"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Blizzard Strike Autobot Drift Toy Review
Release Date: November 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 Hasbro.com:
When the going gets tough, Autobot Drift is the bot to have on your side. He is a master swordsman who always remains calm and controlled during combat, even under heavy enemy fire. He's fought a lot of battles, and knows how to defeat almost any enemy. The wisdom he shares makes him a valuable teacher, even if he can be a little gruff about giving it out.
Transformers Warriors Class figures are made for fans of classic Transformers conversion play. This Blizzard Strike Autobot Drift figure changes from robot to vehicle and back in 7 steps and features blizzard camouflage armor for stealth missions in snow environments. It comes with 2 sword accessories and works with all Mini-Con Weaponizers figures. Each Mini-Con Weaponizers figure converts from robot to a unique weapon in a single step. Add a Mini-Con Weaponizers figure to the battle and imagine Autobot Drift just got mightier. Mini-Con Weaponizers figures are each sold separately and subject to availability. (See app details below.)
The second season of "Robots in Disguise" featured a theme where the Autobot team split up and encountered different environments on Earth. One of these environments was extreme cold. When the Autobots went to that part of the world, they took on new colors (primarily white and blue) temporarily. Several figures were given new decos to reflect this change, though the decos did not necesarily match the deco shown on screen, but were more in line with the theme. In the case of Drift, the original Warrior Class figure has been given a new deco that is meant to represent the character in "Blizzard" conditions with heavy use of blue. This figure is just a redeco of the previous Warrior Class Drift so check out that review. This write up will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
Blizzard Strike Drift is packaged on a blister card. The backing card has artwork that shows Drift standing stoically, 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 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.
When I first saw this figure at the pre-New York Comic-Con Hasbro event a couple years back I remember being struck by how vibrant and rich the plastic colors on it looked. After getting this figure in my hands I am happy to see that it was not just the prototype. The two plastic colors that really pop on this figure are the light and medium blue colors. They are both metallic shades of plastic which gives them a really brilliant shine. Both colors contrast off each other nicely, but both also fit the theme of the figure. Other colors help too. Smaller parts such as the fists and waist are black, offering some dark contrast and the thighs are silver.
The paint colors also reflect this "metallic blue/ice" theme. This incudes a light silver on the knees and arms that look almost like a layer of frost on metal. The chest panel and feet both have metallic blue paint on them. A bit of Drift's original color scheme peeks through on the head with red on his "horns" and a silver face. Of course the finishing touch is a scannable Autobot symbol on the chest which is supposed to unlock the character in the "Robots in Disguise" app. Unfortunately each time I tried to do so it kept telling me the code was not recognized. This is the first time this has happened. Usually if the app cannot find a code it just gives you something generic or the "slot machine" Mini-Con but not this time.
No tooling changes were made to this figure for this release. I was also happy to find that his joints are all just as tight as the previous release. His weapons also still hold nice and snug in his fists.
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, cincluding 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.
The same blue colors from the robot mode carry over to the vehicle mode, but now there are clear plastic parts visible too. These make up the cover of the cabin section and the wheels. The clear plastic is a nice choice as it also goes with the "frozen" theme of the figure. Each of the clear plastic parts look like those sections are made of ice.
Metallic blue paint is used on the cabin section and the front of the vehicle. Silver is found on the sides in patterns similar to those seen in robot mode. The front end has red paint on the headlights and "bull head" detail in the center. Once again I give high marks to this figure for the deco. It looks absolutely gorgeous and I find myself surprised at just how much I like it.
I'm not generally a huge fan of straight up redecos that represent the same character, but if it's done right it can be amazing. Blizzard Strike Drift counts as one of these. If you're going to do a straight forward redeco this is a great way to do it. If you already have the original figure there isn't a huge need to get this one, but if you missed out the first time this is a worthy substitute.
- Distinctive sculpt with a lot of character.
- Sculpt represents the TV show model well.
- Beautiful deco.
- Distinctive weapons.
- No retooling or new weapons.