Select your language

Series: Robots in Disguise 2.0
Allegiance: Autobot
Categories: Warrior
Year: 2015

Robot Mode: Yes, this here is indeed Grimlock. No, you say, can’t be. Grimlock is, like, big and gold and silver. He’s got these wings on his back and a big, fiery sword in hand. Or maybe a big mace, if you’re talking about the non-speaking last-minute plot device from Age of Extinction. But this dude here, you say? That can’t be Grimlock, can he? He’s black and green, for starters. He’s got a mouth, man! A mouth! Grimlock never had a mouth, no sir. And no sword? Really? How can this be Grimlock? All valid points, yes, but still: this here is Grimlock, the Warrior-class figure from the new 2015 Robots in Disguise series. And yes, he’s black and green, not silver and gold. Yes, he’s got no sword and sports a mouth. He’s still Grimlock. So let’s leave our knee-jerk dislike for non-gold-silver sword-less Grimlock’s at the door and look at this figure.

Much like Steeljaw, Grimlock feels a bit streamlined and simplified compared to older Deluxe-class figures, but not necessarily in a bad way. It’s clear he’s targeted towards a somewhat younger audience and incorporating the more stylized design of the RID TV series. It’s not quite as daring a style as it was back in 2008 with Animated, but I’d say it’s about halfway there. Despite the simpler design Grimlock is fully articulated. Okay, no twisting wrists, but that’s not a big thing. I like the big shoulders and even the claw hands, while the face – despite being very different from previous Grimlock faces – looks sufficiently bad ass for me. And fans of Mortal Kombat’s Goro can flip forward Grimlock’s dino-mode arms from the back, turning him into a four-armed bot. Nicely done and I kind of hope we see him doing that on screen, too.

My one big complaint here is that Grimlock comes without any weapon. Maybe there is an in-series reason for that, what with him being a former prisoner and not fully trusted, but still, Grimlock needs a weapon. Maybe not a gun, but at least a sword or mace would have been nice. Apart from that, though: a nice robot mode, if you can get over the fact that he looks nothing like previous Grimlocks.

Alternate Mode: One thing hasn’t changed and it’s that Grimlock transforms into a vaguely Tyrannosaurus Rex-like robotic dinosaur. And he does it in much the same way the G1 figure does, actually. The legs combine to form the tail, the arms become the legs, the dino head flips up from the back and the tiny set of extra arms is there, too. Okay, the dinosaur is, of course, black and green, not mostly silver. Live with it!

The T-Rex is a bit beefier than most versions of Grimlock, being stockier and with wider legs. The tiny arms, which can swivel at the shoulders, are also bigger than usual, widening into big paws. The legs retain full articulation, the tail is static, and the dino head can open and close its big lower jaw (some influence from Animated Grimlock here, perhaps?). So bottom line: a nice dinosaur mode. Not quite the robotic T-Rex we once knew, but good nevertheless.

Remarks: Best to forget that the new Robots in Disguise series is supposed to be set in the same continuity as the War for Cybertron / Fall of Cybertron games and “Transformers Prime: Rage of the Dinobots” comics from IDW, where we already saw a very, very different-looking Grimlock. In the new series Grimlock was wrongfully incarcerated on a big prison ship that crashed on Earth, spilling its cargo of Decepticon prisoners all over the planet. He joins Team Bumblebee to help recapture the other prisoners, presumably to clear his own name or just because he hates Decepticons, I don’t know. Seeing as the series hasn’t started yet, we’ll have to wait and see. Suffice to say that this will probably be a very different Grimlock than those we’ve seen previously, but I’m completely fine with that as long as we’re getting a good, entertaining series.

We’ve had this problem a few times before, haven’t we? Old character with recognizable name gets reimagined for new series and everyone cries foul. Goes all the way back to the famous TRUKK NOT MUNKEE debate. Fact is, though, this is Grimlock for the current series. And the Warrior-class figure of him is a good Transformers toy.

Rating: B
Toy DB Link

Picture Gallery:

No comments