"Rescue Bots" Blurr Toy Review

in 2015, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Rescue Bots

Rescue Bots

General Information:
Release Date: March 2015
Price Point: $9.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Official images and text in italics from Amazon.com:
Your little hero will save the day with this Rescue Bots hero! It's easy for his little hands to convert his Blurr figure from fierce robot warrior mode to rescue car mode. Then he can roll his Blurr rescue car to the next mission! He'll love converting his robot warrior back and forth for awesome Transformers adventures! Playskool, Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

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. This line of "Rescue Bots" figures is about 2/3 the size of the previous figures. This still makes them big enough for kids to manipulate, but also reduces the cost (and for collectors, storage room) of each toy. These new sculpts continued to be released into early 2015. One of these was a brand new character who also appeared on the TV show: Blurr.

Robot Mode:
Unlike the sleek character most fans may remember from Generation One, this version of Blurr is a bit more chunky looking than you would expect. Between his bulky torso, arms and feet he strikes a very wide stance and he looks more like a brute force fighter than a speedster. That said, he does have some sleek details in this mode. This includes the vehicle mode spoiler (which rises up behind his head on his back), curved lines on his feet and a head sculpt that features a visor over his face (similar to a race car driver) and a pronounced chin piece that resembles the chin strap on a race car driver's helmet. The sculpt has some nice sculpted detailing including "Rescue Bots" style Autobot shields on his chest and spoiler. He also has small armor panel details on his legs. While he is not totally show accurate, the overall design evokes the animation model well.

This incarnation of Blurr moves away from the traditional light blue color in favor of purple, silver and black plastic. The purple makes up most of the figure, with silver used on smaller sections like his spoiler and shoulder joints. Black is found on the back of the figure.

With simple figures like "Rescue Bots" toys you generally don't expect a lot of paint applications, but there are a lot on this figure. White is the most heavily used color. You'll find it on the head, torso and feet. Another color used is neon green. In this mode it is used for the visor eyes, but you'll also see it on his wheels as well. Light blue is used for the headlights on his feet and the windows from the vehicle mode (which wind up on the torso here). Finally, a bit of silver is used on the flat panels on his feet (which form the front of the vehicle mode). The colors are very unusual for a Transformers toy. You generally don't see purple, white and green together but they work very well here. Sure it's not perfect. The symbols on both his chest and spoiler should be painted to bring them out more and he is missing his signature "lightning bolt" details on his shoulders but I still think it looks good.

Blurr has 5mm ports in his fists, allowing him to hold weapons from other "Transformers" lines like "Generations". Unfortunately his arms can't move up. While this is not unusual for "Rescue Bots" toys, it is a shame he can hold a weapon in his fist but he can't point it forward.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
Hold the spoiler and push it down. This will cause the robot head to go down and bring in the arms and legs of the figure. All the parts should slide into place easily.

Vehicle Mode:
While his robot mode is a bit bulky, Blurr's vehicle mode looks more like a sleek, high speed vehicle. The front curves back at an upward slope to the cabin section. The cabin section then leads to more bulky looking sections in the back. Even though there's bulk, here it conveys a sense of power. This is enhanced by the air intake mounted on the top of the cabin section. Adding to the sleek look of the vehicle are the thin headlights set vertically in the front. I really like the look of this vehicle mode. It conveys power and speed all at the same time.

This mode doesn't show off anything new but all the robot mode parts are condensed. Purple is still the primary color, but now the white parts are together in the front, making the light color contrast boldly against the purple. This mode also gives you a good look at the wheels and the neon green color on the sides. In an age where wheels are generally left unpainted on "Transformers" figures it's great to see a simpler figure receive this treatment.

Final Thoughts:
Blurr is a cool "Rescue Bots" figure. The only complaint I have is that I wish he could move his arms up and down like you can with Salvage. Other than that I think this figure would make a great addition to your "Rescue Bots" collection.