"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Optimus Prime versus Decepticon Bludgeon Toy Review
Release Date: December 2015
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Leg Armor x 2, Forearm armor x 2, Chest Armor, Helmet, Axe
Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
In the battle between Autobot and Decepticon, strength is sometimes the ultimate weapon – but sometimes being sneaky is! This Optimus Prime figure is a powerhouse whether he’s in robot mode or semi truck mode, and he comes with a massive battle axe for assaults on Decepticons. But his enemy Decepticon Bludgeon can attack from nowhere from stealth mode! Who will prevail in the end? There’s only one way to find out! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
"Robots in Disguise" continued in 2016 with the introduction of "Battle Packs". These each featured an Autobot paired up with a Decepticon Mini-con. The Autobots were generally about the size of a Commander Class figure (examples of a Commander Class figure include "Prime" Ironhide and "Dark of the Moon" Guzzle). The Mini-Cons in the first wave were of the "Cyclone" kind, intended to interact with figures like Overload. Added play value is integrated into the set by adding on armor pieces that could be combined into one large "super weapon".
The "Robots in Disguise" Battle Packs are blister carded. If you are facing the card the left side has the Commander Class figure while the right has the Mini-Con. In between are the armor pieces and weapons. The backing card has artwork of Optimus Prime wearing his armor on it. The Transformers logo is on the right. On the bottom is an insert with the names of the characters. The back of the packaging shows both toys in both forms. There are no tech specs, just legal information in several languages and a promotion for the mobile app.
Decepticon Bludgeon is a Cyclone type Mini-Con. The Cyclones transform into a ball shape and usually have a rather squat robot mode.
The name Bludgeon has a very specific meaning to long time Transformers fans. He has a reputation as a dangerous warrior with Samurai influenced stylings in his design. This time out however he is a Mini-Con with some very different design elements than his G1 namesake.
Bludgeon has a really interesting design. His head has a rather demonic looking helmet section with horns sticking up on the sides. His torso has layers of armor with some really nice raised designs including two "eyes" on the chest (adding to his creepy appearance). The legs have layers of armor with angles pointing upward. From the weapon mode he has several spikes protruding from the side panels that add to his fearsome appearance. Overall I really dig the sculpt on this figure. It looks like something right out of "Heavy Metal" magazine.
This figure is cast in black and purple, iconic colors for a Decepticon. Most of the figure is black with the hands and legs cast in purple. Both plastic colors are metallic, giving him some extra shine. The only paint detailing is red on the "eyes" on his chest. The left armor piece has a scannable Decepticon symbol on it.
Bludgeon transforms in a similar fashion to Decepticon Anvil. However his hands need to be swung up first. Then you can move his legs up and the figure auto-transforms into its weapon form.
The weapon mode is basically a spiked cannonball. There are no new colors revealed in this mode but the "eyes" are front and center making him one creepy cannonball!
Optimus Prime has appeared in several classes so far including Legion, Three Step and Warrior Class. This design very much follows the look of the character when first appeared on the show. He has very wide shoulders with an angled design. His chest has a "V" shaped design for the windshield and his legs are long with angled designs pointing down. Overall he looks great for a figure of this class.
Optimus is cast in red, metallic blue and metallic black plastic. The red plastic is a flat color which contrasts nicely against the metallic plastic. There aren't a ton of paint applications on this figure. The face and crest are painted silver. The eyes are painted light blue and the windshield on his chest is painted metallic black. The black is also used on his feet. The finishing touch is a scannable Autobot symbol on his left shoulder armor. I do find myself wishing he had more color details on his legs and torso, but overall he looks okay given the figure class.
There are eleven points of articulation on this figure. This includes swivel joints on his upper arms and ball joints on the elbows, hips and knees. Optimus has 5mm ports on each hand allowing him to hold the axe weapon included with the figure. The axe weapon is of course part of a group of accessories included with this figure. All of them are cast in translucent orange plastic. Here's a rundown:
- Axe: the axe weapon has a long handle and two blades, one smaller than the other. The area in between the blades has a 5mm port.
- Helmet: The helmet clips onto the chest armor. It has very similar lines to Optimus Prime's face but with more angled and swept back features.
- Chest: The chest armor has an angled shape that sweeps back, very similar to his chest design. This clips onto his chest using two pegs.
- Arm Armor: There are two armor pieces that fit on top of the forearms. Each one has a blade that points forward.
- Leg Armor: Both leg armor pieces fit on top of the lower legs via a port near the knees. Each of these pieces has high, angled knee armor with blades that point down.
All the accessories can be combined to form a giant hammer weapon. Here are the steps to form the weapon:
- Using the tabs and pegs on the leg armor pieces attach them to the sides of the axe blades.
- Attach the pegs on the chest armor to the holes on the leg armor pieces.
- Attach the forearm armor to the middle of the handle with the blades facing the same direction as those on the leg armor.
The large axe weapon winds up becoming a large hammer/blade weapon. Optimus can hold this weapon in either fist, however be careful if you want to use it to knock down other figures, the arm pieces come off relatively easily.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach all armor pieces if attached.
- Push the legs together.
- Swing the arms down. They are connected on a center piece.
- Connect the arms to the legs using the pegs on the forearms and the ports on the legs.
- Swing the cab section up over the robot chest/head.
In truck mode Optimus has a very distinct cab and trailer section. Both use details from the animated version of the character. The front has an angled windshield section and a raised wind vane that angles upward. Flanking the back of the cab are two smokestacks.
When it comes to figures on a smaller scale, there are generally some design sacrifices made to accommodate the design and transformation. In the case of this vehicle the section between the trailer and the cab has a fairly open space where on other versions there would be a cover of some sort. This is the weakest part of this mode design-wise.
Optimus has some paint details in this mode but not a lot. The smokestacks are silver and gunmetal grey is used on the windshield and the foot pieces in the back. The plastic colors are mostly red, black and blue in that order from front to back. This isn't the strongest deco. It needs some silver on the grille and maybe headlights on the details.
You can store the axe weapon on the back, but it doesn't fit perfectly. The rest of the accessories have to be set aside.
This is a fun two pack. Optimus isn't as strong of a figure as Sideswipe from this wave, but it's a nice two pack for a younger fan to enjoy.