"Age of Extinction" Deluxe Lockdown Toy Review

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Age of Extinction

Lockdown General Information:
Release Date: August 2014
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Cannon, Missile

Images:

*Images above with asterisks (*) from Amazon.com.

Unlike previous live action "Transformers" films, "Age of Extinction" did not feature armies of Decepticons running around for most of the film. Instead, the main Cybertronian villain for much of the film was the bounty hunter Lockdown. Based on the "Transformers Animated" character of the same name, this villain proved to be a formidable and destructive force. I've already taken a look at the One Step Changer version of Lockdown but this incarnation is intended to be a more complex version "Generations" style.

Robot Mode:
Much like the One Step Changer version of Lockdown, this figure is full of detail. Virtually every inch of the figure has some nice sculpting to offer, most of it based on the CG model from the movie. Details inspired by the CG model include:

  • The head sculpt represents Lockdown's head without his night vision helmet down. Many of the crucial details from the CG model are represented here including the circles on the sides of the head, the raised section on his cheeks, brow and jawline as well as his rather skeletal looking nose area.
  • The shoulders each have the ends of the rocket packs from the CG model sculpted into them. It's a very subtle detail and I actually missed it initially, but it's there.
  • The center of the chest has a curved armor piece with raised lines that have small shield details sculpted in representing the Lamborghini logo (which was clearly visible on Lockdown's chest in the movie).
  • The headlights from the vehicle mode wind up on the chest area, similar to the CG model.
  • The mid-body and waist area have tubes and armor pieces in a similar shape to the CG model.
  • The thighs have layers of armor over what appear to be springs inside.
  • The feet have two distinct "toes" in the front.

There are some differences in the design from the CG model of course. The wheels from the vehicle mode are visible on the arms and the hips while they did not show on the CG model. Also, the CG model had a series of details that formed a "collar" around his head. That detail is missing here. He is also missing the second set of "mini-rockets" on his arm that the CG model has. Sure I'm nitpicking, but the sculpting on this figure is actually pretty great, which makes inaccuracies like this stand out that much more. That said, no sculpt is perfect.

Lockdown is cast in gunmetal grey, silver and black plastic. The gunmetal makes up most of the robot with silver and black on smaller sections. Translucent blue plastic is used to create light piping on the eyes. Paint adds a lot of detail that is really needed to keep this figure from looking dull. This includes several parts painted in silver including the forearms, face, mid-body and small details on the legs. Metallic blue is used for the vehicle mode's headlights, which appear on his chest and gold is used for the spring details on his thighs. Lockdown was not exactly a pile of bright colors in the movie, so the color scheme works.

There are nineteen points of articulation on this figure. That includes four on each arm and five on each leg. Each of his hands is sculpted in an open position, but there is a port to attach 5mm peg weapons. His cannon fires a missile using a pressure launcher. Pull the front of the cannon back and the missile fires. But that's not all! The cannon can attach to the robot head, and thus forming the "head cannon" that was shown in some of the trailers for "Age of Extinction". You do this by attaching the small tab in the curved section of the cannon to the slot on the top of his head. The result replicates the look of the "head cannon" nicely and the figure is able to stand with the cannon attached. Had this figure been a Voyager Class one, I would imagine he would've had more functionality including the distinctive hook that extended from his arm in one sequence in the movie (this was inspired by a detail on the "Animated" version of Lockdown).

I like Lockdown's robot mode, but I definitely feel like it could have been better. I think had one more feature been available (such as the hook) I'd be praising the robot mode a lot more.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the cannon if attached.
  2. Rotate the forearms to line up the panels on the sides.
  3. Point both the robot feet down.
  4. Rotate the lower legs so the top of the feet face out to the sides.
  5. Connect the two lower legs together using the tab and corresponding hole near the ankles.
  6. Swing the back panel up.
  7. Swing the windshield piece down then back up.
  8. Swing the headlight pieces from the robot chest out to the sides.
  9. Rotate the silver section the head rests on around.
  10. Push the front of the vehicle down.
  11. Swing the robot leg sections back and tuck them into the underside of the vehicle.
  12. Push the robot arms in to form the sides of the vheicle. There are pegs near the front wheel wells that connect to corresponding holes on the arm panels.
  13. On the back, swing each half of the vehicle mode's rear section in.
  14. The cannon can be attached to the vehicle by attaching the two tabs on the bottom to the two openings near the back of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
Every live action Transformers film has featured licensed vehicles serving as the alt modes for Autobots and Decepticons. Lockdown's vehicle mode is a Lamborghini Aventador. This sculpt is a nice representation of the real life vehicle. You'll find many of the details from the real life vehicle on this figure. These include:

  • The Lamborghini "shield" on the front of the vehicle.
  • Distinctive six sided air intakes that flank the middle of the vehicle's front end.
  • The headlights have a distinct "tear drop" shape with sharp angles that sweep back.
  • The sides of the vehicle sweep inward towards the back, and then angle out again towards the rear wheel wells.
  • The wheels have five, distinct shapes, each with six sides.
  • The back section uses the distinctive angled design of the Aventador for the rear lights and the sections underneath them.
  • The middle area in the back has four exhaust pipes.

There are some differences of course. Most notably this sculpt lacks windows on the sides. Now, this is actually a valid interpretation of the car since this looks like how the Aventador would look with its side windows down. Valid or not, my preference would be to have a full window there, espcially since it's cast in a really nice translucent blue color. Without it, the figure looks oddly unfinished.

In this form, most of the vehicle is the dark, gunmetal color. The wheels are black and as previously mentioned, the windows are translucent blue. One really nice touch is the use of translucent blue on the layered panels on the rear of the vehicle. Black paint is used on the six sided sections in the front and on the back. The Lamborghini "shield" is painted told and the headlights are metallic blue. On the back of the vehicle, red is used for the rear lights and black for the sections under them. This is particularly notable since the back of vehicle modes are rarely painted nowadays.

You can attach the cannon to the vehicle mode. While it's not "screen accurate" in any way, it is a fun way to give the vehicle mode some offensive power.

Final Thoughts:
Objectively speaking, Lockdown is a good figure. There's some great sculpted detail, a fun weapon feature (gun head!) and the transformation is cool. I also love the detail on the vehicle mode (side windows notwithstanding). Is this the Lockdown figure of my dreams? Not at all. However it is a good figure and one that is worthy of joining your "Age of Extinction" shelf.