Transformers Prime Dark Energon Knock Out Toy Review

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Transformers Prime

General Information:
Release Date: December 2012
Price Point: $19.99
Retailer: Bigbadtoystore & Toys R Us Asia exclusives
Accessories: Dual barreled blaster x 2

Images:

Dark Energon Summary and official pictures above from Bigbadtoystore:
Each of these translucent figures is the result of exposure to Dark Energon, which twists the mind and powers the body, eventually corrupting and destroying the user. With the Decepticons trying to use the Dark Energon to take over earth, Optimus Prime and the other Autobots are forced to expose themselves to it, so that they are able to take on the Decepticons on their own terms. Will they be able to defeat Megatron and his crew in time for Ratchet to reverse the process, flush the Dark Energon from their systems and save them from a horrid fate?

Knock OutOne of the popular characters on "Transformers Prime" is Knock Out. An unusual character, he is a warrior but also a Decepticon medic - something we generally haven't seen in the past. His vain personality also makes him fun to watch on screen. Now he's been made part of this line using the Knock out sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. Check out my original review for more details on the sculpt.

Vehicle Mode:
Redecos are sometimes tricky. Sometimes you just use colors that are different shades from the normal colors (many Bumblebees do this). Other times you can use inverted colors or homage colors to another character that has some association with the character. In the case of Knock out, his colors are completely different from his regular red/silver based color scheme. Instead, most of the vehicle appears to be translucent green (think a Jolly Rancher apple flavored candy) with some parts cast in translucent purple (mostly the windows and headlights). His front end is cast in solid purple plastic. So where did this color scheme come from? My opinion: it's a homage to the Generation One Constructicons. They were a bright green "construction vehicle" color with purple acting as the other primary color. These colors are paying homage to them since in G1, they were probably the closest thing that the G1 Decepticons had to "medics" (so much so that in my "Shattered Glass" comic book several years ago I made the alternate universe versions of the Constructicons medics).

The paint colors used for the vehicle mode match up with the theme of the plastic colors. The center of the hood is painted dark purple. In the center is a silver and purple Decepticon symbol with a pink "X" behind it. This seems to be the counter point to the Autobot "Dark Energon Defender" badge and I like its savage appearance. On thedoors you'll find an exaggerated purple Decepticon symbol in a warped shape. Around the edges of the windows and windshield is neon green paint. The same green paint is found on the front end of the vehicle. The front grille is painted lavender with a black outline which really helps the colors stand out.

Countering the bright green plastic is black plastic on the wheels and his weapon. However, it is interesting to note that on the promotional pictures for this figure the center "drill bit" on his staff is painted lavender, but on the final product it is left unpainted. It's a minor detail and hardly a dealbreaker. The figure looks fantastic and I love the thought process behind the homage.

The holes on the sides of the vehicle are still there and you can attach 5mm peg weapons (including his own staff weapons) to them.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the weapon and set it aside for now.
  2. pull the rear of the vehicle back.
  3. Split the rear of the vehicle into two halves.
  4. Rotate the panels that form the back of the vehicle around.
  5. Swing down the robot feet and rotate them around.
  6. Push the front of the car down slightly to release the tabs from the middle section of the vehicle.
  7. Split the middle section and swing the halves out to the sides.
  8. Rotate the front wheels out then in, bringing the robot arms out.
  9. On each arm, use the central hinge joint to swing the section with the windshield halves forward.
  10. On each arm, swing out the hand, then collapse the window pieces over each other to form the forearms.
  11. Swing the panels with the headlights on them up.
  12. Swing down the waist/chest piece (formed from the front of the vehicle's center section).
  13. The headlight panels do not lock into place, but just sit over the shoulders.
  14. Swing the robot head up.
  15. Near the waist area, swing the side panels from the vehicle mode grille back.
  16. Attach the weapon into either hand or you can split it into two pieces to give him two weapons.

Robot Mode:
While the vehicle mode looks pretty sweet, the robot mode is where tis figure really shines. In robot mode you get to see a wider variety of plastic colors on the figure. The thighs, shoulders and upper arms are all silver plastic. Purple plastic is used for his lower legs, shoulder armor, fists and the platform atached to the robot head. A bit of black plastic appears to on the robot feet. The purple plastic in particular is a pretty dark shade of the color, which works as a nice visual counterpoint to the bright green plastic that makes up most of the armor on the figure.

There's a good amount of paint detail on this figure. The head is painted purple on the helmet section with a silver face. The eyes have been made out of translucent purple, set up to allow light piping. It works nicely but the darker color means you most likely have to have the light very close up to the back of the head. The lavender color seen on the front end of the vehicle now appears on his waist piece as well (which itself is cast in translucent green). There's also an interesting detail on the inside of his lower legs. Inside the translucent green parts are sections painted silver which looks great, and it's a surprising design element given that it's basically a hidden piece.

Knock Out's joints are all nice and tight. This includes his weapons, which still connect together in the middle without a problem and can be held in either hand with a nice grip. He does still suffer from the odd issue where moving his arms around also winds up moving the sides of his chest up and down.

Final Thoughts:
Knock Out is a fantastic looking figure and I love the Constructicon homage. I wouldn't have thought of it for Knock Out but in retrospect it makes perfect sense. The toy's not perfect, but it looks fantastic. Recommended!