Actually, this doesn’t really fall into my Quick N Nasty category as I used my camera and not the phone, but meh, Whatevs.
Ladies and Gents, I’d like to use this post to have a look at Power Of the Primes Deluxe Swoop. I’ve always had a thing for the Dinobots. I just really think I love mechanical beast or monster modes. Beast Wars didn’t really do it for me, but did I love the look of the Transmetals? (yes I did).
The Power of the Primes line was an odd one in my mind. It kind of felt like a bit-of-this-a-bit-of-that line. Lots of combiner limbs, that made it too late into Combiner Wars, some weird change to the headmaster concept so they can keep up with Titans Returns and it added nothing new ( even the pretender shells were a continuation of the little droned from TR). While I like the Combiner Wars connection process, I think they could have integrated the Primes into the line a bit better. For example, deluxe figures all came with “Prime Armour” which is a combiner mode hand and you plug the Prime into that. Whereas the Voyagers (usually combiner main body pieces/group leaders) had a section for connecting a prime or a Matrix of ~~~something~~~ directly into the figure. I personally would have preferred that the Matrix/Prime just plugged straight into the chest of all characters, or something, instead of having to plug a rather large and not cool looking thing onto them….
Anyway, getting back on track, Swoop was one of the many Dinobots I wanted as a kid and never got. I only got the Red Slag from G2 back in the olden days, so I was pleased to see a very G1 looking Swoop show up. How is he overall?
Actually, he’s very nice. I’m going to start with his Pteranodon mode first. In a controversial move, he comes with a blue chest. Different to the G1 Transformers toy, similar to his Diaclone origins and also similar to the cartoon. You know, I’ve seen the cartoon many, many, many times and it never struck me as odd that Swoop has a blue chest in it! There ya go!
Another nice touch is that he even has quite a bit of articulation. Quite something for a robot square with wings! The wings can flap, the wing tips can spread and the head can look forwards for flying or straight ahead when he is plonked on the ground. The feet of the pteranodon also can be flipped back for aerodynamic when flying! It’s a pretty cool extra.
Now lets get onto robot mode!
Transformation is pretty easy and essentially the same as the G1 toy.
The weapon ports on the forearms are now accessible which is nice, but I have had trouble finding weapons which are a good fit.
- Swivel neck ((hindered by square head and transformation hinges).
- Ball shoulders.
- Swivel bicep.
- Hinge elbows.
- Hinge wrists.
- swivel waist (although kind of useless due to the Pteranodon beak clipping into the groin)
- Ball hips (slightly hindered by square connectors, which clash with his “pants” piece)
- Swivel thigh.
- hinge knee.
- hinge ankles (forward/back).
- Hinged wings.
- Swivel wing tips.
- Swivel at the base of the wing by the shoulder.
Swoop’s robot mode really is a lot of fun to mess with, especially if you combine the Pteranodon head with the robot mode, or get a bit inventive. Once again, he is also a good size to interact with other toys.
The leg mode looks very wide and there is no way to secure Swoop’s robot hips, so it can heave a tendency to be a bit floppy.
So overall POTP Swoop is a pretty good figure. The Pteranodon mode has enough articulation where it is needed (and some bonus stuff with the head) that leaves that mode being quite fun to play with. The robot mode is sleek and free of hindrance allowing lots of play options with that too. The prime armour, is well, take it or leave it essentially. I don’t mind it in either modes, but wouldn’t miss it of it wasn’t included and the limb modes are about the same. He also has a good size with other deluxe transformers in both modes as well.
Swoop is a solidly fun Transformer with enough detail to homage his origins and enough articulation to make a modern version fun. The one only real downer is his lack of weapons.