"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Legion Class Windblade Toy Review
Release Date: January 2016
Price Point: $5.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
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Decepticons beware, because Windblade is out to cause some major mayhem for her enemies! This hardcore Windblade warrior figure converts in 3 steps from robot mode to super-fast jet mode and back. Can her enemies handle what she's got? Not as long as she keeps converting back and forth! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Kicking off 2016's "Robots in Disguise" figures was a wave of Legion Class figures that featured characters who had not been previously seen on this scale. Among them was the Autobot Windblade. Introduced in the first season, Windblade made quite an impression as Primus' chosen warrior to go to Earth. This character is of course based on the "Generations" character who was introduced as part of the IDW Publishing comic book series so if you wanted a Deluxe version of the figure she's already out there.
Windblade 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. The artwork is based on the promotional art released for Windblade's appearance on "Robots in Disguise", not her "Generations" appearance. I do wish 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.
Windblade's design in "Robots in Disguise" heavily mirrors her "Generations" figure. Many of those features carry over to this simplified figure. She has the general shape of "Generations" Windblade including two large wings on the back, thin arms and legs and a head with a "fan" design on the back. Each wing has the distinctive hover blades on them and her torso is designed to look like she is wearing some type of vest. There are even tiny details like grooves along the top of her head's "helmet" section and grooves on her forearms. It's a good looking sculpt for this class of figure. I appreciate the way it mirrors the Deluxe figure in many respects.
Windblade is cast in metallic red and black plastic. The red is a bright color, but it has a metallic shine to it. The black is a flat color. Gunmetal grey is used to paint details including the fans on her wings, the top and sides of her "helmet" section and the feet. The chest is painted black, taking inspiration from the animation model. Blue is used for line details on the chest and her knee armor, both of which are also details from the animation model. White is used for the face and well, it doesn't look that great and obscures sculpted details (if you stare, you can see her eyes and mouth). Yellow is used to paint the "fan" part of her head. The finishing touch on the figure is a scannable Autobot symbol on top of the fan on her left side wing. The deco is a mixed bag. On one hand it deserves praise for some of the smaller detailing such as the blue on the torso and yellow on the head. On the other hand the face deco looks pretty ugly.
There are eight points of articulation on this figure. This includes the shoulders, arms and two in each leg. The arm and hip joints are ball joints, allowing for a wide range of motion. Both of Windblade's hands have 3mm ports in them that allow you to attach weapons such as those included with "Transformers Prime" Bumblebee. In addition, her wings have 3mm ports too! That means you can connect up to four weapons to this figure at one time which was really a pleasant surprise.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Connect the two lower legs together.
- Pull each of the arm/wing sections down, then push the tabs on the forearms into the grooves on her hip joints.
- Swing the jet cockpit forward.
Windblade's vehicle mode is a thin jet with wings that feature VTOL fans. The ends of the wings have long pods on them and the rear section has two triangular horizontal stabilizers and a single vertical fin. The cockpit section has distinct lines on the cockpit cover, mirroring the design from the animation model. Overall the designers did a great job of taking the animation model and turning it into a simplified Legion Class figure.
This mode mostly shows off Windblade's red plastic with some black peeking through via the arms towards the back. Black is used to paint the cockpit window and the fan blades are painted gunmetal grey. The nosecone is painted silver (though on the show it's an off-white). I do wish there had been some more blue paint used for this mode since the character has several blue "lights" in vehicle mode on the cartoon. The result is a somewhat unfinished looking vehicle mode in terms of deco.
Thanks to the 3mm ports on her wings, you can attach two 3mm peg weapons to this vehicle.
Windblade is a neat little figure. I really like having a Legion Class figure of this character since it goes nicely as a "Cityspeaker" figure to go with Titan Class Metroplex. Unfortunately she's not perfect. The face deco in robot mode is bad and I wish the vehicle mode had more colors on it, but I still like the figure and I'm happy to have it as part of my collection.