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

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Strongarm 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:
Deceptions beware, because Strong-arm is just the enforcer to keep them in line! This Autobot warrior figure converts in 5 steps from robot mode to powerful police car mode and back. Can his Deception 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.

Strongarm is an Elite Guard trainee who winds up on Bumblebee's team. She is one of the first Legion Class figures to come out of the "Robots in Disguise" segment.

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 Strongarm 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. Using "Transformers Prime" Knock Out as a comparison, Knock Out is about 2.8 inches (about 7.11 centimeters) tall in robot mode. In comparison, Strongarm is about 2.5 inches (roughly 6.35 centimeters) tall if you count the doors on her back as part of her height. Weight-wise, Knock Out weighs in at around 0.6 ounces (approximately 17 grams) while Strongarm is about 0.5 ounces (about 14.17 grams). In terms of weight, it's not a gigantic difference, but I know fans are concerned about the size changes in the lines hence me providing these measurements for your reference.

Strongarm has the appearance of a robot with heavy armor on, as if she's getting ready to go into a heavy fire situation as part of a SWAT team. I already gave a lot of my thoughts on this design in the Warrior Class Strongarm review so I won't repeat them here. Instead I'll say that most of the details from that figure (and the animation model) including the shoulder and leg armor as well as the "vest" on the torso are all present here, giving her a formidable appearance. One change to the design (based on what we've seen so far of the character) is the head sculpt. Instead of her face showing, Strongarm has a mouthplate up in this form, which I conjecture is what she does when she's about to go into a seriously difficult combat situation (or maybe even a dangerous rescue).

The figure is cast in blue and black plastic. The blue makes up a lot of the torso, arms and lower legs, but black appears here and there on joints (such as the shoulders) and on the thigh/knee area. A good amount of silver and white paint are used to provide detailing while a bit of black paint is found on the torso. Yellow is also fond on the crest and horns on the top of the head. There are quite a few deco points on this figure, and I was honestly surprised how intricate her deco came out given the price point and size of the figure.

There are ten points of articulation on this figure including ball joints on the hips and shoulders as well as knee and elbow articulation. Each hand has a 3mm port that allows you to attach Cyberverse weapons. In terms of play factor Strongarm is a fun little figure but there is one problem: the left leg tends to pop off at the hip joint. This is a ball joint, which theoretically allows for a wide range of movement. This totally works for the right leg, but not the left. Whenever I try to pose the figure or transform it, the leg seems to fall off without any excessive strength applied. This is really super annoying and is a major strike against the figure in my book. I grant it may just be my copy of te figure, but it's still a flaw I need to bring up.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Push the two lower legs together.
  2. Swing each arm back.
  3. Swing the window pieces in.
  4. Rotate the arms up and connect them together to form the front half of the vehicle.
  5. Swing the robot legs over to complete the vehicle mode.

Vehicle Mode:
Strongarm's vehicle mode is an emergency vehicle that could be a truck or SUV depending on how you look at it. She has all the details found on the Warrior Class and One Step Class Strongarm figures. This includes a bulky front end with a high grille, emergency lights on the top of the vehicle and small pieces that angle upward on the sides of the "truck bed". She even has smaller details like the sideview mirrors and detailing in the headlight sections. Overall the vehicle looks great.

The vehicle mode mostly shows off blue plastic with the black plastic on the tires. White paint is used on the sides and the back of the vehicle. Silver is found in the front. The light bar is painted blue on the right and red on the left. A scannable tampographed Autobot symbol is found on the left side door. Scanning this adds to the "Robots in Disguise" mobile app experience. Honestly i was surprised they got this feature onto a figure this small, but it looks cool.

Strongarm has a 3mm port on the top of the cabin section, allowing you to attach a Cyberverse weapon. The vehicle rolls on the four wheels.

Final Thoughts:
I do like the design and sculpt on this figure, and the deco is impressive but I don't generally let figures get away with parts that consistently pop off. Not one transformation or movement of the left leg went by without the part falling off, and that's just aggravating when you've spent good money on a toy. If you get this figure, be aware of the leg issue.