"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Warrior Class Windblade Toy Review
Release Date: November 2016
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, Walmart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Sword, Sheathe, Fan weapon
*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
There isn't much Windblade can't handle. She can figure out the best plan and has the skills to pull it off, even when there's a high degree of difficulty. Windblade is a seasoned warrior and a practical thinker who tends to be 1 or 2 steps ahead of most bots. Her jet mode also comes in handy, giving the team an ally who can go airborne.
Transformers Warriors Class figures are made for fans of classic Transformers conversion play. This Windblade figure changes from robot to VTOL jet and back in 7 steps. It comes with a sword accessory 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 Windblade just got mightier. Mini-Con Weaponizers figures are each sold separately and subject to availability. (See app details below.)
Windblade was created as part of the "Fan Voted Character" in 2014 and the character quickly took the Transformers world by storm. She appeared in the comic books in a prominent role and would go on to appear in both the online "Combiner Wars" series as well as the current "Robots in Disguise" cartoon. Representing her IDW Publishing/"Combiner Wars" iteration is a "Generations" figure. Earlier, a Legion Class figure was released, based on her animated appearance in "Robots in Disguise". Now with the release of this figure fans have a more traditional version of the "Robots in Disguise" Windblade featuring a multi-step transformation that fans have come to expect from the Warrior Class of toys.
Windblade is packaged on a blister card. The backing card uses the standard promo art for the character. 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 features a green border has Windblade's name on the bottom, but above it is a gear design with a robot outline and the term "Mini-Con Weaponizers" with curved arrows going from the robot to the words. 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 7 steps to transform the figure. It also has the instructions to the side.
Windblade's design in the "Robots in Disguise" cartoon is a streamlined version of her "Generations" look. She still has the same basic shape including wings on her back that stick out to the sides with hover fans on them, thin arms and a head design that is inspired by the Onna-bugeisha from Japan. Unlike the "Generations" design her armor and various parts such as the wings have been streamlined with less small parts. Her lower legs are also much thicker, with wide armor around them instead of being curved and thin like the "Generations" version. Overall it is clear the two characters were inspired by the same basic design.
It is important not to take the word "streamlined" to mean "plain looking". There is a lot of nice detailing on this figure including various line details on the wings, an intricate head sculpt including lines on her face and lines inspired by an Onna-bugeisha's hair and even lines on the fan weapon connected to her head. From a design perspective she has just as much detail as the other Warrior Class figures in this line.
Windblade is cast in metallic red, gunmetal grey and black plastic. The red makes up most of the upper body and the wings while the darker colors are used for the legs. A bit of gunmetal grey on the arms helps break up the red plastic color. There are plenty of paint apps in this mode. They include light blue on the torso and legs, silver on the mid-body area and white on the face. The eyes are painted blue and the fan attached to her head is painted yellow. The sides of the legs are painted maroon, though if we were to go with animation accuracy I believe they meant for these to be a brighter red than they are to match the upper body. A finishing touch on the figure is the scannable Autobot symbol on her chest which unlocks the character in the "Robots in Disguise" mobile app.
There are fourteen points of articulation on this figure. This includes three on each arm and leg as well as waist articulation. If you want to count her wings and the fans on them that adds four more. Her joints are all nice and tight for those worried about the figure being floppy.
Like her "Generations" counterpart Windblade includes a sword and sheathe. These pieces are cast in black and unpainted. The design is very similar to the "Generations" accessories down to the sword being curved and the sheathe having a handle so Windblade can hold it in one hand while holding her sword in the other. Like the "Generations" version a tab on the side allows you to attach it to her hip, but because of the position of the wings you have to fiddle with it a bit to get it to work. In what might be an unintended (but still cool) feature, the sheathe can be held by a 5mm handle as a cannon. The end of the sheathe seems to have a rectangular barrel like those seen on some scifi weapons, which I'm sure is no coincidence. Also inspired by her "Generations" counterpart, the fan on the back of her head can detach so she can hold it in her hand.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Push the robot feet down to reveal the two halves of the rear stabilizer fin.
- Rotate the lower body around.
- Swing the lower legs up to form the back of the vehicle mode and push the two halves of the rear fin together.
- Swing the piece on the back with angled fins down.
- Connect the tabs on the forearms to the slots on the sides of the hips.
- The sword and sheathe can be fit into a slot in between the legs on the bottom of the vehicle.
When compared to the "Generations" version of Windblade, this version has many similarities in this mode. Both jets have wings that end with blade like ends. Each wing also have hoverfans on them in the middle. Towards the back of the vehicle both have a single vertical fin with two horizontal ones. Both vehicles also use the lower legs to make up a significant chunk of the vehicle's rear section.
There are some differences however. "Generations" Windblade has a rounded cockpit section while this version has a shorter cockpit section which is flanked by vents. Also the rear section of the vehicle has two angled fins on top which the "Generations" version does not. Despite these differences, both vehicles look related thanks to the design similarities discussed above.
This mode mostly uses the red plastic for the front section and wings. The rear has the darker black and gunmetal grey parts. Silver is found on the top of the cockpit section while black paint is used on the cockpit windows and hover fans. The light blue and maroon colors from the lower legs in robot mode make up a large chunk of the vehicle's rear section. Overall the vehicle looks great. Thanks to all the various colors that come together there is no part that looks dull or unfinished.
Windblade has two options for landing gear. If you have the sword/sheathe attached you'll notice the front has a small detail that looks like a skid. Detach the accessory and you can swing down landing gear from under the nosecone. Like the "Generations" figure, both fans can rotate. Given that Warrior Class figures are intended to be slightly simpler than Deluxes in "Generations", I was happy to see this feature carried over to this version of the character.
I liked the original "Generations" Windblade figure, but in many ways this version of the character feels a bit more solid partly thanks to tight joints. This figure should definitely join your team Bumblebee!
- Good sculpt.
- Incorporates key elements of "Generations" Windblade's design.
- Good play value.
- Sheathe takes a little bit of work to attach.