The return to the Generation 1 designs continues. Currently we are seeing the Combaticons trickle into the stores. It has been pretty quiet out there on the Trasformers aisle since the holidays. Bruticus and Sky Reign are on their way, and the showing so far is good.
The first figure I found was Swindle. He has been around for a good long time, and as any good scoundrel, he comes out of the woodwork when needed and disappears again. We have seen a lot of him over the years in the different continuities, and we see him again in the Combiner Wars line.
If you know anything about this guy, this is usually what we get. Big purple eyes on a black head, with a yellowish body. He is some kind of light military vehicle, similar to his G1 version, but this time he is bigger and has better articulation.
I am not really digging this backpack. We have had some big backpacks in the past, but this one is crazy. It sticks out and up. If it rains, Swindle is going to have his pants full of water.
His articulation is fantastic. He has all of the good movement we see in the current run of Deluxe figures. In addition, he also has hinged feet so he can keep both feet planted firmly on the ground, no matter the pose.
He comes with two guns. His primary gun is a three barreled rifle. It has good details, and fits well in his hand. He also comes with the requisite foot/hand gun that all of the Deluxe figures come with. It is a bit too large, as most of these are.
Swindle turns into a light armored, open air vehicle. It is a highly detailed vehicle, but unknown as to what it is. Definitely setup for running in the desert.
The guns can be mounted on the top with a post in the middle and holes on both of the back portions. The black gun actually mounts sideways on the center post. It is a bit weird to have the gun mounted sideways like that, but they needed a post to be able to mount the big gun there too.
A very nice robot, and a good vehicle. It is hard to imagine that this is a retool of Rook, looking at the vehicle. The color makes him stand out from the other figures we have seen so far, and we have seen a lot of figures. There are just minor nit-picks with this figure, and he is done very well overall. I am looking forward to finding the rest of the Combaticons, and really getting the Combiner War started.