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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Generations IDW Deluxe Crosscut - Pictorial Review

Now, a release from the same wave as Windblade, Generations Crosscut. Crosscut is one of the new "original G1 characters" in Transformers universe, an ambassador to almost every world known especially earth.

Pic Credit : TFWiki

In IDW Dark Cybertron Chapter #7 The Dead Are Not Enough, Crosscut can be seen battling the Ammonites with the help of Swerve...who he confused with Rung...

Pic Credit : TFWiki

G1 Crosscut was released on 2002 as e-Hobby Exclusive and sold togather in set with Road Rage. G1 Crosscut is a retool of G1 Skids and comes with a different head and hood.

Since this is another repaint, I won't be elaborating much on the figures. Please proceed below for more detail review on the mold/design itself

Generations Skids

AoE Breakout Battle Rollbar

In Package

This sight isn't something new considering I've already lost count of the number of Deluxe releases under the IDW Generations. But what caught my attention was his artwork on the cover of the comic book.

Back View

The character bio highlight his role as an ambassador which come to past in the IDW Continuity where he later becames an artist.

Crosscut comes with IDW Dark Cybertron [Hasbro Exclusive Cover] Series #7 , The Dead Are Not Enough with the appearance of Nautica and Chromia at the end.

Alt Mode

 Following his G1 iteration, Generations Crosscut uses the same mold as Skids, transforming into a [generic] hatchback.

The alt mode consist of mostly unpainted grey plastic with few very minor detailing, just like G1 Crosscut with the Autobot Insignia on the hood and the black stripes on the side.

Like I said....minor

Crosscut comes with 2 black guns as opposed to gray guns for Skids and purple for Rollbar. Just like the previous 2, his guns can be attached to the side.

Group Shot

Personally I think of all three, Crosscut is the most disappointing in alt mode. Being that it's unpainted grey plastic, there are few flow marks that are visible.

 This is one of the favorite part of being a mold collector, LOL!

Robot Mode

Crosscut comes with a new head that follows his G1 iteration closely. Not only that, the [red part of the] head, the crotch and his feet are metallic red instead of solid colors which really surprised me at first.

However, upon closer inspection, I forsee that the color will easily fade if not careful which already happend right out of package.

Side View

Unlike Rollbar, the only detailing that can be seen from the back are the two black stripes.

Despite my complaint, he is gorgeous! I like him more than Skids and Rollbar, mostly due to the Optimus-like head sculpt and also his color scheme.

Luckily, Crosscut have tight joints all over, an improvement from Generations Skids. The metallic red is also used for his missile pods.

Group Shots

Based on my collecting rule, all this 3 are something that I will surely get, whether or not I like them. With Rollbar and Crosscut released date close to one another, kind of dreading it a bit. Glad that it didn't stop me, these 3 look great togather.

PS : There should be another variant (aside from Takara version of same character) coming, Screech!


  1. I just opened mine yesterday. I absolutely love it. Too bad i didn't get the Skids when I saw it in Empire's TRU. Now the prices for it on ebay are madness. Heard there were some issues with the tolerances and misassembly for Skids though.

    Crosscut is perfect for me though. The shiny red paint was pretty well done too.

    1. for skids, mostly the problem is the missassembled hip and loose joints. They fixed the issue for Crosscut and Rollbar though

  2. I am still waiting for mine to come, cross fingers!

  3. I got mine at NY ComicCon yesterday, today i find that the left leg's swivel joint was put on incorrectly! They were supposed to have the swivel "opening" on the inside, but when the leg faces the correct way, it's instead on the outside. And i cant unscrew it; it's connected to the knee joint by a metal pin. I'm screwed!

    1. sorry to hear that. anyway of returning the item?

  4. I just came across Crosscut at a Walmart while looking for Brainstorm. He really does stand out on the shelf compared to the other figures. The mold is hot. The Prime-looking head and the red paint really does it for me. Too bad they didn't/couldn't paint the figure more. Like Brainstorm, he's very hard to find in retail stores.

    1. Agree, he's one of the best figures in recent Generations line. Even more so considering he's not the the first variant of the mold