"The Last Knight" Premier Edition Dinobot Slash Toy Review

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The Last Knight

Slash General Information:
Release Date: April 28, 2017 (Official Street Date)
Price Point: $19.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Scimitars x 2

Official images and text in italics below are from Amazon.com:
The explosive Transformers saga continues with Transformers: The Last Knight. With the fate of Earth at stake, new heroes must rise in an epic struggle to forge a future for all. The Transformers: The Last Knight Premier Edition Deluxe lineup features highly articulated, 5.5-inch-scale figures with detail inspired by the movie. This Premier Edition features fan favorite characters from Transformers: The Last Knight, so fans can join in the epic Transformers action. Dinobot Slash is a high-powered stealth warrior. His razor-sharp claws allow him to silently dispose of enemies and escape situations without anyone noticing. When a cataclysmic force threatens Earth, a bot who slashes adversaries undetected is a crucial ally for the Autobots. Figure Specs: Premier Edition Deluxe Dinobot Slash figure Modes: robot, raptor 13-step conversion Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

Dinobot Slash was one of the "off screen" Dinobots from the "Age of Extinction" toy line who did not appear in the film. The character was made into two toys for "Age of Extinction": a Deluxe figure and a 1 Step Changer. However he was not overdone to the degree Grimlock was, so this release does not feel like its welcome has been worn out. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. Check out my review of the Deluxe figure for more details about the sculpt.

Packaging:
Slash is packaged in a window box. The design feels like an evolution of the "Age of Extinction" packaging design. If you are facing the package the right hand side has a vertical "Transformers" logo against a light grey background with some metallic looking finish on it and the "Premier Edition" logo above it. Under the "Premier Edition" logo is a Cybertronian glyph which some fans online have figured out is the letter "V", which makes sense since "The Last Knight" is the fifth movie in the series. The figure sits in a plastic tray inside the packaging against a background printed on cardboard. The background has an Autobot symbol and some ancient looking designs (alluding to some of the iconography of the movie itself). Set in front of the figure is artwork of Slash in beast mode from the movie. In a nice touch, this artwork actually wraps around to the side of the packaging where there is another vertical "Transformers" logo. The top of the box features art of Optimus Prime flanked by Bumblebee and Drift.

The back of the box has photos of the figure in both modes with the 13 step transformation called out between them. To the side are the cosells of the wave: Barricade and Bumblebee. Sadly there is zero bio information on the back, which is a shame. If you are going to call a figure "Premium" you may as well go all out on the packaging and provide some type of write up as well. Overall the packaging looks great, but this was a disappointment.

Accessories:
Slash includes the two scimitar weapons included with the original release. These have a distinct shape thanks to the designs intended to emulate feathers. They are both cast in silver, rubbery plastic. Each features a 5mm peg at the ends to allow figures to hold them.

Robot Mode:
When the Dinobots appeared in "Age of Extinction", they were not the bright colors of their action figure counterparts. While some shades of color were evident (depending on lighting), they looked mostly dark shades of silver and grey. Using that as inspiration, Slash is cast in three distinct colors: two shades of metallic blue, silver and black. Most of the figure is metallic blue. These parts include the shoulder armor, legs and parts of the forearms. The silver is found on several parts (some made of softer plastic) including some of the torso armor, his fists and the "feathers" on his thighs. The darker metallic blue is found on the forearms while the black is used on smaller parts like the shoulders and thighs. Overall the mix of colors works really well together while still retaining some of the color "personality" of the previous release via the blue colors.

Living up to the "Premier" in "Premier Edition", this figure has quite a bit of paint on it. Metallic light blue paint is the most heavily used. That's found on the head, torso and arms. Darker metallic blue is used on the legs. There is also quite a bit of silver on the figure, though you have to really look it over to see it. It is mostly found on the dinosaur parts that show in this mode, like the claws on the forearms or the "spikes/feathers" on the inside of the legs. His visor eye is painted red, which almost seems to glow against the silver plastic. Overall I really like the paint job on this figure. The only thing I would have added would have been a bit of black wash on the silver parts on the chest to bring out the Cybertronian glyph details.

All the joints on my copy of this figure feel tight except for the hip joints. That said, the hip joints were not exactly tight on my original version of this figure, so I think it is just a flaw in the design. Still, he can be posed, though some of his articulation is hampered by the design. For example he lacks wrist articulation and the "feathers" on his thighs limit their range of motion.

Transformation to Beast Mode:

  1. Detach the weapons if attached and set them aside.
  2. On each arm, swing the fists in.
  3. Rotate the dinosaur feet around and swing the front half of each foot up.
  4. Lift the shoulder armor up.
  5. Swing the silver pieces on the chest back.
  6. Swing the legs back and down.
  7. Swing the tail up to cover the robot head.
  8. Rotate each of the legs around.
  9. Rotate the front panels of each robot leg around and straighten out the feet.
  10. At this point you will the sides of the beast mode head, pull each one forward.
  11. Push the two legs together, connecting the beast mode head halves.
  12. Make sure the shoulder armor pieces are pushed in.
  13. Attach each weapon to the undersides of the arms.

Beast Mode:
This mode roughly breaks up the three main colors into sections. The front end and part of the mid-body is mostly light metallic blue. The legs have dark metallic blue and the top and rear section has a lot of the silver parts. Silver paint is used to paint a lot of the smaller details on this figure. This includes the teeth, the hinge on the beast mode head, the spikes running along the neck, the claws and the top of the head. The eyes are red, mirroring the robot mode. I am surprised to even be saying this, but I like this deco a lot more than the "Age of Extinction" version. The use of metallic paint and the generous painting of the smaller details such as the spikes on the neck really help it earn the "Premier Edition" label.

All the joints on this figure are still nice and tight. The weapons also hold in place on the arms without a problem.

Final Thoughts:
If you missed Dinobot Slash the first time around, this version is definitely worth picking up. If you can get it on sale I would try to do that. It's great but not quite worth a full $20 partly due to the heavy use of soft plastic. If you already have the first release of this figure you can skip this unless you are a completist.

Pros:

  • Very detailed sculpt.
  • Deco is superior to the original.
  • Fun play factor.

Cons:

  • Some articulation points are a bit odd (ex: lack of wrist articulation).
  • Some parts hinder articulation (ex: the waist area).
  • Price hike may not sit well with some fans.