation will take him



Sideswipe kneeling
Will you…



Sideswipe: Wolverine style

Ready to be sliced and diced, bub?


In conclusion, Sideswipe has a great car mode, and a good looking bot mode that’s marred by his ‘takes ages to get standing’ feet. Looks cool though


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