"Age of Extinction" Power Attacker Dinobot Slug Toy Review

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Age of Extinction

Slug General Information:
Release Date: Q4 2014
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
Gear up for power-punching action with the Power Attackers! This mighty Dinobot Slug Power Attacker figure converts from robot mode to dino mode, just like Dinobot Slug always has. But when he's in robot mode, his smash and slash attack will clobber any Decepticon who gets in his way! When he needs more than strength, he converts in 9 easy steps to hard-charging dino mode! Convert and attack with your Dinobot Slug Power Attacker! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

As "Age of Extinction" wound down, there were certain figures released that saw a more limited distribution than earlier figures in the line. One of these was Power Attacker Dinobot Slug. I never saw this figure in larger stores like Target or Toys R Us in my area, but I did manage to snag him at a small mom and pop toy store in Brooklyn, NY.

Packaging:
Dinobot Slug is inside a blister glued onto a card. The packaging has the familiar vertical Transformers logo on the bubble while above that section on the card is the "Age of Extinction" "4" symbol. The card has artwork of Slug in beast mode complete with silver coloring. The figure itself is packaged in robot mode and the insert shows a simplified drawing of the to using both its weapons declaring his action as "Smash and Slash!". The contrast of art styles is a bit jarring, but it is still eye catching packaging.

Robot Mode:
Dinobot Slug's robot mode is a mash up of armor worn by medieval knights and the live action movie style of Transformers. There are lots of layers of armor from the shoulders to the chest to the legs. Many of these layers come to sharp looking points such as the top of the shoulders, the feet and even parts of the waist area. The halves of his beast mode head wind up forming shoulder armor, giving him even more pointy bits in that area. This sculpt is pretty heavy on the details and looks good. Indeed, aside from the proportions, he carries through a lot of details also found on the Deluxe Class version of the character.

When the designers were working on the action figures for "Age of Extinction", they did not have color reference for the Dinobots (such is the nature of the Paramount/Hasbro/Takara relationship) so Hasbro wound up assigning key colors to each Dinobot. In Slug's case is main "assigned" color was purple. Thanks to that decision this figure is mostly cast in metallic purple plastic. Other parts are cast in silver, gunmetal grey and the soft plastic used for his weapons is light blue. The light blue is an interesting choice. I think the intention was to make the weapons look like they were "energy weapons" and in that context it works.

Silver and red are the primary paint colors in this mode with a bit of blue for the eyes. The silver is mostly used on the arms, shoulder armor and head. The red can be found on the shoulder armor, head and waist area. Thanks to the way the colors are broken up, the robot mode looks good and not monotonous at all. I especially like the blue visor eyes and the Autobot symbol on the top of his head.

Power Attackers are generally designed around an action gimmick, which means sacrificing a certain degree of articulation. In this case Slug only has four points of articulation: the shoulders and the legs at the hips. His action feature is a fun one. Press his tail and let it go and his arms move up and down. With the weapons deployed, it looks like Slug is beating down an enemy with a mace in his right hand and a sword in the other. It's pretty fun and the action feature works consistently without getting stuck.

Transformation to Beast Mode:

  • Straighten out the arms and legs.
  • Swing both arms up.
  • Swing the mace weapon piece inwward, then down.
  • Swing the sword weapon piece inward, then down, fitting it into the groove on the mace weapon.
  • Swing each lower leg up over the thighs, then swing the legs up.
  • Bring the two halves of the beast mode head together.
  • Swing the tail down.

Beast Mode:
Dinobot Slug's beast mode is based on a Triceratops with some design embellishments, most notably curved horns under his lower jaw and spikes on his tail. Like the robot mode there are lots of layered armor details running along Slug's body. These are most noticeable on his main body and tail. Even though this is a simplified action feature based figure, the sculpting is fantastic with lots of small details present including sharp looking teeth in this mouth and nostrils on his nose area!

This mode mostly shows off purple and silver plastic. Most of the paint detail in this mode is towards the front in the form of silver on the top of the front legs and horns to blue on the eyes. The frill behind his two large horns is painted red. While the colors are not "movie accurate" they definitely give Slug a distinct look among his fellow Dinobots.

There is barely any articulation in this farm partly due to the transformation. Indeed only the rear legs can really move in this sculpt, partly due to the way is weapons are tucked against his body. If his front legs were to move, you would need to move the weapons out of the way first somehow. I do not generally expect these "specialty sub-lines" to really have any meaningful articulation in their alt modes so this is about right.

Final Thoughts:
For anyone looking for a well articulated figure whose primary gimmick is transforming, this is not the figure for you. Instead this figure excels in what it is meant to do: provide a well sculpted figure that can transform and show off an action feature in robot mode. Mainly recommended for younger fans.

Pros:

  • Good sculpt.
  • Good deco.
  • Fun action feature.
Cons:
  • Relative lack of articulation.
  • Not "screen accurate" in color.