"Robots in Disguise" Legion Class Thunderhoof Toy Review
Release Date: December 2015
Price Point: $5.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Official images and text in italics below from HasbroToyShop.com:
Autobots beware, because Thunderhoof is out to cause some major mayhem for his enemies! This antlered Thunderhoof warrior figure converts in 5 steps from robot mode to heavy-duty combat vehicle mode and back. Can his enemies handle what he’s got? Not as long as he keeps converting back and forth!
In late 2015 one last wave of Legion Class "Robots in Disguise" figures appeared at retail. Among these figures was Thunderhoof. So far only a "Tiny Titan" PVC figure and One Step Changer of this character have been released. In 2016 a Three Step Changer and Warrior Class figure are expected, making Thunderhoof one of the few Decepticons in the series to span across so many price points.
Thunderhoof 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.
Whenever you take a character who has an intricate design and shrink him or her down to a Legion Class figure, there have to be some design sacrifices made for the figure to work. Fortunately Thunderhoof's robot mode design is fairly traditional compared to some of his fellow Decepticons. Take away his giant antlers and hoofed feet and he looks like a regular robot that could have been a part of almost any other "Transformers" segment. That helps with the Legion Class since he still looks good but not oversimplified.
All that said, there are some nicely sculpted details. His "antlers" are a part of his head, not just the "teeth" from the vehicle mode. His arms have some nice, layered details and his legs have raised sections on the sides. His arms just one piece (no elbow articulation) so the arms are sculpted with the elbows bent.
Thunderhoof is cast in a beautiful metallic blue plastic and black. The blue makes up most of his body with the black used on parts like his antlers and thighs. Silver paint is used heavily on the wheel wells, giving the arms and legs nice bright details. Some light blue is used on his lower legs. The face is painted silver with red eyes. As with most "Robots in Disguise" toys, the finishing detail is the scannable Decepticon symbol on his torso. This can be used with the "Robots in Disguise" mobile app to activate the character in the game.
There are seven points of articulation on this figure which is pretty nice for a Legion Class. This includes ball joints on his hips and arms as well as the ability of the head to turn. His fists have 3mm ports in them, allowing him to hold "Cyberverse" style weapons.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Straighten out the legs.
- Rotate the head around.
- Push the lower legs together.
- Swing the lower legs up over the thighs.
- Push the arms in so the tabls on the forearms lock into the notch near the rear wheel wells.
Thunderhoof has the unique vehicle mode of a tractor with a rake attachment. You can see my commentary on this form in my One Step Changer Thunderhoof review but in short: I love weird modes like this. The rear and cabin section are raised up with huge wheels in the back. Then the front section is set lower with smaller wheels and the rake in front. Overall the vehicle looks great and only his fists give away that this is a robot in disguise!
All the colors in this mode could be seen in robot mode so there are no surprises in terms of colors. I will say the silver takes center stage a bit more since it's consolidated closer to the main body fo the vehicle. You also see how the black from the lower legs comes together for the windows.
Thunderhoof is one of the few Decepticons in "Robots in Disguise" who is available in multiple scales. There's the aforementioned One Step Changer, this version and also a 3-Step Changer and a Warrior Class! All that said, mostly hardcore fans or those who want a "pocket size" Thunderhoof will want this figure. More traditional fans may want to hold out for the Warrior Class version.