Transformers Prime Knock Out Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Deluxe, Prime, Robots in Disguise

Transformers Prime

General Information:
Release Date: June 2012
Price Point: $12.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Staff weapon halves x 2


*Images with asterisks above are from the Official Transformers Web Site
KNOCK OUT is oily slick; the ultimate salesman. Everyone knows his weapons are dangerous and prone to malfunction, and his installation methods often leave DECEPTICONS scarred or crippled. But who can resist having quantum disintegration at his fingertips?

Your fierce KNOCK OUT figure is ready to make big trouble for the AUTOBOTS! In robot mode, your KNOCK OUT figure’s snap-on battle spear is dangerous enough, but when he needs the element of surprise, it splits into twin battle spikes! Convert him to sports car mode when the weapon he needs is speed! Keep converting him back and forth so he can handle whatever his enemies throw at her!

Swindle your way to ENERGON riches with the slick DECEPTICON scientist! Spear snaps on to robot mode! Spear splits into twin battle spikes! Includes converting KNOCK OUT action figure and snap-on battle spear. Ages 5 and up.

*Note: Hasbro's site does indeed refer to Knock Out as a "her" at the end. The text above was copy and pasted directly from the official web site.

Knock OutThe Decepticon Knock Out was introduced in the first season of "Transformers Prime" as the Decepticon's medic and weapons master. He's definitely unique among the Decepticons in that he doesn't become a spaceship or military vehicle. Instead, he's a sleek sports car that transforms into a rather vain robot. It's definitely fair to say he's one of the most interesting characters in the series so far.

Vehicle Mode:
It's hard not to look at Knock Out's vehicle mode and feel a tiny bit sad. Size wise, he is one of the smallest Deluxe Class figures to be released in a very long time. He's even a bit smaller than other Deluxe figures in the same line, which really makes one question the value of paying upwards of $14.99 for the figure. However, I do acknowledge that times are tough all around in the economy and the cost of creating Transformers has gone up thanks to the rise in the cost of raw materials. Given that, I'm not going to count the size of the toy against it but keep in mind: if you're expecting a figure the size of say, a "Revenge of the Fallen" or "Classics" Deluxe, you're going to be disappointed.

Knock Out once declared himself an automobile "enthusiast" in the series, explaining his choice of a sports car instead of some type jet like Starscream. This car is a really sleek vehicle with curved lines all around and some nicely sculpted details that match up well with the CG model used on the television show. This includes the design of his front grille, which has a very distinct design and the shape of his headlights with two distinct circles inside. He also has an interesting hood design, which isn't just the normal, run of the mill curved piece in the front. Instead, the middle section is flanked by raised lines on either side. Overall it's a cool sculpt and looks like on of those cars you wished existed in real life so you could drive it!

Knock Out is cast in red, black, silver and clear plastic. This mode highlights the red plastic, which makes up most of his armor panels. The clear plastic is used on the cabin cover, allowing it to serve as the color of his windows and windshield. It is also used on the headlights. His wheels are cast in black and you can see some of his silver robot mode parts through the windows.

Knock Out's deco pattern is an interesting one, and for the longest time I wasn't sure if it was actually show accurate but it turns out it pretty much is. The biggest paint application is the use of deep red, and I mean it's a liberal use of the color. It literally goes from the hood all the way to the middle then to the back. The television show model of the vehicle mode does appear to have red like this in screenshots I've seen but in motion on screen the color is a bit less obvious (partly due to the sometimes dark lighting of the series). Overlapping the purploe on the hood is a touch of gold paint on small raised patterns on either side of the hood's middle section. Another color used for detailing is silver, which is found on the sides of the vehicle forming a solid pattern right behind the front wheel wells, but then it leads to a faded spray pattern that overlaps with the red paint on the doors. It's a beautifully painted pattern and I think it looks fantastic! A final paint color used on the front grille is gunmetal grey, which is distinctly darker than the silver used on the sides. I have to admit I'm really surprised just how much paint there is on this figure. The only deco pattern missing (that is shown on the CG model) would be the gold coloring on the sides of the wheels, but I'm willing to forgive it considering how much deco there is on the rest of the vehicle.

The vehicle mode has been designed with holes near the rear wheel wells. These allow you to attach standard 5mm weapons to Knock Out, including his own staff weapon which has a peg on the side. I did find myself wishing there was somewhere else to stow the weapon, but it's a pretty compact figure and there really isn't anywhere else to put a weapon of this size.

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:
Before any official photos of his toy were revealed, Knock Out appeared on the "Transformers Prime" television show and I already knew that the toy designers were in for one heck of a challenge. The way his car parts all wind up morphing, curving and bending simply wouldn't be doable with the plastic used on Transformers figures, so clearly there was going to be some "give" in the design to make it as close to the show as possible, but not quite 100% (or really, even 90).

All that said, I have to give the designers kudos for really managing to pull off the robot mode as well as they have. Knock Out has many of the features of the CG model including the distinct head design with its thin, sharp crest and triangular face as well as the shoulder armor with layers that angle outwards. He also shares the distinctive arm design consisting of the outside of the doors making up the forearms and the very pointy bits of armor on his knees and feet. He even has his wheels on his back and the ridged, vent like details on the insides of the armor that curves over the sides of his torso (though on the CG model they are much more prominent).

Where the sculpt differs the most is the torso section. It simply does not (and truthfully cannot) curve the way Knock Out's CG model does. The designers really make a valiant effort with the vent details mentioned above, having the headlights fold against the body and even sculpting his waist armor to look like the flattened armor he has on the show. Overall, it's a valiant effort on the sculpt and it pays off well for the most part.

Knock Out is cast in red, silver, black and clear plastic. The red and silver make up most of his armor, with the red on his torso, head and legs. The silver is used mostly on limbs and parts such as the shoulder armor and thighs. In terms of robot mode parts, black is used on his feet. There is a bit of pink, clear plastic on the back of the head for light piping, but it looks almost opaque. These are the core colors of the character, and some paint applications have been added on to give him additional color. The most heavily painted portions are his chest area (showing the deep red color from the vehicle mode) and the use of lighter red paint under that with a silver spray over that. Some more silver is used on the head for the face.

There's already quite a bit of paint detail on this robot mode, so to expect more would be a bit too much. Still, it is worth pointing out that if the designers had wanted to make this more show accurate in color, it would have required red and black paint apps on the shoulder armor and some silver and yellow paint applications on the legs around the knee area. I don't hold this against the figure in any way. It already has a ton of paint on it, more than I expected and it looks great.

There are seventeen points of articulation on this figure, with four in each arm and leg. This includes ball joints and swivel joints. The only oddity with the articulation are the arms. Because the side panels from the vehicle mode are not locked in any way, moving the arms at the shoulders also winds up moving these armor pieces, causing the need for constant readjustment. This is perhaps, the weakest part of this figure and it's unfortunate because something as simple as a tab would have prevented this.

Knock Out includes a staff weapon with three prongs on one end (with the middle looking like a nasty twisted drill) and the other is more of a single sharp point flanked by spikes. The weapon can be held by Knock Out as an single weapon or you can split it to form two. The weapon with the point at the end has a peg on the side allowing him to hold it two ways. His hands are compatible with 5mm peg weapons if you want to lend him blasters from another toy. The holes from the sides of the vehicle are now on his lower legs, allowing you to attach even more weaponry. He also has a hole on his back to allow for weapons storage.

Final Thoughts:
Knock Out is a really good attempt at recreating the character from the TV Show. To say it's a challenge would be an understatement, but the designers pulled it off very well. The figure isn't perfect, but it is recommended!