"Robots in Disguise" (2015) One Step Changer Quillfire 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 Amazon.com:
The 1-Step Changers are 2-in-1 speed-changers, and this Quillfire figure is one of the toughest! He's the same clawed Decepticon monster as always, but he converts in just 1 step from robot mode to hardcore combat truck mode and back. Take the fight virtual when by scanning his badge into the Transformers Robots in Disguise app (device not included). Can this Quillfire figure's Autobot enemies keep up with him? Not as long as he keeps converting back and forth! 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. This segment of the line has generally been used to give us simplified versions of characters available in other scales. This practice continues with the introduction of Quillfire as a One Step Changer. Later this year the character will also be available as a Warrior Class figure. Quillfire was first introduced in the episode "Adventures in Bumblebee-Sitting!" and made appearances in the show afterward.
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.
Quillfire's vehicle mode is a Humvee style truck. Unlike his comrade Springload the designers kept this form for this toy. This vehicle mode has several of the major details of the animation model's vehicle mode. This includes its angular, boxy shape, angled headlights, a distinctive grille with layers of armor over the middle section and even a winch and hook sculpted into the front. If you look closely he even has the two lights over the windshield though they are unpainted. I was happy to see so many details from the animation carried over into this simplified version of the character. The main design sacrifice made is at the back of the vehicle where Quillfire's robot feet are very obviously sticking up and his quills from the robot mode stick out the back, eliminating any potential rear window.
Quillfire is cast in a metallic brown and black plastic. The brown makes up most of the vehicle, with black used for the wheels and parts of the figure's top section. Most of the paint applications are on the front end of the vehicle. The grille is painted silver along with a small detail under it. The headlights are orange and there is a scannable Decepticon symbol on the center of the hood. The windshield and side windows are all painted a beautiful metallic black color. Sadly there are no painted circles on his wheels (something the animation model has). Overall I like the colors on this figure a lot, but there are definitely spots that could have used more deco.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
Hold on to the front of the vehicle. Now hold on to the black section in the back (the "quills") and push it back. The figure will unfold to reveal the robot head, arms and legs. Swing the robot arms up.
Quillfire has a rather unique form in "Robots in Disguise". His robot form is hunched over slightly and he has long arms that go down past his knees with huge claws. His feet are wide and short. On his back are dangerous "quills" (hence his name) and his head looks vaguely like that of a porcupine or hedgehog with a rounded snout but his sharp looking teeth give him a more reptilian look. He also has some of the other major details from the animation model including a faux-windshield going across his chest and even faux-vehicle mode "doors" sculpted onto his forearms (a feature of the animation model). He also has five sided shapes on his waist area and wide, curved feet like the cartoon model.
The sculpt isn't perfect of course. Being a One Step Changer there had to be some design compromises. The cowl that surrounds his head in the animated model is shrunken down significantly here. The sides of the vehicle mode are huge here, hanging off the sides. He also doesn't have quite as many quills on his back as the animation model either.
The same plastic colors from the vehicle mode carry over here, but you see a lot more black plastic on his head and torso. Silver paint is use don his lower jaw and the eyes are painted red. His feet are painted metallic black. Unfortunately that's it for the colors. I do wish he had a few more deco points including some yellow on his legs and more color on the torso. However most One Step Changers are pretty limited deco-wise so this isn't a huge shock.
Quillfire only has two points of articulation: his arms. They can move up and down and that's it. His hands are set in an open "clawing" position so he can't hold weapons.
This is the first transforming version of Quillfire released, so for me there's a certain amount of excitement over it. I dig this figure for what it is: a simplified version of the character. If you're looking for something more complex, hold out for the upcoming Warrior Class version.