How could his transformation suffer when he's a box under the plane? ;)
He's well-articulated (not the best, but quite poseable), and a striking update of the original character. The transformation doesn't suffer for this, and his plane mode is nice--again, not the best in and of itself, but better than the original (who was one of the best of the time).
Hmm, seems like what you like about it is it's a little better than the oldschool one but not anything like the modern TF. To me, that's a drawback, so I will stay away from this one. Thanks for the 411 tho'.
I like most that I could figure him out rather easily without the useless Hasbro instruction sheet (I've pretty much given up on using them, as they're more confusing than anything else), and could just switch him back and forth at any time. A lot like the classic Transformers. Some of the smaller Classics figures have been like this, but most of the larger ones are kinda a pain to convert.