"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Legion Class Autobot Drift Toy Review
Release Date: January 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:
Decepticons beware, because Autobot Drift is out to cause some major mayhem for his enemies! This hard-driving Autobot Drift warrior figure converts in 5 steps from robot mode to speedy sports car mode and back. Can his enemies handle what he's got? Not as long as he keeps converting back and forth! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Kicking off 2016's "Robots in Disguise" figures was a new wave of Legion Class figures including the Autobot Bounty Hunter Drift. Drift has already appeared several times in this toy line in several size classes including a One Step Changer, Warrior Class and Deployer. This is his first appearance as a Legion Class figure.
Drift 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 the same as the art used on the Warrior Class figure's packaging. 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.
Hasbro designers have been getting really good at working a lot of detail into small figures like the Legion Class. Drift is a great example of this. He has a lot of Drift's signature details including:
- The head has a pointed crest with horns sweeping upward.
- The torso has an "X" shaped pattern that looks like straps going across his chest.
- The shoulders have layered armor panels on them resembling classic Samurai armor.
- The hips have pieces that resemble kusazuri form a Samurai's armor.
- The hip area has a raised central section with a vertical line carved into the center.
- The knees have rectangular armor on them with four angled lines on the corners.
Overall I'm very impressed with the amount of detail that has been worked into this figure. It shows that just because a figure is smaller you don't have to skimp on the details.
Drift is cast in orange and black plastic. Orange makes up most of the figure with the thighs and knee armor cast in black. Red paint is used on the crest and "horns" on his head. Silver is used to pain the face. Gunmetal grey is found on the "straps" on his chest, but also the sides of his helmet section. This particular detail looks really nice and I imagine was not easy to paint. It's very impressive. The figure could do with a few more gunmetal grey details on the shoulders and forearms, but that's really nit picking on my part.
There are six points of articulation on this figure. This includes a ball joint at each shoulder and the hips. Each hand has a 3mm port that allows him to hold weapons such as those included with "Beast Hunters" Divebomb.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Point the robot feet down.
- Connect the lower legs together.
- Swing the panel on the back up over the back of the head.
- Swing the arms up and connect them to the vehicle mode panel from the previous step.
- Swing the lower legs back to form the cabin section and back of the vehicle.
Just as the robot mode has plenty of details, so does the vehicle mode. Drift takes a lot of design elements from the animation model and integrates them into this sculpt. These details include the signature "crest and horn" design on the front of the vehicle, the layers of armor that wrap around the headlight area, angled headlights and two angled pieces that come up in the back. The lines on the sides of the vehicle also look really great. They angle inward from the front wheel wells, sweep back and then widen outward again at the rear wheel wells. Overall this is one cool looking vehicle.
This mode shows off mostly orange plastic with black found on the wheels and the back of the vehicle. Gunmetal grey is used on the windows as well as the hood, taking a design cue from the animation model. Black is used on the front as a backdrop for the "crest and horns" which are painted red. Surprisingly, blue makes an appearance for the headlights. It would've been cool to see this color on his chest in robot mode. The finishing touch is a scannable Autobot symbol on the left side of the vehicle. You can scan this symbol into the "Robots in Disguise" mobile app.
I really like the sculpt on this figure. The deco could be stronger, but he still looks good. If you already have other versions of the character this isn't a "must have" but for those into this class of figure it's neat to finally have Drift to add to your Legion Class Autobot army.