Function: Dinobot bombardier
Quote: "Fear can hit targets unreachable to bullets."
Profile (from Hasbro's original tech specs): "Enjoys watching enemies scatter before him as he dives down from the sky... considers spreading fear his greatest weapon. This Dinobot's kind, good-natured side disguised by his horrifing form... even his comrades shy away. Flies at 250mph... air-to-air missile launcher under each wing fires missiles equivalent of 5000lbs. TNT, 8 mile range. As robot, uses launchers and 4000 degrees Celcius thermal sword. Fragile wings vulnerable to enemy firepower.
I simply adore
Swoop. Never mind my liking of Slag's jalepeno-fueled fire breath, Grimlock's speech impediment, Snarl's eco-refuling possibilities or Sludge's hot foot, nothing compares to the ultimate coolness of Swoop, the only Dinobot in the cartoon, aside from Grimlock, to get a full episode dedicated to him (Desertion of the Dinobots P2.) As one of the few pre-Aerialbots Autobot that could fly, he's always had a big warn spot in my little collector's heart. I have any and all versions of the character, aside from BotCon Windrazor from a few years back and the original Diaclone version (eBay prices are nutzoid for both), and plan on getting everylast version of him until Transformers comes to a grinding halt 250,000 years into the future.
Why is it that I like him so much? Well, lesse: Dinosaur alt-mode + flying dinosaur alt-mode + he lost his original name (Divebomb) to the Decepticon now named as such (UK Marvel comics) + he squawks before talking in the cartoon + for some reason, he survives into the Beast Wars era + he has a flying dinosaur (well, technically pterosaur) alt-mode + is the Dinobot liaison to the other Autobots + is blue (yeah, in the cartoon only, but still) + he's basically a sweet, all around good natured guy. Which equals total devotion and love to me.
: I used Grimlock as a reference to keep the proportions straight. The blue on his chest plate is actually lifted right off of a screencap, for that added extra touch. I actually played around with the idea of making only one version of Swoop, but decided against it, simply because 1) I was so in a Dinobot rush and 2) I basically make these sprites for my own private filing system, and since I don't own a Diaclone version, I needed a toy-colored version (which I'll eventually post here, don't worry.)
Witness the grandeur and perfection that are the Dinobots here: Grimlock
The toy versions of these five can be seen here: Grimlock -Toy-
, Slag -Toy-
, Sludge -Toy-
, Snarl -Toy-
and Swoop -Toy-
Two of the Dinobots took Nucleon and eventually lost their ability to transform, becoming Action Master Grimlock
and Action Master Snarl
Generation 2 eventually rolled in and the Dinobots, able to transform again, where reborn: G2 Grimlock
, G2 Slag
, G2 Sludge
, G2 Snarl
and G2 Swoop
The original G1 Swoop mold and toy designs are © Hasbro and TakaraTomy.
Pixel art model is made by and © copyright to me, SigmaCore, and cannot be used, reproduced, recolored or otherwise modified in any way. Period. Doing so is at your own risk and peril. For more info, go read this little factoid in the FAQ section