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Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys

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This is the 10 year anniversary of Windblade and yet not so fun fact: there is still no great Windblade toy. They range from seriously flawed to ok. But that doesn't mean we can't rank them. Believe it or not, while this character was introduced to the Transformers brand only 10 years ago, she' has gotten enough toys for the list and has as many toys as legacy G1 characters like Sunstreaker. So let's get to it!

Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys

5. Cyberverse warrior Windblade

While there are more than 5 Windblade figures out there (and many more when you count redecos), there are only 4 molds ever made in what we could call a "deluxe class" for all age fans. So for my 5th entry, I have the warrior mold from Cyberverse, which is exclusively aimed at a younger audience. While it feels cheaper than your standard deluxe it is also priced less, a lot less was sacrificed with this figure than probably any other warrior class figure from this line (except Shockwave, probably). Hasbro eventually found their groove with the warrior/sub deluxe class in Earthspark, but it was a rough start with Cyberverse, with contenders for the all time worst list like Optimus Prime. Windblade was fine though. Even the gimmick didn't feel as intrusive, and it didn't remove articulation from any of her limbs. I recommended this toy to parents then and would still do so now. Plus it has one of the better jet modes due to it looking more cohesive and less gappy than other versions.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys


4. Generations Thrilling 30 Windblade

Here's the one that started it all. And while it is a very striking design, this is a design that works better as an image than a toy to put on your shelf. Because the stability is a major issue. Not only is is very top heavy, but the heels just don't give enough support, plus they tend to come off the toy. The head is also soemthing that was refined later, since the more elongated look make it look like a Geisha only HR Geiger would love. It is also a true pain to transform with panels and tabs not fitting well. Basically, the only good thing here is the design.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys


3. Legacy United deluxe Cyberverse Windblade

It's the most recent one and honestly, I don't have much to say about it. It's an improvement over the previous Cyberverse Windblade we got, but it doesn't really resemble the "cyberverse" take more than others since it doesn't go with exagerated proportions, like the giant turbines or larger eyes. So you basically get another "G1" meat and potatoes Windblade, but this time more red than black. The Transformation is very similar to previous figures with Hasbro still choosing to just let the arms stay at her side, unhidden, in vehicle mode. Not a bad toy and not a bad Windblade figure, but with this being their 5th take on a known design it's too bad that there seems to be nothing new or interesting being done to improve upon past figures aside from articulation.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys


2. Adventures TAV 55 Windblade

This mold gets A LOT right which other Windblade toys fail at. I really like the legs, which do give the idea of long boots, and the alt mode doesn't have a gap. It feels more complete and fully realized as a concept of Windblade than all her other toys. However, since it must hide a rather large headsculpt, the alt mode nosecone is large, making the alt mode far more cute than sleek and resulting in a giant kibble hole behind her head. The toy also misses the mark with the wings, by making the turbines look smaller than they should by comparison. The Takara TAV 55 deco is much better than the Hasbro one, since you get the blue highlights on her head along with more black on the body, making her look sleeker, and red paint on her legs that better match the very bold red plastic. And for fans of odd redecos, there is a grey version to make her match Fortress Maximus, going with the theme of her being a city speaker, and another more ninja/stealth themed redeco with a different headsculpt.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys
TAV on the left, RID on the right.
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys

1. Titans Return Windblade

Does this toy have flaws that some would find incorrigable? Yes. Can it still be deemed the best Windblade toy? For sure, I'm doing just that. When looking at all the pros and cons, this toy ends up on top for me. We get a sleek body, especially the legs, while not sacrificing any stability. While she is a headmaster, which is a dealbreaker for some, this does let the jet mode be sleeker in the front. Plus it adds a whole level of playability. And for my money, this one has the very best face, which is key to a Windblade figure. I love the subtly metallic highlights framing her porcelain face and I really like the the take on the red eye makeup, which is the closest we've gotten to Sarah Stone's take on the character (which I personally find to be the most iconic looking). It helps make her headsculpt look more like an actual face than a robot wearing a Kabuki mask.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys

And best of all, this one gets the wings closest to what I'd like with a very angular look and giant turbines, plus a nice mix of black and red. It is to me the most well rounded of all Windblade figures and if I were to just keep one, this would be it.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys

Honourable Mention: While I tend not to cover licensed figures on this list, a "top" Windblade list would really be lacking if I didn't mention the model kit. Windblade has a very sleek and slight physique, making it hard to design an accurate transforming figure. Well this one does not transform. It's too bad that the details on the head rely on stickers needing a certain level of dexterity and minutia since those details are important to a Windblade figure.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys

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Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2181854)
Posted by Bounti76 on June 30th, 2024 @ 5:41pm CDT
While they may not have been the very first to have drawn Windblade in a Transformers comic, Saren Stone (their name now) did establish a very iconic style for Windblade, so I have to agree on your selection of the TR as the best one.
Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2181856)
Posted by Emerje on June 30th, 2024 @ 6:30pm CDT
Good list! Personally I'd swap 2 and 3, that Legacy figure is just so good! It's a real shame the Titans Return figure is so hard to get, it was basically unobtanium at the time, that wave (which also include Twin Twist and Misfire, making those teams fun to complete) was only sighted at a few stores and only briefly online. Good thing the Japanese release was easy to get.

I repurposed the masked RID Windblade as RID Maxima, in different colors from the original from the Combiner Wars cartoon, simply because she's a Camien with a mask.

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I'm still missing the original Japanese release, the Titans Return "Fort Max" exclusive from the three pack, and the retail Titans Return figure to have all of them... (I can't actually remember if I have the Cyberverse Scout figure.)

Emerje
Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2181859)
Posted by TulioDude on June 30th, 2024 @ 8:47pm CDT
Good list!
The Azure Sea design for Windblade also looks good!

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Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2181890)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on July 2nd, 2024 @ 10:16am CDT
They could, could release MP Windblade. She might be favourable/popular enough in a fan poll. Sharing engineering with the 2.0 Seeker mold? That might fix her numerous prior issues.

I have no horse in this race, however. WB always came across as too "fan-made OC" for my taste.
Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2181891)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on July 2nd, 2024 @ 10:16am CDT
I have the original Legends figure (and the Sliptream remold) and still feel it's enough for me. The color choices, especially for the face, sell it over the original Hasbro version.

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I did like Windy in the comics, but I feel like I already go that "good enough" version.
Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2181895)
Posted by Emerje on July 2nd, 2024 @ 11:17am CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:They could, could release MP Windblade. She might be favourable/popular enough in a fan poll. Sharing engineering with the 2.0 Seeker mold? That might fix her numerous prior issues.

I have no horse in this race, however. WB always came across as too "fan-made OC" for my taste.

Technically they could, we got a transforming Nightbird afterall. Though I don't think the 2.0 Seeker mold is a good choice, too big and too many parts that would need to be reworked to make her look right. Better to be her own mold. Though Personally I think we're long overdue for a new Drift figure, be it MP or main line.

Emerje
Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2181896)
Posted by Cyber Bishop on July 2nd, 2024 @ 11:19am CDT
I have all them and would personally swap 3 and 1 but that's just me.
Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2181897)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on July 2nd, 2024 @ 11:19am CDT
Emerje wrote:Technically they could, we got a transforming Nightbird afterall. Though I don't think the 2.0 Seeker mold is a good choice, too big and too many parts that would need to be reworked to make her look right. Better to be her own mold. Though Personally I think we're long overdue for a new Drift figure, be it MP or main line.

Emerje



Does Drift still pop up in media??
Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2181995)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 5th, 2024 @ 4:24am CDT
I can't speak for the Warrior Cyberverse because I never bothered to get it.

Honorable mention as TRASH is that model kit. Extremely fiddly to build, really fragile, tiny, and ironically a pain to pose. For that price, it's an insult.

For me, the worst is the original for all the reasons you mentioned. Add that the bot is overall ugly and that jet is gapy and you get a perfect loser.

The RID design is nice enough, but the figure wasn't fun.

For me, the two best are the TR and Legacy ones. Almost on the same level. Both are fun and solid. However, I find the TR a bit to "beefy" so the best one is the Legacy. The Legacy have feminine proportions, a perfect head, and she is FUN to transform. Also, her jet mode may be the best so far.
Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2182118)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 8th, 2024 @ 9:29am CDT
List is pretty good (I own them all except that kit), but I think Legacy slots into #2, and maybe with some time it may surpass TR. TR is a great toy, and definitely one I love a lot
Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2182214)
Posted by ScottyP on July 11th, 2024 @ 8:47am CDT
william-james88 wrote:It's too bad that the details on the head rely on stickers needing a certain level of dexterity and minutia since those details are important to a Windblade figure.
Huh? No they don't. It's a bad model kit for reasons Kanrabat mentioned, but this is not one of them. I really like how it looks now that it's done but the actual building experience sucked, unlike the other handful of FT kits I've built.
Re: Top 5 Best Windblade Transformers Toys (2182217)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 11th, 2024 @ 9:34am CDT
ScottyP wrote:
william-james88 wrote:It's too bad that the details on the head rely on stickers needing a certain level of dexterity and minutia since those details are important to a Windblade figure.
Huh? No they don't. It's a bad model kit for reasons Kanrabat mentioned, but this is not one of them. I really like how it looks now that it's done but the actual building experience sucked, unlike the other handful of FT kits I've built.


It's the main reason why I'll never buy the expensive Arcee kit.

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