"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Legion Class Twinferno Toy Review
Release Date: December 2017
Price Point: $5.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
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Collectible Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Legion Class figures are smaller-scale figures that feature classic Transformers conversion. Change this Legion Class Autobot Twinferno figure between robot and dragon-jet in 7 steps. Scan the Autobot shield on this Autobot Twinferno figure to unlock a token in the mobile app (see below for app details). Collect other Legion Class figures and create your own Autobot vs. Decepticon battles. (Each sold separately. Subject to availability.) Choose a side, and prepare for battle!
Autobot Twinferno has two minds that barely agree on anything, except when it comes to destroying Decepticons. When the flying warrior is in dragon mode, he breathes fire from two heads. It’s double the trouble for the Decepticons! Join the battle with this figure based on the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series.
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Towards the end of 2017, the "Robots in Disguise" line started to wind down and a few characters were introduced in the toy line who did not appear on the cartoon. One of these was Twinferno, who received the Warrior Class treatment and this Legion Class figure. Twinferno is inspired by the Generation One "Monsterbot" known as Doublecross who himself received an update in "Generations" in 2016.
Twinferno 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 Twinferno in the style of 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.
Since this character did not appear on the "Robots in Disguise" cartoon, the primary visual reference for this figure is the Warrior Class version. Sure it takes inspiration from the G1 and "Generations" versions but it has a very distinct look all its own as well. The figure features a striking silhouette which includes wings on the back, hands that look like dragon hands and angled fins on the sides of the lower legs. Like the Warrior Class figure, there is a distinct grid pattern etched into the underside of the wings and other small details include a circle in the middle of the torso section and a head that takes design cues from the G1 version of the character such as the visor style eyes. I really love how distinct this character looks. Many of the "Robots in Disguise" Decepticons had animal-like qualities, but seeing them on an Autobot is rare.
This figure is cast in metallic red and black plastic. Both colors really contrast beautifully. Paint colors on the figure include light blue (for the eyes), silver and copper colors. These colors are really beautiful, especially the copper color. The finishing touch is a scannable Autobot symbol on the left wing. Scanning this in the official "Robots in Disguise" app did not unlock the character since this figure came out so late in the line. Instead you received crystals and tickets for the Cryostase slot machine Mini-Con (which in turn unlocked Thunderhoof in the game for me).
There are six points of articulation on this figure, four of which are ball joints - not bad for a Legion Class figure. While his "hands" are actually dragon style heads, he does have 3mm ports to hold old Prime era "Cyberverse" style weapons.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Rotate the forearms in, then swing the arms up.
- On the back swing the back piece forward over the robot head.
- Swing the lower legs up over the thighs, connecting them to the tabs on the back of the vehicle.
With "dragon head hands" you would assume, like his G1 counterpart, Twinferno would transform into some type of dragon creature. Not so! Instead, he transforms into a dragon-headed-stealth-bomber. No, really. The front end has a wide cockpit section similar to that seen on a stealth bomber while the dragon heads stick out in the front on either side. The wings have points at the ends that look almost like claws but the rear of the vehicle has both vertical and horizontal stabilizer fins. It is a bizarre, yet amusing mash up of features.
This mode shows off mostly red plastic, but there is blue on the cockpit window and the edges of the wings have copper painted on them. Combined with the deco from the dragon heads this vehicle/beast looks great.
This figure appeals to the weirder side of "Robots in Disguise" which really leaned into the "animal/robot" combination aesthetic. It's a fun way to finish off the line and provide something unique while calling back to G1 at the same time. Recommended if you can find it at a reasonable price.
- Great sculpt in both modes.
- Fun and weird concept.
- Beautiful plastic and paint colors.
- Limited articulation compared to larger figures.