"Age of Extinction" SDCC 2014 Exclusive Dinobot Slug Toy Review

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Age of Extinction

Slug General Information:
Release Date: July 24, 2014
Price Point: $159.99 (In a boxed set with the Ark playset, Grimlock, Snarl and Strafe)
Retailer: San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and Hasbrotoyshop
Accessories: Swords x 2

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*Text below from Hasbrotoyshop:
Deep beneath Mount St. Hilary, from the command center inside Autobot headquarters, Grimlock orders his Dinobots to attack! They emerge from the primordial sludge, charging forward to swoop down on the Decepticons with a terrifying snarl and the sheer will to turn the toughest Decepticon into slag.

The battle between the Dinobots and the Decepticons is on again in this San Diego Comic Con exclusive 4-pack! This is a force of Dinobot figures you can only get at SDCC, and it's chock-full of dino rage! Your Grimlock figure will lead your Strafe, Dinobot Slug and Snarl figures into battle, and all 4 convert from robot mode to dino mode and back. Dino up with the Dinobots Generation One exclusive 4-pack!

Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. Includes 4 Dinobot figures and instructions.

  • Dinobots Generation One 4-Pack includes 4 Dinobots
  • Includes Grimlock, Strafe, Dinobot Slug and Snarl figures
  • Ages 8 and up

"Age of Extinction" features a kind of Transformer that fans have been wanting to see on the big screen since the first movie: Dinobots. Originally introduced in the "Generation One" cartoon series and toy line, Dinobots have appeared again and again over the years in the "Transformers" toy line. Going as far back as "Beast Machines", the Dinobos have represented a sub-group of characters that often played by their own rules and generally represented great power. The Dinobots Grimlock and Swoop even made an appearance in the "Energon" toy line. In more recent years, the Dinobots even made an appearance in the "Power Core Combiners" line as well as the "Generations" toy line.

Almost as soon as they were announced, fans wanted these new Dinobot toys in the familiar silver/black/red/gold colors that were used on the original Dinobots. After much waiting, Hasbro announced that there would be a San Diego Comic-Con 2014 exclusive featuring just that! Included with this set is a special box that folds out into an incredible playset based on the Generation One "Ark" as seen in the animated series.

One of the characters included in this set is Dinobot Slug. The figure was among the first released in the "Age of Extinction" toy line. You can check out my previous review of this figure to get my thoughts on the sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the sculpt for this release.

Beast Mode:
The previous two figures I reviewed from this boxed set Grimlock and Snarl were very strong homages to their G1 counterparts. Slug is a bit different. While his Transformers Expo counterpart bases its deco on G1 Slag, it differs in some ways. The same can be said for this version. Here are the deco features that this figure shares with G1 Slag:

  • The center of Slug's beast mode forehead has an Autobot symbol printed on it. This reflects the Autobot symbol sticker found on G1 Slag's forehead.
  • Slug's eyes are colored gold, similar to the gold color used for G1 Slag's head.
  • Slug's horns are red, similar to G1 Slag (though the small horn on G1 Slag's nose was clear plastic, not red).
  • The frill around Slug's head is vacuum metallized silver, just like G1 Slag.
  • The front legs have grey and black details on the upper part, similar to the front legs on G1 Slag.
  • On Slug's back are parts painted gold, this is similar to the gold section on top of G1 Slag (which form the robot mode feet).
  • The tail on this figure is painted gold, reflecting the gold color on the inside of G1 Slag's tail (the outside was covered in translucent plastic).
  • There are metallic blue details on the lower front legs that are a callback to the blue and silver stickers on G1 Slag's front legs.

Other details on the figure are inspired by G1 Slag's colors, but don't exactly match up to the original toy. This includes the back/spine section which is cast in red, the sides of the figure which are vacuum metallized silver and there are some gold sections on the back of the rear legs. While they are not 1:1 visual references to G1 Slag, they do call back to the visual theme of G1 Slag and they look great.

The joints on this figure are nice and tight, which isn't shocking since the tooling hasn't been used that many times (so far). The swords included with the figure attach to the holes on the sides nicely. They are still PVC plastic, cast in red with black painted on the blades.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the swords if attached.
  2. Swing the tail up against the back.
  3. Swing the rear legs back and down.
  4. Swing the robot feet out from the rear legs.
  5. Swing the beast mode claws on the rear legs down.
  6. Pull the sides and the front legs out, splitting the beast mode head.
  7. Swing the robot forearms out.
  8. Swing each robot fist out.
  9. Swing the forearm panels together.
  10. Swing the beast mode legs down.
  11. Swing the arms out to the sides. This will also have the beast mode head halves form shoulder armor.
  12. Connect the tabs on the beast mode's front legs to the corresponding grooves on the back of the torso.
  13. Swing down the middle frill panel to complete the shoulder armor.
  14. Each sword can be placed in ont of the fists.

Robot Mode:
Slug's robot mode has several details that call back to G1 Slag's deco, and a couple of them were pleasant surprises. Here's the rundown:

  • The head is cast in translucent smokey grey plastic with red eyes. The color calls back to G1 Slag's beast mode head, which makes up a large portion of the area behind the robot head.
  • The torso and waist section is cast in red plastic, mirroring G1 Slag.
  • The chest area has silver paint details on the "collar" and the chest panels. This approximates the lower mouth of G1 Slag which winds up on his chest in robot mode.
  • There is an Autobot symbol printed on top of the silver paint in red. This also mirrors a detail on G1 Slag (who had an Autobot symbol sticker in the same area).
  • There is black deco on the middle of the torso area, a callback to the black part of G1 Slag's torso.
  • The thighs on this figure are cast in black, just like G1 Slag.
  • The area around the feet are painted gold, reflecting the gold feet on G1 Slag.

The rest of the figure follows its own deco path. The top is heavily skewed towards vacuum metallized silver thanks to the forearms and shoulder armor. His knees are red plastic with black paint in the middle. Overall he looks really cool.

All the joints are nice and tight in this mode and he holds his weapons just fine.

Final Thoughts:
Dinobot Slug's deco is fantastic. I think I'd only change one thing: painting the beast mode head gold to better reflect the original G1 Slag. However, the Japanese version already does this, and based on pictures I've seen this figure better approximates the deco of the G1 Slag figure. I love the way this figure came out. It's going to cost you a pretty penny to get it on the aftermarket, but if you're a hardcore fan it's totally worth it.