"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Warrior Class Thermidor Toy Review
Release Date: December 2017
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:
Collectible Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Warriors Class figures are larger-scale figures that feature classic Transformers conversion and awesome weapon accessories. Change this Warriors Class Thermidor figure between robot and sports car in 11 steps. Figure comes with 2 blaster accessories. Scan the Decepticon shield on this Thermidor figure to unlock a token in the mobile app (see below for app details).
Lobstercon Thermidor will do anything to become the captain of his ship again. Forced to become a regular crewmate, the Decepticon scavenger remains crusty over that freelootin’ Captain Scuttle who pilfered his prized ship from him. Plundering for useful weapons and tech, Thermidor scours the universe, clawing for his next opportunity to take revenge. Join the battle with this figure based on the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series. Choose a side, and prepare for battle!
Includes Thermidor figure, 2 accessories, and on-box instructions.
- Warriors Class Thermidor figure
- Changes between robot and sports car in 11 steps
- Figure comes with 2 blaster accessories
- Scan the shield to unlock a token in the app (see below for app details)
- Take back the ship with Thermidor
- Figure scale: 5 inches
It is no surprise when an action figure is given a new deco and released as a different character. In "Robots in Disguise" this was done a few times, including taking the Quillfire and turning him into Scatterspike. With "Robots in Disguise", the animators on the TV show did the same. In the case of the character Bisk they took the animation model for that character and gave him a new head, releasing him as a different character: Thermidor (yes, Bisk and Thermidor are bost "Lobstercons", the pun game here is real). This review will focus on the changes made to Bisk for this release. Check out my original Bisk review for detailed thoughts on the base sculpt.
Thermidor is packaged on a blister card. The backing card has artwork that looks like the cartoon character and not just a Photoshop of Bisk's artwork. 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 shows off the "Combiner Force" logo and the figure in vehicle mode. The back of the packaging has photos of the figure in both modes indicating 11 steps to transform the figure. It also has the instructions to the side.
Thermidor utilizes the same body as Bisk. This means he has a bulky form with gigantic claws as his forearms and short legs. A lot of the "lobster" based design cues are still present including his clawed feet and even a small tail on the back of the hip area. It is a very unique and powerful looking design and I really like it.
The newly tooled part is the head, which I am very happy to see. In the animated series, Bisk and Thermidor have different head designs. Both were based on the head of a lobster, but Bisk is a more literal, complete with eyes resting on stalks. Thermidor's head design is a bit more refined and robot ic looking. Yes, he has antennae on the top of his head and parts that extend down from the chin area (which on a real life lobster are food handling appendages). The center of the head features two large eyes and a mouth. Another difference in this design from Bisk is a horn sticking out from the center of the forehead (something the animation model also has). I really like this head sculpt on this figure. It looks great and it is very different from Bisk's even though they both take the same "real life" inspiration.
Thermidor is mostly cast in metallic blue and metallic grey plastic with some smaller parts cast in black. Blue makes up most of the figure with the metallic grey used for smaller parts like the upper arms and feet. Black paint is used to paint several parts including the chest, waist area and parts of the legs. The face has some grey paint on it. The front of his claw hands have silver and red details on them, matching up nicely with the animated series. There is one nuance the animation model had which this figure lacks. The animation model had several yellow lines "glowing" with energy, but there are no yellow details on this figure. The finishing touch on the deco is a scannable Decepticon symbol on the center of the chest. As with many of the figures released towards the end of "Robots in Disguise" it does not unlock the character in the official "Robots in Disguise" app, but instead it unlocks tickets and crystals.
All the joints on my copy of Thermidor are nice and tight. Howeever, be warned, the head is on a ball joint and if you turn it the wrong way it pops off. You can push it right back on so it is not a big deal. Just be aware. Thermidor includes the same two weapons as Bisk. They attach the top of the claws and fit nice and snug.
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.
Thermidor's vehicle mode is the same as Bisk's. The only difference is the coloring. In this mode the metallic blue plastic dominates, however the designers did paint more parts than I expected. Black is used to paint all the windows. The spoiler has metallic grey on it. A lot of the detail winds up in the front, where the grille is painted black and the vents under it are painted yellow. The headlights are red with a silver background. While the front of the vehicle does have a piece sculpted to fit a Decepticon symbol, there is none printed there, which is unfortunate. What makes up a bit for this are red circles on the sides of the wheels, a detail featured on most of the "Robots in Disguise" characters. These were absent on some of the Warrior Class figures, and I'm glad to see them here.
The two blasters connect to the 5mm ports towards the front of the vehicle.
Thermidor is a nice redeco and retool of Bisk. I am very happy the designers did not go cheap and just try to do a straight up redeco and "pass" it as the character (I'm looking at you, Scatterspike). The only reservation I have in recommending this figure is its availability. This figure was in the last wave of "Robots in Disguise" Warrior Class figures, and its availability was very limited in some parts. I wound up having to ask a friend in Canada to pick these up for me (they were more readily available here). Months later I finally saw them at a Walmart in the United States, and they were gone by the next week, never to be seen again. As I write this review you can still probably get one at a reasonable price, but I can imagine in a couple months that may not be the case.
- New head sculpt looks fantastic.
- Good deco.
- Unique concept for a character design.
- I would have liked to see the yellow "energy lines" in robot mode.
- Somewhat difficult to find due to being one of the last "Robots in Disguise" figures released.