Archive for Dinobots

Transformers Generations : Fall of Cybertron – Grimlock

Posted in Toys, Transformers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2013 by Jason

Couldn’t believe that I was able to find this all ready, and locally!

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From what I’ve been reading, this was supposed to hit shelves in March.  I checked out a few different places, and my local Wal-Mart was the only place to have Grimlock.  I also saw Soundwave(at K-Mart and Target), Blaster(at Wal-Mart) and SoundBlaster(at Target).

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I have been really anticipating the release of this figure.  Grimlock was a figure that eluded me as a kid.  Even the Masterpiece and Animated versions never crossed paths with me.  Being that Grimlock is one of the more popular characters(with good reason), his secondary market prices are pretty high.

I got this at Wal-Mart, and cost me a little less than $25 after all was said and done.

He comes packaged in robot mode, and looks pretty damn good.

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The form of the figure looks very good, but leaves a little to be desired when it comes to articulation.

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His T-Rex mode is pretty awesome, though he has basically no articulation in this mode.

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He does have a few action features, and they definitely enhance playability.

The first is a “CHOMPING JAW!”.  It doesn’t stay open without assistance, so here’s a shot with a piece of mechanical pencil holding the jaw open.

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There are pegs on the weapons, which fit into holes on the figure to be stored in this mode.

The second feature is “GLOWING EYES AND MOUTH!”.

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My only gripes would be the limited articulation in both modes, and the open chest in T-Rex mode.  Other than that, the figure looks great in both modes, has great playability, and is an overall great value.

Tranformers Universe Backstop

Posted in Toys, Transformers with tags , , , on February 7, 2011 by Jason

Since a few of us are testing ourselves to see if we can last the month of February without buying any toys, I had to open “The Vault”, and see what I had at my disposal.  I found that I had some carded toys that I would be willing to open.  When collecting toys, the first thought should be that you are buying it as a collector.  If you are buying toys only to keep them in their original packaging, you are an investor.  While I do have a small number of toys that I don’t plan on opening, 98% of the toys I buy I plan on opening and displaying.  But, I’d say I buy 40% of my toys loose anyway.  That being said, let’s open up a Transformer!

I bought this guy for around 5 dollars a few years back.  The main reason I picked him up was because he is very reminiscent of Slag from the G1 Dinobots.  He looks like a cross between a rhino and a triceratops.  While he doesn’t have the 2 upper horns, he still resembles a triceratops(to me anyway).

His transformation is classified as level 2, and that was appropriate, because I had absolutely no trouble during the transformation process.  The gimmick with this line is “Cyber Planet Key”.  The Cyber Planet Key is a piece of plastic you insert into a specific spot on the figure to activate a special feature.  With Backstop here, it activates the “Ramming Robo-Horn”.

While in robot mode, he is short and stocky, but looks pretty sweet.  My only qualm is, that most of the alternate mode is not hidden when he’s in robot mode.  But that’s okay, because I don’t have any Beast Wars figures, and my collection can always use a little variation.

All in all, a pretty nice figure.  One day I will have a real Dinobot, but for now, Backstop is my Dinobot.