"Robots in Disguise (2015)" Warrior Class Autobot Drift Toy Review

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Autobot Drift General Information:
Release Date: March 2015
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Long Sword, Short Sword


*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
Decepticons beware, because this Warrior Class Autobot Drift figure converts in a heartbeat from robot mode to sports car mode, and he’s got 2 swords to slash his foes into scrap! Convert him in 7 steps to either mode, and keep converting him back and forth so his Decepticon enemies can’t keep up! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

The "Warrior" Class is a new class created to take the role that the "Deluxe" Class once held but only in the "Robots in Disguise" line (so far). The "Deluxe" Class lives on in name via the "Generations" segment (making it the last class of figure to survive from the era of "Beast Wars" to now). The second wave of "Warrior Class" figures includes Optimus Prime and Autobot Drift, both are characters who will appear on the television show.

Autobot Drift is packaged in a bubble that is both glued and taped to a card. Similar to many Japanese Deluxe Class figure releases, the bubble is glued onto the card except one side that overlaps onto the back. That section is taped on. Optimus is packaged in robot mode. The card design feels like a descendant of the "Age of Extinction" packaging, with a white background and the "Robots in Disguise" logo on the upper right hand side. It's a very clean look. The package art mirrors the style of the TV show animation and I was happy to see just how prominent the art is. Not only does it appear on the card, but it is also on the insert.

The back of the packaging has no tech specs information at all. The instructions are printed there and below that are disclaimers in multiple languages with a blurb for the "Robots in Disguise" app in the center. As packaging goes it's rather dull on the back, but looks great from the front. As a long time fan this bugs me, but honestly most kids are just going to toss away the packaging so I get the desire to not invest tons of money into the back of the card.

Robot Mode:
The Autobot known as Drift was originally introduced in the IDW Publishing comic book series (and is currently finishing up a mini-series). Then a character with the same name and some of the same influences was introduced in the "Age of Extinction" movies. Now the lineage of the character continues into the "Robots in Disguise" universe with an animated version of the character set in the "Prime" universe.

This character takes most of his design influence from the live action movie version of the character than the comic book version. Like the live action version of the character much of his body design is made up of parts influenced by Samurai armor. This includes:

  • The head design looks like a Samurai's helmet complete with a crest and horns. Like his animated counterpart he also has a long beard and mustache.
  • The front halves of the car mode form Spaulders on his arms.
  • On the hips are Kusazuri.
  • The feet are designed with a distinct notch that seems to show "toes". This is reminscent of Kogake.

Unlike the previous characters with the same name this Drift is primarily metallic flake orange and black plastic with a bit of silver plastic. Orange and black alternate on his body offering a nice contrast between the two colors. The black paint on the figure is used to color in details like the X shape on his chest and his knee armor. The black paint has a nice matte finish that looks really nice. His scannable Autobot symbol is right in the middle of his chest. The most detailed section of the figure is the head. The head is orange plastic. The face is painted grey with blue eyes. The outline of the helmet near the face is black and his crest and horns are red. I was actually surprised how intricate the deco on this part was.

If we were to compare the figure totally to the animation model, he needs a couple more deco applications including some blue on the chest and red on the waist area, but to be honest until I looked at screen captures of the animation model, I didn't even realize they were missing.

Drift has twenty points of articulation in this form. This includes five points in each arm and four in each leg. He also has waist articulation and nicely enough, his hip armor can swing out of the way to allow his thighs to move. He includes two weapons a long sword and short sword (roughly based on a katana and wakizashi respectively, but these blades are straight and not curved). Each sword can fit in one of his fists. What I found cool is that even though the blade handles are rectangular in shape, the holes in the fists are designed to accommodate 5mm peg weapons. If he is holding alternate weapons, you can slide the swords into the slots on his left side hip armor, another fantastic design choice.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
  2. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  3. Swing the robot feet up.
  4. Push the two lower legs together, cincluding the cabin cover section on the back of the legs.
  5. Rotate the figure around at the waist.
  6. Swing up the chest panel.
  7. Swing up the grille panel on the back of the figure.
  8. Swing the forearms up at the elbow hinge.
  9. Push the robot arms in. Push the tabs on the forearm panels into slots on the lower leg sections.
  10. Swing the cabin cover section forward and push it down.
  11. Attach the swords to the underside of the vehicle using the tabs near the knee armor.

Vehicle Mode:
Autobot Drift's vehicle mode looks like a futuristic car. It could very well be a car from Cybertron. It has a really interesting design with a wide front end that angles inward in the middle and then flares out again at the back. The front section angles inward and down. It's a really interesting and unique shape and I like it a lot. Much of the vehicle is smooth and sleek but there are plenty of details. That includes a crest and horn design in the middle of the front end that mirrors the design on his forehead in robot mode. In the same general area he has angled headlights and air intakes under the headlights. Overall it's a really cool "scifi" looking vehicle.

This mode shows off metallic orange and black plastic, but also introduces dark translucent grey plastic. This is used on the cabin cover and interestingly enough, the wheels. The translucent parts on the cabin area have orange paint on them. The paint isn't metallic, but it still looks good against the orange plastic on the rest of the figure. Black paint is used on the front section and the doors. Unfortunately it is not used on the rear windows which was a bit disappointing since other figures released recently have had that part painted. A bit of red is used on the doors, which adds a nice dash of color to this mode. Red is also used on the crest/horns detail in the front.

Final Thoughts:
Autobot Drift is not the most complex Deluxe/Warrior Class figure ever, but he looks great in both modes and has fun play value. I also appreciate how well his design aligns with the "Age of Extinction" design, yet manages to be distinctive at the same time. Recommended!