Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Sunday, February 1st, 2015 6:01am CST

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Why not have some more Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers reviews for the weekend? Thanks to fellow Seibertron.com member Fires_Of_Inferno, Canada-dweller with easier access to the figures for now, we take a look at Dinobot leader Grimlock in his brick form, including some thoughts and size comparisons - check it out below!

Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:I have been asked to post my review of Battle Changers Grimlock here. So I shall! :D

I was surprised to find Kre-O Battle Changers Grimlock at my local Toys R' Us during my Boxing Day toy store rampage.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


Grimlock was released in Canada in late 2014, although they are listed as not being available until Spring 2015. Hasbro seems to be doing some wacky things with their release dates when Canada and the UK get releases BEFORE the US does. Grimlock is an 82 piece set who's colours more match the Age of Extinction toy than the G1 toy. This doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. He stands roughly 10cm (4in) tall in dino mode, and there's no storage for his weapon, unless you want to stick it in his tiny dino hands (which I do).

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


Grimlock transforms exactly as you'd expect him to. The head and sides of the dino mode are attached to the same spinal component and all fold back and down. His lower portion swings forward to form legs and feet, and the dino legs twist at the knee to form his robot arms. Pretty standard in terms of a recognizable G1 accurate Grimlock transformation!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


His robot mode stands just shy of 9cm (3 1/2 inches), and looks exactly how a Kre-O Grimlock should! Again, the colour looks more like AoE Grimlocks' colours, but that doesn't bother me one bit. The helmet actually bothers me a little more with the fact that, instead of using a new helmet design, they use one of the generic Kre-O helmet designs. I guess I can't be TOO mad at that since it still looks like the guy, though.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


The face and torso have tampographed details while the sword, shoulders, and the grey pieces on the sides of the shins have stickers. They're alright stickers, I was honestly reluctant to put them on at first, because I thought he'd look better with them off, but nah, he looks better this way! The articulation is surprisingly awesome! I wish all regular Transformers were as bendy as him!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


In relation to other Kre-O figures, I'd say he's the right size! They come up to about thigh level to him. I'm one of those nut bars who like things to be a certain scale to each other, and I think this scale works for Kre-O Grimlock!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


I saw Optimus, Bumblebee, and Starscream at the Toys R' Us as well. I knew Grimlock was also going to be released with them, but I didn't see him until after I started digging. He was buried in the back of the shelf. Good thing I found him or I might have had to settle for getting one of the ones I was less enthusiastic for. First world problem averted! :D :KREMZEEK:

Pick him up when you see him. After seeing Bumblebee and Optimus, I'd say this one is definitely the winner of the first wave. Hopefully there'll be more releases after this. I'd love to see Megatron given the same treatment!

Credit(s): Fires_Of_Inferno


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Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1645411)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 1st, 2015 @ 8:29am CST
If gold is the color of royalty, then him Grimlock king!
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1645422)
Posted by Noideaforaname on February 1st, 2015 @ 8:52am CST
Slapping that SEIBERTRON.COM on someone's pic review? *smh*


The scale-junky in me wants to see them do BIG Transformers out of these. Don't really need giant versions of figures I already have.


chuckdawg1999 wrote:Really? I was thinking that these would be released closer to the TV debut of the RID cartoon. I'm surprised these were supposed to be out soon.

Err, I think we're getting confused. From my perspective, anything unreleased is "NEW." There haven't been any new Kre-O stuff here, the US, since AoE premiered. These Battle Chargers, by the sounds of things, were *supposed* to have been released here months ago. Since they haven't, I'm making a general statement about all unreleased-in-the-US/"new" Kre-O.
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1645478)
Posted by Va'al on February 1st, 2015 @ 12:07pm CST
Noideaforaname wrote:Slapping that SEIBERTRON.COM on someone's pic review? *smh*


It wasn't intentional, but I've been arguing with my connection since Thursday - so there it stays for now. [-(
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651228)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on February 14th, 2015 @ 2:56pm CST
The Kre-O display at Toy Fair 2015 was small but not without its own reveals. We get a nice look at the Kreon Warriors and Sideswipe Roadway Rundown set. Also on display at Toy Fair 2015 were new Kre-O sets including Battle Changers Drift, Blitzwing, Hound and Shockwave. Blitzwing and Drift are triple changers.

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Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651249)
Posted by Noideaforaname on February 14th, 2015 @ 3:14pm CST
No pics of the Bumblebee and Optimus combiners?


Blitzwing coming with 3 heads sure is handy since I have a regular custom Blitswing that'd love a crazy face. But a metallic gold helmet? Odd.

Looks like they combined just about every Drift into that one. Colors/chest based on MtMtE, triple changer like Movie, minions like RiD.

And those "Warriors" are getting a second wave. Too bad most of them are repeat characters. Looks like some of them have hair. Uh...



Kreon are going weird and totally away from what got people hooked on.
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651330)
Posted by Zeedust on February 14th, 2015 @ 5:11pm CST
Noideaforaname wrote:Looks like they combined just about every Drift into that one. Colors/chest based on MtMtE, triple changer like Movie, minions like RiD.


I think the only one they missed is Shattered Glass Drift, and since he's a FunPub character who never appeared in anything anyway, and trying to include him would probably make things confusing, I can see why they skipped him.

I'm just surprised they picked Drift, with those modes I'd have expected Springer.
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651420)
Posted by Editor on February 14th, 2015 @ 7:21pm CST
I was hope for an announcement for at least one more line of micro-changers with the new combiner characters, Alpha Bravo, Rook, Offroad and such to mash into our existing Kre-o combiners.

That said trying to push an 8th guy onto Superion may be hard.
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651462)
Posted by ScottyP on February 14th, 2015 @ 8:57pm CST
Noideaforaname wrote:No pics of the Bumblebee and Optimus combiners?

Hmm, weird, thought I had sent those through. Sorry about that! The connection in there was a bit rough.
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651463)
Posted by Va'al on February 14th, 2015 @ 8:59pm CST
ScottyP wrote:
Noideaforaname wrote:No pics of the Bumblebee and Optimus combiners?

Hmm, weird, thought I had sent those through. Sorry about that! The connection in there was a bit rough.


We got some in the later galleries though! :D

http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/ ... als/32225/
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651468)
Posted by ScottyP on February 14th, 2015 @ 9:10pm CST
Va'al wrote:
ScottyP wrote:
Noideaforaname wrote:No pics of the Bumblebee and Optimus combiners?

Hmm, weird, thought I had sent those through. Sorry about that! The connection in there was a bit rough.


We got some in the later galleries though! :D

http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/ ... als/32225/


Ah, there it is! http://www.seibertron.com/events/fullsi ... &image=110
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651469)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on February 14th, 2015 @ 9:12pm CST
ScottyP wrote:
Va'al wrote:
ScottyP wrote:
Noideaforaname wrote:No pics of the Bumblebee and Optimus combiners?

Hmm, weird, thought I had sent those through. Sorry about that! The connection in there was a bit rough.


We got some in the later galleries though! :D

http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/ ... als/32225/


Ah, there it is! http://www.seibertron.com/events/fullsi ... &image=110

That's just dumb, but i kinda like it :lol:
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651490)
Posted by Noideaforaname on February 14th, 2015 @ 9:59pm CST
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Yeeeess!
I think this if my favorite reveal. It's just plain absurd, the kind of thing people joke about, but I got a list of Kreons that could use those very same helmets (which won't be used in combined mode), so inexplicably it's both a stupid novelty and a highly useful set.

Now the trouble is can I even find it.
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651550)
Posted by Editor on February 15th, 2015 @ 12:49am CST
3 out of 4 of those heads on Bumblebees limbs seem to be in a great deal of pain..... But that one leg is having a blast.
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651580)
Posted by Va'al on February 15th, 2015 @ 6:59am CST
Editor wrote:3 out of 4 of those heads on Bumblebees limbs seem to be in a great deal of pain..... But that one leg is having a blast.


You have any idea how hard it is for me not to imagine them screaming with pain/joy every time I look at the image, now..?
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651582)
Posted by Va'al on February 15th, 2015 @ 7:10am CST
It isn't over yet! For all the Kre-O fans out there, Seibertron.com has uploaded a gallery showcasing the new direction that the line is going into revealed by Hasbro at Toy Fair 2015, from Battle Changers, to Warriors, to the disturbingly amusing Bumblebee and Optimus Prime combiners - check them all out by clicking on any of the images below.

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Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651587)
Posted by RAcast on February 15th, 2015 @ 7:31am CST
Noideaforaname wrote:Image
Yeeeess!
I think this if my favorite reveal. It's just plain absurd, the kind of thing people joke about, but I got a list of Kreons that could use those very same helmets (which won't be used in combined mode), so inexplicably it's both a stupid novelty and a highly useful set.

Now the trouble is can I even find it.

Holy crap, what is even this? :lol: I saw the Optimus made out of tiny Optimii before I noticed the GIGANTIC Bumblebee with little screaming heads for limbs! #-o

To be fair...it is Bumblebee...
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651612)
Posted by dragons on February 15th, 2015 @ 9:02am CST
RAcast wrote:
Noideaforaname wrote:Image
Yeeeess!
I think this if my favorite reveal. It's just plain absurd, the kind of thing people joke about, but I got a list of Kreons that could use those very same helmets (which won't be used in combined mode), so inexplicably it's both a stupid novelty and a highly useful set.

Now the trouble is can I even find it.

Holy crap, what is even this? :lol: I saw the Optimus made out of tiny Optimii before I noticed the GIGANTIC Bumblebee with little screaming heads for limbs! #-o

To be fair...it is Bumblebee...


funny thing is hasbro beat us fans to it none of us fans would have thought to make to make combiner out of all movie bumblebees that are on shelfs :APPLAUSE:
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1651643)
Posted by Editor on February 15th, 2015 @ 10:29am CST
Va'al wrote:
Editor wrote:3 out of 4 of those heads on Bumblebees limbs seem to be in a great deal of pain..... But that one leg is having a blast.


You have any idea how hard it is for me not to imagine them screaming with pain/joy every time I look at the image, now..?

You good Sir.
Are welcome.

So to quickly review this piece:
:-? + :cry: + :-s + :sad: + :DANCE: = :michaelbay:
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1652211)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on February 16th, 2015 @ 4:45pm CST
Va'al wrote:
Editor wrote:3 out of 4 of those heads on Bumblebees limbs seem to be in a great deal of pain..... But that one leg is having a blast.


You have any idea how hard it is for me not to imagine them screaming with pain/joy every time I look at the image, now..?


Me too. It's cracking me up, it's like it's saying "Heeey I'm a leg!"

Those Battle changers look really good. The two I have were solid builds and fun to transform back and forth. One complaint I have from them is I wish there were a few more locking points in vehicle mode. I think Drift will have those, at least I hope it will.
Re: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock (1652267)
Posted by Editor on February 16th, 2015 @ 6:56pm CST
No Chuck, he's saying "Heeey i'm a leg!!!... o" :P

In all seriousness, I picked up a few more warrior packs, and may review opening those in the thread I made for the first few packs.

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