Whirl was an Autobot Deluxe figure back in the day. He and Roadbuster were taken from a different transforming figure line and thrown into the mix because..well…I really don’t know. They weren’t in the cartoon, never had a commercial…they were just in the catalog and stores. Still Simon Furman used them in his UK Transformers comics, and of course IDW has breathed new life into this guy with their comics. Me, I’m a sucker for most transforming robots in general, so yeah I got him lol.
As always, Alt mode to start! This is a great helicopter mode. The coloring is spot on from his original design, including the yellow blades. The landing gear though is a bit squat, so not much clearance when grounded. This is ok if you leave the machine gun off his nose. If not, it will be propped up by the weapon.
He is a clean helicopter save two things. The legs that form the sides aren’t quite flush, so there is a gap, and speaking of gats the engine mount never closes clean on mine. Still, this is a Hasbro release, not an overpriced third party, so some flaws can be accepted I guess.
I really have no major complaints about the alt mode. The closest actual negative I can manage is that Whirl actually comes with too many weapons. I know, but to put them all on just is a cluster muck. They attach from 5mm pegs or 3mm clips. But to get them all on at once is like a puzzle.
Next we have robot mode. This is a great update on the g1 figure. It has most of the quirky design, from the claw hands, the mono-eyed face, and the cockpit body. Instead of the ski feet, we have inverted legs and claw like feet. One neat thing is that the feet are cut to be ajar. Great for stability.
The arms offer a great range in motion. His null blaster just slips over his arm by the way. This is a cool look, reminds me of the integrated weapons in TF Prime.
The claws are on gears and hold fast together. Why they can’t hold weapons, they can pretty much hold everything else.
Finally, Hasbro gave us a treat. This is the Helipod mode, and so help me…this is my favorite mode. This is a legit, special engineered mode. I kid you not, the legs slide to the center of the alt mode just for this reason.
Plus this mode is dynamic! You could see this just hovering in strafing destruction…yes I am a fan. I will have him in this mode I think on my display shelf if I have the room…
Final verdict, this is a figure made with the same love that was made for Generations Springer. That is a great thing. Is he essential? Not by far, but if you want a really cool transforming robot to add to any army, or just someone who can actually read Shockwave’s face, I would say get.