Windblade was a hard lady to track down. I finally had to breakdown and get her off of Amazon. I am in the toy hobby for the hunt as much as the toys themselves, but I figured with Windblade being a Fan’s Choice figure, as well as being the rare female Transformer, I should get her while the deal was good. That and with enough other stuff for Christmas presents, I was able to get free shipping. Always a bonus.
Windblade’s vehicle mode is a jet. An Autobot jet is not too common, but we see them from time to time. She looks like Hasbro took some cues from Prime’s Starscream. She has her legs standing tall there on the jet’s back. Not a very good design in that respect. Nothing I hate more than a “robot in disguise” that has body parts hanging out there for everyone to see. She is pretty tricky to transform. To get the wings locked into place, there are a lot of parts that need to be just right. And that is on both sides, so you may get one side into place, and then it will pop loose while you are working on the other side. Keep at it, you will eventually get it to work right. After all of the work, there are some things that are just a bit off. Sitting on the table, the jet listed to one side. I don’t know if it was a part that was not transformed just right, or some thing with the overall design. The tail also has a problem staying together, and tends to splay open at the top (see above picture).
Not that the jet is all bad. The overall appearance of the jet is pretty cool. The VTOL turbines rotate, and there is a front landing gear that moves up and down. Both nice touches.
I think she shines in robot mode. She is a tough looking lady. If she looked like Starscream in vehicle mode, she looks like Arcee in robot mode. Yup, I think Windblade is the love child of Starscream and Arcee.
Not only did Windblade come with a sword, but it has a sheath. We have seen quite a few swords being carried by a large number of Cybertonians, but there are very few that have a sheath to go with it.
The blade she carries is pretty fierce looking. To give it more power apparently, there is a little turbine down by the hilt. Guess this this the whole “Windblade” thing.
Overall, I think Windblade is a much better robot than she is a jet. The jet has a little bit of a wonky sit, where it looks like it is listing a bit. There are some really tricky parts to transform, so it will be really hard for kids to change her. In robot mode, the only problem I had was with her high heels folding into her foot. That does make play and posing her a little more difficult. A fine figure. Now I have to go back and read her comic and find out what she is all about.