"Robots in Disguise" (2015) One Step Changer Fracture Toy Review
Release Date: May 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 Amazon.com:
The 1-Step Changers are 2-in-1 speed-changers, and your Decepticon Fracture figure is one of them! He?s the same Decepticon warrior as always, but he converts in just 1 step from robot mode to speedy motorcycle mode and back. Can his Autobot enemies stand against his might? 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. Fracture is one of the mid-2015 entries into the "Robots in Disguise" One Step Changer assortments. While a Deployer version of the figure has been announced for release later this year, this is the first transformable version of the character released. No word on a Warrior Class version yet as of this writing.
Like the "Age of Extinction" One Step Changers, these are packaged in bubbles on small cards. 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.
Fracture's vehicle mode is unique among the Decepticons revealed so far. Instead of an SUV or pickup truck he is a Chopper style motorcycle. The distinctive shape includes a section that extends far in front with most of the motorcycle's bulk in the back. There are also handlebars that sweep back at an angle, set far apart from each other like you'd find on a Chopper.
Other details seem to echo the Decepticon symbol. This includes the seat which ends in two points that remind me of the crest on the Decepticon symbol. There are two sets of three angled line details on the front section that call back to similar lines on the sides of the Decepticon symbol. Other cool details on this figure include the huge exhaust pipes found on the sides and the spikes sticking out in the back, giving the motorcycle mode a retro-punk feel.
Fracture is cast in two shades of metallic purple, one significantly darker than the other. He also has black plastic which is used for the wheels. If you look carefully you'll also find hints of silver plastic from the robot mode. The two shades of purple alternate nicely so the colors don't get monotonous and I have to say, the lighter purple color is beautiful and the metallic flake in it really shines nice under a light.
Paint colors on the vehicle include red, black and silver. The red is used in the front where there are three stripes on either side on the wheels cover. There's also a spot of red in between the two handlebars. Black paint is used on the front end in the middle. Silver is found on the sides, contrasting nicely against the dark purple. I wish some more silver had been used on the exhaust pipes but they are unpainted. The scannable Decepticon symbol is tampographed on the right side of the front wheel. Scan it into the official "Robots in Disguise" app and you wind up with 5 Sparks added to your inventory.
The wheels both roll and there is one interesting feature most One Step Changers don't have: the ability to attach weapons in vehicle mode. On the sides are 5mm peg holes that are meant for use in robot mode since that section is the bottom half of the robot forearms. The only issue is that the hole is set on a curve, so any weapons you attach will wind up being set at an angle. This works better with some Mini-Cons and weapons than others. In general, try to connect weapons or Mini-Cons that have handles or connection points that allow them to be re-positioned.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
Hold on to the back of the seat, then push the front end up. While you do this, the legs will swing down and the robot arms and head will appear.
Unlike many of the other Decepticons introduced in "Robots in Disguise", Fracture is a more traditional looking Transformers robot in his robot mode. There are no "beast" based parts here like a buffalo head or a frog legs. Fracture is a straight up robot, though he seems to take his design influence more from the era of the live action movies and "Prime" than earlier shows like Generation One. I say this largely because he has a very jagged design with lots of spiked sections and sharp looking ends. This includes his head, which has a mohawk of spikes on it, his shoulder armor, which extends out with spikes to the sides and even his fingers, which all end in sharp looking claws. If you were to associate him with an animal at all, you could maybe say he has some bird-like qualities. Most of these details carry over right from the TV show, though there are some slight variations in shapes here and there. For instance, here his chest is pretty much a flat piece straight across whereas on the show there are more curves and angles - but that is a minor nitpick at best.
The same two shades of purple plastic appear in this form, and they really are nice colors. I love the way the metallics work in certain light. His thighs and mohawk are silver. Silver paint is used on the face and mid-body area. Red is used for his eyes, shoulders and the lower legs. Black is used on the curved part of his torso in the center. For the most part these colors evoke the TV show model well, but there are some decos missing, most notably he needs a Decepticon symbol on his chest. Also while the face is silver here, it's more of a lavender color in the animated series.
Fracture's forearms can move up and down. Each has a 5mm hole in the fists so he can hold weapons from other figures. He's actually one of the few One Step Changers that can do this so it's pretty significant since he doesn't come with any weapons of his own.
One Step Fracture is a fun toy. If you want a larger and more functional version of the character there is a Deployer coming down the road, so maybe hold out for that one. If you just want a representation of the character in your collection who is cheap and transforms, then this is the figure for you. Note: at the time I'm writing this, there has been no indication of a Warrior or Legion Class Fracture yet.