"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Warrior Class Bisk Toy Review
Release Date: November 2016
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, Walmart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Blasters x 2
*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
Bisk is a lobster-bot Decepticon who was a prisoner on the crashed prison ship, the Alchemor. He likes making up ways to rack up points and track his achievements during battle, even if he's the only one who understands how to keep score. (No one's really sure if he wants to defeat the Autobots or just level up.) He blasts steam from his antenna and his armored shell is strong enough to deflect blaster fire.
Transformers Warriors Class figures are made for fans of classic Transformers conversion play. This Decepticon Bisk figure changes from robot to vehicle and back in 11 steps. It comes with 2 blaster accessories and works with all Mini-Con Weaponizers figures. Each Mini-Con Weaponizers figure converts from robot to weapon in a single step. Add a Mini-Con Weaponizers figure to the battle and imagine Bisk just got mightier. Mini-Con Weaponizers figures are each sold separately and subject to availability. (See app details below.) Every Transformers: Robots in Disguise figure unlocks content in the Transformers Robots: in Disguise app. Scan the Decepticon shield on this figure to unlock Bisk and a claw. Download the app, scan the shield to activate the code, unlock, and play. App content is for ages 9 and up. See below for app details. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
When you think "Transformer", I'd wager a car turning into a robot seems pretty standard. However, a car turning into a robot based in a lobster is another story and that is what we fans have with Bisk. Introduced in season one of "Robots in Disguise", this character's obnoxious personality and weird (but cool) design was unforgettable from the start. After being conspicuously absent from the first few waves of Warrior Class figures, Bisk was finally added to the Warrior Class assortments in 2016!
Bisk is packaged on a blister card. The backing card has artwork that looks like the cartoon character however it is not the same artwork that the One Step Changer Bisk has on its packaging.. 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 is mostly green and has the "gear symbol". This is referencing the ability for 2016 "Weaponizer" Mini-Cons to connect to larger Transformers using 5mm pegs. The back of the packaging has photos of the figure in both modes indicating 8 steps to transform the figure. It also has the instructions to the side.
I think it is fair to say that Bisk has one of the most unique robot modes to come out of any Transformers line in years. The design eschews the traditional humanoid robot form and instead takes an Earth lobster as its inspiration (yes, you're not imagining things, his name is a play on the dish lobster bisque). Some of his key features come from lobsters. This includes his head, which has two long antennae and eyes on stalks. Instead of fists, he has two large claws and even his feet have two pointed "toes" that look like the ends of the legs on a lobster. On the back of his hip area are two small triangles that point out to the sides, similar to a lobster tail. I absolutely love this aesthetic. It's different, it recalls the "beast" era of Transformers and it is kind of absurd all at the same time.
In terms of how show accurate this figure is the designers absolutely nailed it. Aside from the details above he has the faux "windshield" chest seen on the animation model and panels from the vehicle form armor on his shoulders. Even smaller details such as the headlights winding up on the front of his claws are intact. The major difference in the design involves the wheels on the forearms and lower legs. On the animation model these are covered up by panels. Here they remain exposed. This is a really minor detail in my opinion. Overall the sculpt looks fantastic.
Bisk is cast in metallic orange, metallic maroon and black plastic. The orange makes up most of the body including the shoulder armor, torso, forearms and lower legs. The maroon is used for smaller parts like the feet and upper arms. The black plastic appears as his wheels and weapons. Both colors are really beautiful and I'm happy they are continuing to use metallic plastic colors.
Paint colors on this figure include black, silver, maroon and blue. For the most part the designers did a great job of creating a color scheme that follows many of the color patterns from the animation model. These details include black on the windshield on his chest, silver on the headlight sections on his claws (complete with blue on the headlights themselves). Also like the animation model his eyes are painted blue and the "chin" section of his head is painted silver. Like most "Robots in Disguise" figures he has a scannable Decepticon symbol. This is located in the center of his cheset and unlocks the character in the mobile app. I'm really impressed with this deco partly because it accomplishes a lot without a ton of paint applications. Nothing looks "missing" to me in the sense that there aren't large chunks of plain looking plastic that need paint. From the head to the lower legs there is plenty of detail spread around.
There are twenty one points of articulation on this figure. This includes six in each arm and four in each leg. The claws are able to swing inward which I appreciate since the designers could have easily just made his elbow joint a generic joint that goes up and down. Each claw has a 5mm port on top, allowing you to attach his weapons to them or Mini-Cons.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Swing the chest panel forward, push the head back into it, then swing it back into place.
- Pull each robot arm up at the shoulder, then push them together. Swing the two shoulder armor pieces together and snap them into one another.
- Swivel the forearms to the sides, then swing them up.
- Point each robot foot down.
- Swing the center of the cabin cover up.
- Swing each lower leg up to form the rear of the vehicle.
- Push the cabin cover piece down.
- Swing the lower halves of the claws back to form the sides of the vehicle.
- The weapons can be attached to the ports on the front of the car.
Bisk's vehicle mode is a sleek looking, futuristic car. However that does not mean he abandons the lobster motif in this form. A lot of details still call out to his more beast-like robot mode. The headlights themselves are small circles, which call back to the shape of his robot eyes. The front part of the vehicle has curved wheel well sections on the sides which suggest the claws that make up those areas. The biggest "lobster detail" is found on the back of the vehicle where a spoiler is shaped to look like a lobster tail. I really love the way this figure does not abandon the lobster motif just because it is a car at the same time. Somehow it manages to be both and look good and to me that's an accomplishment.
Like the robot mode this form is mostly metallic orange. Black is used for the wheels and weapons. Much to my surprise, every window is painted including the back one! This is a rarity nowadays with Transformers figures so I was very happy to see it. The front grille is also painted black, though there is no Decepticon symbol where a very obvious sculpted detail would have allowed one to be tampographed. A bit of metallic red is found on the spoilers and the front end. The silver and blue headlight details form the robot mode carry over into this form. The last detail which really surprised me was the use of blue circles on the wheels! This is a detail used on most of the Transformers in the "Robots in Disguise" cartoon, but it has largely been absent on the toys. I was really happy to see this detail and it really adds to the look of the vehicle.
Bisk is awesome. Bisk is a figure I have wanted for over a year, so finally having him makes me super happy. That said, Bisk is not for everyone. There is a level of goofiness to this figure that is not meant for all fans. However if the aesthetic does appeal to you, then you should absolutely add this to your collection!