Before we get to the toys, it must be said that Hasbro’s poor showing for Age of Extinction seems to be continuing into Robots in Disguise. None of the RID toys I’ve got yet have the class designation on the packages. One Step Changers say they change in one step, so they sort of do, but that is not the same thing as putting the class on the box.
Bumblebee’s robot mode suffers from the enormous vehicle hood as his chest, which the other Bumblebee toys don’t have. In vehicle mode he really looks nice.
The only Sideswipe toy in the first waves, he’s designed like the Age of Extinction One Ste Changer Drift where you flip one side of the back of the car around to transform him. He looks pretty cool, and unlike Drift, his chest does not down all the way. I love his head sculpt.
Strongarm’s Transformation is to rotate the bottom half of the vehicle. It’s a new design we didn’t see with Age of Extinction. I like it, but her “backpack” does not sit straight, it’s tipped to one side. Not a huge thing, but it would have been nice if it would turn another degree of two and stay in place.
Underbite kind of sucks. You’ll notice that to put him in robot/animal mode, I had to put a rubber and around his legs. That’s because when I was taking the pictures I couldn’t get them to click in place and the spring loaded legs would put him back in vehicle mode. Today I was fiddling with him, and it started to work properly. Not a great design, but he’s kind of cool looking.
Overall: They are One Step Changers, you can only do so much with them. Sideswipe is the best of the wave. If you want to just get one, go with Sideswipe.
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