Hi guys, I felt slightly masochistic this morning, so I decided to review the convoluted mess that goes by the name of Grimlock. You can see my review below, and the rest of my stuff at http://teletraan2.blogspot.com/
Manufacturer - Hasbro
Toyline - Classics
- Added an Autobot symbol to the chest
- Added an Autobot symbol to cover the heat stickerReview
Appearance (Robot Mode) 4/10
Grimlock is such a legendary character, that anything less than a superb rendition of him would leave most fans disappointed, but this sub-par and frankly odd mould is faw worse than that. The only thing I actually like about this mould is the headsculpt, which is as nice as the rest of the robot is bad. I dislike the dino head for feet, and I dislike the nasty kibble jutting out everywhere. The original configuration of Grimlock made far more sense, even with the 'wings'. Oddest of all, are the seemingly randomly-inked knee areas, which do not go with the rest of the (uninked) robot at all. Bizarre.
Appearance (Alternate Mode) 5/10
It's almost impossible to mess up a T-Rex but Hasbro tried, by adding weird jutting kibble to the arched back, and adopting the low stance which is now the accepted historically-accurate gait of a real T-Rex. But it just looks infinately less imposing than the original upright stance of the G1 alt mode. Grimlock looks more sprightly than menacing now.
Perversely, it is quite fun to transform this figure, but the end result of both modes leaves a lot to be desired, so transformation inevitably ends in disappointment.
Limited by Kibble overhanging limbs everywhere, I was unable to put him into any cool poses to photograph.
Well on seeing this guy out of the box I immediately vomited on it and then threw him though the nearest open window, and nothing broke. OK, I am kidding. To give the figure some credit, he feels nice and sturdy - more's the pity.
Overall - 30/50
This is such a disappointing rendition of a great character that it makes me sad. To add insult to injury, HasTak produced a Masterpiece version of Grimlock which really is
a Masterpiece. Everything about the figure is great. Too bad then, that the scale is way too large to fit in with my 'classicsverse' figures. With Hasbro unlikely to produce the other 4 dinobots (the re-deco potential, beyond the G2 repaints, is non-existent), this unfortunate creature stands alone in representing one of the coolest sub-groups in TF history.