Rescue Bots Blades the Rescue Dinobot Toy Review

in 2014, Article, Autobot, Dinobot, Rescue Bots

Rescue Bots

General Information:
Release Date: May 2014
Price Point: $5.00 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images with asterisks and text in italics from Amazon.com:

Rescue Bots continues in its third year as the segment of the "Transformers" line aimed at kids 7 years and below. Unlike last year's line, which focused on a bulk of the characters being retools and redecos of the previous years toys, this year introduces a whole new set of sculpts along with a new size. Included in these new scales are small figures akin to the Legion Class figures from lines like "Transformers Prime". These figures also serve as part of a new segment of the Rescue Bots which focuses on our favorite characters transforming into dinosaurs instead of vehicles! While these figures were available at regular venues like Toys R Us, they were also made available at smaller chain stores such as Family Dollar.

Beast Mode:
Staying true to his original Rescue Bots vehicle mode, Blades has taken on an aerial form for his beast mode - that of a type of mechanical Pterosaur. Now, it should be noted that technically, Pterosaurs are not dinosaurs, but they are often associated with them. For the purposes of "Transformers" fiction, Pterosaur like creatures have often been part of "Dinobot" style teams, so this just continues that tradition even if it isn't 100% scientifically accurate.

While his counterpart Heatwave transforms into a very obvious dinosaur inspired beast mode, Blades' beast mode looks more like a futuristic jet fighter that happens to have some elements of a Pterosaur. His wings have huge engine boosters on the back, the front has large cylinders that lead to curved, overlapping armor designs. The top of the beast mode looks like it has a cockpit on it and he even has what look like handles on either side of the main body. It's not until you look at the front section that you realize this is a beast. There you'll find a beak and mouth partially open, along with sculpted eyes. The top of this section also has some raised detailing resembling armor on both Heatwave and the large electronic Optimus Primal figure. It looks really cool and evokes the term "Beast Machine" in my mind.

Blades is cast in white and orange plasitc. The orange is mostly used for his wings with white in the center. The button that activates his action feature is orange plastic. Light blue, light green and orange paint are used to provide detailing in the center section. The blue is on the top, middle area looking like a cockpit cover. The eyes are green and orange is used on either side of the head. I like this deco and it stays true to Blades' original colors. If you follow Rescue Bots at all, making the association between this toy and Blades' previous incarnations is easy thanks to these colors.

Blades' action feature is based on the orange button on the top. Push it and his wings flap up and down. It's a cool little feature and quite fun if you're pretending he's swooping through the skies to rescue someone!

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Flip the figure over.
  2. Push the robot legs down, this will activate an auto-transform gimmick where the beast mode head and wings will move back.

Robot Mode:
The robot mode on this figure reveals a lot of new detail since most of it was facing down in beast mode. This includes his head sculpt, which is largely based on the one from the animation featuring large visor eyes and details on the "helmet" section that sweep back and behind the head. His chest has a cockpit like design on it along with a Rescue Bots symbol. His legs look pretty standard, with armor on the knees and layered sections around his feet, but the sides have wing like protrusions sticking out that remind you of his beast mode. The wings give him an almost regal appearance in this form. Overall the robot mode looks great.

From a deco standpoint, we get to see several details that didn't get focus in beast mode. The head is orange with light blue eyes and a silver face. The chest has light blue paint used to paint his sculpted "Rescue Bots" Autobot symbol and the "cockpit window". His arms are orange and his legs are white. A bit of yellow is used on the sides of the chest. These are all colors distinct to Blades so he's instantly identifiable (head sculpt aside).

Blades' arms can move up and down in this form. His feet are wide enough that he stands fine even with the wings on his back.

Final Thoughts:
This is a cute little figure. It's not meant to satisfy those looking for something like a "Generations" style figure. Instead, it's meant for younger kids who want to have a little Rescue Bot to carry around with them and transform quickly. In that respect, the figure succeeds and provides a fun, new form for Blades at the same time. Recommended for Rescue Bots fans.