Today we look at the final of the on screen Dinobots from Transformers 4. Strafe (why not Swoop?) is the flyer of the team and one I was really looking forward to. Let’s just dive (or Swoop?) in!
Per the course we are in altmode. Strafe here is like the love child of Mecha Ghidorah and Rodan, but in the cool ways. Now I have no idea just WHY Strafe has two heads, ,or two tails for that matter, but still there they are. The two heads can look independently around on their necks and their mouths open. The tails? Soft plastic that kind of just is there. Finally the one major disappointment is the fact his hands do not fold into his arms. They are just there. Now for posing he’s not the most stable on his hind legs…
Then again, crawling around isn’t the best either. Now I have to totally commend Hasbro on these wings. They just look awesome with the texturing and the sharp edges. I also really like the colors as well, a nice cool palette…is is sad that these are the colors I want for my kitchen?
Best way to have this guy though? In the air! Yup once again I get to take advantage of the greatest design feature Hasbro has given us in years, the flight stand port! I’ll be frank, ever since I found that little feature I was really looking forward to this guy. Also as you can see, you can plug his swords into his wings.
Now let us talk robot mode. I have two things you MUST know about this mode. First in the package he is not fully transformed. His legs are not unfolded. First five minutes I messed with him I was just “wow, he is so damn short!” but then I flipped the legs out proper. Properly transformed he has great stature.
The second thing to know is that he may look weird standing, that his legs don’t seem straight. Well like with some Generations Skids figures, his upper thighs were not assembled properly. So I popped ‘em off and pulled a switcheroo…and was very pleased with the result.
We have the next night of justice! Strafe here uses dual swords. His has an awesome feature of having his wrists be able to point down. This gives him a more fencing style fighting stance. I love it!
The wings are on swivels, so they can move and accent the poses, much like SRC Shin Mazinger. This gives him some serious stage presence.
The wings do fold down, and while he isn’t Batman, can have a more condensed profile for the shelf.
Now aside from his really cool Swords, Strafe comes with this…umm…crossbow thing. Just lose it, or toss it or give it to someone who needs a weapon. Strafe has zero need for this! You can see it just sits off in his hand.
I swear this thing was left over from a Spider-Man toy line. I mean doesn’t it look like something the Green Goblin would use?
It also plugs into Strafe’s back, and still looks silly. Wing swords? Sure! Lame crossbow? Nah, that’s ok, my Dinobot breathes fire after all.
Finally on a flight stand again he looks damn perfect. Now I move the dino heads outward to give his arms more room. I think they look fine like this. I you can pretend that they give him more eyes to see with, or even still breathe fire like Cybertron Scourge did.
Of the Dinobots, I think Strafe is my second favorite. I mean once I fixed his legs and said “Eff this Crossbow” I really started to have fun with the guy. Even if you hate the movie, it never hurts to have more transforming dinosaurs in your collection after all. He looks good in both modes, uses the stand port properly…yeah I give Strafe here a solid A.