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Sideswipe (Transformers)

August 16, 2019

Sideswipe is the name of several characters
in the Transformers universes. Because of trademark restrictions, toys of the character
are sometimes marketed as SideSwipe. Transformers: Generation 1
Sideswipe in Italy) is described in his tech file as a brave but often brash warrior. He
is almost as skilled as his twin brother Sunstreaker in combat, but is less ruthless. Sideswipe
transformed into a red Lamborghini Countach, while his brother, Sunstreaker, transformed
into a yellow Lamborghini Countach. Because of his jetpack, Sideswipe was one of few G1
Autobots with the ability to fly and capacity for space flight.
Reception In 1984 CBC’s The Journal did a report on
how some people considered Transformers like Sideswipe and other war toys too violent for
children. Artist Pat Lee says his favorite Transformer
is Sideswipe. Animated series
Sideswipe was part of the initial crew of Autobots aboard the Ark when it crash-landed
on Earth four million years ago. He awakened along with his fellow Transformers in 1984,
with both he and his brother being reformatted into Lamborghini sports cars. Sideswipe loaned
Optimus Prime the use of his rocket pack when the Decepticons nearly escaped from Earth
with a starship full of energon. Throughout Seasons 1 and 2, Sideswipe was voiced by voice
actor, Michael Bell. Sideswipe and Sunstreaker often operated together.
When antimatter-fueled Decepticons attacked the Ark on one occasion in the episode “Roll
for It”, Sideswipe and Sunstreaker took to the air to battle with the incoming seeker
jets, in a rambunctious, if ultimately ineffective, display of “jet judo.”
When investigating tremors that were shaking the Autobot base, Ironhide’s scanner found
some interesting objects inside a rock wall. Sideswipe, using his piston-like arms, helped
Brawn removed the rock wall and found a cave full of dinosaur bones, the discovery of which
would lead to the development of the Dinobots. Towards the end of 1985, Sideswipe is among
the team of five Autobots who disguised themselves as the Stunticons. Penetrating the Decepticons’
camp, the Autobots ran into trouble when the real Stunticons arrived, trying to prove their
identities by forming Menasor. With a combination of Windcharger’s magnetic powers and Mirage’s
illusion-creating ability, the Autobots were able to appear as Menasor too, but the deception
was soon revealed, though they were still able to thwart the Decepticons’ plans. Another
major role for Sideswipe was stopping the Combaticons plot to pull the Earth into the
sun, Sideswipe and other Autobots and Decepticons traveled to Cybertron and Sideswipe himself
reversed the effects of the plot, saving the Earth.
In an early script for The Transformers: The Movie there was a scene planned where Sideswipe,
Red Alert and Tracks hop off Ultra Magnus to attack Devastator, but they all flee and
Red Alert is shot in the back and killed. Sideswipe appears in the first two episodes
of the Japanese series Transformers: Headmasters, participating with Ultra Magnus, the Trainbots,
and Prowl on a shootout against the Triple Changers, Soundwave and Sixshot. During a
segment of this intense shootout, Sideswipe manages to hit Frenzy and later, after foiling
a new Decepticon assault, has also a line. Books
Sideswipe appeared in the 1984 sticker and story book Return to Cybertron written by
Suzanne Weyn and published by Marvel Books. Sideswipe was featured in the 1985 Transformers
audio book Autobots’ Lightning Strike. Sideswipe appeared in the 1986 story and coloring
book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books.
Sideswipe was featured in the 1993 Transformers: Generation 2 coloring book “Decepticon Madness”
by Bud Simpson. Comics
3H Enterprises Sideswipe returned in the pages of the BotCon
exclusive Transformers: Universe comics. He was amongst the Autobot heroes of the Great
War welcomed back to Cybertron. However, all of them were transported away by Unicron.
Reformatted into a new body, he was forced to fight for Unicron’s amusement. He ends
up fighting his own brother. All were subsequently freed by the resurrected Optimus Primal, and
Sideswipe went on to serve him as part of the new Autobot faction.
Although Universe ended at issue #3, the flashback of Optimus Prime would reveal what happened.
In the final battle between the forces of Optimus Primal and Unicron, the Chaos-Bringer
had disappeared, with Primal’s forces barely making it out. Sideswipe was among those seen
escaping. Devil’s Due Publishing
In this reimagining of the Generation One story, the Ark was discovered by the terrorist
Cobra organization, and all the Transformers inside were reformatted into Cobra vehicles
remotely controlled by the Televipers. In this storyline Sideswipe and Sunstreaker both
turned into Cobra Stingers. Destro attempted to use them in a battle against G.I. Joe,
but the two of them were temporarily put out of commission by Wheeljack. They were later
seen fighting the Decepticons on Cobra Island. Sideswipe reappeared in the third crossover
series as part of the combined Autobot/G.I. Joe force trying to rescue Optimus Prime.
Sideswipe returned in the fourth crossover as part of a group led by Prowl working with
former G.I. Joe leader Hawk to stop the spread of Cybertronian technology on Earth. After
failing to apprehend Destro, the group relaxed on their ship – only to be attacked by the
Monster Pretenders, with Sideswipe being incapacitated. He was later shown being repaired.
Dreamwave Productions Before the civil war between the Autobots
and the Decepticons, Sideswipe was a merchant. After the war broke out he joined the Autobots.
When Optimus Prime disappeared in an accident with a space bridge, the Autobots splintered
into smaller factions. Sideswipe stayed with the main Autobot force, now under the leadership
of Prowl. With the Autobots learned that the Decepticons
were testing a new mobile command base at the Praetorus Wharf, Sideswipe was part of
a small investigation team led by Prowl. They discovered the mobile command base to be Trypticon
and were forced to battle with little chance of success until the giant Decepticon was
ordered to leave. Some time after being reawakened on Earth
four million years later, Sideswipe was aboard a ship named ‘The Ark II’ created by the Autobots
and their human allies to end the war on Earth and return to Cybertron. However, the ship
was sabotaged and exploded shortly after take-off. The human allies were killed, but Sideswipe
and other Autobots were lost in the ocean. Sideswipe and the other lost Autobots were
later found by Optimus Prime who used the Matrix to revive them. Sideswipe fought in
the battle against the Decepticons in San Francisco, attacking Soundwave with Sunstreaker.
When Ultra Magnus came to Earth claiming that the Earth-based Autobots were Cybertonian
criminals; Optimus Prime surrendered and returned to Cybertron with half of his force. Sideswipe
was amongst those ordered to stay behind, now under the command of Jazz.
Sideswipe and the other Autobots who remained on Earth were attacked by Starscream and Bruticus.
Sideswipe fell in this battle and was later repaired by the Earth Defense Command.
As part of a small group led by Jazz and Marissa Faireborn of the Earth Defense Command to
search for missing soldiers and solve the mystery of the deserted city, Sideswipe found
and battled the Insecticons along with his twin brother Sunstreaker. After defeating
the Insecticons, the Autobots rejoined the other Autobots and were led by Prowl to the
site of the future Autobot City: Earth. Fun Publications
Classicverse In Transformers Invasion Sideswipe is among
the Autobots in Canada who help get people to safety from an Earthquake caused by Shattered
Glass Ultra Magnus using the Terminus Blade. Wing of Honor
Long Haul appears in “A Flash Forward” by Fun Publications. In the year 2005 Devastator
attacks Autobot City. He is opposed by Ultra Magnus, Sideswipe, Red Alert and Tracks. Firing
every weapon they have, the Autobots are able to force Devastator to break apart into the
individual Constructicons. Now outnumbered the Autobots retreated. Red Alert is killed
covering the withdrawal, as Megatron watches. These events and others are related to Jhaixus
by Runabout and Runamuck in 2013. Sideswipe appears in the story Generation
2: Redux where he is among the reinforcements from Autobot City to respond to the Decepticon
attack at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Once there the Autobots are able to defeat
the Decepticons, but during the fight the Autobots are exposed to refined Forestonite,
which enhances and mutates Cybertronian systems. He gets enhanced to his Generation 2 form.
Spark commands an Autobot shuttle crewed by Blaze, Hubcap, Sideswipe, Streetstar and Windbreaker
into space where they intercept a distress call from Spike Witwicky on the planet Nebulos.
When the Autobots arrive on Nebulos they meet Spike and Carly Witwicky, Chip Chase and the
Autobots Brainstorm, Chromedome, Crosshairs and Highbrow who inform them that the Nebulan
scientist Hi-Q is missing. They learn from Hi-Q’s assistant Hi-Test that Hi-Q had security
monitors and through them discover the scientist was kidnapped by the Decepticons Runabout
and Runamuck. IDW Publishing
Sideswipe made his first IDW Publishing appaearance in the Spotlight issue on Galvatron. Assigned
to Hound’s unit on Cybertron guarding Thunderwing’s body.
Chafing under Hound’s command due to Sunstreaker going missing on Earth, Sideswipe clashed
with his superior, even going over his head to call Optimus Prime on Earth, being reprimanded
as a result. However, the matter was rendered moot when the mysterious Galvatron appeared,
killing Leadfoot. An enraged Sideswipe blasted him, and was blasted aside as a result. While
the rest of Hound’s unit engaged Galvatron, Sideswipe recovered and blew apart Galvatron’s
head with a single full-powered shot. As Hound chastised him, the undead Galvatron recovered
and rendered the whole unit unconscious with one blast, before leaving with Thunderwing.
Sideswipe and his unit were redeployed to Earth under Optimus Prime’s orders in issue
#1 of The Transformers: Devastation, but were rediverted to Garrus-9 following the Decepticons’
abduction of the Monstructor components. Sideswipe has appeared among the Autobots
on Cybertron in All Hail Megatron. He now appears to have a form based on the Universe
Classics Series Sideswipe toy. Marvel Comics
In the original Marvel Transformers comics, Sideswipe’s role was largely similar to that
of the animated series, serving as a loyal warrior under Optimus Prime.
Sideswipe joined the list of the long-term injured during the Dinobot Hunt. He was charged,
along with Bluestreak and Huffer, with bringing in the powerful Dinobot, Grimlock. Unfortunately,
the party found the mentally ill Grimlock locked in vicious combat with Sludge, who
had been planted there by the Decepticons. Sideswipe was seriously injured while trying
to contain the situation, but managed at least to put out a distress call, alerting Prowl
and Optimus Prime. He appeared to avoid deactivation by the Underbase
powered Starscream, he was not seen again after issue #50 of the US comic.
He appeared again in the Generation 2 comics as part of a raiding party under Grimlock
that was outthought and captured by the forces of Jhiaxus. He was freed by Prime, and later
appeared battlng the Swarm. Toys
Generation 1 Deluxe Car Sideswipe Sideswipe’s toy was originally part of a Takara
toyline called Diaclone before Hasbro took some of the toys to use for Transformers.
Sideswipe was one of the first Transformers to be released. Because they were both Lamborghinis,
Sideswipe and Sunstreaker were characterized as fraternal twins.
The Tech Specs and TF: Universe profiles for Sideswipe describe the Sunstreaker toy. The
rocket backpack describes Sunstreaker’s engine, which is on his upper back in robot mode,
and the shoulder mounted flares refer to the two yellow pods that mount on Sunstreaker’s
shoulders. The mold used for the original Sideswipe also
used for the first Generation 2 Sideswipe, and the Japanese-exclusive Autobots Tigertrack,
Clampdown and Deep Cover. The Japanese variants are based on original variants used in the
Diaclone line. The police car that became Clampdown was the basis for the fire escort
Red Alert. Generation 1 Action Master Sideswipe with
Vanguard As part of Europe’s continuing exclusive Transformer
toys, Sideswipe returned as an Action Master, along with his new partner – the battle droid
Vanguard. Vanguard transformed into a backpack for Sideswipe to wear which came equipped
with a protective double-barreled helmet. Generation 2 Autobot Car Sideswipe
Slightly remolded and recolored black, Sideswipe was re-released in the Transformers: Generation
Two toy line. Generation 2 Go-Bot Sideswipe
Sideswipe was released a second time in Generation Two as a blue Lamborghini Diablo, a recolor
of an Autobot named Firecracker as part of the Go-Bots line. This toy was later recolored
as Robots in Disguise R.E.V. Universe Spy Changer Sideswipe
First announced in Previews magazine for December 2002 were a set of 5 Autobot Spy Changers
– Wheeljack, Sideswipe, Trailbreaker, Prowl and Mirage.
Smallest Transformers Lambor In Japan a miniature version of Sideswipe
was released as part of the Smallest Transformers line. Later remolded into Smallest Alert
Universe Deluxe Sideswipe After a long absence, the original Sideswipe
returns with a new toy. This time it is a BotCon exclusive, a remold of the Robots in
Disguise toy Prowl. He came packaged with his now identical twin Sunstreaker. Both turned
into Lamborghini Diablos. Alternators Sideswipe
Side Swipe was the second Transformer to be released in the Alternators/Binaltech toyline
by Hasbro/Takara. In the Binaltech line, Side Swipe is named Lambor, for simplicity’s sake
he is referred to as Side Swipe for this article. Side Swipe’s alternate mode is a Dodge Viper
SRT 10. The mold for this figure was also used for
Dead End and Sunstreaker. Generation 1 Reissue Sideswipe
The original Sideswipe toy was reissued in 2005. Originally planned to be a Toys R Us
exclusive, the line was canceled before Sideswipe was released. With the toys having already
been made, they were instead sold through Kaybee stores as a discount price.
Titanium Sideswipe A three inch tall non-transforming toy based
on his Alternators form. Universe Classic Series Deluxe Sideswipe
Part of the first wave of the Transformers: Universe Classic Series line, this figure
is a modern redesign of G1 Sideswipe, faithfully keeping his form as a Lamborghini while incorporating
the detail and articulation technology of current Transformers toys. He is a red redeco
of Sunstreaker with a different head sculpt and the upper torso reversed to have the car’s
front end as his chest. The hands have also been swapped to properly match Sideswipe’s
robot mode. On the back of his car mode, his license plate reads, “SWIPE”.
The figure was first announced along with Sunstreaker by Hasbro at BotCon 2007. Concept
art of both was displayed by Hasbro at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con International. On
January 23, 2008, the Transformers Collectors Club revealed a pictures of both his vehicle
and robot mode to members only. This picture was quickly reprinted on the ToyFare magazine
web site. A packaged version of this toy first appeared on ebay in March 2008.
The mold for this figure was also used for Henkei/Generations Red Alert, as well as the
BotCon 2010 exclusive Breakdown and the Collectors Club exclusive Punch-Counterpunch.
Henkei! Henkei! C-09 Deluxe Lambor The Japanese version of the Universe Classic
Series Sideswipe by Takara Tomy has the flare launcher and rear spoiler remolded in chrome
silver. His license plate reads, “LAMBOR”. Unlike the Universe version, this figure is
missing the engine attachment. Timelines Deluxe Sideswipe
This toy was made for the Customizing Class at Botcon 2010. It is the Universe Deluxe
Classic Series toy repainted in G2 colors. Masterpiece MP-12 Lambor
On March 2012, Takara Tomy released a teaser picture of Lambor as the 12th entry in the
upscale Masterpiece toy series. The figure retains his original Lamborghini Countach
LP500S alternate mode, which fits inside MP-10 Convoy/Optimus Prime’s trailer.
The mold for this figure will also be used for MP-14 Red Alert.
Generations Deluxe Sideswipe A remold of Generations Jazz. This toy was
repurposed in the IDW Publishing comics as Generation 1 Sideswipe.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise As a release of an unused Generation 2 Go-Bots
mold, the name Side Swipe is reused for the first time on an unrelated toy to the original.
This toy did not receive any characterization and did not appear in the show or any other
fiction. Toys
Robots in Disguise Spy Changer Side Swipe A small transformable figure based on the
unreleased Generation 2 Go-Bot Rumble. Bundled with Spy Changer Prowl 2.
This figure was later repainted as Transformers: Universe Silverstreak. Transformers: Armada
Originally called Stepper in the Japanese series “Micron Legend”, he was renamed Sideswipe
when Hasbro released the series in America. Transforming into a blue Nissan Skyline, Sideswipe’s
alternate mode is as realistic as an Armada toy can get to an actual vehicle. However,
his robot mode is considered by many to be very poorly designed and is the subject of
much ridicule. Note: Early packaging of Sideswipe spelled
his name without a space, but it was later added. According to online posts by Hasbro
employees there was a mixup in the naming of Sideswipe and Mini-Con Nightbeat, and the
original intention was for them to have each other’s name, making this toy a true homage
to the original Nightbeat. Animated series
Sideswipe first appears in the Armada episode “Past”(Part 1) as a rookie in Optimus Prime’s
squad. He is rather ridiculous and awkward youth. In the animated series it is revealed
that once he had been saved from Decepticon execution by Blurr, and has travelled to Earth
to join him at last. But Blurr is not too glad to have such a subordinate. So, by Prime’s
consent, he charges Hot Shot to take care of Sideswipe. Initially Hot Shot is displeased
very much that he has to fuss over such a misfit, but he begins to train him, however.
When Hot Shot’s former friend Wheeljack arrives and attacks him, Sideswipe does his best to
defend his trainer. And when Sideswipe himself is taken a prisoner by Wheeljack, Hot Shot
immediately races to his rescue. Though the conflagration threatenes to consume them all,
Hot Shot abandons the fight to save Sideswipe, successfully getting him out just in time.
Since this moment Sideswipe hero-worships his new friend, much to Hot Shot’s amusement,
though the latter sometimes feels annoyed with such enthusiastic displays of friendship
and even tries to get away from his admirer. Sideswipe always did everything to prove his
fighting skill to everyone in practice, but he never had become a great warrior, however.
Nevertheless, he proved to be a real boon for the Autobots because of his good understanding
of the computers. Later, Sideswipe served as Hot Shot’s most loyal soldier when that
one briefly took command of the Autobots after Optimus Prime’s death.
Dreamwave Productions Sideswipe also appeared in Dreamwave’s Transformers:
Armada comic, with a much lesser role. He first appeared in issue #14. He was one of
a team of Autobots under Jetfire who investigated odd Space Bridge activity at the Decepticon
HQ – unaware it had been taken over by the Heralds of Unicron. Bludgeon was still present,
and stalked Jetfire’s team. Sideswipe survived relatively unscathed – unlike Blurr and Dropshot
– and helped to eventually destroy the samurai Decepticon.
Sideswipe was last seen in issue #18 of the Armada series and did not make any appearances
in the Transformers: Energon comic series. Toys
Armada Deluxe Sideswipe with Nightbeat Armada Sideswipe is a homage to Generation
1 Nightbeat, the character his Mini-Con is named after.
Armada Sideswipe was remolded into Universe Treadshot, Universe Oil Slick and used in
the Cybertron line as the Decepticon Runamuck. Transformers: Timelines
This Sideswipe is an alternate universe version of the Generation 1 character from the BotCon
exclusive Shattered Glass comic, in which the Decepticons are on the side of good and
the Autobots are evil. Although initially an evil Autobot, Sideswipe
was betrayed by Optimus Prime – who killed Sideswipe’s mentor Drench. Sideswipe repainted
himself in Drench’s colors while bearing a scar across his chest, and joined the Decepticons
to avenge his mentor’s death. He is partnered with the Decepticon Micromaster Whisper, who
he refers to as his “Mini-Con.” Fun Publications
Sideswipe appears as a member of Megatron’s forces in the Transformers: Timelines story
“Shattered Glass” by Fun Publications. He befriends a lost Autobot named Cliffjumper,
a traveler from another dimension where the Autobots are heroic, and helps the Decepticons
in the attack on the Ark launch site. Sideswipe appears in the fiction “Dungeons
& Dinobots”, a text based story. He defends the Arch-Ayr fuel dump from an Autobot attack
and later helps capture the Dinobots Slugfest and Goryu for the Decepticons. Cliffjumper
and Sideswipe then track Grimlock to an ancient crypt, which ends up being the home of the
life-creating computer known as the Omega Terminus. They are joined by the Autobots
Rodimus and Blurr, who are also hunting Grimlock. The enemies end up joining forces to fight
Grimlock, the Terminus and a host of zombie transformers, including Drench and this world’s
Cliffjumper. They escape, but their memories of the event are suppressed by the Terminus.
In “Do Over”, Sideswipe is present when Megatron announces the impending launch of the Nemesis,
designed to stop the Autobot warship known as the Ark. The Nemesis launches after the
Ark, and after a brief battle the Nemesis is shot down and crashes on Earth, with the
crew escaping in stasis pods. Although not directly depicted, Sideswipe is a member of
the crew of the Nemesis. In Blitzwing Bop, Sideswipe, Bombshell and
Blitzwing stop a scheme by Elita One and Brawn to make attack drones from human cars by implanting
control devices in the cars in a car wash. Toys
Timelines Deluxe Sideswipe with Whisper A redeco of Armada Wheeljack with the colors
of Generation 2 Drench. As with the original Wheeljack figure, Sideswipe has a deep scar
molded across the Autobot symbol on his chest. He came packaged with the Decepticon Mini-Con/Micromaster
Whisper. This toy was inspired by a canceled Universe Drench toy Hasbro only produced as
a prototype. Live-action films
Sideswipe appears in the second and third of the live action film series. He transforms
into a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept in 2009 and a Chevrolet Centennial Corvette
convertible in 2011. He has two wheeled feet like Bonecrusher from the first film. He is
armed with two retractable Cybertanium arm blades on each of his wrists in robot mode,
along with a pair of guns and a machine gun on his back. Early concept art of Sideswipe
portrayed him as being red, but he ended up silver, presumably due to director Michael
Bay’s notion that the color red does not photograph well on film.
His Hasbro battle bio states that he is 15 ft. tall and that he is a master in almost every
form of martial arts on Cybertron. IDW Publishing
Sideswipe first appeared in Transformers: Alliance #4 as one of the Autobots who responded
to Optimus Prime’s call to Earth. He joined with Optimus’ team as part of NEST.
Sideswipe was spotlighted in Tales of the Fallen #2, which revealed the Autobot trained
under Ironhide, and was charged with protecting an Autobot colony from the Decepticons. The
Decepticon Demolishor attacked and killed all but Sideswipe, laying waste to the colony.
Sideswipe vowed revenge, and upon arriving on Earth, chased after his nemesis without
care for any innocent in the crossfire. Ironhide arrived and tried to stop Sideswipe, but it
was only when Ironhide called Sideswipe “no better than the enemy” did Sideswipe stand
down, and Demolishor escaped. Sideswipe appears in Transformers: Nefarious
#1, set months after the events of the 2009 film. Alice steals an RV in Seattle and is
chased by Skids and Mudflap, who keep her occupied until Sideswipe arrives and defeats
her. She is taken to N.E.S.T. headquarters on Diego Garcia to be examined by Ratchet.
Sideswipe was disgusted by her decision to disguise herself as a human.
Movie plot Sideswipe first appears in the chase in Shanghai,
China, pursuing the Decepticon Sideways. Using his wheeled feet to maneuver, Sideswipe somersaulted
over him while shooting at him, then threw one of his arm blades into the front of Sideways’
vehicle mode. As he landed, Sideswipe reattached the blade and forced it lengthwise down Sideways’
body, cutting him in half. He was also seen in the fight against the Decepticons after
Optimus Prime was killed by Megatron as Bumblebee and the twins escaped with Sam. Sideswipe
was surrounded by the human military and forced to go back to the Autobot base alongside Ironhide,
Ratchet, Arcee and Jolt. They arrived in Egypt and fought against many Decepticons. Sideswipe
was the first to spot Sam and watched as Optimus Prime was resurrected. Sideswipe was brushed
aside by The Fallen when he teleported in front of them.
Sideswipe returns in Dark of the Moon as one of the main Autobots. He accompanied Bumblebee,
Que, and Dino when they investigated a nuclear facility in the Middle East. Later he joined
Dino/Mirage and Bumblebee in accompanying the humans to find out more about the Space
Race. Sideswipe helped Bumblebee and Dino/Mirage fight the three Dreads on the highway, who
are after Sentinel Prime, using his stealth force weapons to shoot at Hatchet. He then
helped Ironhide finish off Crowbar and Crankcase in a Mexican Standoff as Sideswipe called
it. Sideswipe was expelled from Earth along with the other Autobots and was thought to
have perished when Starscream destroyed the Xanthium. He participated in the final battle
in Chicago. He was captured by the Decepticons and witnessed the death of Que/Wheeljack.
He almost shared Que/Wheeljack’s fate but escapes after Wheelie and Brains crash the
Decepticon ship. He helps Bumblebee and Ratchet fire at incoming Decepticons, and briefly
fights Sentinel Prime alongside them, but he is shot in the shoulder by Sentinel Prime.
Sideswipe is among the surviving Autobots at the end of the film.
Sideswipe doesn’t return in Age of Extinction. It is possible that Sideswipe was killed by
Cemetery Wind and Lockdown in between Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction
Cyber Missions Sideswipe is shown to be helping Optimus Prime
against Megatron. Later he fights against Barricade and Frenzy. Afterwards he helps
Ratchet against Lockdown. Sideswipe is later seen with Ratchet transporting energon when
they are attacked by Starscream and Mindwipe. Video games
Sideswipe is playable character in the PSP version of Transformers: The Game, the video
game tie-in to the 2007 live-action Transformers film. He is a part of the Transformers: Revenge
of the Fallen Character and Map Pack Plus DLC pack that was released on August 27 on
Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. He is also a playable character in the PSP version and the Autobot
Nintendo DS version, which is during Challenge Modes only.
Sideswipe is among the characters who appear in the TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE Battle Builder
Game. Sideswipe is only a playable character in
the multiplayer section of the PS3 and Xbox 360 games Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Toys
All toys of this character are officially licensed from General Motors.
Revenge of the Fallen Legends Sideswipe A new mold of Sideswipe. Also redecoed in
red as Swerve. This toy was later packaged with Autobot Legends
Mudflap and Decepticon Deluxe Fearswoop in a special Walmart exclusive 3-pack.
Revenge of the Fallen Legends Bluesteel Sideswipe A bluish gray redeco of the Legends figure.
Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battlers Battle Blade Sideswipe
A Deluxe-sized figure designed with easy transformation for younger children.
Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battlers Night Blades Sideswipe
A dark gray redeco of the Fast Action Battlers figure.
Revenge of the Fallen Gravity Bots Sideswipe A new toy made for younger children. Instantly
transforms to robot when tilted upwards. Revenge of the Fallen RPMs Battle Chargers
Sideswipe A toy car made for younger children. Features
pull-back action and sound effects. The top section pops open to reveal the robot mode
when the car hits an object. Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Sideswipe
A Deluxe-sized figure that transforms from Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept to Robot
and features retractable blades on his forearms. MechAlive feature consists of hydraulics on
his legs. The figure was remolded with a new head and
a red redeco as Swerve. Revenge of the Fallen Human Alliance Sideswipe
with Tech Sergeant Epps A fully detailed figure that comes with a
2″ poseable Sgt. Robert Epps figure. Robot mode features retractable battle mask and
spinning blades. The Epps figure can fit on the seats in Sideswipe’s car mode or be placed
in strategic areas to man Sideswipe’s auxiliary weapons in robot mode.
Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Strike Mission Sideswipe
A repaint of the original Deluxe figure with red-tinted windows,a black stripe which races
across his door, and a N.E.S.T. logo on each door.
Transformers Deluxe Sidearm Sideswipe A totally different mold and transformation
compared to the previous Deluxe figure with red flames on the car mode’s front end. The
forearm blades are replaced with pistols; as a result, the side panels that formed the
blades are now part of the backpack in robot mode.
Autobot Alliance AA-06 Deluxe Sidearm Sideswipe The Japanese version of Sidearm Sideswipe
by Takara Tomy omits the red flames and has the windows molded in smoke gray.
Transformers Hunters Rumble Deluxe Sideswipe A slight redeco with light blue highlights.
Bundled with Barricade. Transformers Human Alliance Shadow Blade Sideswipe
with Mikaela Banes A black/silver redeco of the Human Alliance
figure with a figure of Mikaela that wears a black leather jacket and blue jeans.
Dark of the Moon Cyberverse Legion Sideswipe An all-new Legion mold of Sideswipe.
Dark of the Moon Mech Tech Deluxe Sideswipe An all-new Deluxe mold of Sideswipe with a
different transformation. His Mech Tech weapon is a giant blaster with a retractable blade.
Unlike the previous figures, this version is molded in gray and not painted in metallic
silver. The mold for this figure is also used for
the Decepticon Darksteel as an homage to Quickstrike from the Transformers: Beast Wars series.
Dark of the Moon Deluxe Sidearm Sideswipe A Walmart exclusive redeco of the 2010 Sidearm
Sideswipe figure in blue with yellow stripes as an homage to the Generation 2 Go-Bots Sideswipe
toy. The figure’s car mode is decorated with a large white Autobot symbol on the hood and
the number 04 on the doors, roof and rear end. Other homage decals on the car mode include
“Sun Bro”, “Lithonian Drivetrain”, “Rattraps”, “Maccadam’s” and a TransTech symbol.
Dark of the Moon Flash Freeze Assault Human Alliance Sideswipe
A gray redeco of the Human Alliance figure with black and white stripes, bundled with
the Decepticon Icepick and Sergeant Chaos. Dark of the Moon The Scan Series Deluxe Sideswipe
A Toys “R” Us exclusive remold of the Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe figure with light blue
highlights in the middle before fading into clear plastic, simulating the effect of vehicle
scanning. Dark of the Moon Robo Power Go-Bots Sideswipe
A transforming toy car aimed at younger children. The pull-back mechanism transforms the car
into a rolling robot while in motion. Non-transforming merchandise
Revenge of the Fallen Power Bots Sideswipe A non-transformable robot toy designed for
younger children. Features light and sound effects, with the wheeled feet emitting tire
screeching sounds. Revenge of the Fallen RPMs Speed Series Sideswipe
A diecast toy of Sideswipe in car mode in the same size as Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars.
An illustration of his robot mode is molded on the underside of the car. Due to licensing
issues, this incarnation of Sideswipe is not a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept; instead,
it is a cross between a Mitsubishi Eclipse and an Aston Martin DB9.
Revenge of the Fallen RPMs Sideswipe vs. Wreckloose A redeco of RPMs Sideswipe with red stripes.
Bundled with the Decepticon Wreckloose. Revenge of the Fallen RPMs Sideswipe
A diecast toy of Sideswipe, but in robot mode and in a running pose.
Transformers: Prime Books
Sideswipe appears in the novels Transformers: Exodus, Transformers: Exiles, and Transformers:
Retribution. Games
Sideswipe is one of the playable Autobots in the 2010 video game Transformers: War for
Cybertron. He, along with Optimus and Bumblebee, are captured by the Decepticons and taken
to Kaon prison as part of an elaborate plan to free Zeta Prime and other imprisoned Autobots.
The trio battle Soundwave and his minions on their way to rescuing Zeta Prime.
Sideswipe also appears in its sequel Transformers: Fall of Cybertron where he helps get Jazz
and Cliffjumper to the Sea of Rust to search for Grimlock.
Sideswipe appears in Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark as a playable character in
Single Player mode and an unlockable character in the new Escalation mode. In the game, he
helps Ironhide retrieve the Dark Spark before the Decepticons do, and deliver it to Optimus
Prime. Animated series
Sideswipe will appear as one of the main characters in the Transformers: Robots in Disguise, the
upcoming sequel series to Transformers: Prime. He will be recruited by Bumblebee in order
to combat a new Decepticon threat on Earth. He will be voiced by Darren Criss.
Toys Generations Deluxe Sideswipe
A remold of Generations Jazz. This toy was repurposed in the IDW Publishing comics as
Generation 1 Sideswipe. Transformers Animated
Sideswipe is one of the BotCon 2011 exclusive figures, painted in his Generation 2 black
and red colors. Fun Publications
After the events of Transformers Animated the Stunticons set up a Stunt Convoy show
in the city of Kaon and used it as cover to attempt to break Megatron out of his detention
at Trypticon. Their efforts were thwarted thanks to the efforts of Cheetor, Optimus
Prime and Sideswipe. The Stunticons were placed in detention with Megatron and an attempt
to rescue them was made by the Decepticons Blot, Mindwipe, Oil Slick, Scalpel, Sky-Byte
and Strika. His tech spec appeared on a lithograph sold
at Botcon 2011. Toys
Timelines Deluxe Sideswipe A BotCon exclusive blackneon green redeco
of Transformers Animated Deluxe Rodimus Minor with Breakdown’s head sculpt. Kre-O Transformers
Sideswipe is an Autobot who turns into a car. Fictional biography
I’m the best sword fighter in the universe. You heard me. In. The. Universe. You need
something sliced, diced, or just chopped in half, you give me a call. I’m the secret weapon
of the AUTOBOTS. Well, except that the DECEPTICONS know about me.
Hobbies: Sharpening my swords. Cutting things apart. Checking my swords to make sure they’re
sharp. Most Prized Possession: My swords. Duh.
Greatest Fear: Anything my swords can’t cut. Which is nothing, so I’m fearless!
Animated series Kreon Sideswipe appeared in the animated short
“Last Bot Standing.” Kreon Sideswipe appeared in the animated short
“Bot Stars.” Kreon Sideswipe appeared in the animated short
“The Big Race.” Kreon Sideswipe appeared in the animated short
“A Gift For Megatron.” Toys
Kre-O Transformers Sideswipe A Lego-like building block kit of Sideswipe
with 220 pieces to assemble in either car or robot mode. Comes with 2 Kreon figures
of Sideswipe and a human driver. References Bellemo, Mark. Transformers Identification
and Price Guide. Krause Publications. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-89689-445-7. 
External links Sideswipe at the Transformers Wiki
Sideswipe galleries at Sideswipe at

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