"The Last Knight" Legion Class Barricade Toy Review

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The Last Knight

Barricade General Information:
Release Date: April 28, 2017 (Official Street Date)
Price Point: $6.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Official photos above and text below in italics 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. Transformers: The Last Knight Legion Class figures are smaller-scale figures that feature classic Transformers conversion. Change this Legion Class Barricade figure between robot and police car mode in 5 steps. Collect other Legion Class figures and unite with the most powerful Transformers warriors. (Each sold separately. Subject to availability.) Sneaky Decepticon Barricade is as sinister as they come. A skilled master of deception, he hides in plain site as a police car to gain the trust of his enemies. When their guard is down, he reveals his true self--an evil Decepticon who intends to destroy all Autobots. With an epic battle looming, Barricade lurks where no one expects, ready to strike with deadly force. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

Once upon a time the Legion Class was a very robust part of the movie toy lines. However over the years it has largely been relegated to the "Robots in Disguise" line. "Age of Extinction" only had a few Legion Class figures, a couple of which were exclusive to Wal-Mart. This time out, Hasbro has made the Legion Class a part of the regular toy line.

The first wave of Legion Class figures in "The Last Knight" toy line were all redecos of previously released figures. In the case of Barricade, Hasbro used the figure originally released as "Transformers Prime" Smokescreen and then later as Prowl.

Packaging:
The Legion Class packaging for "The Last Knight" is different than the Legion Class packaging for "Robots in Disguise". Instead of the figure being set on a plastic tray against a card, this is more traditional. The figure is inside a bubble glued to a card. The insert features the logo for "The Last Knight" with the character name and Class above it. The insert also features a photo of the figure in its alt form. The figure itself is in robot mode. The card has the vertical Transformers logo on the right side (if you are facing it) with artwork of the character. The back of the card shows the toy in both modes along with lots of safety and legal information under it.

Robot Mode:
There have been no mold changes between the Prowl release of this figure and this one. The result is the figure still looking very much look like Smokescreen and Prowl with virtually zero Barricade-esque details. You might be able to sort of see the car's front end forming the chest as a similarity to Barricade, but that is stretching it. That said, there is nothing wrong with the actual sculpt itself. It is nice and detailed including nice armor designs on the arms, a detailed face and knee armor sculpted into the legs. It just looks nothing like Barricade.

The deco does not help things. Barricade is cast in a dark, metallic blue with black plastic used for the wheels. The deco is terribly simple. The eyes are painted red, the door "wings" are painted white and there is a silver Decepticon symbol on the chest. And...that's it. The result is a very plain looking figure. Some additional white on the legs or torso area would have gone a long way at breaking up the blue color and bringing a touch of Barricade's actual deco into the figure.

All four points of articulation on this figure (the shoulders and hips) are still nice and tight. He can also hold 3mm peg "Cyberverse" weapons in his hands.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  • Swing the arms back so they are behind each door/wing.
  • Rotate the arms around so the halves of the rear window face up, push them together.
  • Swing up the robot chest to form the front of the vehicle.
  • Push the feet together.
  • Swing the feet up.

Vehicle Mode:
Like the robot mode, no changes have been made to the vehicle mode for this release. Instead of an aggressive looking Mustang-esque vehicle, this is more like a sleek sports car that has a lightbar on top. That was fine for "Beast Hunters" Prowl, but for Barricade it does not work. Unfortunately there would have had to have been significant retooling to make the figure look more like Barricade's on-screen appearance. For that, the designers may as well have just made a new figure.

This mode is still mostly the dark blue plastic. White paint is found on the doors and the top of the cabin section. Red and blue are used on the lightbar. The Decepticon symbol from the robot chest winds up at the front of the vehicle. Sadly that is it for the deco. None of Barricade's more key features make it. Even just having the word "Police" on the doors would have helped. While this mode does not look as unfinished as the robot mode, it still does not look great.

This sculpt still has 3mm ports on the sides (near the rear wheel wells). These allow you to attach weapons to the sides.

Final Thoughts:
I understand the economic reasons for wanting to reuse old sculpts, especially for one of the lower price points in the line. However, if you must reuse a sculpt that looks nothing like a character, more effort should be placed into the deco than you see here. Now, if you are a parent or guardian looking to get a figure for a younger fan who never had the chance to get Prowl or Smokescreen, then this fits the bill for a pocket sized Barricade. However I cannot help but think the designers could have done a much better job with the deco. Also, of the four figures in the first Legion Class assortment, Barricade is the one character who is making the most triumphant return (seemingly from the dead). He deserved a new sculpt.

Pros:

  • Good sculpt (to represent Prowl or Smokescreen).
  • Joints are still tight.

Cons:

  • Deco is extremely lacking.
  • Looks nothing like Barricade.
  • No weapons included.