Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Transformers: Generations Fall Of Cybertron Deluxe Class Sideswipe Part 5

Standard surprises

Moving on to the articulation design of Takara Tomy's Transformers: Generations Fall of Cybertron TG-10 Deluxe Class Sideswipe after focusing on its robot mode look and details in the previous posting. ^^

Just downward bend and side-to-side swivel for the head.

A full 360-degree swivel for the shoulder joint.

As the upper arm is connected to the shoulder block via a hinge, the arm can be lifted from the side of the body for an impressively wide degree. ^^

The shoulder joint is of ball-type, which allows the arms to be bent forward/backward.

Using the combination of the ball-type shoulder joint and the upper arm hinge, the shoulder block can be tilted inward/outward independently to give the shoulder a different look.

Biceps swivel.

Exactly 90 degrees for the elbow bend.

Very tight ball-type wrist joint allows the hand to be rotated to all directions albeit tough to adjust.
As part of its transformation design, the hand can also be bent inward for 90 degrees.

Due to the way the body frame is directly connected to the back panel in vehicle mode, there's no articulation point for the waist at all. ^^;

Standard ball-type joint design for the hips.

Very flexible range for the legs to be expanded to the side and forward/backward.

Despite having two swivel joints inside the thigh: one connecting to the hip and the other one to the knee, they don't seem to be functional. ^^;
Perhaps I didn't try hard enough in loosening the joints, but I didn't want to break the figure as well. ^^;

90-degree knee bend.

Ratchet joint for the knee. ^^

Just backward bend for the ankle joint.
There's a stopping point in the forward bend to disallow further adjustment of the foot.

Ratchet joint for the ankle, and a very tough one too. ^^ The scratch mark that the red shin part made on the gears from all the ankle adjustment so far can be seen. ^^

Despite having rather standard knee bend and limited ankle articulation, Sideswipe is actually capable of performing an OK kneeling pose - definitely better than that of Starscream from the same series. ^^;
The short legs of Sideswipe should be credited in enabling this kneeling pose I believe. XD

Like most Transformers figures, the articulation design of Sideswipe is very closely tied to its transformation design. Many of its movable parts as well as their articulation range depend on how the components transform. The lack of a waist swivel and the limited ankle joint are the immediate points that can be used to illustrate that for Sideswipe. With that said, the wide hinge movement of the shoulder came as a surprise to me at first, but then it seems like a joint created to facilitate the locking of the shoulder to the side panel in vehicle mode but with articulation range that exceeded what was actually required of it. ^^ It's definitely helpful for the robot mode's posability, even though it's still a joint linked to its transformation design. ^^

So, all in all, Sideswipe is pretty standard in terms of articulation design in my opinion. ^^

Then again, just because it's normal doesn't mean it's not fun to play with. ^^

With support using Soul Stage Act 3 Action Support Clear Type.

More action poses from the figure coming up in the next posting. ^^

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