"Transformers Adventure" Override Toy Review

in 2015, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Generation One, Legends, Transformers Adventures, Triggerbot

Adventure

Override General Information:
Release Date: August 29, 2015
Price Point: $13-16 (Depending on retailers)
Retailer: Japanese Retailers
Accessories: None

Tech Specs: (Translation by Goktimus Prime)
Override is an Autobot scout. In spite of this, Override relishes a fair fight to the finish. Lives to lead the advance guard, advances onto Decepticons before anyone else. If unable to head a vanguard, Override grudgingly reverts to using firepower, sounding the battle cry as he leaps into the battlefield. Along with Sideswipe, Override’s methods are crazy but always courageous.

The "Transformers Adventure" toy line largely focuses on redecos of figures from both "Robots in Disguise" and "Generations". One of the "Generations" figures used in this line is the "Combiner Wars" Groove figure. However, this figure has been given a new deco and released as Override, based on the G1 Triggerbot of the same name. Since Japan is releasing its own "Unite Warriors" Deluxe Class Groove figure, this is the only release of this sculpt in Japan thus far.

Robot Mode:
Override is a straight up redeco of Groove without any new tooling. That said, this sculpt is distinctive enough from both Groove and Override in design that there's plenty of visual "wiggle room" to make him either character. Sure his head has some very "Groove" like details including the crest on his head and the panels on the side of his head, but it also has visor eyes over a face that is reminiscent of G1 Override's head design. He also has large, angled feet and design aspects of his motorcycle mode visible in this form. All this makes his design a good fit for an "updated" Override.

Override is cat in blue, silver and black plastic - all of which were key colors on G1 Override. The other key color for Override was red, but on this figure all the red parts appear to be painted on. This includes his head, forearms and the sides of his lower legs. It really looks like the designers did their best to have the colors align with the parts from the G1 toy. For instance, the G1 figure had red plastic on the head and arms, and here the red appears in those sections. Meanwhile the chest and lower legs had blue plastic, which you'll also find on this figure. Silver is used to break up these sections, specifically on the thighs, waist and upper arms.

The color homages don't stop there however. Override sports small yellow details painted onto his feet, a callback to the headlight details on G1 Override. The sides of his lower legs feature silver details, which pay homage to silver stickers on G1 Override's lower legs. He also has a small Autobot symbol on the top of his chest and his face is silver. His eyes are painted light blue and the sides of his arms are painted silver for extra detailing. Overall Override has a very detailed paint job and it's definitely a level above the deco on "Combiner Wars" Groove.

Rounding out the deco on this figure is a scannable Autobot symbol. This is found on the left, lower leg where the wheel is set into the leg. This symbol is meant to be used with the Japanese mobile app. Interestingly, this can only be used in this form. The symbol is not visible in vehicle mode.

All of Override's joints are nice and tight in this form. His fists are designed to hold 5mm peg weapons and he can hold those up without a problem.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Push each foot up.
  2. Push the lower legs together.
  3. Swing the chest panel up.
  4. Swing the chest down.
  5. Swing the robot arms out to the sides.
  6. Push the arms in, connecting the shoulder pieces together and fitting the forearms into the grooves formed by the legs.

Vehicle Mode:
In G1 Override was a sleek looking motorcycle with lots of angles. This time out his design is a lot more curved, with round parts in the front, curves on the side leading to an angled rear section. For the most part this is a very different motorcycle mode than G1 Override's.

While the sculpt may differ from G1 Override, the colors in this mode are directly inspired by that figure. Most of the red color now winds up on the outer parts of the vehicle including the sections connected to the front wheel and the sides. The black and blue sections are focused in the center. A bit of silver sticks out on the sides but it's not obtrusive looking.

This mode shows off a lot of the red paint, but other colors get into the mix as well including yellow and silver. Yellow is used for the headlight while the silver is found on the windshield and the sides. These colors roughly match up with the colors of the G1 figure. Adding to this mix is an Autobot symbol on the left side, under the handlebar. Overall the deco looks great and I have to say I actually favor this deco over Groove's!

Unlike his G1 namesake, this version of Override doesn't have any weaponry so in this mode he doesn't have any firepower to speak of. However, he does have a peg on the right side and a 5mm port on the left. This allows you to attach weapons from other segments of the "Transformers" toy line. He can roll on both wheels and stand up using the kickstand sculpted into the left side of the motorcycle.

Transformation to Armor Mode (Starting in Vehicle Mode):

  1. Swing the robot arms out.
  2. Split the rear of the vehicle mode and swing the halves out to the sides.
  3. Rotate the legs at the hip joints so the star details face the same direction as the front of the vehicle.
  4. Bend the robot legs at the knees.
  5. Swing each of the robot arms under the robot thighs (they hold on to the center section of Defensor's chest panel).
  6. Use the hold on the back of the armor piece (in the middle) to connect to the small peg on the center of Defensor's chest.
  7. The robot arms can be positioned on either side of the panel Override attaches to.

Armor Mode:
While he's not a Protectobot, Override can connect to "Combiner Wars" (or "Unite Warriors") Defensor, acting as chest armor. Functionally he works the same as Groove in this form, and the peg connection point holds just as tightly on this figure as Legends Class Groove. The biggest difference are the colors. Override has very strong, bold colors compared to Groove's more muted white color. This really helps him stand out visually. Interestingly, this mode is not advertised at all in the instructions included with this figure.

Final Thoughts:
Override is a really neat and unexpected redeco of the Groove sculpt. Thanks to the exchange rates, he was also not too expensive when he first came out, making him a worthwhile addition to any Transformers collection. I do wish he had weapons included to emphasize his "Triggerbot" roots, but that is my only complaint.