Dark of the Moon Legion Class Evac

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cyberverse, Dark of the Moon, Legion Class, Movie (2007)

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Dark of the Moon

General Information:
Release Date: June 2012
Price Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Dual barreled blaster

Images:

*Images and text in italics from The Official Transformers Web Site:
Blistering speed and lightning-fast reflexes make EVAC more than an effective courier – they make him a frighteningly powerful warrior. His speed often catches DECEPTICONS by surprise, allowing him to strike and move before they can return fire.

CYBERVERSE brings all the incredible, converting action of TRANSFORMERS robots to the collectible world of action figures! Awesome transparent weapons come in every pack, and can be used by any other CYBERVERSE figure, or plugged into CYBERVERSE vehicles to reveal an incredible ENERGON glow. Plus, quick conversion keeps the action going, no matter your skill level!

Snap-on blaster included! File card included! Includes converting EVAC action figure and snap-on blaster. Legion Class Series 2 009 EVAC Ages 5 and up.

The name Evac has been used in the "Transformers Movie" universe before. Originally he was introduced for the first live action movie toy line as a Voyager Class figure. In "Revenge of the Fallen" he appeared again as a rescue helicopter. Now the name "Evac" pops up again in a post-"Dark of the Moon" era line. Based on the character featured in the newly opened "Transformers: The Ride" at Universal Studios, he is a character now firmly set in the live action movie universe, not only in toy form but on film as well. It's unclear if the characters are all meant to be the same guy, but it doesn't hurt to think so either way. There are two Evac figures currently available. The larger Deluxe scale version is exclusive to Universal Studios while the Legion Class figure has been made available on a mass release basis.

Evac is packaged on a new style of packaging that heavily features characters from the "Transformers Prime" television show. However, the "Prime" part of the logo has been removed, leaving only a generic "Transformers" logo. I'm placing Evac in the "Dark of the Moon" category since this was the most recent live action film and the line that introduced the "Cyberverse" concept and name into the Transformers line.

Robot Mode:
Take a look at an official photo of Evac, you'll note he is extremely complicated. His design is a modification of the Roadbuster design with new parts here and there including a new head. However, the Legion Class figure is a very different animal altogether. A lot of the basic details of the CGI model are incorporated into the figure, but for the most part it is very much simplified. The most common points are the placement of the vehicle mode parts including the front of the vehicle mode being on the chest and the sheels of the vehicle being on the arms and legs. What he lacks however are the multitude of blasters hanging off the Evac CGI model including blasters on his arms, legs and shoulder. He does have the forearm blasters from the CGI model (sculpted near the arms) and cannons on his chest. He also has some layered, complicated looking mechanical details on the middle of his body up to the thighs. If you're looking for a CGI model accurate version of Evac, you're probably better off trying to get the Deluxe version. That doesn't make this figure bad mind you, but it's not ideal if you want a true representation of the one seen in the ride.

Evac is cast in black and blue plastic. These colors are based off the CGI model, where he has mostly blue armor with black and silver mechanical parts. There are several colors used to provide detail. The inside edges of his legs have silver paint, the mechanical details on his upper body are painted light grey and his elbow areas are painted red. The light grey is also found on his face where his eyes are painted light blue. The cannons in his chest are painted gunmetal grey. What he lacks on CGI model detail is made up for a bit by all these paint applications. You don't often see Legion Class figures painted with such an array of colors so it's cool to see this guy get that treatment.

There are six points of articulation in this form. This includes ball joints on his shoulders and hips. His knees can bend as well. Being part of the "Cyberverse", Evac is able to use weapons with small 3mm pegs. He comes with a soft translucent pink dual barreled blaster, the same design that was included with the Legion Class Bumblebee from "Transformers Prime". This weapon looks almost like it's glowing against the darker colors that make up Evac. The weapon (and those with similar 3mm pegs) can attach to Evac in six places: his fists, the sides of his arms and the sides of his legs. Load him up enough and he actually winds up having the same (if not more) weapons than the CGI model, which works out nicely if you have many Cyberverse sized figures!

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapon if attached.
  2. Swing the chest panel up.
  3. Connect the two lower legs together.
  4. Swing the lower legs up to form the rear of the vehicle.
  5. Swing the arms down to form the sides of the vehicle.
  6. The weapon can be attached to either side of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
Evac's vehicle mode is a futuristic looking off road vehicle that looks like it was meant to take some punishment. It has a sleek design while managing to have bulk in the right places. The front end starts low and then slopes up towards the back where things get more blocky. This represents the vehicle you are actually riding in "The Ride", except the cabin section is now covered. This form holds a lot more similarities to the CGI model design than the robot mode. Design elements carried over from the CGI model include a row of blasters in the front section, four lights on the hood, raised panels on the sides set at a curve and spoiler pieces on the back that break with a gap in the middle. The vehicle mode looks fierce and not something you'd want to mess with. I was very impressed by how well this mode captured the look of the CGI model given the sacrifices made in the robot mode.

This mode shows off most of the blue parts of the figure consolidated into the vehicle's outer armor. The only black parts really showing now are the wheels. The front row of blasters is painted with gunmetal grey while the back has a huge thruster painted silver. Orange is used on the sides of the spoiler sections and a small red Autobot symbol is painted on to the front of the vehicle. Black is used to paint the cover of the passenger section, giving some nice balance to the colors on the figure.

There are four connection points for Cyberverse weapons on the sides of the vehicle, two on each side. One is towards the middle, the other towards the back. I actually prefer this over having the hole on the top of the vehicle for Evac since he looks really nice even without a weapon attached.

Final Thoughts:
Evac is a cool little representation of the character from "The Ride". He's not perfect. I think the sculptors had a hard time balancing out the CGI design with making a workable transforming toy at this scale. The vehicle mode makes up for this to some degree, and I still think it's a cool toy overall.