Transformers Age of Extinction is still about a month away from hitting theaters but ahead of the film’s release is the release of the new Transformers toys from Hasbro. In the first part of our Spring Toy round up we’re taking a look at a few examples of these great new Transformer toys. As usual, Hasbro is releasing the toys in various sizes and price points. The main line will feature Deluxe Class ($17) carded figures and boxed Voyager ($25) and Leader Class ($50) figures. Transformers Age of Extinction will be the first Transformers film featuring the legendary Dinobots and of course those figures are well-represented in the new line of toys.
First and foremost I love the packaging on the new figures particularly the boxed figures which have a basic but striking red and white color motif. The box front, top and sides are done in this simple style and not muddied up by graphics. I think it’s one of the best packaging designs since the Generation One figures.
Slug is a Deluxe class Dinobot that transforms from robot into a Triceratops. The Dinobots all have a different look than the other transformers in this line. They are rougher, spikier, with lots of overlapping plates of armor which gives them a more ancient and prehistoric look. While I’m not crazy about the red, purple, and silver color scheme, I do like the overall design. The figure looks great in either mode. The original Dinobots were some of my favorite G1 figures but while they were more robotic looking these new figures have a more primal look. In addition to Slug, other Deluxe Class Dinobots feature Scorn (Spinosaurus), Strafe (Pteranodon), Slash (Velociraptor).
Drift is one of the Deluxe Class figures that is not a Dinobot. His robot mode has a samurai-like appearance and he transforms into a Bugatti Veyron. The Bugatti Veyron is one of the coolest cars in the world and the designers did a great job of capturing the look while still making it look great in robot mode. The two-tone blue color scheme is absolutely fantastic! Others in the line include yet another Bumblebee (Boo!) and Crosshairs who transforms into a Corvette Stingray (Yay!).
Dinobot Leader Grimlock comes in both Voyager Class and Leader Class versions. The Voyager Class Grimlock stands about 7” – 8” tall and transforms into a T-Rex. The horns or whatever they are on the size of his head make him look more dragon-like in appearance than T-Rex but that might be my only complaint. The silver and bronze color combination with black highlights is stylish while still giving him a primordial look. He looks like a true badass in robot form.