"Robots in Disguise (2015)" Legion Class Steeljaw Toy Review

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Steeljaw General Information:
Release Date: December 2014
Price Point: $6.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
Autobots beware, because Steel jaw is out to cause some major mayhem! This Deception warrior figure converts in 4 steps from robot mode to rumbling combat truck mode and back. Can his Autobot enemies handle what he's got? Not as long as you keep converting him back and forth! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

Steeljaw was one of the first new Decepticons to be introduced to fans in previews for "Robots in Disguise". The show is not airing until early 2015, so for now his importance is unknown but this figure is his second appearance in the toy line in the first wave after the Warrior Class figure.

Packaging:
The "Robots in Disguise" Legion Class figures are packaged on blisters connected to a card. The bubbles are not the normal kind that extend outward. Instead, each is vacu-formed to fit the shape of the figure underneath. The packaging features the same artwork as the Warrior Class Steeljaw figure. The figure is in robot mode while the insert shows off the vehicle form.

The back of the packaging has no tech specs information at all. The instructions are printed there and below that are disclaimers in multiple languages with a blurb for the "Robots in Disguise" app in the center. As packaging goes it's rather dull on the back, but looks great from the front. As a long time fan this bugs me, but honestly most kids are just going to toss away the packaging so I get the desire to not invest tons of money into the back of the card.

Robot Mode:
When I first saw this figure in package, I was surprised at its size. The figure seems to be significantly smaller than other Legion Class figures. If you were to compare it to say, "Revenge of the Fallen" Sideways, Steeljaw is roughly 2.5 inches (approximately 6.35 centimeters) versus Sideways who is about 2.75 inches (about 6.9 centimeters). In terms of weight, Sideways weighs in at 0.7 ounces (about 19.8 grams) versus Steeljaw who is 0.6 ounces (about 17 grams). This may seem like a very nit picky analysis, but the I wanted to mention it since the figure appears so much smaller than previous Legion Class figures. Mind you, he's kind of bulky and he is a bit hunched over by design, so that affects one's perception of the figure as well.

Steeljaw looks a lot like his animated counterpart. he has the vehicle windshield on his chest, the wolfman-like head sculpt, large arms with curved legs and even a tail in the back. If you look at the way the front of his fists are sculpted, they even have claw like details (though they are blunted because of the way that piece is designed). His feet also have three distinct "claws" in the front. The tail has several, angled segements, also similar to his Warrior Class counterpart. The wheels on his shoulders and legs are a reminder that his alt form is a vehicle, not a beast.

Steeljaw is cast in metallic blue and black plastic. Paint details are done in off-white, yellow, black and red. The off-white is used for the mid-body, face and parts of the arms. His eyes are yellow and there are some red details on the arms. Like other "Robots in Disguise" figures, Steeljaw has a Decepticon symbol tampograph with a circle around it. This symbol is on his right arm. If you download the "Robots in Disguise" app for your phone or tablet, you can scan this code to unlock items in the game. The deco is simple (as one would expect) but it looks good and manages to break up the blue plastic color.

There are seven points of articulation in this mode, two in each leg, the shoulders and I'm being generous and counting the tail since it swings up and down. His legs are in a bent position so you may need the tail to balance the figure out. While Steeljaw comes with no accessories, his hands are sculpted with 3mm ports allowing him to hold weapons such as those that came with the "Transformers Prime" Cyberverse figures. I'm glad this feature was kept intact as it adds play value.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Push the tail up.
  2. Swing each robot foot up.
  3. Push the two lower legs together.
  4. Push in the robot arms and connect them to the lower legs to form the vehicle mode.

Vehicle Mode:
Steeljaw's vehicle form is a stylized SUV (though I suppose he could also be a truck). Just as the robot mode features "beast-like" qualities, the vehicle mode has some details that call back to his robot form. One of these details is the shape of the front end, which has points in the middle that resemble fangs. The headlights are thin and set at angles, looking like angry "eyes". The rear of the figure has a few parts sweeping back in a triangular pattern, which evokes the look of his head design. I really like the idea of a vehicle with beast-like qualities which doesn't look "overdone" in any way.

The vehicle mode heavily features the metallic blue color, with the front and wheels being mostly black. The windows are painted black and the front of the rear wheel wells has some red paint on it. The headlights are painted orange and the Decepticon symbol you can scan shows prominently on the right side. It's a good deco and given the size/price class, I don't feel like the designers went "cheap" at all.

There are two 3mm ports on the top of the cabin section, allowing you to attach weapons from other Cyberverse figures.

Final Thoughts:
I am happy to see the return of the Legion Class figures (they were not a significant portion of the "Age of Extinction" toy line) and Steeljaw is a fun addition. Yes, he is a bit smaller than previous figures so definitely take that into account if you're going to spend money on him. I would say at full price you have to think about how much you like Legion Class figures. If you can get him with a coupon or something, then definitely go for it.