Arms Micron Rumble with Dago (R) Toy Review

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Transformers Prime

General Information:
Release Date: April 2013
Price Point: $40 (Import Stores, prices may vary)
Retailer: Japanese Exclusive
Accessories: "Dago (R)" Micron figure/weapon

General Images:

One of the challenges in having a toy line that exists in multiple countries is making those toys unique somehow between countries. This is especially true between the United States and Japan, which traditionally take different tracks on marketing their figures. In the case of "Transformers Prime", Takara has engineered an entire campaign that centers around Microns (a.k.a. Mini-Cons) being included with each figure. Unlike traditional Mini-Con figures, these Microns are being included as small model kits that the buyer assembles. Another interesting feature is the use of stickers for details instead of paint, which is almost the antithesis of the current Generation One "Encore" series where old details that used to be stickers are tampographed onto G1 figures.

Rumble Packaging Translations (courtesy of Doug Dlin):
AM30 Special Demolitions

[main section, clockwise from upper left]
["Arms-Up example" text omitted]
Super Combo
Astro Blaster
Said to be capable of sharpshooting across interplanetary distances, this super combo weapon is specialized for ultra-long-range attacks.

Arms Micron Jig [From "shaaku" ("shark"), minus the two middle kana, leaving "shiku", then vocalized to "jigu"]
*Comes with AM22 Dreadwing (sold separately)

Arms Micron Magi
*Comes with AM24 Cylas Breakdown (sold separately)

Arms-Up Rumble (Longshot Mode)
Rumble specializes in hand-to-hand combat, so this is his mode for attacking distant enemies. The Astro Blaster specializes in ultra-long-range attacks, and with its unparalleled degree of accuracy, it holds the power to bring down even large Transfomerms in one shot.

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Rumble Profile
Rumble is Soundwave's subordinate. While Rumble's body may be small, his enormous attitude and combat strength mean he'll take on any Transformer witout hesitation. He and his brother, Frenzy, frequently act together, and they specialize in coordinated combat. His main weapon, his hammer arms, cause powerful tremors, disrupting urban areas, but Frenzy loves playing pranks, and to him, it's nothing more than a fun game.

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Arms Micron
Dago (R)

Energon Crystal

Dago (R) Micron Review

Dago (R) Images:

Dago (R)The Micron included with Rumble is Dago (R). Unlike a lot of the Microns included with the Autobots, Dago (using the letter R to designate him as Rumble's partner) has a beast mode instead of a humanoid robot mode. Now, it bears noting that the Microns are very much like traditional small model kits with stickers for detailing.

Beast Mode:
Dago's beast mode is an octopus, but a very robotic looking one. He has an octagon shaped head and a wider base to match. On the base are four thin, blade like protrusions that serve as four of the octopus-bot's "arms". The other four are more tentacle like and attached to the top section of the body. There are some nice details on the sides of the figure including ridges running horizontally at the upper part of the head, beveled vertical sections on the angled portions of the lower half and small circles worked into the "tentacles", analagous to suction cups. Another design element is a Micron styled peg right under the single eye on the head. This has the double effect of giving Dago a rather "cute" appearance while also giving him a "beak" of sorts.

Dago is cast in gold plastic. The front of the figure has a four sided blue "jewel/crystal" over a Decepticon symbol sticker. The sides of the head and the tentacles each have red stickers with line details on them. A red sticker is also used on the single eye in the middle of the head.

Each of the upper four tentacles can swing up and down (a function of the transformation). Dago has seven pegs that you can connect weapons to and one hole in front. However, these are more useful in the weapon mode than this one.

Transformation to Weapon Mode:

  1. Swing each of the upper tentacles up against the head.
  2. Pull on the head portion to extend the weapon out.

Weapon Mode:
If you look at the "pile driver" weapons included with "Robots in Disguise" Rumble, they clearly share design elements with Dago's weapon mode. Both look like blasters for sure, but they also look like pile drivers as well, a detail harkening back to G1 Rumble's pile driver weapons. The front end of the weapon has five barrel ends and the back part has one hole that looks almost like a thruster. Dago has a ton of connection points. There is a long peg on the bottom of the weapon to allow Rumble to hold it. Along the sides are two pegs and the end of the barrel has one on top and another on the bottom. The base has a hole as well. With all these points it makes Dago fairly ideal to be a "central" weapon for others to connect to when forming a larger weapon.

Final Thoughts on Dago:
I'm a sucker for "beast" based Microns. An octopus is a fairly unusual mode for any Transformer and I like its execution. From a practical standpoint, the weapon mode is very useful to act as a centerpiece for other weapons.

Rumble Review

Rumble Images:

RumbleTwo of the early 2013 releases in the "Arms Micron" toy line are the Decepticon pair of Rumble and Frenzy. Traditionally linked due to sharing the same body type, these characters have popped up here and there in the "Transformers" toy line over the years. Most recently, the "Transformers Prime: Robots in Disguise" toy line released its own version of Rumble. This same sculpt was used as the base for this release. Check out my original Rumble review for reference. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
Rumble's vehicle mode is a small, two door car. It's an appropriate form for a Decepticon who has traditionally been fairly small in stature. No change has been made to the sculpt for this form. However, this time out the major plastic color on Rumble is metallic red, not blue. What blue plastic there is can be found on the windows, which are cast in translucent blue. The wheels are cast in black. This color combination is inspired by Generation One Rumble, who was primarily black and red. I have to say it looks pretty good and I've always been partial to the G1 toy colors.

While many details are provided by stickers (more on that in a bit), some paint is used on the vehicle. The front bumper has black paint on it while the top portion of the vehicle is painted red since that whole section is cast in translucent blue plastic. The sides of the wheels are painted silver, a sorely missed detail on many Transformers nowadays. Stickers are used for some of the more standard details such as the headlights and rear lights. The middle section between the two headlights has a Decepticon symbol. A couple extra stickers are included with the figure including one that says "Team Soundwave" on it (which I decided to place on the driver's side door) and another which has half of Soundwave's face and the name "Rumble" printed on it. I chose to put that sticker on the hood. Between the stickers and the paint decos, the vehicle mode looks much nicer than his "Robots in Disguise" counterpart.

Dago can attach to either of the holes on the back of the vehicle. There are no additional connection points, but that works out just fine, especially if you own Frenzy as well and attach Dago (F) to the other side.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the weapons if attached.
  2. Pull out the side panels, which will bring half of the doors and the rear wheel wells out.
  3. Rotate the panels from the step above around.
  4. Push the front end of the car down.
  5. Pull the robot feet up.
  6. Push the halves of the grille/headlights sections to the sides of the legs.
  7. Straighten out each leg.
  8. Swing the cabin section of the vehicle up.
  9. Split the cabin section into its two halves.
  10. Swing the cabin section halves down.
  11. Push the panels on the back together.
  12. Swing the window sections on each arm up.
  13. Attach the weapons to the hands.

Robot Mode:
Rumble's robot form reveals the one retooled part on the figure: the head. This is quite significant as this head design is clearly based off the Generation One Rumble/Frenzy head design. This includes a central crest, visor eyes and panels on the sides of the head broken up into a vertical piece on top and a horizontal one on the bottom. In essence, it is a highly stylized version of G1 Rumble's head design and it looks great!

The rest of the figure has the same form as "Robots in Disguise" Rumble, but the colors are mostly red and black. Red is mostly found on the arms and lower legs with black making up a bulk of the torso, thighs, knees, feet, elbows and hands. This combination of colors calls back to G1 Rumble even more than the vehicle mode already had. Some translucent blue plastic is used for the light piping eyes and parts of the chest.

Like his partner Dago, Rumble uses stickers for a bulk of the detailing in this form. The best ones are gold stickers that go around the two halves of his chest while a dark sticker sits in the center with gold lines angling from one side to the other. These details work together to look like a stylized version of the "tape spools" from G1 Rumble, who had similar details on his chest. The sticker with lines in the center resemble details found on G1 Rumble's chest as well. Gold stickers also appear on his legs in the form of knee armor. Parts of the torso are painted red while the face is painted silver. It's a fantastic set of colors that call back to G1 Rumble perfectly while looking somewhat unique to the character at the same time.

All of Rumble's joints are nice and tight. He can hold Dago (or any Micron or weapon with 5mm pegs) as a weapon and even treat him like a pile driver. Give him Frenzy's version of Dago and he looks like he is holding two pile drivers and/or blasters.

Final Thoughts:
Arms Micron Rumble is a cool figure. I already liked the U.S. version, but the color scheme and cool Micron really elevate this piece. Highly recommended!