"Rescue Bots" Salvage Toy Review
Release Date: March 2015
Price Point: $9.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
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 Salvage figure from fierce robot warrior mode to dump truck mode. Then he can roll his Salvage dump truck to haul debris away for 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: Salvage.
Salvage's alternate mode is a garbage truck (or recycling truck if you prefer). This gives him a certain amount of inherent bulk and the appearance of strength. He definitely is wide from shoulder to shoulder and even his legs are ach kind of thick. Even his head is wide. While it doesn't look like Salvage will be winning any land speed awards any time soon, he definitely looks like someone you'd want on your side in a battle or rescue operation. He also has a very classic design, with the front of the vehicle mode forming the torso and the back of the vehicle forming his legs.
While this is meant to be a figure for younger audiences, the designers still worked in quite a bit of detail. His head sculpt is reminiscent of Bulkhead from "Transformers Prime" with a round shape and a large jaw piece that even has a couple "teeth" sculpted into it. The torso carries over a lot of detail from the vehicle mode including the windshield windows, lights on top of the chest and a sculpted "Rescue Bots" Autobot symbol in the middle. his arms have some nice sculpted detail including circles and ridges on the forearms. The legs are mostly made up of his wheels with feet that look like they have toe-like segments. This sculpt is a bit more complex than the animation model, which simplifies several details such as the arms and the layers of detailing around the headlights and grille. I really like the imposing look of the figure. The only weak point in the sculpt are the vehicle mode arms (used to lift garbage containers). They wind up on either side of his head here and they look like they really should swing back (as they do on the TV show) but they're just kind of stuck there looking obtrusive. That said it's hardly a deal breaker in any way.
Salvage is cast in blue, bright green, silver and black plastic. The blue and green make up most of the upper body while the black and silver are focused on the lower half of the body. The figure uses silver, black, orange and green paint to fill in details. Silver is used heavily on the head and torso. The windshield windows are painted black and several parts of the torso are silver (including the grille section). Orange is used on the vehicle mode arms, small details on the chest and the eyes. Finally, there is green paint on each arm to provide detailing. This is a very unusual color scheme, yet for the bright color palette of the "Rescue Bots" universe it blends right in and looks great.
Most of the time, "Rescue Bots" figures of this size have little to no articulation, and normally that articulation isn't particularly useful. Not so with Salvage! His arms can move up and down (a rarity in the line) and they each have 5mm ports in the fists, allowing Salvage to carry weapons or accessories from other "Transformers" lines. The shoulder joint isn't exactly the strongest, so he won't be able to hold up a Legends Class figure in blaster mode, but he can definitely hold lighter weapons.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
Hold on to the torso section, then swing it up. This will cause the robot arms to swing out and together while helping keep the two robot legs together.
Salvage's alternate mode is a garbage truck. This makes him one of only a handful of "Transformers" characters that have this mode (another would be Wreck-Gar from "Animated"). This alone amuses me to a large degree, but he's also a somewhat modern looking garbage truck. The cab section has curved windows on the side and the armor sections over the front wheels curve and angle in a really sophisticated looking way. The back of the truth slopes downward and even has an arrow-like design sculpted into it pointing forward as if to say "Never go backwards!". In this form the "arms" (that would pick up garbage in real life) are not functional, they are just stationary parts. Regardless, the garbage truck mode looks great and has more detail that I had expected.
Salvage shows off the same colors in this mode as he did in robot mode. There's a bit more green on the aforementioned arrow like detail. You also get to see the silver paint wrap around from the front bumper all the way to the area over the front wheel wells. The color scheme isn't overly complex, but it doesn't need to be and it looks good.
It may not have been 100% intentional, but due to the way the hands wind up in this mode, you can attach weapons to the top of the vehicle, adding a bit of play value to the figure.
Salvage is currently a main cast member in the "Rescue Bots" show, so if you're someone who collects the main team members of shows and you're into "Rescue Bots", this is a great addition to your team!