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Transformers: Robots in Disguise (Mini-Con Weaponizers) – Strongarm and Sideswipe

We are going back in the vault for this set. Today we are looking at the Mini-Con Weaponizers 2-packs of Strongarm and Sawtooth, and Sideswipe and Windstrike.

The idea of the Mini-Cons morphed into their moving beyond the ball and torpedo shapes and becoming weapons. I have collected many of the Mini-Cons, but they became much more fun when they became weapons. One of the problems with the initial line was for them to be viable as toys, they needed to be a certain size. And unfortunately that was bigger than what would fit in with the Warrior Class, were we saw most of the figures. Once we went Weaponizers, the Warrior Class figures could wield the weapons. Well, in comes the 2-packs. The first two waves of the series was a versus wave. The smaller scale figure would battle a Mini-Con from the other side. This time around, they are a team.

Strongarm and Sawtooth:

This is the first Strongarm we have seen in this inbetween size. It is similar in scale to the Legion Class we see in the Generations line. Strongarm is teamed up with Sawtooth, a pretty nasty looking Mini-Con.

Sawtooth becomes a long-handled bladed weapon of some sort. Kind of an axe.

There is the pile of clear plastic parts that can be put on Strongarm to create battle armor. It is much more fitting this time around, since the two figures are teamed up. In the versus line, it is a bit odd that the Transformer can wear the armor of their enemy.

Strongarm can of course transform into her truck mode. This is a more simplistic mode from her Warrior Class, which is pretty simplistic from the Generations line. Nothing to call home about.

Sawtooth can of course wear the armor as well. It looks pretty cool on Sawtooth. It has the feel of an energy field around him.

And Sawtooth is able to transform while wearing the armor to make a very formidable weapon for Strongarm to wield. It is taller than she is.

 

Sideswipe and Windstrike:

This time around, Sideswipe is in his Alpine Strike color scheme. Funny that they would not have listed that on the box. Seemed like a good selling point to me. But I am not in charge, so I will just report what I see. It is just a new paint scheme on the figure we got back when he was versus Anvil.

He comes with Windstrike, who becomes a sword. And a long sword he is.

Sideswipe can use the armor, and it looks really good. He looks like he has wings. With the white and orange, it looks like he is on fire.

Windstrike can use the armor as well. It looks like it is way more tailored to Sideswipe, and doesn’t really work all that well with Windstrike.

And of course we get a big weapon. Another weapon as tall as the user. That is a pretty nasty looking sword.

This is an okay wave of figures. Overall, I think the Robots in Disguise line uses too many gimmicks to try and sell the toys. They have made much cheaper versions of toys they are not selling for all that much less than the higher quality Generations line. They come up with armor that does not always fit well. Kids will be losing the pieces all over the place, since they do not stay in place well. Hopefully with a new TV show coming, there will be a revamp of the toy line, and we will see some better quality coming out of Hasbro.

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Strongarm and Steeljaw – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Today we are going to look at two of the smaller Legion Class figures that are coming out now for the new Robots in Disguise show.

Strongarm:

Strongarm comes with her face in a shield, as opposed to mouth showing as the box art shows.  I like my Transformers much better with masks anyway.  She is a good sized figure.  Mostly due to the large shoulders that are head height and above.  She is very typical for the Legion Class figures.   She has movement in her shoulder, arms, hips and knees.   She has some really nice details for a small Legion figure.

She is a little shorter than the Prime Legion figures.   I don’t know if this is going to be the new standard for height going forward, as there are only two figures out now, but at least the hands are still the same size, so the RiD figures can borrow weapons from the other Legion figures, since they don’t have any weapons.  Boo!

In vehicle mode, she takes on the appearance of a police SUV.  This does not look like any SUV I am used to.  Maybe she is taking cues from Bulkhead’s SUV.

Overall, I like how she looks. It is hard to tell she is a female Transformer, except for her face on the box art.

Steeljaw:

Now for the tiny werewolf Decepticon, Steeljaw.  He is really intriguing to me.  I can’t wait to see how he is in the show.   The Legion Class figure is again similar to the others.   He has a little less movement than Strongarm.  He is bent at the knees, and cannot stand up very tall.

They even found out a way to give him a tail.  Pretty fun.  It does bump the legs on the way down, so it looks like he is constantly wagging his tail.  In the Warrior Class figure, the tail is actually a nice support to help him stand.  He is pretty sturdy in the Legion version.

He turns into an off-road vehicle of some sort.  Whatever it is, he looks fast and mean.  His vehicle mode is a direct representation of his robot mode.  Well done.

These are the first two releases for the new Robots in Disguise show/line. It is a little strange to me that they would bring out two characters who are very similarly colored.  One thing that stands out right away is the size difference. Strongarm is a lot taller in robot mode, but Steeljaw is a lot wider in vehicle mode.

Well, I am now three figures into the Robots in Disguise line, and I am excited.   I have these two Legion Class figures, and the Steeljaw Warrior Class figure I will look at next.  Overall, they are well done.  It looks like a pretty slow roll-out for the toys, so we will have to see how it goes. Hopefully not another thousand versions of Bumblebee this time around.


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