Sideways (Transformers Robots in Disguise)

Transformers Robots in Disguise Sideways Efficiency through self-sufficiency.

Autobot faction symbol
Name: Sideways
Allegiance: Autobots
Function: Scout
Timeline: Robots in Disguise

Toyline: Transformers Robots in Disguise (2001)

Profile:

Robots in Disguise Sideways robot mode
As the Autobots and Predacons raced to recover the mysterious O-Parts, Optimus Prime sent for reinforcements from Cybertron, including the cyber-ninja Sideways. Optimus Prime had been impressed by the warrior's skilled and conscientious approach on a previous mission where they'd worked together and specifically requested his assistance. The other Autobots don't share Optimus Prime's high opinion of Sideways, who carries an aloof and mysterious attitude, setting himself apart from the rest of the team. Sideways' actions further bely his attitude - he doesn't want to be on Earth and takes to his missions with a fierce and impatient drive that says "let's get this done so I can go home".

Sideways, however, would never return home. During one of his many clashes with his rival Axer both robots fell into an unstable Spacebridge portal, and were lost in deep space in an unfamiliar reality. The two were poised to settle the score once and for all - Sideways burning with rage at this latest turn of events - when a great, rumbling voice interrupted them.

"I HAVE SUMMONED YOU HERE FOR A PURPOSE"

Abilities:

Sideways has exceptional speed and agility, as expected of one of a cyber-ninja. Many Predacons or Decepticons have been chastised by Megatron for being slack in their guard duty because they turned away for a few seconds, and in that tiny amount of time Sideways had successfully slipped past them, retrieved whatever it was they were guarding, and escaped. Contrary to popular belief, this is not aided by any sort of stealth field - Sideways is simply very good at reading a situation and his opponents, and identifying the optimal moment to make his move. In sports bike mode, Sideways can comfortably reach speeds of 250mph for a distance of 300 miles, although his full speed has never been fully measured. Fellow Autobot speedster Skid-Z once challenged Sideways to a race and was floored when he was left in Sideways' dust. In robot mode, Sideways is armed with an energon Buzzsaw that can make short work of reinforced steel.

Weaknesses:

Sideways is homesick for Cybertron, and actively dislikes a lot of the experience of being on Earth, including traffic, having to blend in, and having to work with the rest of Optimus Prime's team, who he largely considers to be unprofessional and amateurs. This attitude, coupled with his general aloofness, wins him few friends. Sideways' impatience and absolute belief in his self-sufficiency means he has a habit of going it alone on missions, which can frequently place him in jeopardy if he is ever discovered.

Sports bike mode:

Robots in Disguise Sideways motorcycle mode

Additional images of Sideways:

Robots in Disguise Sideways robot mode posed

More information on Sideways at TFW2005

Author notes:

Sideways is an interesting character. This toy and the Transformers Armada version share a bio much like how Axer, who was in the same vs pack, shares a bio with his Generation 1 counterpart. I know Transformers Armada was in production at the time so I don't think this is a coincidence - I think this is the same Sideways as in Armada. In any event it is a cool little easter egg.

The toy itself is a beauty. The G2 laser cycles were some very nicely done releases that only got better with each subsequent version. The deco is very simple but striking and sells the whole ninja aesthetic.

Overall, a cool toy that looks great and has a good amount of story potential. Recommended.