BLITZWING & BROADSIDE
Series: Generation 1
Categories: Triple Changer
Year: 1985 / 1986
Destroy first, think later!
Ability as a triple-changer to rapidly transform makes him one of the most dangerous Decepticons. Cruel sense of humour, loud-mouthed, belligerent, and brash. Flies at mach 2.7, range 1500 miles, has heat-seeking concussion missiles as plane. As tank, has track-mounted cannon that fires explosive shells 3.5 miles. As robot has electron-scimitar and gyro-blaster rifle. Often gets stuck in mid-transformation.
I like the sea far away and my feet on the ground.
Doesn't like transforming into carrier or jet - gets seasick on water, has fear of heights. Effective, valiant warrior, but other Autobots wish he wouldn't gripe so much. Expands to 1200 ft length as carrier, capable of landing jets and carrying other Autobots. 15,000 mile range, 40 knots maximum speed. Projects 80,000 volt electric field around himself in jet mode. Has high-energy plasma-pulse gun and shattering vibro-axe in robot mode.
Blitzwing's robot combines a cool look with some pretty severe posability restrictions. He can move his arms at the shoulders (more or less) and that's it. Also, his feet, if you can call them that, are not the most stable in the world. Essentially he stands on his jet thrusters with the vertical fins providing some balance, but not too much. Still, look-wise he's definitely one of the better Decepticons from this age and does a pretty good job of looking intimidating. Weapon-wise he carries a sword and a gun, both of which are a bit strange to put in his hands, but whatever. Overall a decent robot mode.
Blitzwing is a triple-changer and while his robot mode is decent at best, his two alternate modes are pretty cool. The first is a tank and a very realistic-looking one at that. The turret with the gun can swivel around a full 360 degrees and the detailing on the tracks is decent, too. A great tank mode.
His second mode is a jet. While not quite as good as the tank mode, the jet still manages to look pretty good, if a bit blocky. The barrel from the tank is underneath now, but that's the only hint you see at what the other mode might be. The jet even includes a landing gear, so no complaints in this mode, either.
Blitzwing was one of the hardest-hitting Decepticons of Season 2 of the G1 cartoon, even taking over command of the Decepticons for an episode, and played a pivotal (if slightly out-of-character) role in the Season 3 opener "Five Faces of Darkness" before vanishing from the TV screens forever. He was recently featured in IDW's Transformers comic books, but only in a minor role. This toy, which is a pretty straight-forward knock-off of the original, isn't that good in robot mode, but features two very cool alternate modes that manage to look nothing alike and realistic to boot. That makes Blitzwing one of the best of the multi-changers, no doubt about it.
Robot Mode: The best way to describe Broadside's robot mode is "brick standing upright". Granted, his posability is on a par with Blitzwing's as he can move his arms a the shoulders, but Blitzwing at least looks like he could perhaps move without falling over. Broadside is just a big square. Weapon-wise he carries two battle axes (at least this knock-off does, the original carried an axe and a rifle). The robot mode is the worst of Broadside's modes and that's saying something.
Broadside is a triple-changer. His first alternate mode is an aircraft carrier. The mode looks decent at best. You can recognise it or what it's supposed to be, but Matchbox built more realistic-looking aircraft carriers at a smaller scale. The carrier is also too small to play with, not even a Micromaster jet could land on it. Zero play value here.
The second alternate mode is a jet. This is the best of Broadside's three modes, but it's still not all that good. I'm not sure what type of aircraft it is, but at least it looks pretty much the part with some decent detailing. Still, Broadside is barely any better in either alternate mode than in robot mode.
Broadside made only a few short appearances in several Season 3 episodes of the G1 cartoon and while he was portrayed as one of the biggest and more powerful Autobots, he didn't leave any sort of lasting impression with me. The toy, a knock-off of the original from 1986, is just as spectacular, meaning not at all. Of the six triple-changers produced in G1, this one's easily the worst of the lot.