Dark of the Moon Legion Class Mirage Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cyberverse, Dark of the Moon, Generation One, Legion Class

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: Blaster/Sword

Images:

*Photos marked with an asterisk and text below in italics are from The Official Transformers Web Site:
With his incredible talent for stealth, MIRAGE would be the ultimate spy. But he’d much rather be in the thick of a fight, moving silent and invisible through a melee to strike where the enemy is weakest.

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 SOUNDWAVE* action figure and snap-on blaster. Legion Class Series 2 008 MIRAGE Ages 5 and up.

*The listing from the Hasbro web site mentions Soundwave instead of Mirage in the description. This is most likely an error made because both were in the same assortment.

Released in the Summer of 2012, this Mirage figure has a semi-vague place in the Transformers series. He's packaged on a card that features "Transformers Prime" characters, but the "Prime" part of the logo has been removed, leaving only a generic "Transformers" logo by itself. Once upon a time this wouldn't have been a problem since all Transformers just had a generic logo, but in this age of multiple universes flitting about at the same time, it helps to be able to define just where a character belongs. In this case, I've decided to place him in the "Dark of the Moon" universe for a couple reasons. First, the vehicle form of this figure is the one from "Dark of the Moon". Secondly, the figure was released alongside other figures without the "Prime" logo including Evac, who is firmly based in the live action movie universe.

In addition to the reasons above, there was a character in "Dark of the Moon" named "Dino" who transformed into a red sports car. Granted, that car was a Ferrari and this is an Audi styled vehicle, but at one point Dino's working name was "Mirage", so it's generally accepted that this figure is meant to represent the "Mirage/Dino" character from the "Dark of the Moon" films.

This figure is a redeco and slight retool of the "Revenge of the Fallen" Legends Class Sideways. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Robot Mode:
Mirage takes the Sideways sculpts and offers up some significant retooling. All of this is concentrated in the arms. On each arm, the large hands on Sideways have been retooled to create smaller hands that have a "C" shape, allowing you to connect 3mm pegged Cyberverse weapons to each hand. In addition, the sides of each arm have been changed to include a hole where more weapons can be attached. That means at minimum Mirage can carry four weapons, but if you start combining Cyberverse weapons, he could carry even more! I appreciate the rather simple, yet effective changes made to the figure to give it more play value.

This time out, this mold has been cast in red and black plastic, with the red making up most of the body while black is used for smaller parts such as the lower legs and wheels. This follows the same general paint scheme used by Dino from "Dark of the Moon", further connecting the toy to the character. Paint colors used on this figure include silver, black and light blue. Black is used for a lot of details originally left unpainted on Sideways including details on the top of the arms, the vents by his head and the front grille. Silver is used for the face and headlights. A red and silver Autobot symbol graces the chest piece near the head and as you'd expect, the eyes are painted light blue. It's a really nice color scheme overall (the red/silver/black combination is one of my favorite color combinations) and I appreciate how different it is from its source figure.

All of the joints on this figure are still nice and tight and his weapon attaches nice and securely. The weapon is the same sculpt used for the blade weapon included with Cyberverse Cliffjumper (among others). Functionally there are no issues with Mirage.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the chest piece up.
  2. Swing each lower leg up.
  3. Connect the two legs together.
  4. Move the legs up to form part of the vehicle's rear section.
  5. Swing the robot arms back and connect them together.
  6. The weapon can be attached to either doors.

    Vehicle Mode:
    As mentioned above, the arms from the Sideways figure/mold have been modified with holes on the sides. This is useful in robot mode for sure, but it also pays off in vehicle mode where Mirage has a connection point on either door, allowing him to carry weapons on both sides.

    Mirage's robot mode colors carry over here, this time with red making up most of the vehicle and black plastic used for the wheels. More black paint is found on his windows and the engine in the back, adding even more paint detail to the already extensive paint job from the front of the car. In short, the vehicle looks fantastic and visually dynamic.

    Final Thoughts:
    Mirage is a prime example of a redeco and retool. Not only are the new colors much more appealing than the previous ones, but he has added functionality to boot! Highly recommended.