Alternate Mode: Cybertronian Helicopter
Height: 6cm Length: 16cm Width: 13cm
A sky blue chopper in the spirit of G2 Vortex, albeit in a lighter blue. He's covered in purple camouflage which I'm happy to report extends smoothly over seams. There are black windows on either side of the cockpit, a black gun at the front and black G2 Decepticon logos stamped on either side of the fuselage. It's an attractive colour scheme (if not one that would really be camouflaged against much) and one that tributes G2 Vortex nicely.
This is not a realistic helicopter; as it's based on a Cybertronian Helicopter from the Fall of Cybertron video game. There are blue runners on the sides, to which we can attach purple bayonet style guns, and some purple undercarriage which doesn't stand out much. There's a black combining socket under which is the only real kibble here, but it's subtle enough to not ruin the look. The sculpted detail level is decent, but since the shape of his fuselage is other-worldly the realism is fairly low here.
Play value is limited to attaching/detaching the guns, stowing the black gun on front inside the cockpit (which requires partially transforming the toy) and spinning the rotors (which spin very well). it's not a whole lot, but is about all I'd expect of a deluxe such as this with weapons that form part of a super-weapon.
A nice chopper mode if one that's wildly unrealistic. I like the G2 colours, even if they are garish & they make the tribute work well. I also like how the weaponry resembles G2 Vortex's also - subtle but clever.
TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE
Detach & set aside the guns. Flip the front over & split to form boots. Fold away the black nosegun & stow inside the left boot. Fold the runners behind the boots. Split the engine section & fold out to the sides, revealing his chest. Fold the tail back onto his back, fold down the head & lock into place. Collapse the rotors, rotate the engine halves out & into place as arms. Stand him up, give him back the guns as weaponry and you're done.
Height: 13cm Width: 10cm
A sky blue & purple robot, the sky blue is limited to Vortex's boots and arms now, while his torso, head and groin are purple. There's some black and silver on his torso while his eyes are painted orange. The colours line up with G2 Vortex well and work well visually too. There's a lot more purple here than in vehicle mode, as well as more black.
There are some good and bad visual elements here. Complimenting the colour map, his head is also quite faithful to the original Vortex mould - it's a square affair that is clearly inspired by cartoon Vortex's head. The torso is quiet detailed, and there's even an armour skirt of sorts on his groin. The Decepticon logos are now on the outsides of his forearms. Vortex has a single major flaw in that the rotors are permanently attached to the from of his left forearm, sitting just to the outside of his fist. It's not something that bothers me but I know it'll bother a lot of people.
The weapons can plug into either hand either as swords or guns, and can also combine as a somewhat awkward looking compound gun. The rotors on his left arm mean that he looks odd wielding the weapons in that hand, but can serve as a sort of slashing weapon on their own, I suppose. Poseability is good for a guy who's able to form an arm _or_ leg of a super robot. The head is ball jointed but limited by a bracket on either side so only really wiggles. His shoulders are ball jointed while the elbows are hinged with rotators. The waist turns and the armour skirt lifts up, allowing his ball jointed hips movement. The knees are hinged with rotators. There are false knee hingers halfway down his thighs - they're actually transformation joints - and the runners form effective heelspurs, although he can't hold too many dynamic poses as the rotors cause some balance issues.
While the permanently attached rotors are a notable flaw, this is a good robot overall. The G2 colours work well and he's clearly G2 Vortex, the weapons are well designed and poseability is good.
None that I'm aware of. He's a recolour of the Comicon Vortex & "regular" FOC Vortex.
This is the most attractive of FOC Vortex's various toys with the only colour scheme that really tributes G1/G2 Vortex effectively. Both modes work well, although the rotors aren't dealt with properly in robot mode. The weapons are good and the overall play value is also well thought out. If you can live with the rotors in robot mode, this is a mould I'd recommend, and this is the version of that mould to get. He's also the best of the toys that combine to form Bruticus - 8/10