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Nice review... always used to puzzle me as a kid growing up reading the comic why I could never see these characters in the shops (apart from an early encounter with a bootleg Shockwave... ). It was literally years before I discovered the reason why... and don't even get me started on bloody Jetfire! :-)

The Transformers toy I've always wanted, though, is related to Swoop in a way: Centurion, last seen fused to Megatron whilst being dredged out of the river Thames by Richard Branson...

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Posted by F-ZeroOne on 22 September, 2013 - 12:09
Yeah I wish Swoop wasn't so

Yeah I wish Swoop wasn't so damn fragile so I could have him...

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Posted by mrtrainfreak12 on 22 September, 2013 - 17:12
Also if you think four

Also if you think four grimy's on the murual is weird, wait till ya' read the childrens book Jaws of Terror, where the Crusher device (among the many machines Megatron has a sexual orientation for) after causing global destruction (yes the kids stuff see and read books are violent but that is common knowledge) A ENTIRE ARMY OF HUNDREDS OF DINOBOTS fly out of a tar pit in a antarctic cave destroyed the crusher

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Posted by mrtrainfreak12 on 30 September, 2013 - 06:17
What I love about the

What I love about the Dinobots was the "x-ray" design where there was gold chrome with clear plastic over it (like Grimlock's neck for example).

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Posted by VZMK2 on 22 September, 2013 - 19:03
Sorry, but it's a KO.

You're more than free to derive such unmitigated glee from opening sealed G1 boxes, but you should know that the boxed Swoop you bought is a knock-off. Or, to be more precise, a high-end Zhong Jin counterfeit. Study the following link for confirmation and proof :

The obvious giveaways, from a cursory look at your photos, is the extra-wide grid column and too-thick gray border on the box. On the toy, it's the rub sign on the left wing (instead of the right) that serves as the last (or first ?) nail in the coffin.

And though it's hard to tell from the photos, I'd wager "Heroic Dinobot" is one word on the instruction booklet, with no gap between "Heroic" and "Dinobot".

Finally, even for a high-end KO, you overpaid quite a bit, as they usually sell for £30. Even the "special edition" knock-off Swoop in diaclone colors (blue chest, gold chrome) only sells for about £50.

Not such a steal now, is it ? ;)

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Posted by Philippe Laurichesse on 15 May, 2014 - 21:03

Well, they dealt with the missiles by putting low-tension springs in the launchers so that they couldn't fire with any real force. But that doesn't stop things with pointy nosecones from being flown around at breakneck speed or thrown like darts by energetic children. Or Optimus' stacks from stabbing someone in the foot if they step on him.

Now, Swoop's missiles and jaw weren't made PVC for safety reasons. They just had the bad luck to share a sprue with the Dinobots' swords (which had to be either butterknifed like Blitzwing's or cast in soft plastic).

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Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on 2 October, 2014 - 22:45