Decepticon Oil Slick
Review by JoshB
My buddy EVA usually does the Transformers reviews, but I was so psyched about this one that I had to beat him to the punch. Oil Slick is awesome.
Although I haven't been reviewing them, I've gotten most of the Transformers Animated toys. I can't stand the show, and I don't know thing one about the characters, but each and every toy has been sheer awesome.
Oil Slick is a bad guy, a Decepticon. He's got pretty much everything I want in a toy:
Bad-ass cow skull? check.
Transparent dome? check.
Hell, the only thing this is missing is something that glows. And i'm sure an evening with Sanjeev would change that.
Oil Slick comes packaged in vehicle mode, which looks like Lucifer's Chopper. It's a motorcycle from hell. All the wheels turn, and due to the double wide wheels it can stay upright in vehicle mode, unlike most other motorcycle toys.
At the back there are two panels, one on each side, that can open and store black barrels. More on those in a bit. Detail and paint are great in this mode, and the color scheme is one of my favorites.
Transforming to robot mode is very easy, and very obvious. I love how everything has some kind of peg of clip to hold in place. First, the seat is lifted up and then the legs pulled down. The tailpipes bend up to become the feet.
The front wheels separate and unfold down either side of the torso. Clawed fingers extend from inside the wheel well.
The head is exposed by opening a panel on the back and flipping the head up.
Robot mode is awesome. There is some fantastic articulation here, with little touches that they could have skipped but didn't. Its this extra mile that makes all the difference with these. For example, check out the hip joints on Oil Slick. There is actually two joints there on each side, which makes for some phenomenal posing.
Remember those barrels? Those attach to the hands and open. One barrel splits in half and is connected by a CHAIN. The other barrel opens up on one side, presumably to hold some kind of biological agent.
Oh, and there's a third mode too - basically just take Oil Slick in robot mode and... lay him down. Thats it. Come on guys, seriously? Geez.
Oil Slick is basically a heavy metal transformer. Skulls, Spikes, Chains, Tribal tattoos etc... It is as if Bruce Dickinson designed a transformer.
If you see Oil Slick in the store, GET HIM. Seriously. Not kidding.
|Posted 28 August, 2008 - 14:00 by JoshB