Sunday, September 11, 2011

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita-1 and Tech Sgt Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

From the Hasbro/Takara-Tomy line of Transformers: Dark of the Moon toys comes the Human Alliance Autobot Skids robot toy that comes with an Elita-1 and Tech Sargeant Epps figure. You could say that this is a re-release of the Autobot Skids, Arcee, Mikaela Banes toy from Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, with only a different paint scheme and a new figure in Tech Sgt. Epps.

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps
The first time I saw this in the toy store I have to say that first impressions weren't so good. I remember branding this as an over priced toy with lousy packaging (it could easily get crunched). However, after seeing it up close and transforming it, I have to say that it is a marvel of toy design engineering. Lesson learned for me here is to never judge a toy buy its packaging alone and seeing it only in its transformed state.

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

First off, a little bit of warning, the packaging says that this toy is designed for kids 5 years and above. However if you read into the manual, it states there that some parts might fall off and that adult supervision is required for younger kids. That roughly translates to that transformation is very complicated and needs an adult to do it.

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Box shot of the toy with ruler for comparison.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

If you are the type that likes to throw manuals away after reading them, I'd recommend not doing that with this toy (unless you have photographic memory) because the transformation sequence is not so easy to figure out. That is a testament of course to how well designed the toy is, that you need a manual to transform it.

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps


Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Things worth pointing out, as mentioned above is that some parts are actually designed to come off. On the particular toy I got the foot part easily gets detached.

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Then another is the manual, I had a hard time understanding some parts of the transformation sequence since its complicated. Particularly are the legs, on how to tuck it back into the back of the car, which I found the instructions to be inadequate. Don't get me wrong, I actually found this particular transformation sequence to be amazing.

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps
This is the form you have to get it in so that you can tuck it in the back.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Here's some shots showing dimensions of the toys as it they are compared against a 6 inch ruler

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

The kit comes with a fireable rocket for the arm cannon.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Comparison shots for Elita-1
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps


Comparison shots for Tech Sgt. Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Autobot Skids



Continuing on this review by focusing on Autbot Skids in robot mode

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps


Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps


Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps


Autbot Skids in Car mode. Autobot Skids transforms to a Chevrolet Beat in Car mode.

One thing to note is that the green stripes seems to come off easily in some areas, it looks like a spray of clear coat would do well to protect those areas.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

For me, car mode is well portrayed by the designers of this toy.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Autobot Skids comes with a custom plate in hacker lettering : "sk33dz" for skids
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Gaps in the body work can be easily fixed by aligning the parts
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

The interior allows for the figure to be placed inside. By attaching the peg at the back of the seat to the hole in the back of the figure, you can securely attach it without fear of falling off.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Same goes for the opposite side
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Underside of the chassis, you can see that everything is tightly packed
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Some Detailed shots of Autobot Skids

Here's something I found amusing, by pressing at the top of the head the mouth of Autobot Skids opens. You can recreate speaking in this notoriously talkative robot.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

I like these nubs and notches in the body panel that allow the parts that break up to be aligned in place
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Inner side of door panel, the door can slide out a bit from its hinge
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Top shot of the back, if you notice in the interior, you can see two nubs in the foot stands. You can insert the holes at the base of the feet of the figure here, but if you do that the figure won't be able to reach up to the gatling gun. I think they were expecting a bigger figure when they designed this.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Here's the shot of the figure at the back. In this recreation the feet of the figure are just hanging from the back and not really secured into the foot stands
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

At the right hand in robot mode, the front driver's seat is folded down.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Some close up shot of the foot. Like I posted at the top, the foot in the toy I got can be easily detached, so I have to take care with this.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps
Back of the foot
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Finely detailed wheel in my book
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Shot of the back where the car roof hooks underneath the gluteus maximus.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Arm Blaster found on the left arm
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

A plastic rocket included with the toy can be inserted into the arm blaster and is fired by a spring once the trigger is pressed.

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

You can reconfigure the arm blaster to allow the figure to ride on it. The front passenger seat is where the figure will sit on. The nub at the back rest of the seat is where you can connect the notch at the back of the figure to so that it won't easily fall off.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Shot of Tech Sgt Epps riding the arm seat
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Elita-1


Included with the kit is an Elita-1 Figure that transforms into a motorcycle.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

You can consider this toy as a freebee because quality wise it isn't that good. Arms have some rudimentary articulation but basically that's it. Here's Elita-1 in Robot mode.

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Autobot Skits, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps
The mufflers serves as the blaster of the Elita-1 Figure
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Here's Elita 1 in motorcycle mode

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

You can see that the muffler does not align well with the chassis in motorcycle mode for the Elita 1 toy
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Tech Sgt. Epps can also be configures to ride on Elita 1 in motorcycle mode by letting his hand grasp on the handlebars
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps
The said handlebars where the figure can hold on to.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

As always, I am impressed with the fine detail of the autobot logo in the current crop of Takara Tomy/Hasbro toys. It looks however that it could be easily scratched off. But that problem can easily be solved by a spray of top coat.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Tech Sgt. Epps Figure



Next we touch on the figure included, which is Tech Sgt. Epps who once worked with NEST, the secret government org. I have to say that one glaring flaw in the figure are the eyes. Too wide open when it was painted on. Then there's the size, it seems to be a tad bit small for the motorcycle, but for Autobot skids it seems to be just the right size. Other than that I think its well within the acceptable limits considering the price of the toy.

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

The figure could do well with a coat of top coat as the bald head of the figure comes out a bit too shiny.

Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

I really am amazed with the way they can put such a small logo with such precise detail onto the toy.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

Eyes really seem too big and with a spooked out expression. And the skin tone too shiny.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps

But what is impressive is the articulation of the feet, it can turn on a lot of axis as seen in the picture below. For the arms however, the elbows don't bend but the wrists can turn. Quite impressed am I that it can do this considering its size.
Human Alliance: Autobot Skids, Elita 1, Epps