War for Cybertron comes out on June 22. Because I’m so excited about a game that is calling itself a G1 prequel, I’m counting down my top five favorite Transformer toys from my childhood. Number 5 was Thundercracker the only Decepticon to make the list, so if you were hoping to see Megatron you’ll be disappointed. Although as a kid I did get in trouble at an airport because of Megatron, but that is a story for another time. I mentioned how Thundercracker was my first full sized bot; Sideswipe was my first Autobot.
But wait, the family relation didn’t stop there. In Japan wave 1 and 2 of the Transformers came out at the same time. And over there Red Alert was Sideswipe’s brother. They were the same toy mold. Red Alert was just painted differently and had a light bar added to the top of his roof. Because you know, firemen drive Lamborghinis. So maybe he’s a stepbrother? Over the years the comics have explained how they terms can be used with sparks and protoforms, but I’m not going to jump into all of that here.
Sideswipe is the last person on my countdown that is confirmed in War for Cybertron. I won’t be able to play my favorite Transformer ever, but at least I’ll have a bot on each side of the war that I like. Sideswipe is a Scout class in the game, so he’ll be fast and fragile. Expect the countdown once more this week and it will wrap up late next week.