"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Alpine Strike Drift Toy Review
Release Date: December 2016
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, Walmart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Long sword, short sword
*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
Collectible Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Warriors Class figures are larger-scale figures that feature classic Transformers conversion and awesome weapon accessories. This Warriors Class Alpine Strike Autobot Drift figure changes between robot and sports car in 7 steps. Figure comes with 2 sword accessories. Scan the Autobot shield on this Autobot Drift figure to unlock a token in the mobile app (see below for app details). Autobot Drift is a master swordsman and a skilled warrior. Even when under heavy enemy fire, the Autobot can dodge any fireblast with speed, ease, and precision. With years of combat training under his belt, Autobot Drift proves himself again and again in battle. Join the battle with this figure based on the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series. Choose a side, and prepare for battle! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Back in 2010, Hasbro released a Drift action figure. The character has made quite the splash in the IDW Publishing comics, so much so that a version of the character was added to the live action movie series. When "Robots in Disguise" rolled around Drift was added as a character to the show. Perhaps the best toy interpretation of the character has been the Warrior Class Drift. After its initial release, the figure was given a new deco as Blizzard Strike Drift. Check out both of my previous reviews for a detailed look at the figure. This review will cover the changes made to the figure for this release.
Alpine Strike Drift is packaged on a blister card. The backing card has artwork that shows Drift charging forward, but interestingly enough he is in his original colors. If you are facing the card you will see the red "Transformers" logo set vertically on the right with the "Robots in Disguise" logo above it. The figure is packaged in robot mode inside the bubble. The insert has a photo of the vehicle mode and the art for the character on the side. The insert has the "Combiner Force" logo on it. The back of the packaging has renders of the figure in both modes in the actual colors of the figure.
Alpine Strike Drift uses the same sculpt as the previous Warrior Class figures. There have been no sculpting changes made to the toy.
This figure is cast mostly in white plastic with smaller parts in black, similar to the original Drift figure. Black is used for a lot of the smaller parts like the shoulders, waist area and thighs. The white parts are used on the larger chunks like the shoulders, forearms, lower legs, chest panel and waist armor. The weapons are cast in white plastic.
The main paint color used on this figure is red, which was the same color used for the original IDW Publishing version of Drift. Red is used on the crest and the inner edge of the helmet on the head. It is also found on the chest, shoulders, arms and legs. The shoulders have a line pattern that is reminiscent of the line details on the first Drift figure. The knees and feet have a significant amount of red paint on them. Nicely enough the swords also have red paint on the blades. The eyes on the figure are painted blue. The finishing touch to the deco is the scannable Autobot symbol on the chest. Oddly if you scan the symbol you do not unlock the character in the game. Instead you get five crystals and a ticket for the Mini-Con slot machine.
This deco may sound boring, but in fact I think it looks great. The designs are not exact homages to any of the designs on the original "Generations" Drift, but the "spirit" of the design is there. I also appreciate that the design of the deco is significantly different than the previous releases.
Much to my surprise, all the joints on this figure are still relatively tight. It pretty much feels the same as the first release of this figure (maybe a tad more loose). The swords also fit into the fists and hold tight without a problem.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Swing the robot feet up.
- Push the two lower legs together, including the cabin cover section on the back of the legs.
- Rotate the figure around at the waist.
- Swing up the chest panel.
- Swing up the grille panel on the back of the figure.
- Swing the forearms up at the elbow hinge.
- Push the robot arms in. Push the tabs on the forearm panels into slots on the lower leg sections.
- Swing the cabin cover section forward and push it down.
- Attach the swords to the underside of the vehicle using the tabs near the knee armor.
This mode mostly shows off white plastic with black tires. The top section is cast in dark clear plastic. White paint is used for the top of the cabin section and I am really impressed by how well the white paint blends in with the white plastic. The red lines seen in robot mode also appear in this form on the front end and doors. Again, they do not replicate the pattern on the original "Generations" Drift, but they definitely serve as a nice callback to them. The headlight are painted blue and the "bull horns" in the middle are also painted red. Again the deco does not sound thrilling in text, but it actually looks great.
Like the last two versions of this figure the deco looks great. I appreciate that the deco calls back to the original "Generations" Drift. I also appreciate that the joints are still in good shape. After four other uses of the tooling (between Hasbro and Takara Tomy) I am happy to see the tooling still in good shape. Recommended!
- Distinctive sculpt with a lot of character.
- Sculpt represents the TV show model well.
- A deco that calls back to the character's origins.
- Distinctive weapons.
- No retooling or new weapons.
- Not the strongest deco this sculpt has been given.