"Robots in Disguise" (2015) One Step Changer Drift Toy Review
Release Date: June 2015
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
The 1-Step Changers are 2-in-1 speed-changers, and your Autobot Drift figure is one of them! He’s the same Autobot warrior as always, but he converts in just 1 step from robot mode to speedy sports car mode and back. Can his Decepticon enemies keep up? Not with you in charge! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
The One Step Changers are a simple class of Transformers figures that are made to be easy to change, usually in one or two steps (despite the name). "Robots in Disguise" has used this class of figures to represent several key characters from the TV show. One of these is Autobot Drift. This character was originally introduced as the teacher of two Mini-Con students: Jetstorm and Slipstream. He left Earth originally but eventually returned to join Team Bumblebee.
Like the "Age of Extinction" One Step Changers, these are packaged in bubbles on small cards. Artwork is on the left side and the Transformers logo is on the right. The artwork is the same box art used on Warrior Class Drift's packaging. The back does not feature any tech specs information, instead using the space for the instructions and multi-language legal information. It's a shame but Hasbro seems to be refocusing any efforts at more traditional packaging into the "Generations" segment, which I get since I'm guessing they're assuming most of the kids getting these will wind up just throwing out the packaging.
Drift's vehicle mode is a sleek looking vehicle with a unique design. The front end of the vehicle has layers of armor over the headlights off to the sides. This raised armor section continues over the front wheel wells. The middle section narrows a bit and the cabin section is curved. The rear section widens out again to the back. There are some small details sculpted into the figure as well. This includes the "bull horns" on the front of the vehicle and thin rear lights. Overall the vehicle looks nice and sleek.
Drift is cast in orange and black, with orange making up most of the body of the vehicle. Orange paint is used to paint key sections like the hood and the armor over the headlights. The "horns" in the front are painted red and the headlights are painted blue. Each of the windows is painted black. A metallic black is used for several of the sections in the front of the vehicle including the grille. The finishing touch is a scannable Autobot symbol on the center of the hood. As with most One Step Changers the paint job is pretty simple but the front end looks great. It's really the rear section that is rather plain looking since there are no paint applications there.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
Hold on to the top of the cabin section, pull it up and then swing it back. Swing up the pieces under the robot feet to stand the figure up.
Drift is very similar to One Step Changer Bumblebee in concept, so like Bumblebee he winds up looking rather chunky in robot mode, especially the torso section which looks a tad out of proportion. That said, the sculpting was done in such a way as to make sure many of Drift's major details were captured correctly. This includes the robot head, which has two horns sticking high up and a serious face with a mustache and beard. His arms have the Mini-Con "disk weapons" sculpted onto the sides of the forearms and his hips have the Samurai inspired "hip armor" on them. The sculpt is a good one, it's just a bit out of proportion with what you'd expect.
There are two points of articulation in this mode: the arms. Each can swing up and down. The hands are designed to hold 5mm peg weapons. This doesn't sound like a lot, but really it's about standard for a One Step Changer.
This mode shows off mostly orange plastic on the robot mode parts including the arms and legs. Some black paint is used on the legs and head for detailing. The face is painted silver with blue eyes.
One Step Changer Drift is an okay figure by "One Step Changer" standards, but it's not the best representation of the character. I would put the Warrior Class and Deployer above this one (which is hardly a shock). The odd bulkiness of the figure and relative lack of deco works against it, but it does deliver on good One Step changing action.