His set of joints are really odd. He's got traditional knees and kind of has elbows. Instead of having traditional shoulders, he's got some sort of collarbone under his pauldrons that holds the arms out to the proper distance. There's a ball joint underneath, but it's tight as hell and whenever I move his arms, I'm afraid that the connecting limb in there will just snap in two.
Underneath that odd joint, before we reach the elbow, he's got another hinge that lets him swing his arms out. Then you get the elbow, which is a pain as well, locked in by all the stuff going on around it. Kibbles and bits. I especially hate the way that the roof parts are supposed to wrap around his fists and cover them entirely. When I transform him, I just pop them off and switch them around to the outside of his fore arms, that way they look like useful armor instead.
He does a little better down below. His feet bend inward on a hinge that is a result from his transformation design. It allows him to keep his feet firmly on the ground, but it's not really needed at this scale. All it results in is that his lower legs and feet look HUGE, and not a little bow-legged.
The sculpting of the toy looks pretty spectacular. Unlike the Deluxe Class version of Ironhide (or Sergeant Kup, since he was released first), the proportions look really great. He looks wide shouldered, and appropriately looming.From certain angles, he looks great (much like the Cyberverse Commander Ironhide from the movie line), but there are many areas that are hollow or look thin if seen from the side or back. If you're going to display him, he's got to be seen from the front.
Changing him into a vehicle is pretty involved for such a small thing. His feet are the pickup truck's bed, the arms are the doors and roof, while his torso and head go under the hood. It's the standard layout, as simple as the old Gobots, but the design makes me think of Universe Galvatron: too complicated for it's own good.
Still when you're done converting the thing, he turns into a really, really nice pickup. It makes me wish the Deluxe Version looked as bad-ass as this one.
I'm still on the fence on whether or not I want an Arms Micron Ironhide (AM-20). I'm not really a fan of the transforming target master microns (in this case, Iro, who is orange and turns into one of the cannons that you see above) and the Sergeant Kup toy really turned me off to the mold.