Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 8:58PM CST

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Thanks to Taiwan-based YouTube reviewer Kevin Liu, who took time to upload some more video reviews (in Chinese) for Transformers Power of the Primes deluxe class Dinobots Slug and Swoop, we also have some sneaky previews at a number of things.

First of all, shown off for comparison is wave-mate but Voyager cousin Dinobot leader Grimlock, in his new guise as combiner torso too, along with robot and space Tyrannosaurus Rex (debatable). While there is no actual review of the figure yet, we do get to look at the toy in both its modes in the two clips available from Kevin - which also means we get an initial look at combined form Volcanicus! But that's not all: the final part, also in the two reviews, is an in-package shot of Legend class Slash, the new female Dinobot member. Take a look at the screenshots provided below, and keep your optics tuned for reviews of both Voyager and Legend dinos sure to be appearing soon.

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus

Transformers News: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus



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Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921884)
Posted by Nightbeat339 on November 15th, 2017 @ 9:19pm CST
I've loved TR, but to me PotP seems like a step down. Grimlock looks awful in Dino mode! The other two dinobots look decent, but I really wish they had some chrome on them.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921889)
Posted by Seibertron on November 15th, 2017 @ 10:17pm CST
The "brand wide" gimmick seems to really be hurting the Power of the Primes figures. All of the deluxes look off so far.

Jazz looks OK in robot mode, but alt mode looks very weird for Jazz. His mouth isn't really molded either which just looks weird up close. If his head looked like the artwork on the box, I'd be very happy.

Swoop's wings bug me a lot in robot mode mode for some reason. I like the idea of the "gold" paint on the inside of the translucent plastic, but the color that was used looks blah and doesn't look very gold to me. Would chrome paint have been a possibility? As is the case with all of the deluxe Dinobots, his body isn't wide enough or something, which I've also complained about with some of the Aerialbots and Vortex (off the top of my head).

Slug looks fairly good in robot mode, though not as bulky as I would have preferred. His triceratops mode's fringe has a weird slant or looks off.

Dreadwind and Blackwing both suffer from the too-thin or not-wide-enough bodies of the aforementioned Combiner Wars figures. I would have really liked to have seen them as Voyagers.

I was hoping that once I had them in hand, I'd feel differently, but I don't. I've wanted a really nice set of modern day Dinobots for so long that this set is just a disappointment, with Grimlock being the biggest deal breaker of the five of them. He has so many things wrong with the way he looks and the lack of his sword and gun is just a real bummer. I'm not keen on any of the other upcoming Deluxes or Voyagers either.

Rodimus Prime looks like he could be a fun toy, but it also has some issues (most notably Hot Rod's legs for shoulders just can't be unseen. Optimus is close but his colors are way off ... but the issue with the truck's cab being a jumbled mess leaves me feeling disappointed.

The Deluxes and Voyagers, with the exception of the Abominus figures (who really need Hun-Gurrr's gun for Abominus) suffer from being Combiners. While I'm not a big fan of characters who weren't combiners in G1 becoming Combiners now, what irks me more is that many of these toys suffer because they're trying to do too much because they're Combiners. I just want cool toys. Titans Return was really cool for the most part, but some of those figures suffered as well because of the "brand wide" gimmick such as Galvatron (who had a terrible head) and Soundwave (whose head looks goofy). I get the "brand wide" gimmick from a marketing and sales perspective, but as a fan I don't care for it when I see figures suffer because of it.

Just to clarify, there were a lot of great exceptions with brand-wide gimmicks as well. Perceptor, Windblade, Octane, Twin Twist and Topspin all come to mind as fantastic figures that looked great in both modes and added the "Headmaster" gimmick to characters that shouldn't have that feature. Those figures looked so good that I didn't mind them also being a Headmaster.

Just wanted to vent a little after seeing more disappointing pics of Grimlock and after feeling disappointed by the wave 1 deluxes after getting them in hand today. Normally I'm all cheerleader-like doing the "rah rah rah" bit for anything and everything Transformers yet I can't get over this "disappointed" feeling about the entirety of what has been revealed for Power of the Primes so far.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921890)
Posted by william-james88 on November 15th, 2017 @ 10:20pm CST
Hellscream9999 wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
while I cant speak for the hot rods, what cobotron is seeing is definitely the revision wave. I will make a news post about it since I see a lot of confusion. Its actually new (not that anyone wanted it)
https://www.seibertron.com/transformers ... ion/39261/

Aww man, I'd kill for that wave to freshen things up near me, no, I put some stock out a month ago and it was the legit wave 1('17) figures: hotrod, doublecross, triggerhappy and breakaway. I was so pissed since we had just finished moving that wave from our store which had been there since December of last year :BOOM:

Maybe it wasnt. How many hot rods were in the case, 2 or 3? Because there is a revision set that looks the same as wave 3 but changes the amount of characters in it so that there is no short packed figure.

So maybe yes, you do have a revision wave in stock.

https://www.entertainmentearth.com/prod ... =HSB7762C1
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921895)
Posted by Bronzewolf on November 15th, 2017 @ 11:03pm CST
So my local Target didn't have any Power of the Primes toys. What did you lucky folks do to get them to find them? Just give them the UPC? Describe them? Ask if they got any case shipments in? I MUST KNOW YOUR SECRETS.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921896)
Posted by bodrock on November 15th, 2017 @ 11:21pm CST
Rysquad wrote:San Diego folks -

Looks like Target in Santee put a case in it's system. I checked the Target DCPI number for PotP Deluxe (087-06-5863) on Brickseek this morning and saw that they had them in stock. Of course, they weren't out on the floor but politely asked if they could check the back, which showed 6 figures. The Target Team Member brought out an opened case - looked like someone asked before I did. Picked up Dreadwind but left Swoop (2), Slag (2) and Jazz (1) in the box.


It's all thanks to Rysquad, Bronzewolf! :)

I followed his steps -- like I mentioned earlier, you may want to call ahead to confirm, as Target will most likely not have them on the floor, thanks to TR & TLK.

I hear ya on the Dinobots, Seibertron! Grimmy is not doing it for me either, and I'm not honestly planning on picking them all up -- except for Slash. MOAR FEMME BOTS, plz.

Same thing with Jazz -- his G1 incarnation remains my fave.

I'll most likely buy all the Pretender/PMs, though. And Rodimus Unicronus. :SG-BOTS:
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921899)
Posted by Ultra Markus on November 15th, 2017 @ 11:49pm CST
despite some of the figures shortcomings im just glad we get all the dinobots as they should be and they are pretty damn close to the originals and giving the fact that they also combine should be a dream come true i think most everyone who liked the original dinobots wish they combined and now we have that
sure this new combiner may not look as we hoped but it will do, its close enough :D
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921903)
Posted by Bounti76 on November 16th, 2017 @ 1:08am CST
bodrock wrote:
Rysquad wrote:San Diego folks -

Looks like Target in Santee put a case in it's system. I checked the Target DCPI number for PotP Deluxe (087-06-5863) on Brickseek this morning and saw that they had them in stock. Of course, they weren't out on the floor but politely asked if they could check the back, which showed 6 figures. The Target Team Member brought out an opened case - looked like someone asked before I did. Picked up Dreadwind but left Swoop (2), Slag (2) and Jazz (1) in the box.


It's all thanks to Rysquad, Bronzewolf! :)

I followed his steps -- like I mentioned earlier, you may want to call ahead to confirm, as Target will most likely not have them on the floor, thanks to TR & TLK.

I hear ya on the Dinobots, Seibertron! Grimmy is not doing it for me either, and I'm not honestly planning on picking them all up -- except for Slash. MOAR FEMME BOTS, plz.

Same thing with Jazz -- his G1 incarnation remains my fave.

I'll most likely buy all the Pretender/PMs, though. And Rodimus Unicronus. :SG-BOTS:


I gave the DPCI code to a Target associate and they were really nice and got the box out for me. He opened it and then, essentially just left me to look through it for the figures I wanted. Got one of each. From what another associate said, they're likely not going to be put on shelves until next week sometime, probably Black Friday, as she said they were all located in an area that was specifically for Black Friday stock- but that they could sell them, as there was no street date on them.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921905)
Posted by Qwan on November 16th, 2017 @ 2:03am CST
Well I did another set of rounds today on my mission to find PotP figures in Australia and while - spoilers - long story short, I didn't have any luck, I do feel way better about it than I did the other day.

Customer service reps at all three stores (well actually just two; the third store moved its customer service desk some time last year and I haven't been able to find it since :lol: ) were really nice and helpful; one store tried to help me for what must've been a solid half hour before they apologised for not being able to find anything. They didn't seem to recognise the concepts or examples of DPCI or manufacturer codes so no luck there, but they searched all through the systems as best they could.

The main information I got out of this, aside from the fact that my local stores probably don't have any PotP stuff yet, is that 1) Every store-chain gives items their own individual database codes, so more general ones might not actually be much use, and 2) It's practically impossible to look up a figure in the database if you don't already know the code of the thing you're looking for (especially if you're not sure whether it's even in the database yet to begin with).

So on the Australian end at least, I think the conclusion here is "sit tight and they'll come eventually". And also "gee I wish there was something like Brickseek that'd work for Australian stores".
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921910)
Posted by DEANO85 on November 16th, 2017 @ 2:56am CST
I remember how long it took us to get the first waves of combiner wars in Australia. So I know it will a small wait until we see any of the POTP figures show up. Really keen for Jazz since I want to add him to Optimus Maximus.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921912)
Posted by leokearon on November 16th, 2017 @ 4:24am CST
I think it was very near to Christmas (like the week before) before Ireland got the first wave of CW and I think TR, so I'm suspecting something similar. Then again we haven't gotten TR wave 5 yet.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921913)
Posted by Caelus on November 16th, 2017 @ 5:02am CST
Seibertron wrote:As is the case with all of the deluxe Dinobots, his body isn't wide enough or something, which I've also complained about with some of the Aerialbots and Vortex (off the top of my head) [...] Dreadwind and Blackwing both suffer from the too-thin or not-wide-enough bodies of the aforementioned Combiner Wars figures.


I only felt that way about Brawl. I prefer the 'narrower' figures because otherwise TFs can get so 'puffy' that they look like they would have #TRexProblems. I like having a few guys that are relative Hulks in their proportions (characters like Blitzwing, Grimlock, Lugnut, Strika, etc.) but I prefer most characters not have that Dreamwave-Era top-heaviness.

All in all, though, I wish Predaking had been one of standard combiners, and Volcanicus had been the Titan Class combiner for the line. Having the Dinobots each be Voyager-sized would have been good, and having their combiner come in at the same height as Devastator would have also been nice. But then we go down the rabbit hole of wishes and wants (e.g., Sludge/Slog should be the torso component, and Grimlock an arm).
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921915)
Posted by Burn on November 16th, 2017 @ 5:56am CST
Qwan wrote:So on the Australian end at least, I think the conclusion here is "sit tight and they'll come eventually".

January.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921918)
Posted by Rodimus Knight on November 16th, 2017 @ 7:09am CST
Nightbeat339 wrote:I've loved TR, but to me PotP seems like a step down. Grimlock looks awful in Dino mode! The other two dinobots look decent, but I really wish they had some chrome on them.


Most of My transformers are displayed in Robot Mode, the exception that I saw, was the Dino Bots. I don't even think I would combine them, I was probably going to leave them in Dino Mode....except for grimlock... that backside....

As far as the Chrome goes, I expect that come SDCC they will have a volcanous set with the vac metalized gold coloring, and maybe the smoked plastic like the original dinobots.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921920)
Posted by Skritz on November 16th, 2017 @ 7:27am CST
What I find funny is that the Dinobots are rather slavishly G1 and people aren't happy.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921921)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on November 16th, 2017 @ 7:33am CST
Skritz wrote:What I find funny is that the Dinobots are rather slavishly G1 and people aren't happy.


They didn't combine in G1 and that seems to be one of the reasons that in some ways these new figures are worse than the ones from over 30 years ago.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921923)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on November 16th, 2017 @ 7:37am CST
leokearon wrote:I think it was very near to Christmas (like the week before) before Ireland got the first wave of CW and I think TR, so I'm suspecting something similar. Then again we haven't gotten TR wave 5 yet.


CW probably, but likely not TR unless they were reeeeaaallly late or early since TR started mid year (June/July 2016) instead of at the end/beginning like CW and PotP.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921924)
Posted by Seibertron on November 16th, 2017 @ 8:19am CST
Carnivius_Prime wrote:
Skritz wrote:What I find funny is that the Dinobots are rather slavishly G1 and people aren't happy.


They didn't combine in G1 and that seems to be one of the reasons that in some ways these new figures are worse than the ones from over 30 years ago.


They're close to being slavish, but I think that's what the problem is. The deluxes are fine for what they are but they all have issues which stand out even more since they're close but not quite, but Grimlock is a flat out disaster in trex mode and in robot mode he has none of his appropriate weapons, and therefore volcanicus doesn't have a weapon.

I agree about the dinobots should have been the amazing titan class set, predaking should have been a regular combiner. To see devastator and volcanicus duke it out since they are arch enemies, that would have been amazing and given devastator an in scale rival.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921927)
Posted by ThunderThruster on November 16th, 2017 @ 8:26am CST
Caelus wrote:All in all, though, I wish Predaking had been one of standard combiners, and Volcanicus had been the Titan Class combiner for the line. Having the Dinobots each be Voyager-sized would have been good, and having their combiner come in at the same height as Devastator would have also been nice. But then we go down the rabbit hole of wishes and wants (e.g., Sludge/Slog should be the torso component, and Grimlock an arm).


This.
It would have been so much better as you've described here.
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921928)
Posted by MECHdirge on November 16th, 2017 @ 8:58am CST
Ditto! I would have sprung for Voyager scale combiner Dinobots, but the oversized Predators are unlikely to go into my collection. I will still pick up the Dinobots, but I would have preferred the reverse, as other posters have commented.

As much as many have disliked these figures, I have to say I’m pretty pleased. Maybe I have lower standards, but the minor issues strike me as... well, minor. I loved Combiner Wars. I liked Titans Return, too, but was still irked CW was killed off without the addition of some more combiners (not simply recolonization/minor remold). PotP is really CW2. I could live without the gimmick, true, but it doesn’t bug me. It is geared towards their primary market—actual kids. I will probably pick up the Prime Masters, but they are pretty low on my list. I will probably skip the Shattered Glass Rodimus that others seem to like, the Predacons (unless they really blow me away in quality, which I find unlikely), and possibly some of the other leader Class figs (recolonization, especially... may skip monkey Prime, too).
Re: Initial In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Grimlock, Slash & Volcanicus (1921929)
Posted by leokearon on November 16th, 2017 @ 9:01am CST
Combiners or not, I'm just glad I will finally be able to have all five Dinobots.
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