Revenge of the Fallen Knock Out Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Beast Wars, Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: May 2009
Price Point: $7.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Text and images from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Though he is an incredibly flashy and skilled fighter, KNOCK OUT is also desperately insecure. He practices awesome combat maneuvers constantly in private to be sure that the other AUTOBOTS will notice him on the battlefield. His highest ambition is to be the leader of a special combat team, and to get the combination retrofit everyone has been talking about.

Add this trusty AUTOBOT teammate to your collection! Convert from robot mode to motorcycle in vehicle mode and recreate exciting movie scenes – or stage new battles of your own – right there in your living room!

Super-cool robot-to-vehicle figure converts from robot mode to motorcycle in vehicle mode! Ages 5 and up.

In "Revenge of the Fallen" Arcee is represented as the "Arcee Twins", with her "sister" Chromia and an unidentified purple motorcycle. Since the first movie, ninja motorcycles have been a presence in the Transformers movie universe. Indeed, the first movie Arcee deluxe figure transformed into a motorcycle as well. Given this, it's no surprise that the Scout Class assortment of movie characters includes yet another ninja motorcycle based character. This time it's a new character named Knock Out, who may actually have a couple familiar elements from an unexpected source.

Robot Mode:
A motorcycle is a fairly small vehicle, and there's not a whole lot of bulk to work with. This has made motorcycle based transformations a bit tricky of the years. Some of the executions have been more successful over the years than others. However, I always find it fascinating how many different iterations on the ninja motorcycle to robot transformation the designers have come up with. In Knock Out's case, it's another fairly unique take on the design.

In this form, the sides of the motorcycle fold down to become the robot legs while the front section basically collapses to form the torso. His rear wheels split in half, resulting in wing like segments over his shoulders. His arms are made from the rear section of the motorcycle and part of the seat. The front wheel winds up on his back. What's great about this is how proportionate this design makes the character. One side doesn't have larger bits than the other, he doesn't have tons of unsightly (and heavy) motorcycle bits hanging off of him everywhere. He looks like a compact yet sleek robot.

Thanks to his sleek form, Knock Out doesn't have a lot in the way of kibble. Rather, the focus is on streamlined details. For instance, his legs are very much flat panels leading to a large hinge at the knee and then more flat points on the lower leg and feet, with some layers of detailing. The chest is mostly smooth shapes since it's formed form the front of the motorcycle. His arms have quite a bit of detail and are actually asymmetrical in design. The left arm is a regular arm with a fist but includes sculpted details such as tubes, circles and triangles. His lower right arm doesn't have a fist, but rather the ends of his exhaust pipe from the vehicle mode. The weapon is designed to look like a machine gun, complete with a cylinder attached to the side with rounds of artillery wrapped around it. Since most of the Scout Class figures in this assortment don't have weapon accessories, it's super cool to see the weapon integrated right into the body and sculpted so well.

Looking at the head design, something struck me immediately. With it's swept back mask, angled eyes and tubes (resembling exhaust pipes) sweeping back on the sides, the head has a very insectoid appearance. Then add to that the way the motorcycle headlight parts are mounted on the chest with the headlights looking like eyes, and Knock Out suddenly takes on a rather insectoid appearance, something mostly reserved for Decepticons in this line. The way his wheels are mounted on ball joints over his shoulders make them resemble wings. So what am I driving at? Well, whether intentional or not, Knock Out seems to be a bit of a homage to the fan favorite character Waspinator from Beast Wars. His motorcycle wheel halves even swing to the back as a visual analogy to the wings on Waspinator's back. Sure I'm reaching a bit, but I'm not the only fan to think this either.

If sculpting isn't enough to draw the connection between Knock Out and Waspinator, then certainly the colors of this figure do! Knock Out is cast in black, silver and green plastic, three key colors used on Beast Wars Waspinator. The green plastic is used on a lot of the vehicle mode parts such as the panels on the sides and the arms connecting the wheels to the main body. Silver is used for connecting parts such as his hips, parts of his arms and the ball joints that his wheel halves are connected to. Black plastic is used for a lot of the robot parts including the lower legs, forearms and head. Paint details are done in black, neon green, light blue, white and silver. By no small coincidence, green, light blue and blue were used on Waspinator as well. The neon green is used a lot on the torso and for details on his chest. The blue is used for both his robot eyes and the headlights on his chest. Silver is used for the end of his weapon barrel.

Knock Out has eleven points of articulation. That doesn't sound like a lot by today's standards, but it is important to note that eight of these points of articulation are ball joints with a wide range of motion including his shoulders and knees.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the heel piece on each foot into the front foot piece and swing them up.
  2. Move the wheels on his shoulders up.
  3. Rotate the forearms out to the sides.
  4. Swing the panels of the vehicle mode on the chest up and connect them together in the middle.
  5. Swing the wheel on Knock Out's back up.
  6. Swing the legs up against the back of the robot and connect the side panels to the clips towards the front of the vehicle.
  7. Swing each of the wheel halves/robot arm sections back and connect the two arms and the halves of the wheels together.

Vehicle Mode:
Knock Out is a ninja style motorcycle in vehicle mode. The front end looks almost like an insectoid head with narrowed eyes staring down an enemy. He has many of the standard ninja motorcycle parts including a sharply curved panel on the sides, a smooth, raised section in front of the seat with a gas tank cover and a back section that seems to be pointing backward. Smaller details can be found on the wheels, which have brakes sculpted into the arm that attaches them to the body of the vehicle. He also has nicely sculpted handles complete with a circular instrument panel readout in the center. What I was happy to see is how relatively thin it is. Sometimes motorcycle Transformers can look bulky in vehicle mode, and thanks to his design, Knock Out is very streamlined and sleek.

Knock Out shows a lot more black plastic in this mode. Black makes up the wheels, the arms connected to the wheel, the front end, part of the side panel and the seat/back of the vehicle. The same paint colors from the robot mode carry over here for details. The spokes and area in the middle of each tire is neon green. Neon green, white and green form line designs going at a slight upward angle on the side panels. An Autobot symbol graces the middle of the vehicle, painted in black on top of a neon green section.

Knock Out rolls on his two wheels and thanks to his width (which is not huge, but it is there) he doesn't need a kickstand to stand in place.

Final Thoughts:
I really like this figure. Knock Out looks great in both modes and has great posability. The bit of homage material is also fun. Highly recommended!