TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE (HASBRO)
Pretty much since the very beginning, Transformers and re-decos have gone hand-in-hand. Sometimes just for variants of the same character, but surprisingly frequently for all-new characters. Such was the case with Red Alert, the Autobots’ paranoid chief of security who began his life as a Sideswipe re-deco. His latest figure follows his original’s lead, surprising pretty much no one.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Red Alert is the second figure in the third Deluxe Class series of Siege figures. He actually was first shown off not on his own, but as the model figure in Brunt’s renders, showing off Brunt’s weaponizer capabilities. Prior to that, he was in a few pieces of promotional art, so most people figured he’d be coming sooner than later. In robot mode, Red Alert stands 5 inches tall and has 20 points of articulation. As I touched on in the intro, Red Alert is a Sideswipe re-deco. Sideswipe is probably my favorite figure from the first round of Deluxe figures, and one of the sleekest sculpts in the line, so it’s a very strong starting point. Despite the initial renders showing him being a straight repaint, he does get a new head. It’s only moderately different from Sideswipe; the horns on the helmet are shorter. Still, change is change, right? Red Alert keeps the same basic alt-mode as Sideswipe, with the only change being the addition of the lightbar from Prowl, denoting Red Alert’s status as a rescue services vehicle. The change between the two modes is still very intuitive, and remains one of my favorite transformations I’ve encountered. Red Alert is packed with the previously mentioned lightbar, as well as a blaster rifle. The two can be combined into the “RT-10 Particle Beam Circuit Welder”, which I guess is supposed to look like an axe or something? I don’t know. I like it more with just the basic blaster set-up.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I liked Sideswipe a whole lot, but I wasn’t really intending to pick up Red Alert, given his status as a pretty straightforward repaint. That said, I was already grabbing the other two in the set, and I *did* like Sideswipe a whole lot, so I caved a little bit on this one. He’s a good figure. Maybe not an overly new figure, but a good one. Now, of course, I’m debating whether I really need to pick up the G2 Sideswipe and just go nuts with the re-decos.
I picked this guy up from my friends at All Time Toys, where he is still currently in stock here. If you’re looking for Transformers, or other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.