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Alpine Strike Autobot Drift – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Autobot Drift. How many Drifts can we possibly have in the Robots in Disguise series? Well, three in the Warrior class, one in the Legion Class, and one Mini-Con Deployer. That is so far. Might we see more? Who knows.

We started off with the orange version. That was standard for the show. Then we got Blizzard Strike. Paint him two-tone blue. Gotcha. I can get behind clear wheels. Now we have Alpine Strike. Basically repainted to be in his IDW comics red and white version. But why “Alpine Strike”? Maybe because he is white.

Anyway, this is the same figure we have seen twice before. He is one of the best of the Robots in Disguise series of figures. He has two swords, and features a really good transformation.

The paint is well done and does pay homage to the IDW origin of Drift. Each iteration of the figure has paint apps highlighting different aspects of the character. There is a lot of good molded features for them to touch upon.

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Stormshot – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Warrior Class

Well, we have another Autobot flier to go along with Windblade. Stormshot here had the initial running name of Skyfire, which we know to be Jetfire, one of the most sought after Transformers of all time.

This time around, he is a little less impressive. He is so, so, so American, but I guess if you are from France, he would be so French, or from England, he would be so British. There are a lot of countries with Red, White and Blue in their flags. I know he is not Italian 😉

He is pretty standard for a Warrior Class figure in the Robots in Disguise line. As we have seen over 9 waves of this series, these are not Generation style figures. They tend to be more simplistic.

Stormshot comes with two guns. A handgun, and a rifle or shotgun. They fit into his hands, but do not have any other storage places.

The two guns can be combined to form a larger gun. I tried to work it so Stormshot could fit the two handles into both hands, but he just doesn’t bend that way.

In jet mode, he forms a jet. It looks like it could have been many different jets, while being a fictional jet at the same time. Since this is a RiD vehicle, the body parts don’t fold up all that well. In the front, the engine intakes have shoulder joints right in the middle of them. That would not happen in other series of Transformers. The guns mount to the wings. They do not look good, since they are not even close to the same size. That always hurts an appearance of a plane, when a figure comes with two different weapons. We are looking for aerodynamics here.

The two guns can once again form a larger weapon and attach under the nose of the jet. This is a somewhat better look, but ironically is not included in the directions.

From the top, the jet looks pretty good. The details are well done with body panels and the paint is well executed.

From the bottom, it looks like an old Transformer, where you can see the entire robot folded up down there. Even his face shows. Not great.

Overall, this guy fits in well with the rest of the figures in the Robots in Disguise line. They are okay, but severely overshadowed by what is going on in the Generations: Titans Return line right now. He is a fun one to get if you need an extra Autobot flier. There is a lack of flyers on their side.


Beeside – Combiner Force Bumblebee and Sideswipe (Robots in Disguise)

I took a chance on this set, and boy is it not very good. In the Generations line, we went through the Combiner Wars, so it makes sense that Robots in Disguise would try to follow suit, by bringing us Combiner Force. The execution is not very good robots, not very good cars, and not very good combining.

First off, the cars. We get Bumblebee and Sideswipe. I cannot imagine these two getting along as a Combiner, but we will go with it for now. The vehicles are about the same size as the Legion scale vehicles. They are similar in design, but it is clear that they are NOT going to transform anywhere near as well as the Legion scale.

The most notable change are the large black squares with green arrows. One is on the nose of Sideswipe, and the other is on the tail of Bumblebee.

Let’s look at them transformed into robot mode. Ugh! These are terrible. Bumblebee has a flip up head, feet, and fold out arms. He has no articulation except for the side swing of his shoulder joints, and I don’t think that even counts. Sideswipe has a similar transformation, except that his legs pull apart.

From vehicle mode, you stick the two black boxes together. The spoiler of Bee’s car flips up to make a chest, and the hood separates to show a new head that is somewhere between Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. He gets joints at the elbow this time, with 5mm ports to hold weapons in his hands (though he does not come with any). Bee’s part is spring loaded. Sideswipes body has to be separated manually, by pulling his legs apart. And that is what you get.

He has articulation in his elbows and that is all. I think he is somewhat better looking in this mode, now being more interesting, but he is far from the cool looking art we get on the front of the box, where the red and yellow are combined.

Looking at the different scales of Bumblebees, you can see over at the left, the Legion scale. Next comes the nearly identical scale of the Combiner Force, followed by the Mini-Con (Commander) scale, and finishing off at the Warrior scale.

Overall, this is not a good Transformer. It is totally gimmick based, and not a very good gimmick at that. Only half of Beeside actually pops open. The player still has to manually transform the bottom half. I am a huge fan of Transformers, these two being #654 and #655 of my collection. This is nearly the most disappointed I have been with a Transformer in the whole collection. I was not expecting much, and I have stayed away from the 1-step and 3-step Transformers, but I was expecting a bit more with this set. There are a few more sets coming out in this series, but I am going to skip them.


Bisk – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Warrior Class

What a funny guy, this Bisk. He looks like a lobster, and he is named after a soup you make with said lobster. That is all you need to know.

In robot mode, he looks like most of the Decepticons the Autobots are hunting in the Robots in Disguise show. They tend to have animal features. Bisk has the buggy eyes of a lobster, and the claws to match.

The claws are really his best asset in this fight. They are big and powerful. I am sure he is no good to anyone doing small fine motor skills, but he can crush things.

Since he doesn’t have standard hands, he cannot hold a weapon very well. Thankfully for him, he comes with ports on the top of his claws that allows him to hold his blasters. He has a great advantage of being able to hold something and shoot. Nice!

When he turns into his alternate mode, he does not turn into a giant lobster as you may suspect. The animal features are only in the robot modes. The car looks like it took styling cues from the Vehicons in the Prime TV show. Long front ends with wide bodies and spilt spoilers on the back.

He is long and low, just the way a good sports car should be made.

He can once again hold his blasters in the ports on the top of his claws, which are now the front wheel wells.

 

I like Bisk. I could tell he was going to be something different when I saw the original design of him.


Transformers: Robots in Disgise – Autobot Ratchet

Robots in Disguise really ties in well with Prime. Last we saw of Ratchet, he was on Cybertron as it was rebuilding, without a leader, and without a job to do.

Some time later, we find him coming back to Earth. He went from being a moderately boring ambulance, to becoming the world’s most boring panel truck.

In robot mode, we get what looks similar to Prime Ratchet. That is not a big surprise. I forgot to fold in the truck sides in these shots, so it looks like he has wings. He does not in fact have wings, he was just packed this way to fit inside the box.

I remembered to close his back this time!

I remembered to close his back this time!

He comes with a pair of pistols. I love me some dual handguns with the Transformers. These look really good. They are a nice design with a boxy shape that differs from so many round barreled guns.

The pistols can be stored in his back for safe keeping while he is in robot mode. These do not work in vehicle mode. He has a few other post holes around the legs to store the guns too.

When we transform him into the truck, I am getting a Strongarm vibe here. I haven’t gotten the new Strongarm, but I think these are based on the same body. They are going to have to do a lot of retooling for the body parts, but they are both trucks, so that would make sense. We will see.

The truck is SO boring!! No design at all on the entire truck other than a few red parts around the bottom and the roof. It looks like he is a vehicle sitting on a lot at the Ford dealership waiting for a company to buy him and add their company logo. Strange choice. At least the Prime Ratchet had some striped down the sides.

When we turn him over, he is fairly hollow. There are a lot of parts that fold into each other, especially in the legs. That leaves a lot or extra room. It is a good thing since it allows the legs to be left open and the blasters can be stored away.

Overall, the robot mode is really well done. I like having storage for the guns, and it looks like Ratchet. The vehicle mode is well done, other than it being so golly gosh darn boring. It is good to see Ratchet again.


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


Windblade – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Warrior Class

 

Back in 2013, Windblade was the first fan-created figure. She has since come out with three iterations of that figure. Now she has become a part of the Robots in Disguise line. It was not a big surprise that she would become a part of this show, as she was fan-created, it should draw people in to watch her. In the show, she is a hard@$$, not really in the mood to make friends at the start. Her character was hard to like at first, but you couldn’t complain about her results.

Now in toy form, we get that same lady-bot. The initial impression is that we get a very similar robot with some less detail, as we see in the RiD line. You can check out my original Windblade review here: http://wp.me/pRvoW-t2

The colors of Windblade are well done. She is lighter on top, and darker below, giving her a strong stance. She has some added highlights with the bright knees. The RiD line loves using that baby blue color somewhere on a lot of their figures. It is a bit out of place on Windblade, but it does carry across her chest, and into her eyes.

Windblade comes with three accessories. She has a removable headpiece, that she can use as a fan weapon. She also comes with her sword, the same sword that came with the Generations version, but with no color. It is just a black sword. But, she does get a sheath again. It is different than the last sheath, but this one can be used in jet mode, and works.

Speaking of jet mode. When I first transformed her into jet mode, I kept going back and forth as the wether or not I liked the jet. Overall, I like it. And I like it better than the initial release version. In this release, she has her arms hanging off to the side. In the initial release, her legs were sticking out of the top. So, it is a bit better with the arms tucked under the wings than having major greeble over the top of the jet.

The jet has a very interesting look. It has a shorter nose, but has more of a Harrier look, which works well for a VTOL vehicle.  One of her attributes is being a VTOL jet. She has the turbines that spin, as well as being able to rotate. It does look a bit weird having turbines that are sealed on top. That just doesn’t seem logical, but I am sure there is a good reason for it… No, there really isn’t.

I stated earlier that the sword is able to be used in jet mode. It attaches to the bottom of the jet, and acts as a giant cannon. There is even a tab on the bottom that acts as landing gear.

She is the second flyer to come out in the recent wave of RiD releases. She is great in robot mode, just like Starscream. She looks really good on jet mode too, with both having their arms hang off to the side of the body. At least they are consistent.


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