Transformers: Age of Extinction Smash & Change Optimus Prime and Flip & Change Grimlock
When toy info was coming in on these over the last couple of months, these really confused me. I kept mixing them up with One Step Changers, since it looks like they all change in One Step.
Smash & Change Optimus Prime
This is a great toy for young kids who might not have the motor skills to transform the more complicated toys. To transform Optimus Prime, you grab the handle and press his robot feet (the back end of his truck mode) onto a flat surface and he transforms. To convert him again, you do the same thing. It’s the same transformation no matter which mode you’re switching too. In both modes he’s fairly well detailed, not as well as the Leader toys, but not as bad as Titan Guardians. There is a little flaw in his design. If his arms are not in the right position when you transform him, they will interfere with transformation. It’s easy enough to pop back into place, but it would have been nice if they pegged in. They also made the hole on top of the cab too big to hold his sword. That is complete incompetence on Hasbro’s part, but you can put the sword on the side of the handle.
Flip & Change Grimlock
Grimlock looks really nice in both modes, but his transformation is a bit convoluted. You crank him from mode to mode using the split halves of his tail. It’s not really the same super simple transform as Optimus Prime. It does really look nice though, as long as you don’t view him from the side and see that his chest is separate from the rest of his body.
Overall: I really can’t recommend either unless you’re a completist. It’s not that they are terrible, but at $25 each they are pretty pricey for what they are.
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