This is the story...
Today, I sold off my TFC Uranos set. Yeah, I know, its all the rage for some, but for me the TFC stuff just does not do it. The design for Uranos was better than their previous combiner, Hercules, but the materials and the construction just leaves too much to be desired. After awhile, I could not tolerate this piece in my collection anymore and sold it on Yahoo HK.
I met the buyer at the toy shop area to pass him his loot, collect my money and then just proceeded to walk around the toy shops. I know that MMC's Feral Rex parts and also FansProject's not-Brianstorm were still not released yet, so I really was not expecting to find anything.
I walked into one of the trustiest and best shops at In's Point, Action Robo, and saw that they had the next Hasbro Generations wave in stock - Skids was part of the assortment, Skids!!
Wave 3 consists of Goldfire (who cares), Dreadwing (who?), Waspinator (yucks) and Skids (woo hoo!). Well, you can tell I really couldn't care less about the other 3 toys in this wave - I only wanted Skids.
So it was done, shop owner was kind, I got my Skids!
Here is Skids with his other incarnations - Skids USA box, Encore Skids, VSZ Skids (the only way one could get Skids in Japan back in the 80s), USA Skids (loose) and Generations Skids.
A close up of his Generation One incarnation with his most recent iteration. Generations Skids is based very much on Alex Milne's rendition of the character in the popular IDW series by James Roberts, More Than Meets the Eye. Skids just happens to be one of my favourite characters in MTMTE and I am so glad that Hasbro decided to make a toy of him.
Next thing I'm going to do is open Skids and play!
UPDATE AT 6PM TODAY....
Ok, so I woke up early today. Like a 10 year old, I gleefully started photographing Skids and then taking him out of the packaging to play.
This is such-a-great-toy. I felt like I was 10 years old again.
Irresistibly, I took another stab at this arrangement...
Close up of Generations Skids and G1 Skids.
Gratuitous shot of G1 Skids and his box. It's nice, its classic.
This is the back of the packaging. Again showing a highly photoshopped toy and a spec graph. Nothing much to see here, let's move on.
Some more shots of the packaging.
Now, I have broken him out the packaging and right into my grubby hands....
This is what it came with - Comic, very large piece of instructions (killing the trees man) and toy.
Before we go into the far more exciting robot mode, let's see a few comparison shots of he vehicle mode with its G1 counterpart.
Generations Skids is certainly more exciting when it comes to the vehicle mode. It is more sleek and not really a camper van type vehicle.
It has an attach mode too! Can attach the guns at the side.
Oh, and for M.A.S.K. fans, it can become Thunderhawk!
So now we look at the robot mode. Here he is...
Oh, did I mention he is part of the Diplomatic Corps.... and comes with a lot of weapons? Bam!
One of the really impressive thing about this Generations Skids release (and there are many impressive things), is that he actually comes with detachable weapons that look like weapons. A lot of the Classics / Henkei / United / Generations lines came with sorry things that pretend to be weapons.
Some shots of Skids from various angles.
Generation 1 Skids and Generations Skids
Just look at the number of weapons...
Hand guns, binary gun, nitrogen gun, 04 x shoulder cannons....
... and missile pods too....
Chromedome, Skids and Ultra Magnus
One-trick-pony and Skids...
and I guess perhaps, this is where it all started for this toy - the More Than Meets the Eye series from IDW, written by James Roberts and illustrated by Alex Milne.
Look, I can do what my comic personal does... just check out my weapons placements...
This is one of the best Generations (Classics / Henkei / United) figures around. I haven't thought about whether it is the best, but it is certainly one of the best. There are just so many nice touches - some which homages G1 (ie: the transformation, dual cannons, wheels tuck into the bottom of the feet like G1, etc) and some which is straight out of the pages of MTMTE and Milne's illustrations.
There are many who would claim there are QC issues and admittedly I found 1, but its all fixable (minor parts are switched around). The complaint about it being 'back heavy' and difficult to balance, I have also found to be baseless, because if properly transformed, it stands and balances easily and fine. I will talk more about these in another post.
Skids may have been obscure in the G1 cartoon, but he does feature well in the G1 Marvel comics and IDW's MTMTE. In fact, he is my favourite character in MTMTE and that just adds a lot to how I will rate this toy. It's a beautifully designed and executed toy.
My rating - 9/10
My recommendation - must buy!