"Robots in Disguise (2015)" Warrior Class Grimlock Toy Review

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Grimlock General Information:
Release Date: December 2014
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
Deceptions beware, because this Warrior Class Grim lock figure converts in a heartbeat from robot mode to T-Rex mode and he's got a chomping jaw that will grind his foes to pieces! Convert him in 10 steps to either mode and keep converting him back and forth so his Deception enemies can't keep up! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

One of the key members of Bumblebee's team in "Robots in Disguise" is Grimlock. You can see my "3 Step Changer Grimlock" review for my thoughts on the character and the aesthetic of the figure. As shown in preview clips of the show, the character appears to be one of the powerhouses of the team, relying on brute strength and his beast mode for combat.

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).

Packaging:
Grimlock 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. The figure is packaged in robot mode. Unlike the other figures in this wave, there is no weapon included with the figure. The card design feels like a descendent of the "Age of Extinction" packaging, with a white background and the "Robots in Disguise" logo on the upper right hand side. 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 "3 Step Changer" Grimlock is a simplified version of the Grimlock design. However this version allowed the designers to create a model that's more accurate to the TV show. The upper body doesn't differ too much from the 3 Step Changer. He still has a wide chest, high armor pieces on his shoulders and a head with design elements inspired by G1 Grimlock. There are some differences, most notably the hands. On the 3 Step Changer, the hands are sculpted right into the beast mode feet. Here the hands are separate pieces featuring four fingers that are sharp looking and set in an open position. The lower body differs quite a bit from the 3 Step Changer. Whereas the 3 Step had to "cheat" by sticking several beast mode pieces onto the legs, these legs are more like the ones seen on the TV show including raised fin pieces along the middle of the lower legs and feet with two distinct "toes" in the front.

There are a lot of small details on tis figure that have shown up on the animation model as well. Most of these are thin, rectangular lines that you'll find on parts like the parts that flank his head, the round shoulder joints and the middle of his forearms. I really like this more detailed sculpt and it looks a lot like the animation model.

Grimlock is cast in green, black and silver plastic. These are the primary colors of the character on screen so he matches up nicely with his TV show counterpart color-wise. A lot of the figure is black, including the torso, upper arms, waist, thighs and most of the lower legs and feet. Green plastic is found on the forearms and lower legs. Green paint is used on the torso, shoulders and legs, helping to balance out the black and green parts. Gold is used as well. You'll find it on the parts of the shoulders that curve inward and the face. The eyes are painted green, and it's a very tiny paint deco. I found myself quite impressed with it. The final detail is a large tampographed Autobot symbol on his chest. The symbol is surrounded by a circle. The symbol can be scanned into the Transformers mobile app to unlock features. Interestingly, the place where the symbol is placed is sculpted with a circle to accomodate the symbol. It's not often a figure has a sculpted section for a part of the deco, but in "Robots in Disguise" this is common.

There are seventeen points of articulation on this figure in robot mode. This includes four in each arm and leg and the head. Interestingly, the elbow and hip joints are ratchet joints, giving him some solid stability. It's unusual since the figure isn't all that heavy (and thus requiring the support). In fact, for a "Grimlock" figure the figure isn't huge at all. He stands at about 5 inches (about 12.7 centimeters) tall, which is pretty average. I measured "Generations" Rattrap and "Age of Extinction" Hot Shot and both were about the same height. Of course, there's a bit of a "cheat" as I'm counting the shoulders, which rise up high on either side. Weight wise the figure is about 2.7 ounces (roughly 76.5 grams). For comparison, "Generations" Rattrap is about 2.4 ounces (about 68 grams). I dig the ratchet joints on the elbows however as they will allow him to hold heavier weapons. Each hand is in an open position, but the curve in the middle can accomodate a 5mm peg weapon. I think it's a bummer that this figure doesn't come with any accessories, and that's my biggest beef with it.

Transformation to Beast Mode:

  1. Swing each robot hand into the forearms.
  2. Swing the beast mode head up from the back over the robot head.
  3. Swing each robot arm up out to the sides, this also releases part of the chest panels.
  4. Swing each of the arms down.
  5. On the inside of the left leg, swing out the tail piece.
  6. Push the lower legs together.
  7. Pull each of the lower robot legs out, then swing them up.
  8. Push the beast modes into the sides.
  9. Rotate the lower legs on the beast mode legs around.

Beast Mode:
Grimlock's design in "Robots in Disguise" seems to take a lot of inspiration from the 1998 version of "Godzilla". Design elements that resemble the 1998 Godzilla include the wide and large snout complete with a huge lower jaw. He also has plates running down the back to the tail, something that most incarnations of Grimlock don't have. In an interesting coincidence (or is it?) the 1998 "Godzilla: The Animated Series" cartoon was produced by Jeff Kline, one of the producers on "Robots in Disguise". Hmmm...

A couple design elements are unique to this figure while other are inspired by G1 Grimlock. Unique to this figure are the arms, which are bigger than your standard "T-Rex" arms. In fact they look powerful thanks to the thick forearms and four fingers. He also has a crown-like design on top of his head (perhaps inspired by G1 Grimlock's crown in the Marvel comic book). The legs owe most of their design to G1 Grimlock down to a circle on the hip area. Overall it's an interesting design and if my theory that this Grimlock is not "the" Grimlock of this universe then it's very appropriate for him to have a form that is similar, but not a duplicate of G1 Grimlock.

This mode shows off a good amount of black and green plastic. A lot of the black is focused in the middle of the figure with the green on the outer parts like the head, lower legs and tail. The arms are silver plastic. Black paint is used to paint a lot of the black details on the main trunk of the body. Silver is used on the head on the upper jaw and the teeth. His eyes are light blue and gold paint is used for the "crown" on his head and the circles on the legs. It's a nice paint job. Truth be told most of what he's "missing" to be show accurate is the same thing all the other "Robots in Disguise" figures are missing - the small details painted yellow to indicate glowing lights. It's very much present in the animation models, but those details have not been painted on the toys, even if they've been sculpted in.

There are eleven points of articulation in this mode. This includes four in each leg and the arms. The jaw can be opened and snapped sut using the lever on the top of the neck area. The ratchet joints on the robot elbows come in handy here if you want to pose the beast mode. It helps lock the legs into position allowing you to have Grimlock with his tail up "Jurassic Park" style or have his tail down "G1 Grimlock" style.

Final Thoughts:
I like the sculpt on Grimlock a lot and his deco is cool. I also appreciate how closely the sculpt resembles the animation model. I only have two wishes: first that he was bigger with this level of complexity and that he had some type of weapon accessory. I still recommend him despite this as he is a fun toy to play with as is. Recommended but with the aforementioned reservations.