"Age of Extinction" One Step Changer Lockdown Toy Review

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Age of Extinction

Lockdown General Information:
Release Date: July 2014
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

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

As part of its drive to appeal to different segments of the toy buying audience, Hasbro has introduced different sub-lines of "Transformers" figures for the "Age of Extinction" toy line. One of these are the "One Step Changers". As the name suggests, the idea behind these figures is the ability to transform the figure in one step, keeping them in spirit with G1 toys like Jumpstarters and Battlechargers. From the second wave of these figures comes the Bounty Hunter Lockdown, who was one of the main villains in "Age of Extinction". While the toy classifies him as a Decepticon for convenient categorization, he is in fact "unaligned" in the film and is considered a Bounty Hunter who only answers to his clients and those he makes deals with.

Vehicle Mode:
Lockdown is one of the characters in "Age of Extinction" who has an alternate form based on a licensed vehicle. In this case it is the Lamborghini Aventador. This very sleek looking vehicle is replicated nicely in this toy. The toy features many of the Avendtador's key design elements including:

  • The front end of the vehicle is angled, with the lines coming in at the center, then angling out and downward.
  • The front end of the vehicle slopes downward towards the front end and the sides curve inward aggressively.
  • The sides of the vehicle have an indentation on the doors which continues to the area in front of the rear wheel wells.
  • The rear of the vehicle features thin brake lights set on top of large vents.
  • The back of the vehicle also features a small strip in the center where the exhaust pipes would stick out of.
  • The rear section has a series of overlapping panels leading to the back of the car.

There are a couple of slight differences between the figure and the on-screen vehicle. The side view mirrors on this vehicle look like triangular strips that actually reach into the interior of the vehicle. The real life vehicle has more traditional side view mirrors that stick out the sides. Also, the headlights on the real life car were thin, triangular shapes whereas the ones on this vehicle are just thin strips. These differences don't make the figure bad by any means, indeed, I kind of like the look of these sideview mirrors over the real life ones and the thin headlights give a really nice, sleek appearance to the vehicle's front end.

Lockdown is cast primarily in a metallic flake dark grey plastic. This is a gorgeous color. It's a tad darker than the grey of the on-screen vehicle, but the color seen on screen can easily be affected by lighting, so I'm happy with it. The wheels on the vehicle are cast in black. Blue paint is used for the headlights and the panels on the back of the vehicle. Silver is used on the windshield and sideview mirrors. A large purple Decepticon symbol is painted onto the center of the hood. The blue color isn't particularly screen accurate, but given that the alternative would've been more silver or even white, I think I like the contrast the blue offers to the dark grey. Also, while some may scoff at the Decepticon symbol, I like the way it looks and its dark enough that it doesn't distract your eye (that's the job of the silver plastic on the windshield).

Structurally speaking, I do have a slight issue with the vehicle mode, and it is possible only my copy has this problem. Because the one-step transformation is spring loaded, the back of the vehicle (which become Lockdown's legs) is basically under constant torque to be pulled back. As a result, there is a very obvious seam between the area where the door ends and the rear wheel wells begin. I'm also not a fan of leaving out the side windows. They could have easily been left in and not affected the transformation mechanism. However, I'm guessing cost cutting came into play and one can argue you can pretend Lockdown has his side windows in the "down" position.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
On the windshield you'll see the outline of a large button. Press that and Lockdown transforms into robot mode. The legs extend out the back, the arms come out the sides and the front of the car splits and angles outward. To transform him back, press down on the front and top sections of the car's cabin section and the parts will all contract back into their vehicle mode positions.

Robot Mode:
In terms of design, Lockdown is very much a traditional "Bayformer". He has a ton of minute, mechanical details. Much of his vehicle mode overlaps and folds into each other to form his limbs and torso. Being a one-step changer, there is a limit to just how much of this can be replicated in this toy. Unlike the on-screen CGI model, this figure has many of the vehicle mode's panels showing including the doors of the car on the arm and the halves of the vehicle's front end on his shoulders.

However, if you look past these panels, you'll see a really intricate sculpt. The structure of the chest comes right from the CGI model, including a section in the middle that sticks out which is then flanked by two raised sections. Under this is a series of tubes and angled panels. He even has the small shield like details where the Lamborghini logos showed in robot mode in the film. His shoulders have the small packs with three rockets inside them. His head is sculpted with his "night vision" helmet flipped down as it was seen in the film when he first appears. The lower body also emulates the CGI model including details like several strips of armor running horizontally on his waist area and wires running down his legs. His feet also have two "toes" in front like the CGI model. I was really surprised how much detail was worked into this robot mode and I think it looks great.

Lockdown is mostly grey and silver in the movie, and this figure reflects that. The head, torso and waist are painted silver, making it brighter (and more metallic looking) than the forearms and legs. Blue details are painted onto various areas of the chest, waist and legs. Neon green is used for the screen over his face (effectively taking away the need to sculpt a face). It looks really good. Given that the character on screen doesn't exactly have a whole lot of color to begin with, I like the choices made here for the deco.

Lockdown's forearms can move up and down, and that's about it for the functionality of the figure. The hands are set in an open palm position and not designed to hold any weapons. Personally I would've preferred his right arm had a hook at the end instead but that would've probably involved creating another hinge to have it swing out (and thus increase costs).

Final Thoughts:
For a One Step Changer, Lockdown looks great in both modes, especially the robot mode where the sculpt shines. The quick transformation works well and it's fun to do. For those wanting a more complex Lockdown figure, there is a Deluxe coming up in the future.