"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Legion Class Bisk Toy Review
Release Date: July 2016
Price Point: $5.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
Bisk is a lobster-bot Decepticon who was a prisoner on the crashed prison ship, the Alchemor. He likes making up ways to rack up points and track his achievements during battle, even if he's the only one who understands how to keep score. (No one's really sure if he wants to defeat the Autobots or just level up.) He blasts steam from his antenna and his armored shell is strong enough to deflect blaster fire. Collectible Transformers: Robots in Disguise Legion Class figures are smaller-scale figures that feature classic Transformers conversion. Each figure converts in 10 steps or less. This Legion Class Bisk figure changes from robot to sports car and back in 6 steps. Transformers: Robots in Disguise figures unlock content in the Transformers: Robots in Disguise app! Scan the Decepticon shield on this figure to unlock Bisk and a claw. Download the app, scan the shield to activate the code, unlock, and play! App content is for ages 9 and up. See below for details. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Bisk is a character who was introduced very early on in the "Robots in Disguise" series. However he did not get the toy treatment until 2016. As of this writing (early 2017) Bisk is now well represented including having a One Step Changer and Warrior Class figure. The Legion Class figure represents the smallest of the transformable versions of the character.
Bisk is packaged on a blister card. The bubble is formed around the figure roughly in the shape of the figure. The packaging features artwork for the character in front and instructions on the back followed by a ton of legal information. The artwork is based on the promotional art for Bisk as he appears in the cartoon. I do wish the "Robots in Disguise" packaging had some type of tech specs, but to be fair, most of the target audience is more likely to rip the figure out and toss the packaging away than to save it so I can understand why it doesn't have any bio information at all.
Bisk's robot mode is based on the design of a lobster (no, really) with elements of his vehicle mode showing on the sides. For the most part this sculpt manages to reflect a lot of the design elements from the animation model. This includes the long antennae on the top of his head, his round eyes and large claw hands. He also has smaller details like the feet which have clawed "toes" like the ends of a lobster's legs. There are some differences however, especially on the arms where there are no shoulder armor panels, but overall the sculpt is great for a Legion Class figure.
This figure is cast in metallic orange and black plastic. Orange makes up most of the figure. There is a surprising amount of deco on this figure given its size class. Dark red is found on the waist area and knee armor. Blue is used for his eyes and the headlights on his claw hands. Black is found on the chest and silver is used for the middle of the head. The finishing touch is a scannable symbol on his chest for use with the "Robots in Disguise" app. Overall I'm really pleased with the deco on this figure. Sure he doesn't have every single color from the cartoon model, but really, none of the toys in this line do.
There are eight points of articulation on this figure including the lower claw on the arms and knee articulation. In a nice touch, the claws each have ports that allow you to attach 3mm peg weapons to them. Cyberverse figures have not come with these weapons for quite some time, so it is neat to see them still have pegs for them.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Rotate the arms up, then swing the lower claws down.
- Push the legs together.
- Swing the car panel on the back forward.
- Swing the robot legs up.
- Swing the arms down and press the claw sections against the car panel from the last step.
Like the robot mode Bisk's vehicle form has a lot of the details from the cartoon. This includes a sleek, rounded shape that evokes a lobster's shell. He has vertical headlights in the front, a "T" shaped grille and raised sections in the back.
This mode mostly shows off the metallic orange color, with black showing for the wheels. Black paint is used on the windows and the grille. The headlights are painted blue and the raised sections in the back are dark red. Bisk is actually not missing that many paint details in this form when compared to the cartoon model. All he would need is some blue on the wheels and dark red in the front and he'd be perfect, so I'm very impressed.
Legion Class Bisk is a fun little pocket sized representation of the character. In both sculpting and deco I'm impressed by how much this figure offers. If you want a smaller representation of the lobster-bot, this is the figure for you!
- Great sculpt in both modes.
- Rich metallic plastic orange color.
- Good number of paint applications.
- Goofy and unique design for a Transformer.
- Works with 3mm peg Cyberverse weapons.
- Limited articulation compared to larger figures.
- "Lobster" theme may turn some fans off.
- Missing some deco from the cartoon model.