Monday, February 9, 2015
So there's a new Transformers cartoon coming out, and I believe it's in the same continuity as Prime. But the important thing is that Grimlock is in it, so there's a new Grimlock for the second time this year. I guess the new trend in Transformers toys is for them to have simpler transformations, to the point that the instructions are printed on the card rather than including a sheet. Grimlock goes from robot to dino in ten steps. It's actually kind of a refreshing change of pace from some of the toys that have felt like they were needlessly complicated. And it's not so simple that it feels insulting. This feels similar to the classic Grimlock transformation, where the dino legs become the robot arms and the robot legs become the dino tail.
In dino mode, Grimlock looks like the love child of Godzilla and the Dragonzord from the original Power Rangers. It's got the more upright stance of the 80s original, and while that's not scientifically accurate, I can appreciate it being G1-y. Also, the dino has three fingers and a thumb, so obviously this isn't going for any kind of realistic T. Rex look. There is a lever in the back of the head that opens the jaw, which is held closed by a spring, so he can't be posed with his jaw open unless you wedge it open.
Robot mode is pretty cool looking. I really dig the black and green color scheme he's sporting. He doesn't include any accessories. I haven't seen the cartoon yet, so he may not use any weapons. My only complaint is that he's a little on the small side. It's weird having a deluxe size Grimlock, he seems like he should always be a voyager scale toy. Either way, it's still a cool Transformers toy.