"The Last Knight" Turbo Changer Cogman Toy Review
Release Date: September 2017
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Text in italics below are from the official Hasbro web site:
In the explosive Transformers: The Last Knight movie, new heroes must rise in an epic struggle to forge a future for all. Cogman is a polished butler at first glance, but turns the tables when enemies come knocking at the door. Attack those he protects and the intrepid Autobot counter attacks with calculated means that no one expects.
Includes Transformers: The Last Knight 1-Step Turbo Changer Cogman figure and on-box instructions.
- 1-Step Turbo Changer Cogman figure
- Designed with eye-catching detail
- Converts between robot and vehicle modes
- Converts in 1 quick step
- Figure scale: 4.25 inches
Perhaps one of the most unique characters to be introduced in "The Last Knight" is Cogman. He serves as the butler to Sir Edmund Burton (played by Anthony Hopkins) but is also an effective warrior himself. While he never transforms in the film, Hasbro brought him into the toy line by giving him a vehicle mode for this Turbo Changer/One Step Changer release.
The new One Step Changer packaging for "The Last Knight" actually takes a design cue from the 2017 One Step Changers in "Robots in Disguise". Instead of a flat card and a bubble, the new packaging is cardboard which has a plastic tray attached to it. The figure is tied to the tray and then cardboard wraps around it to provide additional graphics. The background features a close up of the character art (roughly from the neck up). The figure is packaged in vehicle mode and the part of the card that folds over the front shows off part of the robot mode. This line introduces a new sub-category of figures, the "Turbo Changers" which seems to include anything that falls under the 1-5 Step change category. So in this case this is a 1-Step Turbo Changer figure. On the right side of the card (if you are facing it) is the vertical Transformers logo used since "Age of Extinction" and on the front is the logo for "The Last Knight" set against a black background. The back of the packaging features the figure in both modes, emphasizing its One Step transformation.
Sir Edmund Burton seemed to have a variety of vehicles in "The Last Knight". At one point we see him and Cogman inside a Aston Martin DB11 (a car most famously driven by James Bond in several films). For a Turbo Changer, it seems Hasbro did not want to go through the process (and potential cost) of licensing the real life vehicle, so instead they used the DB11 as their starting point but extrapolated a fictional vehicle from it.
This car mode is a sporty looking car with teardrop shaped headlights, an angled grille in front, covers ont he rear windows and a wicked looking spoiler in the back. Many of these details differ from the DB11 including the shape of the front end, the spoiler and the cover on the back window. You can definitely see hints of the DB11 here including the curved shape of the front end and a thin, triangular shape on the sides of the vehicle (however this triangle has small cog details inside of it). One set of details that surprised me can be found on the bottom where the back has a muffler, pipes, and axles sculpted into the section between the two rear wheel wells. Overall this is a neat looking vehicle, but it looks more like something out of the "Fast & Furious" franchise instead of the James Bond series.
This figure is cast in silver and black plastic. Silver makes up most of the car while black is used for the wheels and spoiler/rear section. The windows are painted black. The headlights are yellow and in between the headlights in the center is an Autobot symbol in red. This mode looks good overall and truthfully with a bit more deco (such as silver on the sides of the wheels) it would be perfect.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
Hold the cabin section and then twist the area with the rear wheel wells around. This will cause the sides to move outward (forming the arms) and the front of the vehicle to swing back (revealing the head).
Cogman's robot design in the movie was mostly humanoid in shape with no vehicle mode kibble or extraneous parts. Based on the concept of old clocks and watches with gears inside overlapping, the design of this Transformer was intended to make him look old, almost "steampunk". This design philosophy carries over to this figure. His head design is based on the movie, complete with what look like layers of mechanical detail over a basic oval head shape. This includes a voice box and "chin strap" over the lower portion of the head. His torso and thighs have layers of armor that are curved, looking like a human being's suit of armor. Underneath that are circular details along with tubes and pistons. There are some really intricate, tiny details on this figure and they look fantastic.
This mode is also mostly silver plastic while the feet and the wheels on his shoulders are black. A light gold color is used on the head, torso, waist and thighs which was quite a pleasant surprise. It is very unusual to see this much paint used on a Turbo Changer class figure and I think it looks great. The shoulders are painted black and his eyes are blue. I love the way the gold color looks on this figure and I am very happy the designers did not just paint a line here and there but went full bore with it instead.
There are three points of articulation on this figure: the elbows and the head. This is actually good for a Turbo Changer. The fists have 5mm ports, allowing you to attach weapons from other figures.
Cogman is a fun Turbo Changer that looks good in both modes. The liberal use of deco in robot mode is a huge plus. I'm not saying this version should replace the Deluxe, but for a "pocket sized" Cogman for kids to have fun fiddling with, this is a great choice.
- Detailed sculpt in robot mode.
- Good articulation for a "One Step Changer".
- More robot mode deco than the average Turbo Changer.
- Vehicle mode is not a licensed Aston Martin DB11 (this will matter more to some fans than others).
- Could use more deco in vehicle mode.