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Power Surge Optimus Prime – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class

If you say Power Surge Optimus Prime, you could be talking about three different figures out at the same time. That sounds unprecedented to me. You have the standard release, with Optimus in his red/blue paint scheme in the Warrior Class. Then you have the Clash of the Transformers version that has a lot of white with red/blue added. Finally there is the giant scale, similar to the Legends class with lights and sounds.

We are looking at the second of the Primes, the white version that is a Toys R Us exclusive.

I have not been a huge fan of the Robots in Disguise Optimus Primes. I do not like the idea of the cab and trailer being attached to one another in vehicle mode, since it takes away from the playability of the truck. However, it does help the robot mode, by allowing Optimus to be tall and slender and look pretty good.

So, with this iteration of Optimus Prime, he is a major retool of the original RiD release. There are lots changes, and one really good improvement. The best thing they did with this mold is to change the way the arms and shoulders connect to form the truck cab. They gave more of the truck part to the shoulders, and took away a lot of the truck from the forearm. What that did was free up the hands, so you can actually see the hands and not have them mostly hidden by the cab.

The rest of the changes are mostly cosmetic to allow for the new Power Surge parts. This includes shoulder mounted blasters, which give him a really tough look. He also comes with two swords that can be placed on his back as wings. All three of the parts are clear-blue plastic, which is nice for the Power Surge effect, and better than the painted blue accessories for the standard release figure.

One of the other changes to the figure was around the legs. On the first release figure, he had two sets of wheels on the trailer, which gave him 8 wheels going back with 4 on each side. I don’t know if Hasbro has ever seen a semi-trailer, but they do not have wheels going all the way along the body of the trailer. This time around, they made the legs skinnier with only one set of wheels on each side. In the extra area, they added a hook on each leg that I presume is to hold the axe they threw in as an extra. The guy is running around with a pair of energy swords, why would he need an axe too? Who cares? Now he has a backup weapon on his thigh.

I think this is an improvement over the first RiD figure. There are some cosmetic upgrades, as well as physical upgrades to the character. This is what you want to see when a figure is being amped up with new powers. I don’t think we needed two versions of the figure, and I have not bought the standard version yet. I think it is a bit redundant to have a recolored version that is not as good looking in the regular release. And the giant figure? It seems a bit over the top to have such a large version. It does come with a Mini-Con, so that is an advantage, but for $45 it is a pretty expensive choice when you can have this guy for $14.

Clash of the Transformers: Wave 3

Clash of the Transformers: Wave 3

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Starscream – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Clash of the Transformers

Robots in Disguise finally went out and found a “real” bad guy. You know the type, crazy smart, and just a bit crazy. Starscream has always wanted to take over the Decepticons, and he will do anything to get that goal accomplished. Crazy with a side of determination.

In the Toys R Us Exclusive line, Clash of the Transformers, we finally get our hands on Starscream. This is straight up Starscream. This is not a repaint, or a special version. We get the first RiD Starscream in his standard look, and his look is great.

As with the rest of the line, we get to see Starscream in his robot mode. He looks fantastic. He is less bulky, like we have seen in Prime, but not quite so skinny. There are some visual cues taken from the G1 Starscream, and more from the Animated Starscream. I will always have a place in my heart for the Animated series. Those toys, way back in 2008 really kicked in my collecting of Transformers, and rekindled my love from being a kid with only a few. This starscream is 630th Transformer. No wonder I don’t have any more shelf space… Who am I kidding? I will always make more shelf space.

He has his red chest plates with the jet’s cockpit running down the middle. He is mostly grey with a touch of red and a hint of blue. Some versions of Starscream gave him lots and lots of blue, but the first Starscream had very little around the hands.  He comes with his null-ray blasters attached to his forearms. Thankfully, they are not outlandishly long and in the way, so he can actually use his hands. The guns are black and port into his arms.

The guns can technically be used in his hands as well. Not cannon, but it is described that way, so I figured I would show it. I am actually a sucker for Transformers with smaller handguns. Probably because most of them come with rifles, and the smaller handguns are less common. Anyway, I will probably not use that feature often, unless Starscream is in a battle and gets a blaster shot off, but can still make it function. He is smart enough to do that.

 

When it is time to go, Starscream transforms into his jet mode. Now we are looking at the Animated jet. Forward swept wings, long nose, and feet used for jets. When I first saw it, I knew it looked familiar, but I could’t quite put my finger on it. The colors are lighter, but the basic idea is there. All the way down to the red line running along the front part of the wing.

One of the hardest accomplishments for Hasbro is to get a Transformer to transform into a plane, and hide all of the robot parts. There are usually some left over bulky parts somewhere that kills the look. They did a pretty good job with Starscream.

He is a bit bulky around the wings, but with the design they had to work with, it would be hard to hide all of his shoulder padding.

The arm guns get moved out to the wing tips, which helps to hide the arms a bit. Thankfully they added a joint to the wrist, so the hands fold into the arm a bit and are out of the way. I have another example coming up where the hands are out for all to see, and it kills the look.

Overall, Starscream is what we like to see in the RiD line. Robots in Disguise is not as good as the Generations line, which is killing it right now with the Titans Return sub-line. The RiD figures have less articulation, and less detail. They tend to have easier transformations as well. Sometime that can be harmful to the figure, but there are times, like with Starscream, that things go well, and we end up with a good figure. And, when we finally get prominent figures, it is nice that they are well executed.


Paralon and Scorponok – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Two peas in a pod. Or two scorpions in a cyclone. Does two make a cyclone?

The new Robots in Disguise figures started to hit the shelves, and the first thing I noticed were the overlapping figures from the standard Warriors line, and the Warriors from the Clash of the Transformers line.

First off we have Paralon and Scorponok. Scorponok is the standard figure, while Paralon is the Toys R Us Exclusive figure in the Clash of the Transformers line.

They come out of the box in robot mode, as most all Transformers do. Since they are exactly the same, with the exception of color and head sculpt, it would be good to look at the two together.  The details on the two are really well done. They have a lot of articulation, with some special insect like legs that have two knees to give that backwards leg bend. As with nearly all Robots in Disguise figures, it would have been really nice to have wrist twist, but that does not seem like it is going to happen.  These two have a really cool tail with lots of articulation just in the tail. There is a port that allows the sword to be wielded back there too.

When we transform them into scorpion mode, we hit a bit of a snag. The pinchers really fall short, and that is a big part of what makes these guys who they are. Their giant shoulders come loose and move down over their “hands.” The claws are supposed to close to make pods. The mechanism that is supposed to hold the pods closed does not hold tight, and the whole claw falls open. I noticed it was worse on Paralon.

Other than the big problem with the claws, the rest of the figure is great.

The transformation is a lot of fun, with the legs folding up under the body, the head being hidden inside the torso with a scorpion head coming out with moving jaw. The tail goes up in the back and has a lot of movement. You can attach the sword, or not. There is a fully detailed stinger on the tip of the tail to go for a more show accurate look.

I was really excited to get Scorponok, as I have been a fan since way back in Beast Wars. I have a bit of a problem telling the two apart since I remember Scorponok being purple with the red visor.  In the Robots in Disguise show, they went with the yellow/orange color.  I think they already had a few purple guys, so they needed to mix it up a little.  I can see that.  I am pretty sure I will keep referring to Paralon as Scorponok for a long time to come. They are really great in robot mode. They would be great in beast mode, if they didn’t have that problem with the claws. So close.  I will probably always have them in robot mode, so it is not all that bad, but if they are going to come up with a new gimmick for transformation, it would be good to make sure it works.


Clash of the Transformers – Megatronus and Optimus Prime (Warrior Class)

Megatronus was a figure I did not think we would see here in the US. It seemed like it was going to end up only being released in Asia and Canada. On the packaging that shows another Transformer from the line, none of them said anything about a Warrior Class Megatronus.
Well, either they are going to be coming out very slowly in this small 5 figure line, or one accidentally ended up at my local Toys R Us. Either way, he is a pretty good figure.

In robot mode, he looks like a knight with the face shield and silver paint. He, of course, has the purple that all bad guy leaders should be sporting. He has pretty good movement. It would have been nice to get some wrist movement, but this is about what we are getting with the Robots in Disguise figures.  He has a very sturdy base of two giant legs to stand on. There is good movement in the knees, as well as the hips and waist, that he can get some fairly dynamic poses.

One area that has a bit of a problem is the ball joint under his chest. The balls pop out very easily when he is being positioned.

In vehicle mode, he looks like a tank version of Shockwave. I could see this easily getting a new head sculpt down the line with some new feet, and really making a good Shockwave.
The turret on top rotates. There is not a lot else that he needs to do. He rolls on wheels under the molded in place treads.

 

Optimus Prime:

If you have seen the first version of the Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime in the Warrior Class, there is nothing new here, but a darker paint scheme. The black sure does make him look like he means business.
In robot mode, he looks like Optimus, and that is about all we can ask for in this figure. He has some good movement in his body. and really compliments Megatronus. He also has the massive legs that allow him to stand very well.

In vehicle mode, he is a really long truck. Good luck turning that thing around the corner. I think it was a bad move to try and incorporate the trailer into the body. We have had a lot of tractors without trailers over the years, but I don’t think making a super long truck with no center movement was the way to go. It also looks terrible from the top, where it looks like Optimus folded up… which I know he is, but he should not be noticeable from the top.

These two play off of each other so well.  This is a great color scheme for Optimus in the Clash of the Transformers sub-line.   Even though they are both in the Warrior Class, they look good facing off.

They are on the small side for playing along with the rest of the Robots in Disguise figures.  Hasbro really needs a slightly larger scale for these to go into, like how they did with Animated, and pretty much every line leading up to this one.

I think Megatronus is the guy to look out for in the Class of the Transformers sub-wave at Toys R Us.  He is a good figure, and he wasn’t in the regular line.  Optimus is the same with a new paint scheme.  If you haven’t gotten the first version, this one is a bit better looking with the dark paint.   Really, with all of the fantastic Combiner Wars figures out there, the Robots in Disguise line really took a back seat for me this time around.  I have more of the line in boxes than are out of the boxes, as opposed to nearly all of the Combiner Wars figures out and displayed.


Clash of the Transformers – Legion Class – Toys R Us Exclusive

There are a few Transformers that are exclusive to Toys R Us in the Robots in Disguise line.   There are the two 2-packs here, as well as three Warrior Class figures, and some one-step and three-step figures.  As I shy away from any of the one-step figures, I will not be looking at them.   I will however be looking at the Legion Class figures today, and the Warrior Class figures coming up.

Clash of the Transformers - Logo

The TRU exclusive figures are listed under the Clash of the Transformers subline of the Robots in Disguise TV series line of action figures.  The figures are recolored versions for Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Underbite. This is the first Megatronus figure we have seen in the RiD line.

I like the colors of Bee.  In vehicle mode we see mostly grey/blue, but get him in robot mode, and we get to see his signature yellow show.  As with most of the Legion Class figures, the articulation is pretty limited.  We get some shoulder movement, and leg/hip movement and that is about it.

This version of Optimus is pretty plain. He is basically white and dark grey with a few splashes of blue and red.  He doesn’t have much in terms of articulation either. Mostly some movement in the shoulders, and that is about it.

Underbite looks pretty close to his original Legion Class version, with a little bit of green added on. More really that much added, but it gives a bit more detail.

Megatronus is probably the best figure in this wave of 4. He has movement in his waist (due to transformation), and he is the only figure to come with a weapon. He does lack the articulation very much the same as Optimus. No knees or elbow joints. It really limits the play.

Underbite Vs Bumblebee  

If Bumbleebee can hold off Underbite’s metal chomping jaws, he can win this Clash!

Bumblebee Wins!

Optimus vs Megatronus

Megatronus brought a gun AND a knife to this fight.  Optimus brought nothing!

Optimus Strike – “Side Kick!!!”

 

Megatronus falls!!!

Overall, these figures are just what you would expect from the smaller Legion Class figures.  They are rather simplistic and they don’t have the articulation of the larger scale figures.  What they do have is size and cost.  They are small enough for someone to carry in their pocket, or play a big scene with small figures.  They are also cost efficient.  They were $11.99 for the two-pack, at least where I live in California.  The single Legion figures are going for $7.99.  The single pack Legion figures are cheaper on Amazon, but the Exclusives are way more expensive.  It is still better to get them in store.

If you have the other figures in the line, these are nothing new… except for Megatronus. He is a good figure to pick-up for your Legion collection.  If he had come with the grey Bumblebee, I may not have even been interested in picking up both sets.  Underbite is really similar to the regular version, and a white Optimus really doesn’t do much for me, since they are repainting him to be Ultra Magnus, that should be out now, or very soon.  I wish Hasbro would stop sandwiching in an Ultra Magnus every time they make an Optimus.  They are really quite different, and should be treated separately, like they are doing in the Combiner Wars Line.

 

Bonus:

This is the first photo shoot, using my new background.  I am still working the kinks out of lighting, and I have some ways to go there.   This background is two sided.  This side was intended to be multi-scale.   I can use it with Legion Class, Deluxe Class, or Voyager Class figures.

It can also be used with other brands of toys too.  Marvel Legends, GI Joe, or really anything.  The back side was really the whole reason for making this background in the first place.  It is an alley scape really for Marvel Legends and that scale figures.  I have some prop pieces ready to go on it, and I have just found a few of the Rhino Series figures to get started on that photo shoot soon.

Coming up, I have a fun story to tell using Marvel Legends figures I carried in a backpack for over an hour through the rough forest, just looking for a place to shoot.   When I saw it, the whole store came around.   It should be fun.


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