"Robots in Disguise" (2015) One Step Changer Fixit Toy Review

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Fixit General Information:
Release Date: February 2015
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

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*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
The One-Step Changers are 2-in-1 speed-changers, and your Fixit figure is one of them! He's the same rescue warrior as always, but he converts in just 1 step from robot mode to vehicle mode and back. Can his Decepticon enemies keep him from fixing up his Autobot allies? Not with you in charge! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

The One Step Changers were introduced in the "Age of Extinction" toy line as a simplified alternative to larger, more complex Transformers figures. The name is a bit of a misnomer in some cases but for the most part, a majority of the transformation is accomplished in one movement. The second wave of "Robots in Disguise" One Step Changers hit stores in February of 2015 and included Fixit, the Mini-Con who will help the Autobots capture the Decepticon criminals on Earth.

Packaging:
Like the "Age of Extinction" One Step Changers, these are packaged in bubbles on small cards. The figure itself is packaged in vehicle mode. Artwork is on the left side and the Transformers logo is on the right. The back does not feature any tech specs information, instead using the space for the instructions and multi-language legal information. It's a shame but Hasbro seems to be refocusing any efforts at more traditional packaging into the "Generations" segment, which I get since I'm guessing they're assuming most of the kids getting these will wind up just throwing out the packaging.

Vehicle Mode:
One of the original concepts for Mini-Cons in the "Armada" series was that they could turn into weapons or tools for larger Transformers to use. For the most part, most Mini-Cons in that series turned into vehicles that could double as a tool or weapon. In Fixit's case, he seems to transform into a drill vehicle. The rear section has a platform for a small figure to stand on, complete with handles. There are huge wheels in the back and smaller ones in the front. The front section with the wheels has two drill bits. It's an alien looking vehicle really doesn't look like anything on Earth that I'm aware of, but that makes him unique and interesting in my book.

Fixit is cast in orange, silver and black plastic., Orange makes up most of his armor, with silver plastic found in the middle and rear sections. The orange color is a really deep one and seems a bit more rich than the actual orange color used on the TV show. Black is used for the wheels. The only paint colors visible in this mode are silver and light blue. The silver is used on the drill bits in the front and part of the middle section. The light blue is used on a thin line in the center of the vehicle. He's not super complex looking, but to be fair his TV show model isn't all that complex looking either. On the right side wheel well there is a circle sculpted for a scannable Autobot symbol for use with the official "Transformers" app. In this form it doesn't look particularly intrusive so I'm glad the designers put it on the side instead of front and center. I don't really have anything against the symbols, but I do understand how some people are concerned about it ruining the aesthetics of the toys.

Fixit can roll on all four wheels. As I mentioned earlier, you can take smaller figures like say, a Legends Class figure and stand them on the platform in the back. The handles however don't really seem to be made to fit into normal 5mm ports in fists, so that's a tad disappointing.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
Press the handles on the back of the vehicle down, and a few things will happen. The drill sections in the front split and move out to the sides to form the robot arms. The center part swings up and the robot head reveals itself. Lock it into place by pressing the handlebars down. To transform the figure back into vehicle mode press the silver panel between the two handles and the figure will snap back into vehicle mode. This is one of the most successful "One Step Changer" executions. The transformation works wonderfully for both modes and I'm very happy with it.

Robot Mode:
Fixit's robot mode has the general layout and details from the animation model. This includes a blocky shaped head with a high crest on top, two round shaped arms with thin shoulder pieces and wheels on the sides in place of robot legs. This gives him a decidedly "cute" look, but this particular version of Fixit is sculpted with a very serious look on his face complete with brows that are furrowed over his round eyes. His hands remain the drill arms in this mode rather than turning into the claw like hands he has in the TV show. This isn't too shocking since this is just a One Step Changer and generally they don't have super complex functionality like hands that swap out or transform. The only design element I found myself a bit concerned about is the way he stands. Since he uses his wheels to "roll" he's not going to stand like your average Transformers figure, so instead the designers put tabs that extend out in front a bit for him to lean on. However, the way they are set he winds up leaning forward a bit so he's at a slight "down" angle the whole time. It's a minor thing, but it did stand out when I was reviewing the figure (to the point where I double checked to make sure there wasn't a piece I had forgotten to slide out or something - there wasn't).

There's a ton more orange plastic shown off in this mode. Smaller parts like his shoulder joints are silver. Silver paint appears again on the face, mid-body and drill hands. The light blue not only appears as a line on his chest but also on the eyes. This time out the scannable Autobot symbol on his arm is very noticeable as it is right on top of his right side forearm. Fixit looks cool and the colors work nicely together. If I were to suggest improvements on the color scheme, it would be to paint certain parts like the sides of his shoulders with light blue to represent the lights that glow on him in his animation model.

In this form Fixit can move his arms up and down and roll on the rear vehicle mode wheels. That's about it for posability, but again since he's a One Step Changer this is to be expected.

Final Thoughts:
One Step Changer Fixit is a fun toy, and in terms of the "One Step" gimmick he's one of the best ones from a functional standpoint. If you're looking for a more "size appropriate" version of him to go with your Warrior Class figures, there is a Legion Class Fixit coming out later this year. I dig this toy for its unusual design and fun transformation gimmick.