"Age of Extinction" One Step Changer Crosshairs Toy Review

in 2014, Action Figure Review, Age of Extinction, Autobot, One Step Changer

Age of Extinction

Stinger General Information:
Release Date: Second Quarter 2014
Price Point: $9.96
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images with asterisks and text below in italics from Amazon.com:
Crosshairs is back, and he's faster than ever! This Crosshairs changer fights his Decepticon enemies every time he can, and he converts so fast they'll never be able to keep up. Press him to convert him from mighty robot mode to sports car mode in just 1 step, then convert him back again when the battle calls for it! Decepticons will never be able to handle your fast-changing Crosshairs figure! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

Crosshairs was one of the key members of the Autobot team in "Age of Extinction", which made him a natural choice to include in the "One Step Changer" sub-line of figures. You can see my thoughts on his general design in my Deluxe Crosshairs review.

Vehicle Mode:
Like many vehicles in the live action movie franchise, Crosshairs becomes a real life car. Specifically, he becomes the new model of Corvette Stingray. This figure replicates the basic shape of the Stingray including its curved front end and wide spoiler in the back. Smaller details are replicated as well including the vent on the top of the hood, the thin, angled headlights, the distinct grille with a grid shape and even the four exhaust pipes in the back. From a sculpting standpoint, the designers did a good job.

Crosshairs is cast in green and black plastic, with green making must of the vehicle. Black paint is used heavily to provide detailing and contrast. Parts of the hood, the windows, the rear section and the spoiler all have black paint on them. This includes the distinctive black line designs on both sides. On top of the cabin section is a giant green Autobot symbol and the headlights are painted silver. I can't fault the designers for the sheer amount of paint on this figure, they certainly used quite a bit. He doesn't look plain and I appreciate the distinctive angled lines are on both sides, not just one.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
This figure uses the same transformation mechanism as One Step Changer Lockdown. I liked One Step Changer Lockdown, so I was a disappointed when I found the transformation mechanism on Crosshairs doesn't work, just like One Step Stinger. I would push the button on the windshield and...nothing would happen. I wound up disassembling the figure (just as I had done with Stinger) to see if something was broken. Nothing was broken, but it seemed to have been screwed so tight that the mechanism that executes the transformation (essentially a peg that smashes into the spring loaded transformation mechanism) couldn't do its job. I loosened up the screw a bit and now the figure transforms about 40% of the time when I press the button (better than none, I guess).

Before I thought perhaps this was just something specific to my copy of Stinger, but the fact that my Crosshairs figure also has this issue is clealry indicative of a flaw in the design. You'll also note the panels in my vehicle mode pictures don't quite line up. This is partly due to the need to loosen up the screw to ever get the transformation working at all.

Robot Mode:
Like One Step Changers Lockdown and Stinger, much of the car mode forms "panels" around the back and outer edge of the robot mode. The parts inside follow a lot of Crosshairs' CGI model designs. He has the distinct head sculpt with goggles on the top and an antenna on the right side. His chest are has a "collar" around his neck area which then leads down to an open area with lots of intricate mechanical details. Without going on and on, I'll say that while I have serious issues with this figure, the robot mode sculpting is not one of them. The designers did a great job making him look detailed and evoking the CG model seen in the movie.

This mode shows off more black plastic on the legs and arms, with green used for the rest of the robot parts. There is extensive use of silver paint on the torso, waist and face. The eyes are painted blue and the goggles on his head are black. These colors work well along with the sculpt to make this robot mode instantly recognizable as Crosshairs.

The only articulation on this figure are the forearms, which can move up and down. Each hand has a slot big enough to accomodate 3mm peg weapons such as those included with the Cyberverse figures form "Transformers Prime". From a functional perspective, the robot mode has no issues.

Final Thoughts:
Like Stinger, I can't recommend this figure. The only reason I'm not completely trashing it is because the sculpt and colors are good, but if your entire selling point is a "magical" gimmick - that gimmick needs to work most of the time. Sadly Crosshairs does not pass this test and I cannot recommend wasting money on this figure.