"Robots in Disguise (2015)" Divebomb Toy Review

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Divebomb General Information:
Release Date: August 2015
Price Point: $4.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Helmet, Chest Armor, Arm blades x 2, Blasters x 2, Leg armor x 2

Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
Unleash a surprise Transformers attack with this small but mighty Divebomb figure! When he’s in covert mode, his enemies will pass him by without a second glance. But in a single step he converts to mighty warrior mode with a weapon in each hand! Deploy him for attacks out of nowhere, and his Autobot enemies won’t know what hit them!

Mini-Cons were first introduced as part of the "Armada" toy line. These small robots connected to larger Transformers providing extra power and abilities. Years later in "Robots in Disguise" Mini-Cons have returned, but in a different form than before. Previously Mini-Cons became everything from vehicles to weapons to tools. This time out Mini-Cons are either torpedo or buzzsaw style weapons in their alternate form. The Mini-Cons are launched into battle using "Deployers" such as Drift.

Packaging:
Divebomb is packaged inside a blister pack with a cardboard section that folds over the bubble. The figure is set against a tree shaped like the Decepticon symbol with all the accessories attached. On the side of the packaging is art featuring Divebomb being "deployed" and transforming from Fracture's launcher. The back shows off the figure in its various forms including his Robot Mode with all accessories attached. Below that is legal information in several languages and a blurb for the official "Robots in Disguise" app.

Robot Mode:
Divebomb is the third member of the team formed with Fracture and Airazor in "Robots in Disguise". This crazy looking little guy reminded me of creatures from the "Gremlins" movies. This includes sharp, angled ears, big claws and short legs. This figure differs a bit form the animated design. His head isn't quite so big and his forearms don't extend below the legs the way they do in the cartoon. Also his legs are much bigger here and his feet are pointed instead of being round. Still his overall design echoes that of the character from the TV show and he gives off the same creepy feel that the character does on the show.

Purple and violet are the main colors used on this figure. The purple makes up the limbs while the violet is used on the torso, back and feet. There is no grey coloring as there is on the animated model, but most of the Mini-Cons are cast in two colors only so that's not a shock. Divebomb's face is painted silver with red eyes, which is also pretty different than the animated model where the face is purple. On the center of his torso is a scannable Decepticon symbol that unlocks the character in the "Robots in Disguise" mobile app.

Divebomb doesn't have any articulation (typical for the Mini-Cons in this line) but he does come with several accessories:

  • Chest armor with extensions that fan out and protect his chest.
  • A helmet that attaches to the chest armor and swings up over the face.
  • Two blade weapons that attach to his forearms.
  • Two leg armor pieces that resemble flames.
  • Two blasters that fit into the fists.

Transformation to Weapon Mode:
Detach all the accessories and set them aside. Swing the robot feet down, then push the arms in and the figure will automorph into torpedo mode.

Weapon Mode:
Divebomb's torpedo mode is rather streamlined looking than say, Dragonus. The pointed feet from the robot mode help with that look. Interestingly he is one of the few Mini-Cons that allow you to attach all his accessories in weapon mode. When you do so he winds up looking like some type of alien attack fighter.

Final Thoughts:
If you already have Fracture with Airazor this figure will help you finish up the trio shown in the TV show. He's also a neat little figure to boot. I like his creepy appearance and I dig the added "attack fighter" mode.

Lion Figure

If you purchase all four figures from the first wave of "Robots in Disguise" Mini-Cons, you can use some of their accessories to form a fifth figure in the assortment: a lion! Here are the parts you'll need to assemble this guy:

  • The helmet from Slipstream.
  • The back armor piece from Slipstream.
  • The blasters from Sawback.
  • The blasters from Divebomb.
  • The blade weapons from Dragonus.

The assemble the lion figure do the following:

  1. Attach the two blasters from Divebomb together.
  2. Push the combined blasters into the slot on Slipstream's back armor piece.
  3. Slide the other end of the blasters into Slipstream's helmet.
  4. Attach Dragonus' accessories to the back.
  5. Attach Sawback's accessories to the front.

This is a neat little figure. The lion mane is really impressive looking and I love the way the blades on the legs sweep backward. The combination of translucent colors looks really cool. Functionally there's not much to do with the figure. You can manipulate the legs a little but that's about it. Still, for an "extra" it's a neat little figure.