Except for the colour scheme and some details Skywarp is virtually identical to Starscream
, which is kind of fitting seeing as their G1 counterparts were also of the same mold. He is posable and quite striking, the only drawback being that the back of his jet mode juts out from his back and threatens to unbalance him. They should have included a joint here to snap it down or something.Anyway, Skywarp comes with a head-fin and different 'shin'-wings than Starscream. His black and purple colour scheme gives him an air of menace. Like Starscream he can detach his left wing and use it as a sword, but it looks just as ridiculous with him as it does with his brother. He can also deploy the twin gun barrels usually positioned backwards. Bottom line: Skywarp makes for a great robot.
Skywarp transforms into a jet and does a pretty good job of doing so. The jet looks futuristic and cool, only the arms jutting out from underneath the wings look a little forced. All in all, a great jet, though. The twin cannons from Skywarp's robot mode can also be deployed here, of course.
Partners / Add-Ons:
Skywarp comes with Minicon Thunderclash, a miniature jet. Thunderclash is taller than most other Minicons and looks pretty cool. He is also quite posable, the only exceptions being his arms. Thunderclash powerlinks with Skywarp to deply the twin cannons in both Skywarp's robot and jet mode.
How much you like Skywarp depends, I think, on how much you think of the concept of using the same with different colour schemes to make multiple robots. Hasbro did it for the G1 Seekers and did it again for their Armada counterparts here. Personally I don't have a problem with the concept, especially if they go to the trouble of adding a few details here and there that differentiate the three robots. Skywarp looks cool and tough, so he's a good addition to my collection.