I was just about to open with something about how all of Sideswipe's toys seem to be pretty awesome, but then I remembered the Human Alliance version. Clearly my intended assertion is not true. But still, a pretty good percentage of movie Sideswipe toys are pretty awesome! I really liked the Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Class toy, I don't own Sidearm Sideswipe, but I hear he's pretty good, and I like this new Dark of the Moon version of Sideswipe as well.
One of the reasons I picked him up is that he's in a new body this go-round. Well, his robot mode might not be any different, but now he's (as I understand) the actual production version of the new Corvette Stingray, rather than just the concept. And he's a convertible! The convertibleness is probably one of the reasons why I'm so smitten with this new form. Since he's got no roof, he's got something approximating a detailed interior. He's got seats, a dashboard, a steering wheel... all really cool things that add visual interest. Not many Transformers cars are convertibles.
What Sideswipe doesn't have, though, are floorboards. You can look right through him from the top, peeking at the ground in between his seats. He's a Flintstones car! This tickles me.
Unlike the previous movie Sideswipes, this one doesn't have a silver paint job. That's kind of disappointing. Instead, he's a flat matte French gray-ish thing. Not a dealbreaker, but it's something he's lost from his older iterations.
Sideswipe is known for his giant arm-mounted blades. You know, the ones with which he cut Sideways in two! Poor Sideways. And because two arm-mounted blades that can easily bisect any Decepticon just isn't enough, his MechTech cannon also auto-converts into yet another blade that he can carry around in his hand.
That's kind of overkill, Sideswipe.