I got out 30 packages into the mail today, altogether, with about 39 books inside. (I did a batch of peeps who bought both books at once.) That means some of you lucky people will be getting your books in about two days! Yay, Priority Mail! I have 10 ready (so far) to go out tomorrow morning. Man, printing out labels instead of writing everything yourself makes things so much easier.
Universe Silverbolt is a pretty terrible value for $25. That's the next few paragraphs in brief.
Y'know, the original Silverbolt wasn't so hot himself. He articulated at the elbows and nowhere else, he was flimsy, and he wore his entire vehicle mode on his ass. Sure, it folded cleanly out of view, but it still didn't change the fact that none of his robot parts had anything to do with his vehicle mode.
Universe Silverbolt is very very similar.
Basically, you collapse in his legs, hide his head, and unfold the nosecone. VOILA. A JET. While the "articulation" and "flimsy" features of the original toy have been dealt with, but he retains the "plane on his ass"ness. Wow, is this a simple toy. Insanely simple. Kind of insultingly simple. Really, you could detach him from his backpack and have fully distinct robot and plane toys. This is the kind of thing you usually don't want to homage.
Like in all of Silverbolt's fictional appearances, he's still wearing Superion's chestplate, though now it's his actual chest. (The original toy was amazingly plain without it.) Which brings me to the part of this toy that annoys me the most, even more than the whole plane-on-ass thing. You see those wings on his shoulders? The little tiny don't-actually-do-anything ornamentations? He had those in the cartoon, but, as I mentioned a few sentences back, it was part of Superion's combiner kibble. They snapped on. But if they were going to make it his real chest, they had this huge chance to, I dunno, make them turn into a real jet part. Like his tail wings or something. That would've been great.
Instead he has these insane vestigial wings on his shoulders that don't turn into anything in plane mode, while wearing his entire plane mode on his back. It's infuriating!
If I were to note a bright side, it is that he is huge. That's one thing the original Silverbolt was missing. He transformed into a damn Concorde, so he should have been like 250 feet tall. If size-changing is out of the picture, he would have been the biggest Transformer that doesn't transform into a city. The jet he is now is kinda made up, like a freakishly elongated stealth bomber, but it's still nice to get a huge Ultra-class toy of him. He can now rightfully tower over Starscream and the other Seekers. Not by enough, but, hell, he's not really an actual jet anymore, so he can be any size he wishes. I'm just glad it's huge.
Pressing his button activates some machine gun fire, and sliding his chest up and down activates a different classic transforming sound, depending on whether he's going from robot to jet or vice versa. His gun fires a missile.
That's it! Go home.