|07-29-2009, 04:59 AM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Manila, Philippines
When news came out that there would be a 'Joe jet in the Rise of Cobra line, I was excited to see what it would be. Cobra had the Night Raven and the Crimson Hydra. What would the 'Joes get? When I first saw images of the Sky Sweeper Jet, I immediately dismissed it as a 'Joe repaint of the Cobra Firebat. I felt that the 'Joes got short changed again.
It turns out that the Sky Sweeper is actually a Firebat remold and not just a direct recolor. The pictures at the back would show the "different" parts in this vehicle.
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093448.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
The inner box slides cleanly out of the outer packaging. Included with the toy is a sticker sheet and an instruction sheet.
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093449.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
The cardboard packaging hides a plastic bag containing the extra parts of the Sky Sweeper that need to be added on. The bag also contains the accessories for the included figure.
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093451.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
The instruction sheet shows how to assemble the wing boosters and sticker placement.
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093450.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
The Sky Sweeper Jet is packaged with a pilot named "Air Raid". What I like about this figure is that he comes with a decent number of accessories -- helmet, rifle and handgun.
Note that there is no display stand included.
The helmet fits well and does make Air Raid look like a pilot. It's quite unfortunate that there is no holster for the handgun or a sling for the rifle.
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093453.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
Here's Air Raid beside his ride. If there's one gripe I have about the way the toy was packaged, it's that one of the intakes was bent and now the wing it's on has a stress mark on it. Anyway, it's barely seen.
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093454.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
What the Sky Sweeper lacked in missiles and bombs (versus the Firebat) was made up by lots of guns! 2 guns on the front landing skids and one on each skid at the back. A couple of spring-loaded launchers are also included.
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093456.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
And at last here's Air Raid inside his Sky Sweeper Jet. It's a tight fit for him inside with the canopy hinge scraping the top of the helmet. There's no compartment for his weapons so they're just left to rattle inside the toy.
Since the Sky Sweeper Jet was based off the Firebat, the wings can also fold. Due to the presence of the extra boosters, the wings don't fold all the way in.
Yes, even after assembly the extra boosters can still be removed. You can even come up with the "basic" Firebat body configuration.
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093460.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
Just like the Firebat it was designed from, the Sky Sweeper can also stand up vertically -- though he does create a bigger footprint than the Firebat since the wings don't fold all the way in.
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093462.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
It's good to see that the Sky Sweeper is in the Alpha class price point -- thus it's similarly priced as a Firebat. Parts-wise, this set has a couple of things over the Firebat set -- the pilot's accessories and those spring-loaded missile launchers. The Sky Sweeper Jet is a relatively good buy at its pricepoint!
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093461.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
The picture above shows the jet with the decals on it.
Not to be biased but the Sky Sweeper didn't really suit my purpose of finding another 'Joe vehicle to interact with the Pit. Sure, he can fit on the flight deck on the Pit's vehicle mode...
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093464.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
....sure, he looks good vertically mounted on the Pit's base-mode helipad:
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093466.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
But unfortunately, the Sky Sweeper is too heavy for the Pit's elevator and too big for the trap door on the Pit's top side. So much for picturing a Sky Sweeper coming out of the bowels of the Pit....
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093468.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
Anyway, to a certain extent, I like my Sky Sweeper looking like this. It makes it look like some space craft from a sci-fi movie. For a change, I found an RoC vehicle that's worth its price tag.
ROC Sky Sweeper :: 072920093463.jpg picture by zephon_s774 - Photobucket
|07-29-2009, 05:21 AM||#2|
Never Say Die
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Western PA
Good review and nice pics
I can't wait to see this in stores in the U.S.
|07-29-2009, 05:27 AM||#3|
Crimson lady of the Guard
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Somewhere out there
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|07-29-2009, 12:21 PM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2007
Awesome. Very few of the Alpha vehicles are really speaking to me, but this is definitely one of them. Love the vehicle, love the pilot, and this is one of the few vehicles that seems worth the price. If it were a Bravo vehicle, no way, but as a $16 Alpha, I think it's worth it.
Good review, thanks!
|07-29-2009, 12:22 PM||#5|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: On break
Great review.........but I am going to pass on this.
|07-29-2009, 12:23 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jul 2008
You know, as much as I love the Firebat, this Joe version looks like crap. I guess I am a bit biased though because I refuse to ever let the Joe's have a Firebat. That's a signature Cobra vehicle and should stay that way.
|07-29-2009, 12:28 PM||#7|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Northwood, NH
I want this.
Got a pic of Airraid's file card?
|07-29-2009, 12:29 PM||#8|
Join Date: Jul 2008
I like the review but I'll pass. $hamele$$ repaint on the part of Ha$bro.
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|07-29-2009, 12:36 PM||#9|
Z Force Commando
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: UK England
Great review and pics, i want Air Raid he looks great.
|07-29-2009, 12:40 PM||#10|
THE ULTIMATE COBRA WEAPON
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Staten Island NYC But Brooklyn Born & Raised
I hate to be Negative but this is not Good
Hasbro is going to far using the same heads now thats lazy and the prices are not cheap for these things
I wouldnt mind the price hike if the figure was at least original
not to mention thats just a Blue firebat with guns added i hate when i see them do the Double repaint combo on us
They used this same Res Duke helmet now for Charbroil aswell
I dont mind the body parts in most cases but they should have there own heads and Helmets
No more cutter gung ho leather neck syndrome pleaseeee Hasbro
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