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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.


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.


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.


Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Mini-Con 4-Pack Wave 2

Wave 2 of the Mini-Cons 4-pack brings us 4 characters we have already seen. Three are repaints, while one gets the new Weaponizers look before everyone else goes full Weaponizers.

Hammer, Anvil, and Undertone are repaints of characters we have already gotten in single packs, or the first wave of the 4-pack.Undertone and Anvil do not come with the armor sprue. Undertone changes from a ball to a robot. Anvil is a little more fun by changing from a ball to a bat. These two are not the most interesting of characters.

Hammer comes with a clear/green sprue. The armor gives him a lot of firepower as well as some extra protection around the head. He changes from (yep you guessed it), a ball, into a dragon. Thankfully a different dragon than Dragonus, so we have a few types of dragons going on here.

The odd man out this time around is Slipstream. He is still in his original red color, but this time around he is a Weaponizer. He has the same basic underbody. Everything colored grey is the same. The red parts on this version are all new to create a double barreled cannon.  He comes with light blue clear armor, which is really a helmet and a bunch of firepower accessories. He looks good with or without the armor, and can utilize the armor in cannon mode.

He has a handle that flips down to allow anyone to hold him as a weapon. For the Warrior Class, he is a sizable weapon, but not out of scale.

 

I am excited to see where the Weaponizers go from here. I think the balls, discs and torpedoes has been beaten into the ground. It will be nice to have more usable figures.

2 waves of 4-packs. Decepticons on the left, and Autobots on the right.


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