"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Warrior Class Windblade (2017) Toy Review
Release Date: April 2017
Price Point: $15.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, Walmart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Sword, Sheathe, Fan weapon
*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
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Windblade moves like fire, swiftly maneuvering around her opponents in battle. In addition to her advanced fighting skills, the Autobot uses her psychic senses to determine the best plan for finding and battling Decepticons. A seasoned warrior and strategic thinker, Windblade is always 1 or 2 steps ahead of most bots. Going airborne in battle, she is a valuable ally to the Autobots.
Windblade was created as part of the "Fan Voted Character" in 2014 and the character quickly took the Transformers world by storm. She appeared in the comic books in a prominent role and would go on to appear in both the online "Combiner Wars" series as well as the current "Robots in Disguise" cartoon. Representing her IDW Publishing/"Combiner Wars" iteration is a "Generations" figure. Earlier, a Legion Class figure was released, based on her animated appearance in "Robots in Disguise". Following that a Warrior Class version was released in 2016. As part of a wave that included new figures and redecos in early 2017, Windblade appeared again with a new deco and a slight retool. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. Check out my original Warrior Class Windblade review for more details on the sculpt itself. I have included some text from my previous review that covers functionality.
Windblade is packaged on a blister card. The backing card uses the same art for the character as the last release. 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. 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. The insert features a red border has Windblade's name on the bottom and the "Combiner Force" logo in the middle. The back of the packaging has photos of the figure in both modes indicating 7 steps to transform the figure. It also has the instructions to the side.
Windblade uses the same sculpt as the previous Warrior Class figure. She even features the same accessories. However she also features a modified head sculpt. Instead of a whole new head design, most of the head is the same except for the face. There, she now has a "battle mask" that wraps around the lower part of her face. It has a very distinct style and thanks to its black color set against the white around her eyes I cannot help but be reminded of Todd McFarlane's "Spawn" character. It looks cool and definitely has a very different "personality" than the previous head sculpt (which was much more neutral looking). This head sculpt now looks positively fierce!
In terms of colors, this version of Windblade sticks with the basic red and black colors of the character, however the shades are different. The red is now a darker, metallic red. The black is a dark, solid black. Sometimes redecos wind up having less paint or they distribute the same number of paint apps in such a way that the redeco looks plain. Not so with this figure! There is plenty of paint on this figure. Silver is used on the wings, mid-body and lower legs. Yellow replaces blue on the chest. The fan on her head and mid-body have light blue on them. The sides of the legs have some red at the edges. The head is a nice combination of light blue, black and white. Even the weapon is different. Even though the sword and sheathe are cast in black, it is a more dull black color than the one that came with the first version of this toy. Overall the deco looks great in this mode.
You can scan the Autobot symbol on Windblade's chest using the official "Robots in Disguise" app. However it does not unlock the character in the game. Instead it gives you a ticket for the Cryostase Mini-Con so you can unlock another character (I got One Step "Night" Bumblebee).
There are fourteen points of articulation on this figure. This includes three on each arm and leg as well as waist articulation. If you want to count her wings and the fans on them that adds four more. The joints on my copy of this figure feel just as tight as the ones on the previous version (if not slightly more so).
Like her "Generations" counterpart Windblade includes a sword and sheathe. These pieces are cast in black and unpainted. The design is very similar to the "Generations" accessories down to the sword being curved and the sheathe having a handle so Windblade can hold it in one hand while holding her sword in the other. Like the "Generations" version a tab on the side allows you to attach it to her hip, but because of the position of the wings you have to fiddle with it a bit to get it to work. In what might be an unintended (but still cool) feature, the sheathe can be held by a 5mm handle as a cannon. The end of the sheathe seems to have a rectangular barrel like those seen on some scifi weapons, which I'm sure is no coincidence. Also inspired by her "Generations" counterpart, the fan on the back of her head can detach so she can hold it in her hand.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Push the robot feet down to reveal the two halves of the rear stabilizer fin.
- Rotate the lower body around.
- Swing the lower legs up to form the back of the vehicle mode and push the two halves of the rear fin together.
- Swing the piece on the back with angled fins down.
- Connect the tabs on the forearms to the slots on the sides of the hips.
- The sword and sheathe can be fit into a slot in between the legs on the bottom of the vehicle.
This mode shows off much of the darker, metallic red since many of the parts like the nosecone and wings come together. The rear section features mostly black color (as opposed to the lighter, metallic grey on the previous version of this figure). From the top it looks like this version of the figure has a lot more paint in this mode. The nosecone area, wings and middle section have black paint on them (ranging from a matte finish black to a shiny black). The cockpit is colored light blue and the wings have silver on the edges towards the back. Yellow replaces blue towards the back with some silver under the rear stabilizers. I do not say this often, but I actually like the deco on the new version of this figure more than the previous one in this mode!
Windblade has two options for landing gear. If you have the sword/sheathe attached you'll notice the front has a small detail that looks like a skid. Detach the accessory and you can swing down landing gear from under the nosecone. Like the "Generations" figure, both fans can rotate. Given that Warrior Class figures are intended to be slightly simpler than Deluxes in "Generations", I was happy to see this feature carried over to this version of the character.
If you missed out on the previous Windblade, then this version is definitely worth picking up. If you are a variant collector, then this is also worth your time. However if you had to choose between this and the first Warrior Class release, I would lean towards this one thanks in part to the really nice vehicle mode deco.
- Good sculpt.
- Incorporates key elements of "Generations" Windblade's design.
- Good play value.
- Unexpectedly solid deco for a repaint.
- Sheathe gets in the way a bit in robot mode.