Hasbro! You are seriously trying my patience with this Robots in Disguise nonsense. Now, I do like the
deluxe “warrior” class Grimlock toy.
Heck, I liked it enough to buy it a second time in G1-inspired colours with a new facemask-wearing headsculpt.
The mold even has a good, screen accurate alt mode.
So what’s the problem?
Scale has never been a thing with any Transformers toyline, but thanks to the three sizes of “scout/legends” “deluxe” and “voyager”, it could more or less be accounted for. Now, without the larger voyager class at all, you end up with this tiny T-Rex problem.
Well, maybe not that tiny of a T-Rex problem, but certainly a noticeable size discrepancy. Yes, I am aware that TakaraTomy is looking out for us, same as they are doing with the all-new mold TAV-21 and TAV-33 Optimus Prime releases. Even before watching the season finale of Robots in Disguise (2015), I knew I had to have this larger Optimus mold. I pre-ordered TAV-33 since it’s the one that both interacts with the Mini-cons and most looks like Optimus’ final appearance in the season. I was doubly happy about my decision when images of TAV-33 showed up from the “Japanese Christmas Toy Trade Fair”.
I had initially dismissed TAV30 “Battle” Grimlock as a retool of Fall of Cybertron Grimlock, a toy of which I really don’t like the alt mode. Also, I’m already spending extra money to import Optimus, and as Prime/Arms Micron taught me, the importing game is a very, very slippery slope. Then the official images of him hit and let’s just say that after seeing just how much he is retooled, my resolve to not buy him took a huge hit.
Such a wonderful looking toy regardless of size. I just know I’m going to cave and end up picking him up — most likely on the floor at BotCon next year if not before — so why haven’t I yet? The main reason is that Hasbro has given us an acceptable stop-gap. Deep down, all I really want is to be able to complete this picture.
The 3-step Changer release of Grimlock lets me do pretty much that.
With his perfectly sized alt mode, the only real problem is the lack of articulation inherent in a 3-step mold.
Of course, to make a large enough alt mode that transforms in three steps, he has a very oversized, highly screen inaccurate, equally lacking in articulation robot mode.
You know what else he is? A lot of fun to transform. That aside, he fills out the display nicely in alt mode. That combined with images that Takara designer Shogo Hasui tweeted making the voyager release look a little bit too tall in robot mode are what is currently stopping me from importing the $45 + shipping voyager release.
This still only somewhat slightly curbs my frustration with the Hasbro toyline’s lack of voyager releases and missing Decepticon Warrior class releases. The worst part is, they have no one to blame but themselves and Polygon Pictures as well, I guess. If the characters and designs in the show weren’t so freaking good, a lot of us wouldn’t be clamoring for toys to be made of them. Especially when it comes to the Ex-Decepticon turned Autobot-with-hair-trigger-punching-fists that has quickly become my favourite character of the Robots in Disguise cartoon.
I never buy Legends releases any more of toys that come in larger class release but I like Grimlock enough that I bought his Legends toy to join the other little bots on my desk at work (albeit at 20% off and free shipping from Hasbrotoyshop.com).
Essentially, what I am trying to say is that even though I am whining about there not being enough toys in this line, I own four of just this one guy. Robotic dinosaurs. What can I say?.