"The Last Knight" Premier Edition Voyager Class Grimlock Toy Review
Release Date: April 28, 2017 (Official Street Date)
Price Point: $29.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Mace, Staff
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 legendary action comes to life with Transformers: The Last Knight Premier Edition Voyager Class figures. This Premier Voyager Grimlock figure converts from robot to T-rex in 18 steps and comes with battle mace accessory. The Premier Edition features iconic characters with movie-inspired details from Transformers: The Last Knight. Superior skill combined with prehistoric power make Grimlock one of the most dominant warriors alive. This legendary Dinobot commands respect by valiantly defending Earth alongside Optimus Prime. The steel-crushing jaws of Grimlock could be just what the Autobots need to rip through a cataclysmic foe that threatens to destroy life as we know it. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Grimlock was one of the feature characters in a lot of the ramp up to "Age of Extinction". While the scope of his appearance in "The Last Knight" is still to be determined, trailers have shown him in at least two scenes so we know he will appear. This figure is a redeco of the Voyager Class Grimlock figure from "Age of Extinction". This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. I recommend checking out my previous reviews (especially the first) for my previous thoughts on this toy:
Mind you, the above three links are just the reviews I have written. There were a bunch of other releases of this figure including a couple Platinum Edition releases in multi-packs and a recent release in the "Movie the Best" series.
Grimlock 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 Grimlock 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 back of the box has photos of the figure in both modes with the 18 step transformation called out between them. To the side is the cosell of the wave: Voyager Class Optimus Prime. 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.
Grimlock includes the same mace/staff weapon as the original release of this figure. The staff section is cast in a glossy black plastic. The mace section with the spikes on it is cast in a metallic black plastic. There are no additional colors. The staff still pegs into the mace part nice and tight and the handle that sticks out on the side of the staff allows Grimlock to hold the weapon. This weapon can also be slipped over Grimlock's tail in beast mode for storage (though I think it looks terrible).
When the toy line for "Age of Extinction" was being planned, the decos for the Dinobots were in flux, so the end result was a series of fairly brightly colored Dinobot figures. Some of their colors echoed shades seen in the film (for instance if you look closely, Strafe has some blue on him in the film). However for the most part the silver/grey colors dominated. Indeed, towards the end of the "Age of Extinction" toy line there was a Platinum Edition Dinobot set released that featured mostly silver and darker colors. This version of the figure is not just a reissue of the Platinum Edition. It features a completely new deco.
Before writing this review I rewatched the two main scenes with Grimlock in them in robot mode a few times, and I have to say it is not easy getting a handle on what colors were used on him. Sure a lot of silver and grey is used, but in some scenes there are hints of green on him while in others he looks almost all silver. Depending on the lighting parts can look black or silver. Based on this, it looks like the designers decided to do their best to use silver/grey tones while creating a new deco for this sculpt.
Grimlock is cast in four metallic colors: gunmetal grey, black, silver and a medium tone silver. Each of these colors is beautiful on its own. Put together like this and they really work nicely. They also call back nicely to the look of the character in the film, even if they do not precisely nail every single detail.
It may not look like it, but there are quite a few paint applications in this form. The reason some of them are kind of hard to spot is that the paint applications are similar in tone to the plastic colors. For instance, one of the most heavily used colors is silver, which is found on parts like the shoulders, arms, knee armor and the halves of the dinosaur head. However from a distance it would be easy to see these as silver plastic parts, not painted sections of the figure. I really appreciate just how much silver paint there is. Almost every body part except for the middle, hip armor and thighs seem to have some silver on them. A bit of red paint is used for the dinosaur eyes on his shoulders and the robot eyes are painted blue. Overall the colors look great and this Grimlock really does fit the overall aesthetic of the character's live action appearance in "Age of Extinction".
This sculpt has been used about four times previous to this release, so I was very pleasantly surprised to find that all the joints are nice and tight. He has no problem holding his weapon and nothing feels loose.
Transformation to Beast Mode:
- Detach the weapon if attached.
- Swing each of the beast mode leg pieces over the forearms and swing the silver heel pieces back.
- Swing each robot foot so the toes point down.
- Swing the back piece (complete with the halves of the beast mode head) back.
- Raise the small piece in the middle up.
- Begin bringing the two beast mode head halves together.
- Connect the lower jaw with the upper jaw sections of the beast mode head.
- Swing the chest piece up, it won't go all the way, just enough to cover the face.
- Swing the middle piece of the beast mode's back down.
- Swing the waist armor piece in.
- Swing the robot legs back and connect the tabs on the knee armor to the corresponding slots on the chest piece.
- Swing the front arm pieces down.
- Rotate the legs around.
- Connect the toe sections together using the small peg and hole.
- The weapon attaches to his tail by attaching the top black section to the tail. There are grooves in the top of the weapon that slide into corresponding tabs on the tail.
Like the robot mode this form is a mash up of various metallic plastic colors with silver shining through as the main paint color. Keeping in mind the "perfect" Movie Grimlock figure does not exist, I would say this form winds up being a tad darker than it appears on screen. On the big screen Grimlock appears to have silver on the outside armor with some darker parts peeking out (and a greenish tinge to boot). This figure focuses more on the darker sections with the silver paint mostly found on the head, back, legs and feet. This form also shows off an Autobot symbol on the right leg.
A couple deco points get focus in this form that are not the focus in robot mode. This includes silver on the teeth and metallic dark silver on the lower legs. This mode also shows off his red beast mode eyes which look great against the darker colors that make up most of the head and neck.
All the joints in this mode are nice and tight. This includes the ball joints used for the dinosaur arms. The weapon still attaches to the tail without a problem (though it does not look all that great).
Grimlock is a really nice redeco of a cool toy from "Age of Extinction". He's not perfect, but given the challenges of the design, I think the designers did a great job. That said, I would not pay the full $29.99 price for it. Wait for a sale or coupon to get it at a regular Voyager Class price if you can.
- Very detailed sculpt.
- Deco is inspired by the actual on-screen appearance of the character.
- All joints are still tight after several redecos.
- Fun transformation.
- Sculpt has been released many times already.
- Price hike may not sit well with some fans.