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Snarl – Age of Extinction

I finally found the last of the Dinobots before they go extinct.   This line is hopefully done and gone, and we can get back to the really good figures of the Generations line, and get ready for the new show.   Today we are going to look at Snarl.  He is overall a very good figure.  There are a few flaws that seem like they should have been easily fixed, but that doesn’t always happen.

Quite possibly the best paint ever!  The green of his body is a pearl green color.  It picks up a lot of yellow hues, and looks a lot like the clear green/yellow of his spikes.  He has a very good mix of green plastic, painted green, grey, and clear parts spread throughout.

The one problem I have with the dino mode is the shield accessory he comes with.  It folds in half, and is supposed to be added to his back to make a pair of really tall spikes.  There is a post on the bottom that is supposed to fit into his back.  The problem is that the hole is right at a seam, and it does not stay together very well, so the spikes continuously fall out.

He has a good dino head.  The mouth opens, and it has some good articulation.  The silver on the snout is a bit off.  There is not a single place on the entire rest of the robot that also has silver.  It would have made so much more sense for it to be painted purple, or grey.

In robot mode, he is equally as impressive paint-wise.  Snarl practically glows with all of the clear plastic around him.  He has the tell-tale pointy shoes that tells he is a part of the movie Dinobot line.  His tail becomes a mace for one hand, and he has a sort of shield for the other.  It looks like the two parts can combine to form a secondary weapon.

One strange part of his body is how his head folds into one of his legs.   To make it look symmetrical, they put a false head in the other leg.   It seems a bit weird to me.  I think it would have been better to have a more solid leg on that side.

The one real problem I have with Snarl is with his hands.  His wrists are swivels, and cannot move up and down.  They are forced to stay at this really weird angle all the time.

Even with some strangeness going on with Snarl, I think he stands out as one of the best in the line.  He is unique to the others, and stands apart with all of the clear parts.    Though he has some shortcomings, I think overall he is a good figure to pick-up.


Slog – Transformers: Age of Extinction

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.


Autobot Drift – Voyager Class (Age of Extinction)

A Voyager class of a Transformer car?   Ummmmmm, nope.  This time around, we go way off the tracks and create an all new Autobot Drift.   We cross the color scheme and the head of the Age of Extinction Drift, and then mount it to Skyhammer’s body.  “A helicopter?” you ask.  Yup, a helicopter.

At least he got some big swords to still look like a samurai.   I think he is actually a really cool version.  In fact, it would have been really cool to see him in the movie.   Maybe there wouldn’t have been so much death on the Autobot’s side.

The Voyager Class version is a lot larger than the Deluxe version we got the first time around.  Their colors match perfectly.  The new Drift is on the body of Skyhammer, who I thought was really well done the first time around back in 2011.   That version was for Dark of the Moon, in which the character also didn’t appear.  Funny that this body would make two toy releases for figures that weren’t in the movies.  Ah, well.  They could do their own thing, and it is still a great figure.

These two make good bookends to one another.   They look different enough, but they still have a lot of similarities.   I really like them together.  They are almost like twins as opposed to two versions of the same figure.

Turn them both into vehicle mode, and you have every rich man’s dream of a matching car and helicopter.   They fit so well together.

I really do like this redo of Drift.   I think it would have been better if they had done the same as they did back with Skyhammer and just make up a new figure.   They don’t really have a lot of figures to go with for this movie, so making an expanded universe would have been a little better.  We are also getting a new Dinobot, and he is coming up soon.


Transformers 4: Lockdown

Lockdown was supposed to be out in the initial wave of figures, but when they all came out, there were lots of Autobots, and lots of Dinobots, but there was a lack of Decepticons.  Well, now we have… 2.  Wha?!?!  We have Lockdown, and the larger Galvatron, who it technically not even a Decepticon… or a Transformer, as he was made by people.  Ah well, what are ya gonna do?

Funniest part of this picture?  Even though we see him do this in the movie, and create a lot of little pieces of Autobots flying around the screen, it is not a feature that is featured on the directions of the figure.  I know right?   The best thing Lockdown has going for him, and it isn’t even shown.   At least we get that option.

Don’t worry, for those of you who are totally freaked out by a guy with a gun for a face, you can also let him hold it in his hand.

He is a very nice looking figure overall.  There are a lot of good details in the design, and lots of colors to help break-up the otherwise drab color… not sure what his main color is.  Maybe weathered wood?  One of the neat parts is that he has his headlights on his chest.  Those are actually his headlights that go with the car.  There aren’t any extra bits hanging around that fold under in car mode.  We get a lot of pieces like that when designers can’t get the toy to transform exactly like the show or movie.  Not this time.  Great job Hasbro.

Oh no!  The molded hands.  GAH!  I was so worried when I saw these.  This is the stuff we see on the little Legion Class figures, not the larger Deluxe figures.   Though it would have been nice to have actual hands, it is apparent that the underside of the Lamborghini is very limited in space.  I will let this one go.  At least there is a swivel in the elbow, so he doesn’t have to hold the gun gangsta style.

I think i would be rather upset if I spent all the money to get a Lamborghini Aventador and this is the color. I had to look up the colors they come in, and there are some amazing colors.  Granted, Lockdown would not have looked good in the oranges, yellows, or reds, but maybe a better gun metal or a nicer silver color would have sufficed.  Maybe his is supposed to not care, and he is in primer.

Never the less, the actual car is quite amazing.   The breaks in the body to transform him into a robot follow pretty well with the body lines of the car.  And since it is a Lambo, there are a LOT of straight lines to follow.

We also get a windows down version of a Transformer.  Something we don’t get too often.

Never fear, the gun is here.   Add a little firepower to the Aventador and really take it to the Autobots.  Car vs. Car.  Nice!

I really like this figure.  There are a few problems with the robot design, skinny legs with a big torso, but this is something we have seen all too often with the “Bayformers.”  There is a whole lot that is right with this one.   And come on, he has a gun for a head.  Extra points there.


Transformers: Age of Extinction – Voyager Class – Autobot Hound (003) and Galvatron (004)

The third and fourth Voyager class figures for Age of Extinction could not be more different from one another.  Finally we get a bad guy (the first in 14 mainline figures I have so far).  Hound is armed to the teeth, while Galvatron only comes with one weapon.   Hound is pretty tricky to transform, and Galvatron carries the shell of the truck on his back.  Let’s look at these guys a little closer:

Hound:

Look at that array of weaponry.  We are lucky with some of the figures to get one weapon, and a place to put it when the figure is not holding it.  Here, Hound gets 8 weapons and a place to stash each of them.  He comes with a triple gattling gun, two shotguns, 4 hand guns, and a knife.

When all else fails, put them together into one giant weapon for mass destruction.  Maybe it would have been helpful for Hound to do this while he was fighting the enemy in China.

A place for everything.  One gun on his back, a knife on his chest.  Two shotguns under his arms, two hand guns on his hips, and two handguns on the insides of his legs.  What an awesome array of weapons.

Meanwhile, he also has a body.  He has a bit of a tricky transformation.  His forearms are covered in a rubbery material.  I am not a big fan of the rubber, I worry about how it will hold up over time, but it sure looks neat for now.   He has really good articulation, including hip swivel and movement in his feet.   He folds up really nice to make nearly all of the truck mode disappear.  Hasbro did a great job with Hound.

Turn him into his truck, and all of his robot mode disappears.  He of course has all of his weapons, but fear not, they all go somewhere here too.  Gattling gun on one side, two hand guns and shotguns on the other.  The two boot handguns stay there inside the body.  As for the knife, that was a bit tricky.  It can go under the body in one of the ports down there.

Galvatron:

You know Galvatron, the sort-of badguy with the hole in his chest.  No soul in there.  Quite a change from Hound.  He doesn’t have nearly the detail that Hound has.  The paint in minimal, but there are some good details on his body. The single color of his face makes it hard to see the details there.   He comes with a single cannon that shoots a projectile.

Hmmm, that is quite a backpack on Galvatron.  The movie characters are generally so thin, making their vehicle parts all but disappear.  It would be pretty hard in some cases, and this is one of them.  They opted to make a fairly accurate figure and then see what they could do about the truck.  What they did was make a fairly flat backpack (we have had worse with some of the Optimus figures in the past).  Tbis allowed them to make a truck cab that is quite clean and well executed.  The back part of the truck looks like his legs are stuck together, which is what they did.

That is a good looking truck.  Very accurate to the movie.

With the clean front half of the truck, the back half isn’t quite executed so well, but good enough.

I like these two.  Hound is way better than Galvatron, but there is something really cool about the super clean look of Galvatron’s truck mode.

 


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