Series: Generation 2
Alt Mode: Helicopter
Click here for my fanfic tech spec for Vortex (Shadow).
Height: 4.5cm Length: 13cm Width: 9cm (widest length of rotor)
Vortex's helicopter mode is a mid blue with purple camouflage. His side guns and nose gun are also purple. The weapons are optional, but I'd recommend putting them on, despite the fact they're purple - they make him look more menacing. The rotors and wheels are black (the rotor peg is purple). His cockpit has black painted windows. So he's blue and purple. It doesn't look all that bad, but it's really unrealistic and doesn't look as good as the original.
Not a bad helicopter mode, the detailing is OK, although not spectacular. The gun on the front is a nice touch, and both rotors spin freely. Has two wheels under the cockpit and another under the tail - all roll. The colours do detract a little, though.
TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE
Remove the front gun which will later become his handgun. Pull forward the cockpit, flip it forward 180 degrees and slide it up relative to the helicopter to form the legs. Fold the tail rotor & fins under the tail, extend the tail, split it and fold the halves down to the sides to form the arms. Removing those sideguns is optional - I leave them attached because 1) he wears them in the show and 2) they look cool. Removing them exposes the pegs they mount on, anyway. Last rotate the rotor piece 180 degrees.
Height: 8cm, 12cm to top of rotor Width: 5cm, 6.5cm with side guns, 9cm rotortip to rotortip
Well, you now have a mainly blue robot, with purple thighs, head & sideguns. His eyes are red and he has purple splotches on his limbs, of course. This mode actually looks better, probably because the camouflage isn't as obvious. The blue itself isn't a bad colour - by itself it's cool, it just shouldn't have purple camouflage on it. Anyway, his chest is a purple plate..
He has no hands as such, rather outlines of hands inside his arms, which are simply the halves of the tail. This has never bothered me in the slightest, since he has cool quasi-weapons, but more on that in a bit. His feet are the cockpit and move independent of each over to transform, but don't really move in robot mode. His shoulders are ball joints, allowing for great poseability for a G1 toy of this size. His handgun attaches to a post on the inside of his right arm, and if you want he can swing a buzzsaw (the tail rotor) out on his right hand, and a blade (the tail fin) on his left. OK, so these aren't intended features of this toy, but they work quite well.
Better colours than the chopper mode, fairly good by G2 standards, good weapons (even if partially by accident) and good poseability mean Vortex has a good robot mode with good play value.
None as far as I know.
The mould is somewhat dated and used, but it's a good one. One of the better coloured G2 Combaticons, I'd even go as far as saying he looks better than Rotor of RiD, although I think Hepter (the Car Robots toy on which Rotor is based), looks better. Take away the camouflage paint and I'd be a lot more positive. But as it is, the colours are okay, good poseability and good play value. While I still recommend the original first, this is a worthwhile G2 toy - 6.5/10