"The Last Knight" One Step Turbo Changer Dragonstorm Toy Review
Release Date: July 2017
Price Point: $79.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Text in italics below are from Amazon.com:
The explosive Transformers saga continues with Transformers: The Last Knight, where powerful forces rewrite legend. With the fate of Earth at stake, new heroes must rise in an epic struggle to forge a future for all.
Fans can imagine joining the action with this Transformers: The Last Knight Mega 1-Step Turbo Changer Dragonstorm figure.
- This Mega 1-Step Turbo Changer Dragonstorm figure converts in 1 easy step
- Figure converts between knight and dragon modes
- 20+ movie-inspired sounds and phrases: “3 heads are better than one”
- Cyberfire tech reveals symbols on 1-Step Turbo Changer figures (sold separately)
- Figure features detail inspired by the Transformers: The Last Knight movie
- Ages 5 and up
- Powered by 2 1.5V AAA alkaline batteries required (not included)
Unleash Dragonstorm Cyberfire lights to discover more than meets the eye. Inspired by the iconic fire-breathing movie action, this Dragonstorm figure features Cyberfire tech to reveal hidden symbols on 1-Step Turbo Changer figures. Activate and then shine the LED Cyberfire lights located in the dragon’s mouth directly onto 1-Step Turbo Changer figures and watch hidden symbols emerge. (1-Step Turbo Changer figures each sold separately. Subject to availability.)
Imagine uniting forces with the legendary dragon from Transformers: The Last Knight with this Mega 1-Step Turbo Changer Dragonstorm figure. The figure stands at an epic 12-inch-scale and converts between knight and dragon modes in 1 easy mega-step. Designed with premium detailing, the figure showcases Transformers: The Last Knight action with movie-inspired effects, like flapping wings and 20+ sounds and phrases -- “3 heads are better than 1.” Imagine unleashing battle action with a Dragonstorm weapon accessory inspired by the movie.
As colossal powers threaten the universe, an even greater force emerges -- the mighty Dragonstorm. A ferocious, 3-headed dragon, he wields legendary strength in defense of his noble oath. The epic sky specter soars into action when the time comes to protect Earth’s freedom. With a cataclysmic battle looming on the horizon, the fire-breathing Dragonstorm waits for the perfect moment to reveal his unfathomable power.
The Mega One Step Turbo Changer Dragonstorm is packaged in a large open box. The figure is in beast mode, so the box is wide. The design is a fun one as it has a hole on one side with graphics that look like the hole had been created by extremely hot fire from Dragonstorm himself! The opening is in front of his main beast mode head. The figure is open so you can try out his action feature. When you do, you see additional graphics on the box itself lit up by the black light inside Dragonstorm's mouth. This packaging also gives you a good look at the figure itself so you really do get to see where your money is going. The back of the box shows the figure in both modes and tells you to "Reveal hidden symbols with Cyberfire", showing off Bumblebee, Megatron and Grimlock.
It is fairly well known that a lot of live action Transformers toys are based off of concept drawings instead of CG models. Sometimes that means the figure is more of an interpretation of the CG model by the sculptors. Mega One Step Turbo Changer Dragonstorm is an example of this. For fans looking for a more screen accurate version of the character, the Leader Class figure is the one to go with. This version is really aimed at younger audiences who still want a gigantic, substantial Dragonstorm figure in their collection.
Keeping the above in mind Dragonstorm has many of the key features of the character's basic design. This includes three heads, two large wings, a long tail and four legs, each with three claws at the end. From head to tail there are a lot of details inspired by the CG model. Most notably on both the necks and wings you'll see a lot of "X" patterns. In the CG model used in "The Last Knight" Dragonstorm was literally covered in these designs. There are less of them here than on the CG model or Leader Class figure but it's cool to see the details at all. There are also other patterns which indicate "sharp" edges (don't worry, they're not) such as the edges of the wings, which have several sections which look like they could be used to cut down enemies. For a "simplified" figure I am very happy with the amount of sculpted detail on the figure.
Dragonstorm is cast in metallic black and red plastic. A gold piece of plastic is used for the trigger on the handle connected to the back. Metallic black, red and gold paint are used for detailing. Perhaps my favorite deco points can be found on the dragon heads. Each has a beautiful spray pattern on top that fades into the neck. A similar pattern can be found on the wings. There are red and gold details going from the sides to the rear legs. The rear section has some gold parts leading to the translucent red tail. Like the heads, the tail has metallic black paint ops on top and it gives it this appearance of being on fire, which fits the theme of the character perfectly.
In terms of articulation, Dragonstorm only really has one point: the tail, which can move up and down. Other parts do move however. Hold the handle on the top of the figure, press the button and then push it down. When you do so the center head extends down and forward and its mouth opens wide. Meanwhile the wings move up. However these movements are just the beginning of the fun. Several electronic features kick in at the same time. The black light inside the center head lights up. Shine it on "The Last Knight" One Step Changer figures and you will see hidden details in the deco. At the same time the necks on the two smaller heads glow red. While all that is happening Dragonstorm roars and then says one of the following phrases:
- "Protect the Autobots!"
- "By the will of the Autobots!"
- "Three heads are better than one!"
- "Bear witness!"
Sure this figure does not have a ton of articulation but the features above are very fun and I can easily see them appealing to kids.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Detach the tail and set it aside for now.
- Hold on to the rear legs and the handle. Press the button on the handle then pull it back. The figure will stand and then the robot arms will fold out to the sides.
- Rotate the forearms around.
- Connect the tail/sword to one of the hands.
In "The Last Knight", Dragonstorm was only ever shown as the separate Knights and their combined beast mode form. This robot form is an original design that takes the "Knight" theme of characters like Steelbane, Dragonicus and Stormreign. Dragonstorm has some really awesome sculpted detail in this form. The head looks like an ornate take on a classic Transformers head design complete with a crest, thin eyes and mouthplate. The chest has an almost organic appearance with curved armor over the chest section and shoulder armor that angles upward. Other "Knight" inspired details include the forearms, which look like gauntlets. Over his hips are details that look like Tassets. The knees have curved sections with spikes on them, which look wonderfully medieval. Overall I'm very happy with the sculpting on this figure. It is intricate and very well done.
This mode mostly shows off the metallic black plastic. Oddly, under certain lighting conditions it looks almost like a dark copper color. There are some smaller parts cast in red such as the elbows. Gold, red and silver paint are used for detailing on this figure, and this mode shows off a lot more of these colors. The colors are used extensively but they never overwhelm the black plastic. Instead the red paint details look like energy glowing from within Dragonstorm. The gold detailing helps make him look like his metal is worn and ancient.
Dragonstrom has four points of articulation: the elbows. The arms can swivel out and up and down. This is no surprise for a One Step Changer and at least he has a weapon to hold too. There is a red button on his chest that you can press to activate all the same sounds heard in the beast mode. At the same time his eyes light up red.
At the original price of $79.99 this figure was not worth it at all. For that price there should be more articulation and a more refined design. However, as of May 2018 when I am writing this review he is down to $43.00 on Amazon. That price is about the upper limit of what I would say is a fair price for this figure. If you want to get a nice, chunky Dragonstorm figure for a younger fan that is easy to transform this is a good choice at discount.
- Excellent, intricate sculpt.
- Provides a cool looking "hypothetical" robot mode for Dragonstorm.
- Fun action feature in beast mode.
- Black light feature provides a fun way to interact with other One Step figures.
- Simplified design may not be for many fans who want a more complex design.
- Price point is very high given the relative lack of complexity.