Transformers ROTF Deluxe Skids and Mudflap – Ice cream truck
Name: Skids and Mudflap – Ice cream truck version (Autobots)
Series: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (Deluxe class)
Price: Rs 499
Skids and Mudflap are the 2 idiots from the ROTF movie. And while the 3 idiots at least have some redeeming qualities, these 2 have none. I really have no idea why they were made to look like that or even behave like that (its their behaviour that sooooo irritating), so much so that even though I’d have loved to have got a hatchback car to the collection (their other deluxe alt modes), I have skipped them entirely. The only thing that makes them somewhat acceptable is the really good alt mode this form has… On to the review!
This has got to be one of the ‘cutest’ alt modes I’ve seen. Hell, even The Girlfriend likes this. This is the mode the twins spend in most of the time. Time for a 360…
As with most ‘car’ tranformers, ground clearence is negligible, if not non-existant. A saving grace however is that none of the vital robot parts (read painted / faces) are near the ground so that’s good.
The pink and white colour scheme has become so ‘iconic’ that any combination of pink and white on a vehicle (that’s really rare) prompts The Girlfriend to go ‘skids and mudflap’!
Start by splitting the ice cream truck in half (front and back). You’ll first notice that the halves and not really equal in size and hence not really halves. This leads to 2 ‘unequal’ twins, one scrawny, and the other brawny. Since the alt mode is deluxe class, and that splits into two, you end up with scout class size bot modes. Of course, since they are twins and I can’t really recall who is who in the bot modes, lets lead with the front being Skids…
Bot mode: Skids
Skids’ small feet make him a challenge to get standing, however, once you’ve got the balance, he’ll usually stay standing. Just don’t expect any fancy or over the top poses. Another annoyance is the ‘hood ornament’ that comes right in front of his face in the bot mode (think that caused his eye problems?) On to Mudflap…
Bot mode: Mudflap
Or the lack of it thereof… given their looks and their design, I’m finding it extremely hard to think of them doing anything other than standing. Their lack of weapons does not help either. Also, like I mentioned, they spend most of their time in ice cream truck mode.
This is the only version of Skids and Mudflap I can stand. They would have made good bots if it weren’t for the dopey eyes and of course, their sparkling personalities in the movie. Wonder if the makers were sending out a message to hatchback car owners? Recommended for the ‘cool’ alt mode.