"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Legion Class Fixit Toy Review
Release Date: May 2015
Price Point: $7.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
Decepticons beware, because Fixit is here to thwart their evil schemes. This Autobot warrior figure converts in 4 steps from robot mode to rescue drill mode and back. He’ll fix what the Decepticons break and he’ll have a good time doing it. Keep converting him back and forth as the battle rages on. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Fixit is a central character in "Robots in Disguise". This quirky Mini-Con was the pilot on the Alechmor, the ship transporting the Decepticon criminals who are central to the plot of the show. He's also serves a a coordinator, mechanic, medic and comic relief character all at once on the show. He's also notable because he is identified as a Mini-Con, a smaller class of Transformers first introduced in the "Armada" series. The previous One Step Changer version of Fixit was pretty out of scale with how he would look alongside Warrior Class figures such as Strongarm so it's cool that this Legion Class version is now available.
Fixit is packaged on a blister card. The bubble is formed around the figure roughly in the shape of the figure. The packaging features artwork for the character in front and instructions on the back followed by a ton of legal information. I do with the "Robots in Disguise" packaging had some type of tech specs, but to be fair, most of the target audience is more likely to rip the figure out and toss the packaging away than to save it so I can understand why it doesn't have any bio information at all.
Fixit's robot form is quite different from the other Autobots. Whereas they are mostly humanoid with two arms and two legs, Fixit has a humanoid upper body attached to two large wheels on his lower body, making him more reminiscent of "Beast Machines" Rattrap. This version of the character features a head sculpt with a very happy expression on his face with his eyes wide open and his mouth in a wide smile (as opposed to the One Step Changer who has a more aggressive looking expression). His arms do not have his normal "claw hands" but rather have drills on them. I suspect this was a decision made to make the hands look a bit more aggressive and functional all at the same time. There are a few smaller details such as circles on his hips, but for the most part the plastic on this figure is smooth.
Fixit is cast in orange and silver plastic. Orange makes up most of the body with silver used on parts like his upper arms, wheels, back and drill hands. A large, scannable Autobot symbol is tampographed to his chest, filling up the entire panel. He also sports painted details in silver, blue, metallic copper, black and orange. The silver is used on his face and the area right below the waist and the circles around his wrists. The crest on his head is painted black. Blue is used on his eyes and for the aforementioned circles. The copper (and interesting color choice) is used on a raised line right at the top of his wheeled section. Finally a bit of orange is used on his eyebrows. The two details that surprised me the most were the eyebrows and the areas painted with the copper paint. Given that this is a smaller, Legion Class figure I thought the designers would skip details like this to cut costs but they didn't, and the figure is much better for it. Overall the deco looks great.
There are nine points of articulation on this figure, five of which are ball joints, allowing for a wide range of motion. These joints include his head, neck, shoulder and elbow joints. This is pretty great for a Legion Class figure so I'm very happy with it. The drills on his hands can be manually spun and he rolls on his wheels without a problem. For display there are two tabs on the front of his lower body allowing him to lean on them and not fall over. But wait, there's more! On the side of each arm is a 3mm peg hole allowing you to attach Cyberverse weapons to his arms, adding more play value to the figure! In terms of functionality, Fixit is one cool little figure.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Push the face up into the head's "helmet" section.
- Puah the head forward and down.
- Swing the wheel sections back.
- Push the torso section back so the robot head winds up between the two wheels.
- Swing the waist panel up.
- On each arm is a groove that you can connect to a corresponding tab on the waist panel.
As of episode twelve Fixit has not yet been shown transforming into a vehicle mode to drive around, but if he did it probably would look something like this. In this form with his big wheels in the back and drills in the front he looks almost like a mining/drilling vehicle. The crest on the robot head looks like a big spotlight and the wheel wells have "brake lights" in the back. It's a really cute looking vehicle and it has a somewhat alien look to it befitting a Cybertronian form.
This mode doesn't reveal any color surprises. Everything visible here can be seen in robot mode, but the parts painted with the copper paint are closer together in the middle and front, allowing those painted details to take center stage.
Functionally the figure can roll on the two large rear wheels and two smaller wheels built into the arms. Sadly there is no action feature where gears turn the drill bits as you roll the figure along, but that's not a huge deal to me. Now, there's one feature which is not called out on the packaging, but adds a whole new dimension to the figure. If you look between the rear wheels, there is a bar. That bar is 5mm, meaning if you have any figures with a hand that is partly open and able to hold 5mm peg weapons (Warrior Class Jazz is an example) then you can have that toy hold Fixit like a tool/weapon! This echoes Fixit transforming into a tool in the episode "Adventures in Bumblebee-sitting" and it calls back to one of the original functions of the Mini-Cons introduced in "Armada" who could become tools and/or weapons. In this case Fixit essentially transforms into a hand-held drill and I think that's awesome.
Fixit is a fantastic Legion Class figure. Size-wise this is the scale you want for the character when teaming him up with Warrior Class figures on your shelf. I also like the transformation and the aesthetics on the figure. Even better, the ability to be used as a tool in vehicle mode elevates the figure in terms of theme and functionality. Highly recommended!