"Robots in Disguise (2015)" Warrior Class Gold Armor Grimlock Toy Review
Release Date: August 2015
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
Decepticons beware, because this Warrior Class Gold Armor Grimlock figure is a menace in robot mode or dino mode! He’s got special gold armor and he’s ready to stomp his foes into scrap. Convert him in 10 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.
With about half of the "Robots in Disguise" cartoon already aired in the United States (while the whole season has already aired elsewhere), one dangling thread of discussion rattles around the heads of fans even now: is this Grimlock the same one from "Fall of Cybertron"? Now, my personal theory is that "Robots in Disguise" Grimlock is not the Dinobot leader, but is instead a Dinobot who decided to take on the persona of Grimlock and perhaps idolizes him. If that is true, then this figure is one huge step towards solidifying that dedication. "Gold Armor Grimlock" is a redeco and retool of the Warrior Class Grimlock figure using previous Grimlock figures as an inspiration. Check out that previous review for a more detailed look at the figure. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
Gold Armor Grimlock is packaged on a blister card in robot mode. You can see both the figure and sword in the packaging. Oddly the artwork used for Grimlock still features him in his green/black color scheme and not the color scheme of this figure. The back features the toy and the transformation instructions on top. The bottom focuses on legal information in several languages along with information on scanning the toy into the mobile game.
There are no traditional tech specs (or even a truncated write up) to speak of, which is unfortunate. Even a small tech spec or paragraph would have been nice to see on the packaging. Of course, most folks buying this figure will just toss the packaging anyhow so how much of an issue this is largely depends on your perspective.
"Robots in Disguise" Grimlock's head design definitely has hints of G1/Fall of Cybertron Grimlock's head design but with its face instead of the iconic mouthplate he definitely looks very much like a separate character. Since this redeco is using the G1/Fall of Cybertron colors, it was only fitting that the designers provide fans with a new head to go with it. The head sculpt's "helmet" section is very similar to the one from the previous version of this figure but this time out he has visor eyes and a mouthplate with a prominent chin piece. This definitely echoes the design of G1/Fall of Cybertron Grimlock and it looks fantastic. Something about the design is bold and stoic looking, qualities you would expect from the leader of the Dinobots.
Gold Armor Grimlock is cast in gold, silver and black plastic. These were key colors of the G1 and Fall of Cybertron Dinobots. The silver is found on the base of the head, the arms and lower legs. The gold appears on the chest while the black plastic is used for smaller parts like the head, hands and thighs. As I examined this figure under a bright light I was very surprised to see that rich the plastic colors were. They really look great.
The paint colors used on the figure include red, gold and silver. The red is used on the eyes and the mid-section to the hip area. The lower legs have metallic gold paint on the raised sections. The finishing touch is the large, scannable Autobot symbol on the right side of the chest. Silver is used on the lower half of the chest, adding some nice additional details. Overall there's no mistaking who this Grimlock figure is paying homage to, and I really love how the colors manage to pay homage to G1/Fall of Cybertron Grimlock.
All the articulation points on this figure are tight. I'm not seeing any weak articulation points with this figure. Unfortunately Grimlock does not include any sort of weapon. Sure I know in the TV show he just uses his bare hands, but in toy form an accessory (maybe a sword or blaster) would have helped make Grimlock look even more like his G1/Fall of Cybertron counterpart and add value to a redeco/retool.
Transformation to Beast Mode:
- Swing each robot hand into the forearms.
- Swing the beast mode head up from the back over the robot head.
- Swing each robot arm up out to the sides, this also releases part of the chest panels.
- Swing each of the arms down.
- On the inside of the left leg, swing out the tail piece.
- Push the lower legs together.
- Pull each of the lower robot legs out, then swing them up.
- Push the beast modes into the sides.
- Rotate the lower legs on the beast mode legs around.
I think this mode is really the one that embodies the "Gold Armor" name of this figure. The gold plastic parts from the robot mode wind up on the chest and hips here, but there are also gold paint details on the head and the sides of the beast mode's back. He also has some gold on the front claws of his feet. Red appears on the eyes and under the chest.
The scannable Autobot symbol from the robot mode chest appears prominently in this mode. I enjoy the way the smaller black parts help break up the silver color on the legs. It adds some variety to the colors that is consistent with G1/Fall of Cybertron Grimlock's design. The colors look great and I find they fit the sculpt perfectly.
All of Grimlock's joints in this mode are just as tight as the previous version. This includes his jaw mechanism that opens and closes the lower jaw.
It's no surprise that I'm an Old Skool fan of G1, so anything that harkens back to that era appeals to me. This deco is fantastic and I really appreciate the new head design. Recommended!