"Robots in Disguise (2015)" Sawback Toy Review
Release Date: August 2015
Price Point: $4.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Helmet, Blades x 2, Blasters x 2, Tail blade
Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
Unleash a surprise Transformers attack with this small but mighty Sawback figure! When he's in covert mode, his enemies will pass him by without a second glance. But in a single step he converts to mighty wolf mode! Deploy him for attacks out of nowhere, and his Decepticon enemies won't know what hit them! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Mini-Cons were first introduced as part of the "Armada" toy line. These small robots connected to larger Transformers providing extra power and abilities. Years later in "Robots in Disguise" Mini-Cons have returned, but in a different form than before. Previously Mini-Cons became everything from vehicles to weapons to tools. This time out Mini-Cons are either torpedo or buzzsaw style weapons in their alternate form. The Mini-Cons are launched into battle using "Deployers" such as Drift.
Sawback is packaged inside a blister pack with a cardboard section that folds over the bubble. The figure is set against a tree shaped like the Autobot symbol with all the accessories attached. On the side of the packaging is art featuring Sawback being "deployed" and transforming. The back shows off the figure in its various forms including his beast mode with all accessories attached. Below that is legal information in several languages and a blurb for the official "Robots in Disguise" app.
Sawback is a wolf in his beast mode. He has a long snout with triangular ears and teeth sculpted into his mouth. His body has several mechanical details running along the sides leading to a thick tail that you can imagine being a bushy tail like you'd see on a husky. His paws are even sculpted with individual digits. I really like the details on this figure even though some of them are part of the weapon mode.
Sawback is cast in dark blue and white plastic. White paint is used on the head to give additional details. On the left side of his body is a scannable Autobot symbol that can be used to unlock the character in the "Robots in Disguise" mobile app. All the accessories included with Sawback are cast in translucent yellow which goes nicely with the blue and white colors. Interestingly this color combination reminds me a lot of Cybertron Snarl (along with the canine motif).
There are no points of articulation on this figure. He includes several accessories. This includes a blade for his tail, a helmet, a pair of small blades and two blasters that mount to the sides.
Transformation to Weapon Mode:
Detach the accessories and set them aside for now. Push the tail down and the figure will automorph with the head folding in and the feet moving up. Snap the tail in place and this locks the weapon mode in place.
The Autobot Mini-Cons (Fixit aside) in "Robots in Disguise" are all saw/disk weapons. The edges have several curved blades on them. Sawback attaches to the Deployer launcher on Drift by having the Autobot symbol face up and the rails on the bottom lining up with the bottom of the launcher.
Sawback is a fun little figure. I'm partial to small figures like this being beasts, so he has that going for him. The (possibly unintentional) Snarl callback is also cool. I also dig all the fun little accessories. Whether or not you like this figure largely depends on whether you buy into the Deployer/Mini-Con play pattern. If you do this should definitely be part of your collection.
If you purchase all four figures from the first wave of "Robots in Disguise" Mini-Cons, you can use some of their accessories to form a fifth figure in the assortment: a lion! Here are the parts you'll need to assemble this guy:
- The helmet from Slipstream.
- The back armor piece from Slipstream.
- The blasters from Sawback.
- The blasters from Divebomb.
- The blade weapons from Dragonus.
The assemble the lion figure do the following:
- Attach the two blasters from Divebomb together.
- Push the combined blasters into the slot on Slipstream's back armor piece.
- Slide the other end of the blasters into Slipstream's helmet.
- Attach Dragonus' accessories to the back.
- Attach Sawback's accessories to the front.
This is a neat little figure. The lion mane is really impressive looking and I love the way the blades on the legs sweep backward. The combination of translucent colors looks really cool. Functionally there's not much to do with the figure. You can manipulate the legs a little but that's about it. Still, for an "extra" it's a neat little figure.