"The Last Knight" One Step Turbo Changer Grimlock Toy Review

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The Last Knight

Grimlock General Information:
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Text in italics below are from HasbroToyShop:
Experience the thrill of quick conversion with Turbo Changer figures that switch modes in 1 step. Convert this 1-Step Turbo Changer Grimlock figure from robot to T-rex mode with 1 exciting motion. Imagine charging into battle with this Transformers: The Last Knight 1-Step Turbo Changer Grimlock figure.

In the explosive Transformers: The Last Knight movie, new heroes must rise in an epic struggle to forge a future for all. Grimlock is one of the most powerful warriors alive. His jaws are so strong that he can ravage almost any obstruction on the battlefield. In the fight against the Decepticons, Grimlock is a crucial ally for the Autobots.

Includes Transformers: The Last Knight 1-Step Turbo Changer Grimlock figure and on-box instructions.

  • 1-Step Turbo Changer Grimlock figure
  • Transformers: The Last Knight movie detailing
  • Converts between robot and T-rex modes
  • Converts in 1 quick step
  • Figure scale: 4.25 inches
  • Ages 5 and up

While his role in "Age of Extinction" was more significant, Grimlock does appear in a couple of scenes in "The Last Knight" so it made sense to include him in the early part of the toy line. This figure is a redeco of the One Step Changer Grimlock from "Age of Extinction" so check out that review for details on this figure. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Packaging:
The new One Step Changer packaging for "The Last Knight" actually takes a design cue from the 2017 One Step Changers in "Robots in Disguise". Instead of a flat card and a bubble, the new packaging is cardboard which has a plastic tray attached to it. The figure is tied to the tray and then cardboard wraps around it to provide additional graphics. The background features a close up of the character art (roughly from the neck up). The figure is packaged in Beast Mode and the part of the card that folds over the front shows off part of the robot mode. This line introduces a new sub-category of figures, the "Turbo Changers" which seems to include anything that falls under the 1-5 Step change category. So in this case this is a 1-Step Turbo Changer figure. On the right side of the card (if you are facing it) is the vertical Transformers logo used since "Age of Extinction" and on the front is the logo for "The Last Knight" set against a black background. The back of the packaging features the figure in both modes, emphasizing its One Step transformation.

Beast Mode:
In the "Age of Extinction" toy line, several of the One Step Changer figures were given a metal piece that helped them interact with the larger "Stomp and Chomp" Grimlock, activating features on that figure. Since there is no figure with that feature in the toy line for "The Last Knight" this piece was not included with this figure, so you will note a slight indentation on the top of the beast mode head where the metal piece would have gone. This also means you cannot use this figure to activate features on "Stomp and Chomp" Grimlock.

The first time Hasbro made a One Step Changer Grimlock they did not have the final colors for the character so he wound up with the Gold/Silver/Grey color pattern that became so pervasive in the "Age of Extinction" toy line. In the toy line for "The Last Knight" the designers worked to use colors that looked more like the character on the big screen. The result? This One Step Changer Grimlock is a combination of metallic grey and metallic black plastic. Large sections of the figure from the head to the back to the legs all the way down the tail have been painted silver. Red paint is used for the eyes and there is a red Autobot symbol stamped onto the right side hip area. Sure this is not a particularly complex color scheme, but it does evoke Grimlock's on-screen appearance more than the first version of this sculpt.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
Hold on to the hip armor and pull it out to the sides. As you do so the robot mode will form with the head becoming feet, the neck/body becoming legs and the robot head swinging up. Once the hip armor "locks" into place the robot mode is complete.

Interestingly, from a functional standpoing the "one step" transformation on my copy of this figure works smoother than my "Age of Extinction" One Step Grimlock.

Robot Mode:
In this form most of Grimlock's parts are the metallic grey color. The "collar" and part of the chest are metallic black plastic. Thanks in part to the amount of silver paint in beast mode, this mode has plenty of paint details. The paint from the beast mode winds up showing on the shoulders and legs. This leaves the chest and head for even more silver details. The eyes are painted red, matching the beast mode.

The only articulation points on this figure are the arms, which can move up and down. This is typical for "One Step Changer" figures whose gimmick is the main play value, not articulation. Sadly, th is figure's fists were not designed to accomodate weapons with a 5mm handle/peg.

Final Thoughts:
Keeping in mind that this sculpt was created for "Age of Extinction" and the age group the figure is aimed at, I still feel it is a fun and successful representation of Grimlock. This is definitely aimed at a younger generation of fans or for adult fans who want a fun "Deskbot" at work to mess around with. Recommended to a very limited audience.

Pros:

  • Fun gimmick that (somehow) works better this time out.
  • Good (not amazing) sculpt with some of the character's key design elements incorporated into the design.
  • Deco is now more screen accurate (read: not entirely screen accurate, but closer).

Cons:

  • Limited articulation.
  • Somewhat odd proporations in robot mode.