TAV-30 Battle Grimlock (RiD2.0)


revisited 9-7-20

Class- Voyager

Commentary-

I have a lot of mixed feelings towards RID2015. I adored Prime and I was hoping it would be more of a sequel to Prime, but tonally it was a lot like Animated, which is one of my least favorite continuities (my least favorite is Cyberverse). RID2015 had some really cool figures (Bee and Strongarm), some fails (Sideswipe) and some massive fails (Deluxe Sized Grimlock). It was such an easy pass for the Grimlock figure. Grimlock is massive, not a scrawny tiny thing. So I learned (I think from Emgo316) that there was a massive retool of FOC Grimlock that was RID Grimlock, I was intreagued and got the figure.

Bot Mode-

Grimlock is a MASSIVE retool of the Fall of Cybertron Grimlock figure. But its more shared engineering than a retool. about 85% of the parts are different. But because they have shared engineering, they have the same faults. The plastic is a little thin and very hollow. The articulation is okay but not great. He can move his arms up and down and only very little out. No waist swivel. Good knee bend and leg articulation. But since I got rid of my FOC Grimlock (so I could get Planet X Grimlock) I was happy to get RID Grimlock. Even though his engineering isn't the best, he looks REALLY good and for a kid, he has a lot of play value. He is primarily Green with a really interesting face sculpt. Therethe back is made up of the dino head. He also has some dark gray paint on him. His hands are 5mm hands, but in the cartoon he didn't ever use a weapon (that I can remember) so I don't equip him with anything. From a visual perspective, he looks great.

Transformation-

When FOC Grimlock was engineered, it was about 2010 or so when the economy was in a down turn, so because of that, Transformers were a bit more simplified. Grimlock has a really easy transformation and it's okay I guess. For complexity, I rate it a 4.75 out of 10. For fun, I rate it a 5 out of 10. Nothing crazy, nothing that gets me angry, but I would've liked it to be just a little more complicated.

Beast Mode-

Grimlock's beast mode is FABULOUS. It looks like it was ripped right off the screen. FOC Grimlock was a bit lacking, but RID Grimlock is great. Again, most of him is new tooling. He keeps the primary Green and Black color scheme. I absolutely love the head sculpt. Which has a jaw that can move up and down. His legs can move, his dino arms can move. I would've liked to have seen a little more articulation in the tail, but I'll take what I can get.

Accessories-

In the cartoon, Grimlock never used any weapons. But FOC Grimlock came with a sword and a shield. Takara redecoed them with clear yellow plastic. Its fine, but I never equiped Grimlock with them. But extra accessories are always welcome.

3rd Party Add Ons-

N/A

Pros-

Great dino mode. Good play value for a kid. Really good alternative from the US version

Cons-

In comparison to a Siege or Earthrise figure, or even Deluxe Cyberverse figure, he feels just a little cheap. Not brittle, but he feels too light and hollow.

What would Seth do differently-

Aside for upsizing this, there isn't much you can do to save this figure. It's a good figure and the best of a bad situation, but Takara used A LOT of tooling dollars and this figure really is more of a shared engineering than an actual retool. So with that into account, I don't see them making him feel less hollow.

Grade-

Don't get me wrong, I like Grimlock, but he isn't in the top 50 of favorite figures in my collection. Also, being that he is a Japanese exclusive, you have to spend more for him than you would a voyager that came out in 2015. I rate Grimlock 5.25 out of 10. If he were an American release that I could've gotten for 25ish, he would get a higher grade.

American Retools and Repaints-

Generations FOC Grimlock (pretool)


 


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