"Robots in Disguise" (2015) One Step Changer Blurr Toy Review
Release Date: December 2015
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Official images and text in italics below from Walmart.com:
Experience the excitement of instant conversion with figures that change between modes in 1 step. Convert this 1-Step Changer Blurr figure from robot to sports car in 1 quick, kick-latch motion. Imagine charging into battle with Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force 1-Step Changer figures. Scan the Autobot shield on this Blurr figure to unlock a token in the mobile app.
One fact that many fans either do not know or have not given much thought about is the "shared universe" between three Transformers shows: "Prime", "Robots in Disguise" and "Rescue Bots". All three shows in fact take place in a shared continuity with "Robots in Disguise" acting as a sequel series to "Prime" while "Rescue Bots" ran in parallel to both. As a consequence there have been some crossovers here and there between characters showing up on more than one show. This usually took the form of a character such as Bumblebee from "Prime" showing up in "Rescue Bots". However, this time out a character from "Rescue Bots" is now carrying over into the "Robots in Disguise" line: Blurr! This figure represents the One Step version of the character.
After a few years of using the same style of 1-Step Changer packaging Hasbro has changed things up this year. In a move that (I assume) saves some money, the figure is no longer sealed inside a bubble on a card. Instead, there is a backing card that wraps around a plastic tray that the figure sits inside in vehicle form. The vehicle is tied down with a cardboard tie onto the plastic tray. The card still features character art and the back shows the toy in both modes. The packaging calls the figure out as a part of the "Combiner Force" line since he has compatibility with Mini-Cons.
Blurr's vehicle form is loosely based on a combination of his Generation One counterpart and the figure that previously came out in the "Rescue Bots" toy line. The G1 details come in with the design of the vehicle's front end, especially the sides which curve up from the middle, then down and have flat, angled pieces in the front. This is reminiscent of the sides of G1 Blurr's vehicle form which also had curved sections that ended in flat panels. Another G1 detail is subtle but fun. The sides of the spoiler sections have a piece that angles upward and back, coming to a point. This seems to be inspired by the "scope" on G1 Blurr's head, which wound up in the back in vehicle form. Instead of being a hover car however Blurr is an Earth based race car complete with wheels and large spoiler in the back. This including the cockpit section in the middle are all inspired by the "Rescue Bots" version of the character who transformed into a race car. I love this mash up of influences and I really love the way the vehicle looks.
From the standpoint of colors this figure uses G1 Blurr as its primary influence. Most of the figure is a metallic blue color with some other sections cast in a darker shade of blue. This includes the wheels and the bottom of the car. Light blue paint is used to color the windows and headlights. White is used in the area in front of the windshield and the small, angled panels on the front of the car. The use of the light blue and white further tie the figure in to G1 blurr from a visual standpoint. To provide some extra detailing metallic blue paint can be found on the spoiler and the raised panels on either side of the windshield. The finishing touch is, of course a scannable Autobot symbol in the center of the vehicle's front end. This can be scanned into the official "Robots in Disguise" app.
The vehicle rolls on all four wheels. To connect the figure with the overall "Combiner Force" theme, there is a 5mm port on the top of the vehicle that allows you to connect Mini-Cons in this mode. The best ones to use are those that become weapons such as the Autobot version of Dragonus. Of course you can also attach any regular weapon from "Generations" or other sub-lines with 5mm pegs into the same spot.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
Hold on to the sides of the vehicle and pull them out, then push them back in. As you do so the sides should swing out to reveal the robot arms and the robot head should slide up. Swing the front panels of the vehicle up to form the feet.
Like the vehicle mode, there are some loose connections in the design of this figure to both the G1 and "Rescue Bots" incarnations of the character. The G1 nods are a bit of a stretch. These include the shape of his arms, which kind of narrow upward at the shoulders and the design of his torso, which is mostly made up of the vehicle mode's cockpit section. A bit more "Rescue Bots" inspired design comes in with the head. Instead of G1 Blurr's more angular head design, his head is oval with goggle-like eyes and a crest in the center. Another detail that is reminiscent of the "Rescue Bots" Blurr are the halves of the spoilers winding up on his shoulders. On the "Rescue Bots" Blurr toy they wound up roughly in the same area but on his back instead.
From a deco standpoint this figure draws its inspiration from G1 Blurr instead of "Rescue Bots" Blurr. More dark blue and metallic light blue parts are revealed in this mode including the head and arms. More white paint appears on his head, arms and pelvis. His eyes are painted light blue. I am actually very impressed by how much paint this figure has between the two modes. Generally simpler figures do not have much paint at all but almost every section of this figure has some type of paint application.
Blurr has 5mm ports in each fist, allowing him to hold weapons with 5mm pegs. Unfortunately the shoulder joints are not strong enough to hold up any Mini-Cons I put into the hands. In the case of regular weapons, he can hold some up but then he falls forward because his feet aren't big enough to keep him stable. I think it's great that his arms can move at all and that they have the 5mm ports, but they are best used for playing with the toy and holding it but not so much displaying.
Blurr is a fun little figure, and as a pure transforming figure I really like it. The "accordion" style transformation is rather unique and fun and there's a bit of a trick to it so I dig it. However the inability of his arms to stay up holding weapons was a tad frustrating. Recommended if you want to get a Blurr for younger fans, but since there is a Warrior Class version on the way I would imagine most fans will want to get that version instead.
- Great detail and deco (by 1-Step Changer standards).
- Incorporates G1 and Rescue Bots design elements.
- Fun transformation.
- Arms cannot stay up very well when holding Mini-Cons as weapons.
- When the arms can stay up the weight of the weapon and arms causes the figure to tip over.