"Transformers Adventure" Gregevor Toy Review
Release Date: March 21, 2015
Price Point: $25 (Depending on retailers)
Retailer: Japanese Retailers
Tech Specs: (Translation by Goktimus Prime)
Gregevor and Roadblock are Decepticon warriors who descend upon the Autobots. Large body has hidden mighty powers which even Gregevor’s comrades are afraid of. A martial arts fanatic, Gregevor is a master of Crystalocution with peerless strength against opponents in unarmed combat. Although extreme short temper leaves Gregevor with a weakness of being unable to make composed judgments in combat, this rage also converts into a fighting spirit as Gregevor charges onto the battlefield!
Back in the year 2000 Transformers began to make the transition from the "Beast era" back to a more traditional mix of vehicle and beast based Transformers. The series that ushered in this shift was "Car Robots" (later released outside of Japan as "Robots in Disguise"). One of the characters released in this line was Greenjeeper (the spelling of his name varies and can also be "Greejeeper"). A redeco and retool of "Generation One" Swindle, this character was one of the team members of the team that formed the Combiner Valdigus (aka Baldigus).
Years later, another "Robots in Disguise" series would come out outside of Japan, so in a bit of humorous redeco work, the Warrior Class Strongarm figure was given a new deco as Greenjeeper or as the newly translated name comes out: Gregevor. Check out my Strongarm review for a detailed look at this sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
Gregevor uses both the "Car Robots" Greenjeeper and the "Robots in Disguise" (2001) Rollbar decos as its inspiration for this iteration of the character. There are four main plastic colors used for this figure: green, metallic olive green, silver and black. The flat green color seems inspired by the Greenjeeper vehicle. The metallic olive green is partly inspired by the lighter green color used on "Robots in Disguise" (2001) Rollbar. The silver plastic is used on sections like the torso, upper arms and thighs. Black is used for the wheels and weapon. It's a really nice combination of colors and I'm glad to see two shades of green plastic since it makes the figure much more visually interesting.
The paint applications on this figure help add to the Greenjeeper/Rollbar homage. Orange is used on the crest, chest, hip area and lower legs Orange was one of the key colors on Greenjeeper and Rollbar so having this color figure so prominently serves as both a homage and it really pops off the darker green colors. A flat green paint is used on the shoulder armor panels, offering some color variety on the upper body. Smaller paint details include lavender on the face, red on the eyes and the "blast" coming out the end of the rifle barrel. Black paint is used on the chest to add a bit of additional detail. On the right side of the chest is a scannable symbol for use with the "Transformers Adventure" mobile app. Interestingly, a "fake" symbol is put over the figure's chest in the packaging so you have to buy the figure to scan the symbol.
All the joints on this figure are nice and tight, which isn't shocking given that this is the first major redeco of this figure. There has been no retooling of this figure for this release.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapon and set it aside for now.
- Straighten out each leg and swing the robot feet back.
- Connect the two lower legs together.
- Rotate the lower body around.
- Swing the chest panel down.
- On each forearm, swing the inside panel out.
- Swing the arms up on the central hinge piece.
- Push the shoulders against the main body.
- Swing the forearms up and rotate them around. Then push them in to cover the head. There are small blue tabs that fit into slots on the forearm panels.
- Swing the back panel down, and swing the sides of the vehicle down and secure them in place.
- The weapon can be stored on the underside of the vehicle or attached to the top.
While Greenjeeper and Rollbar were military jeeps in their vehicle forms, Gregevor is a pickup truck. Most of this form shows off the two green shades from the robot mode using a combination of the plastic colors and paint. The pattern is interesting, with the olive green making up most of the front, then moving back to the cabin section. The flat green is found on the hood and the sides, leading to the back. Black paint is used on the windows and orange is used on the lightbar on top of the figure. Additional details include silver on the headlights and a purple Decepticon symbol in the middle of the grille area. My favorite detail is one of the smallest: the wheels. Each of the wheels have a purple circle around the rims. This detail is one of my favorites because it is one that many characters on the "Robots in Disguise" (2015) cartoon have. It also adds an other worldly quality to the character in this form.
Functionally there are no issues with this mode. All the panels fit together well and the weapon can still be attached to the top of the light bar.
I really liked this sculpt as Strongarm, and this redeco while not intuitive definitely works as a homage to Greenjeeper and Rollbar. Recommended if you want to expand your "Robots in Disguise" Decepticon army.