Now for something totally different…
Not far from the release of the new Pixar film, The Good Dinosaur, we are on our way with toys. Today was the first day I saw them in stores. They have a mid-size line with some of the smaller characters, and a large scale line with some more highly detailed figures.
This is Young Arlo. Guess Arlo will live to grow up at some point in the film, since there is also a large figure of him later on.
These toys are put out by TOMY, which we all know is a quality company. If nothing else, these toys will stand up to play by kids.
The mid-sized figures like Arlo here come with a small additional animal. They are made to go with Forrest, who looks like he is a triceratops, but with a lot of extra horns on his mane. Apparently Forrest walks around with lots of animals on his horns, and this is a fun way to get kids to collect all of the animals.
Arlo has 7 points of articulation. His mouth hinges open. His neck is on a swivel, and his tail matches with one as well. All four legs are hinged, and swing front to back. A little side motion would have gone a long way to make him an even better figure.
Overall, he is a very cute figure, and looks pretty accurate to the trailers we have seen so far.
Well, we continue to get some new Dinobots that never made it into the movie. This time around we get Slog, a larger Voyager Class figure. He is very large and in charge. Strong and bulky with a lot of the medieval armor look that we have seen with the other Dinobots.
Take this knights of ole’. Slog comes with two lances, and he doesn’t even have a horse to ride. I like how strong he looks. Big thick legs, and great armor layered all over. His face/helmet is really cool with lots of details. There are a lot of rubber parts on him that could pose problems in the future if they are not taken care of properly. He is the color I think they should all be. Some of the other Dinobots are outrageously bright. This grey/black combo with touches of red are really well executed.
I found his transformation to be very difficult, and his chest area when turned into the Apatosaurus would not stay in place. The directions were to change Slog from the dino into a robot. So, for the initial transformation, you had to reverse the directions, which is a terrible way to present this anyway. It will be near impossible for kids to make this transformation on their own. I also don’t like the giant balls that hang out on the sides of the neck where the lances can be attached. There is a lot for me not to like in this mode. I am going to keep him in robot mode from now on.
We might as well take a look at him with his lances and side “guns” attached. One of the guns on mine is loose, so it will not stay up very well. The lances coming out at head height is a bit weird visually.
I think he is a good fit with the other T4 Dinobots. It is funny because his coloring is how I think all of the Dinobots should look, but with him in the grey color, he gets lost in the Skittles of Dinbots. They should have made him yellow, and then we would have had a complete rainbow of Dinobots.