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Transformers Week: Kre-O Micro Changers Combiner Grimstone

transformersTransformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth Michael Bay directed Transformers cinematic outing, opened this past weekend to huge box office numbers. This week AwesomeToyBlog will take a daily look at one of the new toys in support of the film. Today’s entry is the Kre-O Micro Changers Combiner Grimstone. Grimstone is the combined mode of Mollox, Ironeye, Crackback and Iquanox.

In the box there’s 5 bags of parts – one for each robot and a bag of parts needed to build Grimstone. Each of the robot builds are essentially legs + tors0 + “backpack” + head + helmet. Despite the formulaic approach, each of the four robots, Mollox, Ironeye, Crackback and Iquanox look distinctive. They are also each well armed. To go from robot mode to beast mode, you need to take a few parts off and rebuild each one. In general this worked well except for Mollow – the flying beast. Due to some interference between the helmet and the ‘backpack’ I had to add an extra part to the top of his head so there was sufficient space and the helmet would stay on. I checked the directions a couple times to make sure I was doing it right, and I was. Weird.

Building the combined form, Grimstone requires you to take everything apart and start with the extra bag of parts. While some might think that’s a negative, I liked it as it made the process a little more involved and the result was a little better looking that I would have expected if you had just stuck the four robots together. Fully assembled Grimstone is pretty sturdy and stands about a head taller than a 3 3/4″ figure.

Final thoughts: The Kreons are easily the run away stars of the Kre-O line, so the Micro Changers combiners hit a pretty sweet spot. You get four Kreon figures which each have their own alternate mode and, on top of that, form one larger combined form. Grimstone gets an extra bump since each character is dinosaur based. The only problem I had with the set is Mollox’s helmet not fitting right in beast mode, but it was an easy to fix issue.

As with the other Transformers week posts – thanks to the fine folks at Hasbro and HunterPR for the samples that are being reviewed.

Transformers Week: Spin Attack Dinobot Strafe

transformersTransformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth Michael Bay directed Transformers cinematic outing, opened this past weekend to huge box office numbers. This week AwesomeToyBlog will take a daily look at one of the new toys in support of the film. Today’s entry is Spin Attack Dinobot Strafe, one of the Power Battlers.

Spin Attack Dinobot Strafe is part of a new assortment of Transformers introduced for the new movie line – Power Battlers. Each Power Battler has a signature attack ‘action feature’.  For Dinobot Strafe, his attack move is that he spins at the waist and slices his target with his wings. It’s not particularly an interesting attack move, but the move does not introduce any limitations on the toy like some action features do. In robot mode Strafe features articulated knees, shoulders, elbows and waist (the aforementioned attack move). It’s not a ton of articulation, but it works – remember that these Power Battlers are at a lower price point than Generations figures and do not have the same ‘collectors targeted’ articulation or deco. My only complaint about the robot mode is that the ‘visor’ on Strafe’s head would stand out much better in silver – rather than the aqua green which blends in with the blue helmet.

Transforming Strafe from robot mode to a dual headed pterosaur takes 8 steps. The transformation isn’t challenging by any means, but it’s also not trivial. It would be ideal for the age range this toy is recommended for, say 6-9 years old. For the older kids, it’s a quick transition – which means more time for your Transformers to do battle. As with the robot mode, in dual headed pterosaur mode the articulation and deco are basic but sufficient. It is a nice bonus that each head does have an articulated jaw.

Final Thoughts: Spin Attack Dinobot Strafe fits nicely between the basic ‘Legends’ Transformers and the deluxe ‘Generations’ Transformers. With both articulation and deco between these two bookends, Strafe ends up being a pretty solid Transformer. The Spin Attack action feature is nice that it does add a play element to the figure, but the action feature does not impact other aspects of the toy. It’s tough to not like a dinobot, frankly, and Strafe is pretty easy to like!

Thanks for the folks at Hasbro and HunterPR for the giant box of Transformers in which Strafe arrived!

Transformers Week: Construct-Bots Dinobot Riders Bumblebee

transformersTransformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth Michael Bay directed Transformers cinematic outing, opened this past weekend to huge box office numbers. This week AwesomeToyBlog will take a daily look at one of the new toys in support of the film. Today’s entry is the Construct-Bots Dinobot Riders Bumblebee.

The Construct-Bots toys are build-able module sets that allow you to construct and personalize your Transformers, with the added bonus that they Transform without being disassembled (vs. Kre-O sets which require you to rebuild). The Dinobot Riders Bumblebee is an 18 piece basic set and is packaged in a foil bag. The bag features the red Transformers branding on it’s edge, keeping a uniform appearance across all the new toys. This set is currently priced at $5.99 on Amazon.

It takes 6 steps by the instructions to assemble Bumblebee, it would be an understatement to say it was an easy build. You put the wheels on the arms and lower legs, then attach the limbs and head to the toso. Assembled, there’s no question as to this being Bumbleebee…for being a construction toy it has a good likeness. Thanks to the many ball and socket joints, there’s a fair amount of articulation that the figure can hold – although it would have been nice for the head to have more motion. One of the clever things about this set is the paint or coating used on the ball of the “ball and socket” keeps a fair amount of friction in the system. While the joints are fully mobile, they’ll not be moving on their own. As a result the figure has a good solid feeling to it.

Converting the figure to the car mode takes 6 steps – the gun and Autobot insignia need to be removed, but all other parts remain intact. Again it’s a passable car mode, however it’s not giving off a Camaro-ey vibe. Frankly the vehicle mode is pretty reminiscent of G1 Roadbuster, and that’s a good thing.

Final thoughts: For $6 this 18-piece Construct-Bots set is a fair amount of fun. With passable robot and vehicle modes and an easy conversion between the two – these sets would be perfect for younger kids into both construction toys and Transformers. I didn’t address this aspect of play (namely since I don’t have any Construct-Bot Dinobots) but Bumblebee was designed to ride them – adding a whole extra level of play. On top of that, since these are part of the Construct-Bots ecosystem, you can mix and match across other sets. There’s a ton of potential for fun here, which is what matters when you’re a kid with a new toy.

 

 

 

Thanks to Hasbro and the awesome guys at HunterPR for providing Crosshairs to AwesomeToyBlog. You’re the best!

Transformers Week: Generations Deluxe Crosshairs

transformersTransformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth Michael Bay directed Transformers cinematic outing, opened this past weekend to huge box office numbers. This week AwesomeToyBlog will take a daily look at one of the new toys in support of the film. Today’s entry is the Generations Deluxe class Crosshairs.

Bio: This Autobot paratrooper has a knack for catching his enemies by surprise, either by dropping in from above, or with a lightning-fast draw of his Sidearm Blasters.

Thoughts: I’m not entirely sure why the Autobots would need a paratrooper..I mean, it would make more sense just to equip him with a jetpack or something, right? Upon pulling Crosshairs out of his packaging you immediate see most of a car hanging off his back. In fact, the robot mode is very reminiscent of 2001’s  ‘Robots in Disguise”…considering that was the toy line that got me back into Transformers, I can’t hold the car on Crosshair’s back against him. Crosshairs is a black and green robot with silver details. He includes three weapons, his two “Sidearm Blasters” and one larger gun.

The Transformation from robot to car mode is pretty easy, in fact just tuck a few tabs into place and you’re done. Personally I like the return to simpler, intuitive transformations, but maybe Crosshairs is just a little too simple.  In car mode, Crosshairs is a green Corvette with black details. The car looks sharp and the finish on the plastic give it a nice shine.

Summary: Crosshairs has a great Corvette mode and a nice robot mode with most of a car on his back and a fairly easy Transfomation to get between the two modes. On his own, he’s a perfectly fine Transformer, but when compared to other Age of Extinction Generation Deluxes I’ve gotten my hands on (most notably Drift) Crosshairs feels a bit too simple and lacking. If I was itching for a Transformer, I’d get him..but I wouldn’t make a special trip to the store.

Thanks to Hasbro and the awesome guys at HunterPR for providing Crosshairs to AwesomeToyBlog. You’re the best!

‘Kreon Class of 1984′ SDCC Exclusive Announced

SDCC 2014 logoTransformers is getting a crazy amount of love this year at SDCC, as the “Kreon Class of 1984″ is the third Transformers related exclusive announced for this years show. And if this is the result – then so be it. The “Kreon Class of 1984″ is a collection of Kreons based on all the 1984 Transformers. These figures, there’s 30 of them are collected together, are packaged together in a yearbook-like package. Also included are fun 80’s inspired accessories such as a boom-box, a mullet, and even a miniature Transformers: The Movie soundtrack.

This set is priced at $59.99 and will be available at SDCC and in limited numbers at HasbroToyShop.com after the show. This set is adorable and is one of my “must haves” from the show. What are your thoughts?

Botcon Reveals – Power Battlers

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the latest in Power Battlers, which feature simple transformations that unlock signature attacks. Check them out below.

Botcon Reveals – Platinum Edition Sets

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the Platinum Edition sets – there’s 3 sets here. The  Autobots United set with 5 figures, the Breakout Battle set with Optimus, Crankcase and Rollbar and the Leader 2-pack featuring Optimus and Grimlock. Check them out below and let me know what you think.

Botcon Reveals – Official Images of Upcoming Legends

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the latest in Legends figures – Bombshell, Powerglide, Thundercracker, Windcharger, Cliffjumper, Nemesis Prime…all right here. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Botcon Reveals – Kre-O and Hero Mashers Jetfire

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the latest in Kre-O and one new addition to the Hero Mashers family – Jetfire.  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Botcon Reveals – Official Images of New Generations

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the latest in the Generations range, which is probably the gallery you’re looking for as it has the new Deluxe Arcee, Chromia and Voyager Brainstorm. Check these, and a few others out below and leave your thoughts in the comments.

Botcon Reveals – Official Images of New One Step Changers

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the latest in One Step Changers, which includes a new G1-ish Prowl. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

DeNA’s Transformers: Age of Extinction Mobile Game Now Available for iOS

transformersWith the box office debut of Transformers: Age of Extinction just days away, DeNA has announced that their movie-based mobile game is available now for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

“TRANFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION – The Official Mobile Game is a fantastic game not just for people who enjoy action-packed mobile games but also for TRANSFORMERS fans everywhere,” said Mark Blecher, senior vice president digital gaming & corporate development at Hasbro, Inc. “Defeating your enemies with GRIMLOCK is a defining moment for any true TRANSFORMERS fan.”

Check out the trailer below, and Android users fear now – the game will be on Google Play soon. You can pre-register and be notified when it’s available at www.transformers-mobile.com.

SDCC Exclusive G1-deco Dinobot Set Announced

SDCC 2014 logoIGN broke the news today that there was another….another Hasbro SDCC Transformers exclusive. This set takes the new Dinobots from the in-stores-now Transformers: Age of Extinction toy line and gives them a very G1 twist. With their new grey/red/gold/tan color scheme, Grimlock, Snarl, Strafe and Slug are set to take on San Diego. The Grimlock in the set is a Voyager scale, the others are Deluxe. If that wasn’t enough G1-goodness for you (alternatively if it’s too much, stop reading now) – the packaging transformers into a pop-up Autobot Ark / Mount St. Hilary playset. This two sided cardboard playset includes Teletran-1. It was designed by pop-up artist Matthew Reinhart. It is also very, very cool.

This set will cost around $160 at SDCC and will be available at the HasbroToyShop booth – #3329 (the one with the ginormous line) and limited numbers will be available after the show on HasbroToyShop.com. Check them out below.

Rovio and Hasbro Team Up for Angry Birds Transformers

transformersThe next extension of the Angry Birds franchise was announced this morning – Angry Birds Transformers. This new extension of the brand is the product of the on-going partnership between Hasbro and Rovio. Not only will there be a new Angry Birds Transformers mobile game, but also consumer goods including a new Angry Birds Transformers TELEPOD toy line.

“We’re really excited to combine the iconic TRANSFORMERS universe with the quirky world of Angry Birds,” said Blanca Juti, Chief Marketing Officer of Rovio. “This mash-up is going to appeal to both those who grew up with the brand in the 80’s, as well as fans of the brand today. People are going to love it!”

“ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS provides fans worldwide with a fun, new story and characters and innovative ways, like our TELEPODS platform, for consumers to engage with the brand,” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer at Hasbro. “We’ve collaborated with Rovio to create opportunities for kids and families to experience Autobirds and Deceptihogs across multiple formats and entertainment platforms for a completely immersive branded experience.”

More news on the Angry Birds Transformers game and toys will be announced over the next few weeks. Bookmark transformers.angrybirds.com to stay up to date on the newest intel on the Autobirds and Deceptihogs.

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Transformers Hall of Fame Finalists Announced – Vote Now!

transformersThe finalists have been announced for the two Fans’ Choice inductees into the Transformers Hall of Fame. AwesomeToyBlog readers had a voice in who these nominees are, and now you have a chance to pick the two winners. Head to http://on.fb.me/1hR80zo for an open vote – the top two characters by 12:00 pm on June 18th will become the 2014 class for the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame! You can vote once a day between now and the 18th. The winners will be revealed at the Transformers Fan Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 20th.

The five nominees, in alphabetical order, are:
  • Arcee
  • Blackarachnia
  • Devastator
  • Optimus Primal
  • Rodimus

Who do you want to see inducted? Leave a comment below!

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