I picked this guy up as I have been eyeing him off for a while and I rather liked the Animated version. He reminds me very much of Raziel from Soul Reaver, which is part of the reason I like him as well I guess.
Although he lost his flail, he's still pretty cool. I think they made a good choice with his colours as well. It's a shame that he doesn't get much characterisation, or maybe it isn't, as it's allowed me to go a bit crazy on how I view him. His thin frame makes him less of a fighter and more like a mage, a magic user, or a statesman. The wings on his back also strike me as very cape like and give him quite a regal air.
I have to admit I think I actually prefer these colours to the original G1 inspired colours of Animated Swoop. I guess that also allows me more freedom to impose my own personality and characteristic on him as well.
Looking good together.
The most obvious out of place thing are the legs. They are super duper long for the beast mode. You can whip them around to have him do a "swoop and pick up" pose and also have him walking around on them, but during a flying pose, there is nowhere for them to hide, except behind him.
Rather nicely, you can actually have his wings flap down and they will stay connected to the arms. It’s even possible to get a bit of forwards/backwards motion from them too, but anything more than a tiny bit forwards/backwards and the arms begin to detach. They can't flap upwards at all.
Despite the fact that I don’t like the beast mode enough to not bother transforming him into it, I don’t really see it as that much of a negative for this toy. Double standards coming out here hey? Usually I bag the crap out of a Transformer if one of the modes is naff. Swoop here happens to just have a robot mode and look that really does it for me. I can see that this figure is entirely likely to be a love or hate kind of toy. It’s not perfect, but for some reason, I really like it and am happy to over look it’s flaws.
I think that last point can be demonstrated by the following photos. These are the ones I took for a laugh as I was playing with Swoop for this blog post. I like these photos as they show how dynamic the robot mode is and are what (to me at least) gives him his personality. They also didn't fit in with any other category for the previous bits that I mentioned earlier in the post.