"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Ratbat Toy Review
Release Date: August 2015
Price Point: $4.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Dual barreled blaster, Blade, Wing Armor x 2, Wing tip armor x 2, Upper wing armor x 2
Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
Unleash a surprise Transformers attack with this small but mighty Ratbat 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 vicious bat mode! Deploy him for attacks out of nowhere, and his Autobot enemies won't know what hit them! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
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 saw blade style weapons in their alternate form. The Mini-Cons are launched into battle using "Deployers" such as Drift. Whle Ratbat is traditionally associated with the Decepticon Soundwave, in this continuity he is a Mini-Con working with Fracture!
Ratbat 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 Ratbat being "deployed" and transforming. The back shows off the figure in its various forms including his beast mode with all accessories attached. Below that is legal information in several languages and a blurb for the official "Robots in Disguise" app.
Ratbat is an interesting take on a bat-based Transformer. There have been many in the line's history, but this one design has Ratbat set in a very specific position. The center has the head with a very flat snout and large ears that curve up the sides and over the head. The wings then go out to the sides and lead downward, almost like he is in the "down" position of flapping his wings. Behind the head you'll see mechanical details (that you could interpret as the engine that helps him fly) as well as tiny bat feet complete with individual digits sculpted in. The edges of his wings go from curved on the upper wings to having slightly serrated details on the lower wings. Overall there's no mistaking what creature this sculpt represents.
Ratbat is cast in brown and black plastic, appropriate colors for a bat. Brown makes up most of the figure with black making up the wing tips and the rear half of the wings. Silver paint is used on the top of the head and the eyes are painted red. On the back of the figure is a scannable Decepticon symbol intended for use with the "Robots in Disguise" mobile app. It's a simple deco, but it looks good and it is consistent with the amount of deco given to other Mini-Cons in these assortments.
There really is no meaningful articulation to speak of with the "Robots in Disguise" Mini-Cons. In Ratbat's case, the ends of his wings can bend so you can stand him on them, but that's about it. Instead the main play feature in this mode comes from snapping on the various accessories that come with the figure. All these accessories are attached to a plastic tree in the shape of a Decepticon symbol. They are all cast in translucent blue. These pieces include:
- Dual Barreled Blaster Attaches to the back of the bat (which is set on the top of the figure). This winds up going over the head so he can blast anyone in front of him.
- Wing Armor These armor pieces attach to the front of each wing.
- Razors These two flame shaped pieces attach to the middle section of the wings as a type of armor and weapon at the same time. I can imagine Ratbat using it to slice into an Autobot enemy!
- Wing Tip Armor The ends of each wing has a triangular armor piece that can connect to them. These help give Ratbat's wings full armor in this mode.
- Blade This is a wide blade that attaches to the undeside of the beast mode, so it points forward under the head.
Transformation to Weapon Mode:
Detach all the accessories and set them aside. Point the ends of the wings down, then swing them up and they will come together covering the robot head.
Ratbat's weapon mode is a "torpedo" similar to Divebomb's. He can be inserted into Fracture's launcher and be fired at enemies! This mode mostly takes the brown and black colors and concentrates them together. The scannable Decepticon symbol faces up in the back.
Thanks to some of the armor connection points facing up or outward, you can attach a couple of the armor pieces to this form including the blasters, arm armor and "razor" armor pieces. This gives him the look of some type of heavily armed boat or maybe even a space ship of some sort. I like the way he looks with these parts attached. It adds an extra bit of play factor to the figure.
I think it's cool that a classic character like Ratbat are being used as Mini-Cons. I like the look of the figure too. He looks awesome with the armor attached. Keep in mind however this is a very simple figure that really doesn't do a whole lot. It's best enjoyed interacting with Fracture and as a display piece on your "Robots in Disguise" shelf. A cool figure, but set your expectations accordingly.