"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Warrior Class Stormshot Toy Review
Release Date: January 2017
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, Walmart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Blaster (large), Blaster (small)
*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
Collectible Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Warriors Class figures are larger-scale figures that feature classic Transformers conversion and awesome weapon accessories. Change this Warriors Class Stormshot figure between robot and jet in 11 steps. Figure comes with 2 blaster accessories. Scan the Autobot shield on this Stormshot figure to unlock a token in the mobile app (see below for app details). While some Autobots attack Decepticons on land, Stormshot attacks from the sky. The aerialbot is a high-flying airstrike expert with a knack for taking out Decepticons. First he tracks them, and then he devises the perfect battle plan to defeat them. With Stormshot on the team, the Decepticons won’t see the attack coming. Join the battle with this figure based on the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series. Choose a side, and prepare for battle! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Stormshot is a new character in the "Robots in Disguise" universe. He has not appeared in the cartoon (and I am not 100% sure he is going to) and as of this writing there are no other versions of the character in the toy line (ex: Legion Class or One Step Changer). In a way this is refreshing as it is always fun to have a new sculpt and transformation pattern without having to adhere to a pre-existing design that fans may have seen over and over.
Stormshot is packaged on a blister card. The backing card features Stormshot's artwork with the character seemingly "flying" off the card. If you are facing the card you will see the red "Transformers" logo set vertically on the right with the "Robots in Disguise" logo above it. Underneath the figure's art is an interesting pattern of hex shapes in yellow with Autobot and Decepticon symbols in them. This pattern is distinct to "Combiner Force" figures. The figure is packaged in robot mode inside the bubble. The insert has a photo of the vehicle mode and the art for the character on the side. It also has the "Combiner Force" logo. The bottom of the insert shows Stormshot's cosells including repacks of Grimlock and Strongarm. The back of the packaging has photos of the figure in both modes indicating 11 steps to transform the figure. It also has the instructions to the side.
True to his name, Stormshot includes two blaster weapons. One is a larger, shotgun type weapon with a large cylinder in the back and a rectangular barrel. This features two 5mm pegs. The other weapon is a much smaller blaster almost square in shape that has two barrel ends and also features two 5mm pegs. The weapons can be combined by attaching the smaller weapon to the back of the larger one. Both weapons are cast in black plastic with no paint applications.
Stormshot's robot mode is a new design, but it has many classic Transformers flier elements in it. Like the G1 Seekers he has his wings on his back. Like G1 Skyfire he has rectangular vents on his chest and he has distinct shoulders that are cylindrical in shape with thruster like details on top. His legs are also kind of a mash up of classic Seeker design mixed with a bit of G1 Skyfire. The knee armor is thin comes up a bit over the thighs, something that looks like G1 Skyfire's lower legs but highly stylized. When you get to his feet, they are wide and flat with thrusters forming the heels, just like the G1 Seekers.
Those similarities aside, Stormshot still manages to look like a unique character. Part of this is thanks to his head sculpt, which features many classic Transformers design elements, but put together in a distinct and dynamic way. His helmet section features a crest in the center and flat panels on the sides. Then on top of those panels are angled "ears" that look like wings. He has visor eyes and a nose and mouth under it with a distinct chin piece sticking out. The "wing" motif also can be found on the waist area, where there are small details that resemble the "wings" on his head. Overall, Stormshot has one of the most refreshing and striking sculpts to come out in a while.
Stormshot is cast in white, metallic blue and metallic black plastic. The white and black make up most of the upper body and thighs. The blue is used for the head, forearms and lower legs. The white is a really nice color choice as it contrasts nicely against the black and blue colors. Adding color into the mix are several paint applications. The head has red on the crest and eyes with white on the helmet right above the eyes. His face is painted silver. Red is also used on the chest, forearms and lower legs. Blue is used to outline the vents on his chest. White is used for line detailing on the forearms and the lower part of the lower legs. A bit of metallic black paint is used on the middle of the torso. On top of all that is additional red and blue detail on his wings, which show prominently in this form. I really love this deco. I was surprised by the amount of paint used and I love the way the colors are distributed.
The finishing touch is, you guessed it, an Autobot symbol on his chest that can be scanned into the official "Robots in Disguise" app. Oddly, when I tried to do this it did not unlock the character, but gave me tokens for the Mini-Con slot machine instead.
There are seventeen points of articulation on this figure. That includes five on each arm and three on each leg. Mind you, I am being generous by counting the ability of his wrist to swing in and out (which is really part of the transformation). I am also counting the ability of the shoulder hinge to swing in and out a bit, though he does have a ball joint there as well. The blasters can be attached to either hand or both depending on whehter or not you have them separated. If you want to store away the weapons, you can use the pegs on the side of each to attach them to his wings without increasing his profile too much.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Swing each fist into the forearms.
- Push the robot feet down.
- On the back, swing the cockpit section down, then pull it up to lift the wings and the central hinge they connect to.
- Straighten out the wings and cockpit which brings them together to form a large chunk of the jet mode.
- Push the lower legs together.
- Swing the front of the legs out.
- Swing the legs forward so they meet up with the back of the wings section, then push the front panels of the legs back into place.
- On the back of each forearm, there is a small square section. Match this up with the tabs behind the wings and push them in.
- The weapons can be attached to the underside of the wings or the 5mm port on the top of the vehicle.
Stormjet's vehicle mode looks like a jet you would see in today's modern military. It has a cockpit section with parts that angle out and back on the sides. The wings are back swept with an extra angle near the ends and the rear has thick booster sections with vertical and horizontal stabilizers. Also thanks to the placement of the robot mode shoulders it looks like he has two large boosters or turbines under each wing. Add to that the weapons attached to the underside of each wing and Stormshot is one sleek yet mean looking jet fighter!
Just as the robot mode surprised me with a lot of deco, the vehicle mode does the same. Both wings have a lot of blue and red paint on them (covering up most of the white plastic) but the way the color is painted on leaves white groove lines so you do not lose the sculpted detail on the wings. In fact the paint serves to draw them out which enhances the look of the jet overall. The center of each wing also has a red Autobot symbol on it. Blue paint is used on the middle section where it overlaps with some red paint from the cockpit section. The cockpit itself is painted light blue. Finally a touch of red is used on the edges of the horizontal stabilizers in the back. Overall this is a perfect finish to a killer deco. I say without reservation that this is one of the best decos in the entire "Robots in Disguise" toy line.
Stormshot can utilize his weapons in this mode in various ways. The most obvious is taking both his weapons and splitting them up to attach to the wings. However you can also attach the weapons to the 5mm port on the top of the jet. Want one more option? You can also attach a weapon to the bottom of the nosecone via another 5mm port! A nice final touch is landing gear under the nosecone which flips out.
This is one of the best Warrior Class figures in the entire "Robots in Disguise" toy line. It has a distinctive sculpt, a fun transformation and a fantastic deco. Go add this to your collection now!
- Fantastic sculpt.
- Amazing deco.
- Fun to transform.
- Cool weapons.
- No waist articulation.