"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Legion Class Underbite Toy Review
Release Date: May 2015
Price Point: $7.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
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Autobots beware, because Underbite is about to crash the party. This Decepticon warrior figure converts in 5 steps from fighting beast mode to stomping, chomping combat vehicle mode. Can his Autobot enemies handle his monster assault? Not as long as you keep converting him back and forth. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Underbite is the first Decepticon the Autobots battle as a team on Earth in "Robots in Disguise". This immensely powerful "Chompazoid" is not your usual type of Transformer. Instead of being a humanoid robot who becomes a vehicle, he transforms from a vehicle to a beast form. His personality is that of a "meathead" who loves his own power (and muscles) while eating everything in sight. Following his One Step Changer and Tiny Titan releases, this Legion Class underbite represents the second transformable version of the character in the toy line.
Underbite 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.
In this form Underbite looks almost like a Cybertronian's idea of a mutated dog (something along the lines of a bulldog). This head is huge, the front legs and chest are large while the rear legs are smaller. There's even a small tail at the very end. He has some raised details on the side of his body while the legs have some line details. Each foot also features sculpted claws at the end. The big defining feature of course is the bird-like head sculpt, which is oval shaped and sports a set of enormous teeth which (of course) features a tremendous underbite. The sculpt looks great with a lot of its design and details carrying right over from the animation model of the character in the TV show.
Underbite is mostly cast in purple plastic with the wheels of the vehicle mode cast in black. The purple is a metallic shade of the color and it looks great. His main paint colors are silver, black and red. The silver is used for this claws and the "beak" and teeth on his head. The lower jaw piece is painted black and red details are on the jaw hinge area and the eyes. On the rear end of the figure is a Decepticon symbol you can scan into the official "Robots in Disguise" mobile app. For a Legion figure this is a pretty nice deco, especially the red and black on the head.
There are five points of articulation on this figure. Each leg can move up and down and his head can move up and down. Sadly the jaws do not open and close on this figure. On each of the front legs, you'll find a 3mm peg hole that allows you to attach "Cyberverse" style weapons to the figure. I was very happy to see this extra bit of play value added onto the figure even though it doesn't come with any accessories itself.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Pull the rear legs out to the sides, then push them back and in.
- Rotate the rear legs up, then push the section with the groove in it into the corresponding tabs on the main body.
- Rotate the lower half of each front leg around and then rotate the arms up to line up the four wheels of the vehicle.
- Push the robot head down to reveal the vehicle mode's cockpit section.
This vehicle form represents a Cybertronian vehicle since Underbite never bothered to scan a new Earth form (and if he did it wasn't shown). This explains why the vehicle looks more like a scifi vehicle than a car you'd see driving down the street. Among the more scifi elements are the two headlights extending out in front on the sides, the single cockpit section in the center (which looks more like something from a science fiction version of a jet fighter) and the angled spoiler section in the back. This is true to the animation model and looks cool.
This mode uses all the same colors of the beast mode except this time out the black is on the cockpit cover and the red is used for the headlights. It's a simple color scheme, but aside from more red coloring there's not much separating this color scheme from the TV show's animation model.
This mode rolls all on all four wheels and you can still use the 3mm holes in this form.
Surprisingly I found myself liking this version of the figure more than the One Step Changer. The transformation is simple and works (unlike the One Step Changer) and the sculpt looks great. I also really like the deco on the figure. Of the three versions of the character out right now, this is definitely the one you want to own.