Jul 30, 2014

It Came From the Toy Chest: Dammit Mattel! It's called a SKY SLED!!

Not a Jet Sled!!
THIS is a Jet Sled... It works as a sled, as seen on the pic and it also worked as a Jet Pack...
The Vehicle that you sold me is a SKY SLED...

I know, copyright BS and all that, but you have theoretically cockblocked the Jet Sled from being made in Classics... If this vehicle were to be made in Classics what would it be called? Jet Pack? (Can't do that since the Grayskull space suit became Jetpack)
Pack Sled? (what the huh?)

So, we have the SKY SLED and Sky High... These were released Last Year, but I got one recently... Then after mine was shipped Scotty Neitlich dropped the Guru Bomb on us with the Whole BATTLE RAM being Released in Q4 2014 (as of the writing of this rant, the Battle Ram is in November and Gwildor was moved to December)
Well, to be perfectly honest, the part that I'm really excited about is the Sky Sled. I have no real attachment to the Mysterious Wind Raider Pilot, AKA Sky High. He showed up on a vintage Poster, flying the Wind Raider and Mattel found a way to make a Figure out of him... We could almost call him the Fourth Fighting Foeman, but the FFM are elitist snobs who only accept members who appeared only on the Monogram Model Kits...

So, let's get Sky High Out of the Way before the main attraction... The Sky Sled.

Looking at him, you can see he is simply a new head and armor on the Hordak buck with the Man-e-Faces Lower half of the body... Yawn! The cool parts are his new pieces and I'm mostly talking about his sword/Wings. So, let's rate the figure already!

Standard MOTUC Articulation, but hands are super gummy. Slightly less gummy than Mosquitor
or Catra's claw hand.

Paint and sculpt:
The sculpt is boring, because he is 90% reused parts and his bottom half is way overused, but a bit too character specific...(the bare legs, furry loincloth and boots are used more often)

Not counting the Sky Sled... He only has his wingblade.
Sky High, on his own gets a 3.5 He is intended to be an army builder as the Generic Air Guard, but the fact that he sold out completely* after I bought him because of the Battle Ram announcement; makes it harder to army build, especially with a vehicle.

Now we move on to the MAIN Attraction: The Sky Sled itself.
As you can see on the pic above, it fits one Male Figure. with Standard grip (My SMAA has no grip on his left hand.) New Adventures he-Man can grip the handles, though he is holding them a bit too loose (due to his soft hands and wider handle on the NA Sword) The handles are too thick for Female Figures. You could Force Teela on the Sky Sled, but you run the risk of warping her hands and Teela is not exactly an easy to find figure.

Since the Sky Sled is a vehicle, I can't rate it like a normal figure.
It has no moving parts, no accessories, save Sky High... So I can only gauge it in paint and sculpt if I were to rate it as a normal figure. and it would get a 5.0 by default.

I do have a few complaints though: Mattel should have made a stand for it. Yes, the Wind Raider stand KINDA works with the Sky Sled, but it's not a perfect fit.

The sled's sculpt bumps with the stand there.
If I push the sled further in, it'll tilt downwards.
They had their chance with the Battle Ram, but instead, we get yet another Man-at-Arms...
One more thing. the Sky sled is INCREDIBLY LIGHT... I noticed this as I was writing the review.

My other Vehicle is a Sky Sled and I can use my sword as
wings... Where are YOUR Vehicles Fighting Foe Lamers!?
That's how light this thing is, so I'd recommend that you be careful when displaying it. (and make sure that it is not hit by a breeze if hanging.) The Figure feels heavier than the vehicle.

Also, Sky High looks FREAKING AWESOME on the Wind Raider... Looks like Duncan or Spector shall end up on the Sky Sled...

While, yes it irks me that to get a True to the Vintage Toy Battle Ram I need this set AND the Actual Battle Ram, to do so, this Sky Sled is freaking AWESOMETASTIC!!

In other news, the Kowlometer was at 60% yesterday (July 29th)... We're close, but we still have a long way to go!

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