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First/Last Comic Appearance (US) - Issue 42, July 1988 / Issue 80, July 1991
First/Last Comic Appearance (UK) - Issue 215, April 22nd 1989 / Issue 240, October 21st 1989
First/Last Cartoon Appearance -
First Toy Appearance - 1988
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Manufacturer - Hasbro
Toyline - Universe
- Added a Decepticon symbol to the chest, covering the tampographed one
- Added a Decepticon symbol to the nosecone, covering the tampographed one
- Added Decepticon symbols to the tailplanes
Darkwing was one of my favourite characters from the UK comics, so I was pleased that Hasbro used the Silverbolt mould to homage him. This obviously meant that Darkwing would be huge, but, you know, it's Darkwing. You have to get him, right? Let's take a look at this Toys 'R Us exclusive, which is scarce in the UK.
Appearance (Robot Mode) 9/10
This mould actually works really well for Darkwing, and the colour scheme is really fantastic. I particularly like the contrast between the light and darker blue. This mould is kibble heavy, but I don't think this detracts from the figure at all, and actually enhances it. There is a nice Renderform upgrade kit available for this guy, and while I really like it, I honestly think that the mould is good enough as it is.
Appearance (Alternate Mode) 7/10
I'm pretty disappointed by the Jet mode really - it just seems too busy for me. Ultra class figures tend to have a higher allocation of paint apps as is the case here, but the end result is messy. I dislike the gold trim, and the fact that the purple areas do not match at all. A shame, as the alt mode mould has a lot of potential.
Simplistic, and as I have mentioned, the jet is pretty much seperate from the robot, who just hangs underneath is as undercarriage. However, when the hips are slotted into the groin (sounds painful) the 'transformation' sound is played, which makes this awesome.
I would have liked to see some sort of wrist articulation on such a large figure, but never mind. Also the head moves from side to side, but there is no up and down movement, which I guess is because of the electronics.
While relatively light, this toy feels like it has been designed to be thrown around by overzealous 3-year olds. Rock solid is how I would describe it!
Overall - 40/50
Darkwing was a relatively obscure figure if you discount the UK comics, which made the most of his (and Dreadwind's) adventures. I'm really pleased overall with this figure. A fantastic robot mode is let down somewhat by a slightly confused and lacklustre colour scheme in jet mode. This niggle aside, Darkwing is still a very nice addition to the Decepticon ranks.