Revenge of the Fallen Demolishor Toy Review

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Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: May 2009
Price Point: $22.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text below from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
DEMOLISHOR isn’t very bright, but he knows when to fight, and when to run and hide. Arriving on Earth to find MEGATRON destroyed, hiding seemed like the best option. Since then, he’s taken a few smaller DECEPTICONS under his protection, and built quite a little community. It hasn’t been easy, hiding among the humans that creep like a disease over this planet, but he and his companions are content to wait until a new DECEPTICON leader emerges to guide them back to glory.

Prepare to do battle – DECEPTICON style! Get in gear with this awesome figure! Featuring MECH ALIVE GEARING spinning gears in robot mode, this bold-looking bad guy is ready to “dig” in and fight! Convert him to an excavator with a working shovel in vehicle mode! This battle is on – are you ready?

Detailed robot-to-vehicle figure features MECH ALIVE GEARING spinning gears in robot mode and a working shovel in excavator mode!

When the first "Revenge of the Fallen" teaser trailer debuted, it featured one design that stood out as unique and impressive at the same time. A mysterious Decepticon was shown causing mass destruction all while rolling on a single wheel. The scale of this robot would be shown when Optimus Prime jumped on it, just a bit bigger than its head! Such a titanic robot gave audiences an indication as to the scale of the robots in the new movie and now the "mystery-bot" has been revealed as Demolishor, a Voyager Class Decepticon in the "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line.

Vehicle Mode:
When images of Demolishor's vehicle form first began to leak out, people linked it with the robot seen in the trailer and immediately began to decry such a ludicrous machine existing in real life. Sometimes, it pays to do research before doubting something. Demolishor's vehicle mode is in fact based on a real life excavation vehicle: the Terex O&K RH 400 Hydraulic Mining Excavator. The key details of the real life RH 400 are all present. It has the same general shape with the control center on the left side, staircases with railings on the sides and of course a gigantic shovel arm with shovel in the center. What thrills me to bits however are the tiny details.

The first details that draw my eye are the rails on the side. The sheer scale they represent compared to an average human being is mind blowing. The control center is designed very much like the real life one down to where the door is, the shape of the windows and the four pieces sticking up on the roof. There are also small cooling units behind the control center. Look carefully at these rectangles and you'll even see small fan turbines inside, which is a level of detail I really appreciate. On the other side you'll find more railings along with a row of barrels and tube/wire detailing. Look in the area in between the two to see more mechanical detail and vents. The shovel in the center is well detailed too. The hinges have round details with circles inside them made up of tiny raised circles, replicating a detail found on the real life RH 400. Lines of cables come out from the base of the arm to the middle on the top. Perhaps the most interesting details are drums inside the arm. These drums are part of the "Mech Alive" feature of this figure. Move the arm up and down and the drums spin, looking very cool. The drums themselves look like layer upon layer of tech detail, and it's not all even either, showing quite a bit of thought went into the sculpting of those pieces.

Demolishor is cast in dark red, grey, light grey and translucent purple plastic. The red plastic is used for most of the main body of the vehicle. Light grey plastic is used for the shovel arm and shovel. The windows of the control center are translucent purple. The darker grey can be found on small pieces such as the rails and joints on the figure as well as the inside of the treads. The treads themselves are made of black rubber. The colors work well together and have their basis in real life. One of the color schemes that the RH 400 comes in is a red and light grey scheme (you can see it in the brochure here). Since the movie figures aim towards looking like realistic vehicles, I think it was a cool idea to use an approximation of a real life color scheme for this figure.

Paint details for this figure are done in black, light grey, silver and gold. Black is used mostly on the shovel arm. It begins at the shovel, which is mostly black, but then fades towards the arm with a spray op that looks fantastic. Black is also used on the wires on top of the shovel arm and dark dusting is used on the arm itself, giving the figure a nice worn and real life appearance. On the side of the vehicle are warning stripes painted in black as well as a Decepticon symbol on the left side. The drums inside the shovel arm are painted silver, an appropriate color since they represent internal mechanics of the vehicle. Light grey paint is used on the control center and panels on the sides of the vehicle. This grey matches the shovel arm and contrasts nicely against the red plastic. Finally, a bit of gold is used on rectangular panels on the sides of the vehicle.

The shovel arm has three points of articulation. It moves at the base, in the middle and where it connects to the shovel. Interestingly, the claws at the end of the shovel are on hinges, but they can barely move up and down. I'm not sure what happened here (a last minute redesign perhaps?) but I'm not counting them. The treads however are definitely a victim of cost cutting and last minute changes. In the photos of the prototype figure on the packaging you can see the treads were made into several distinct parts that linked up. However, they are now just one solid rubber piece. Functionally however I can't say it would have affected much since the treads don't actually roll at all. This is due to the nature of the transformation (more on that below). In that respect the vehicle mode is a bit disappointing, but when weighed against the strength of the sculpt and the neato shovel arm, it's a minor quibble.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing the hinged pieces on the back of the vehicle straight back.
  2. Swing each of the sections with the rails on them forward.
  3. Split the shovel arm in half and swing the arms out to the sides.
  4. Swing the panel in the center up and fold it back on its hinges.
  5. Detach the treads from the main body of the vehicle and rotate them forward.
  6. Press each end of the treads together, condensing them into wheel shapes.
  7. Rotate the panel on the right side of the robot around.
  8. On the lower part of the robot, rotate the arm the wheel rests on around, then swing it into the middle on the hinge.
  9. Rotate the arm on the other side and swing the hinge in and connect it to the peg on the wheel at the bottom of the robot.
  10. Repeat the previous to steps on the top wheel.
  11. Swing in each of the arm sections with the rails on them.
  12. Rotate the arm sections around so the fans and tech details face forward.
  13. Swing the panels with the warning stripes down at an angle.

Robot Mode:
The transformation to get to the robot mode is one of the most unique in Transformers history, so it's no surprise that the robot mode is rather unique among the other movie figures. However, a lot of people commented early on that this design was very "un-Transformers-like", but in fact a unicycle type design has been done twice before in the line. First there was Beast Machines Thrust and then later the more show accurate Motorcycle Drone. Indeed, as I look at the red and grey colors of this robot mode, they are very reminscent of the red and silver used on the Motorcycle Drone. His robot head looks like a mix of the Decepticon symbol and an insect head. The central crest is triangular in shape, like the Decepticon symbol's, and it is flanked by two "horns" protruding out to the sides at angles. The lower portion of the head has vent like protrusions on the sides and mandibles on the bottom. Between his slit shaped eyes, the vents on the sides and the triangular shaped area around the mouth section, his head bears resemblance to Beast Machines Thrust's head. While there has been no official confirmation that Beast Machines Thrust influenced the design of this figure, I wonder if it was at least in the back of someone's mind when working on this design.

Newly revealed details also include the mechanical bits on his shoulders. Contrary to what the packaging says, the fan inside the shoulder does not turn, they are just sculpted details (but nicely done details). There is a network of wires, machinery and even grilles on each shoulder, continuing his complex appearance from the vehicle mode. The wheel on the top offers some symmetry to the one on the bottom. Just in sculpt alone I really love the design of this figure. It's weird, funky and well detailed.

The same colors present in the vehicle mode carry over here with the additon of a gunmetal color on the robot head. Gold, black and silver are found on the machinery details on his shoulders. The eyes are cast in translucent orange which gets a bit lost in the red color of the head but it's a nice color if you use the light piping feature.

For the most part, it is very difficult to pose Demolishor at all. He generally rests on his central wheel using his two arms for support. I've been told he can be posed, but after about ten minutes trying to find one pose that didn't require an arm to hold him up somehow, I gave up. I really don't see this as a weakness since it is a good representation of the character as featured in the movie. The good news is, Demolishor does have posability. In total, he has eleven points of articulation. This includes a couple of hinges on his arms that allow you to swing the shoulder section forward a bit so his arms can swing up and down in front of him. If you leave them in their default postion, the arms wind up swinging out to the sides.

Final Thoughts:
Demolishor is a wonderfully different figure than most Transformers of any line. While he is not unique being a "unicycle robot", he is still a rarity among the thousands of Transformers figures made over the years. It also looks like its on-screen counterpart and is a really impressive sculpt to boot. He's definitely not for everyone but I really dig this figure. While it has its weaknesses, I call it recommended!