Pictorial Review of Deluxe Cogman from Transformers: The Last Knight
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 1:00am CSTCategories: Movie Related News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88 Views: 25,979
I will begin this review by saying that this is my favourite deluxe from the entire line. This is not the recency effect because as many will attest, this line has not been amazing, especially not for the deluxe class. It was plagued with repaints and retools, and the fully original molds like Barricade, Berserker, and Steelbane were not home runs by any stretch due to either over simplicity, poor engineering or poor quality control. For some reason it seems Hasbro and Takara poured all they had into Cogman. As we all know by now, he is Titan Master compatible and as you will see below, he can fit two Titan Masters in his cockpit.
Regarding the cockpit, it's really cool how they have the steering wheel on the right side, which is film accurate to the car driven by Cogman in London. As for the car mode in general, it is super sleek. I love how everything fits together perfectly. There is also nice silver paint throughout the side connecting between different panels, adding to the cohesiveness of the alt mode. Plus the rims are painted as are the lights in the back (something that was absent from Transformers toys for a while).
What you see sticking from his backside is not a bad case of hemorrhoids but the hilt from his sword. The vehicle mode accommodates the sword by actually having an extra transformation joint on the robot's pelvis, so that the sword can fit there even though there might not be enough room under the car at first glance.
The only slight complaint I could have is that the titan master ports in the cockpit are very loose and will not keep a Titan master attached. But they can still sit there no problem. Also, there is a big gap between the front of the windshield and where the cockpit actually begins. While I will admit I am not an expert on the Aston Martin DB11, it doesn't look right.
The transformation to robot mode is as good as I think we will ever see for a standard Bayverse deluxe. Since none of the car mode is integrated into the robot mode (due to the fact that Cogman DOES NOT TRANSFORM into that car in the film) it's always tricky to hide away the alt mode kibble. The wave 1 Barricade just let is all hang in his back lazily, with no compression of any kind and I was worried when it first seemed like Cogman would follow suit. But no, the back is very tight and compressed as much as it could be. Of course we still see car bits, but it is neat. And unlike Barricade, Cogman's chest cannot have any alt mode kibble so the front of the car turns partly into his shoulders (which have terrific pose-ability as you can see below) while the rest does a 180 degree turn to fold away into his back smoothly under all the clear plastic windows. It was one of those genius moments of engineering like when one transforms PRID Vehicon's legs for the first time or finalizes the chest on Prime FE Cliffjumper.
The legs also offer an evolved form of what Barricade showed us with several layers of folding. This figure definitely has a higher parts count for all that extra engineering. The way the hands flip out of the car doors also answers the prayer of all fans complaining of hollow bits and engineers not adding extra flaps to make better looking arms. The result is the sleekest robot mode of the entire line, which is crazy for a toy that has so much kibble to deal with.
He is quite poseable but while he does have knees they are weirdly designed as if they were only meant to be used for the transformation (which is odd since that joint is not used for the transformation). Its a tight joint that doesn't act like a regular joint would. Although it does reveal more robot mode detail that one only sees when unlocking the knee. Speaking of detail, his chest does open up to see more cogs and gears. This is necessary for transforming him into alt mode.
He comes with Excalibur (talk of an accessory) and wields it pretty well, as you can see below. I feel he makes an even better knight themed Transformer than the actual knight themed Transformer we got in this line, especially his shining armour. Speaking of which, the paint job is fine. Toys can always use more paint but I am not complaining here. The grey/silver plastic used her isn't dull but feels like an actual colour.
Overall, he is the best deluxe of this line, bar none (my runner up was Sqweeks, if anyone was curious). Definitely a worthy pickup for those who like the movie aesthetic and those who enjoy innovative yet streamlined transformations. And of course, for any fan of Titan Masters too. Speaking of which, here he is next to the other tail-ender, Slugslinger, showing the compatibility.
This article was last modified on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 1:01am CST
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Posted by Carnivius_Prime on November 14th, 2017 @ 6:26am CST
Your Cogman got a better black wash than mine did but I added some myself anyways to fix up the lacking parts but also the plain areas such as the arms and thighs and a little bit on the Cogman Titan Master himself. I still really love the detail sculpt and blackwash on the area revealed by lifting the chestplate. It's typical cogs and gears but not something you often see on a Transformers figure.
Wave 3 Bumblebee is easily my fave of the line. I love both modes and he's fun to pose and he just looks awesome. I really like Sqweeks and he's a fun toy but he's so ridiculously oversized he simply does not fit in with the other figures at all (why there's now a third party KO that's even bigger, I do not know, can they not do a shrunken down one?). Cogman is great fun and as I said I really like Barricade and Berserker (in fact Berserker's become one of my fave Decepticon toys ever). I haven't got any of the others yet as waiting for price reductions due to already having owned some of them before (I want the new Crosshairs as liked the AoE one and this one is just nicer)
Anyways yeah good review and I agree about the good points of Cogman's toy. Lovely photo work as usual.
Is it ok that in my 'personal canon' that after the death of Burton that Cogman made himself the larger body out of their car so he could still do his butler duties but to a Transformer instead, perhaps Optimus Prime, whether Prime wants his services or not?
Posted by Rodimus Knight on November 14th, 2017 @ 12:29pm CST
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 14th, 2017 @ 1:24pm CST
Posted by bodrock on November 14th, 2017 @ 1:51pm CST
Posted by Autobot N on November 14th, 2017 @ 2:34pm CST
1. The sword is made out of a rubbery plastic, which is pretty annoying since my Steelbane's sword was bent out of shape (I bought a secondhand copy). This problem was fixed by swiping the sword from Deluxe Silver Knight Prime and giving it to Steelbane.
2. The wings suck. Since they're made of rubbery plastic as well, both of them are warped, and they make Steelbane back-heavy and just look bad. This problem was fixed by popping off the wings and setting them off to the side (since the dragon mode isn't that great, it's not like I'm missing out on anything).
Overall, a pretty good figure and my favorite TLK deluxe (granted, the only other one I have is TRU Megatron) until I get Cogman.
Posted by TulioDude on November 14th, 2017 @ 5:54pm CST
Posted by jtanimator on November 14th, 2017 @ 6:08pm CST
Posted by skywarp-2 on November 14th, 2017 @ 6:37pm CST
Posted by Qwan on November 14th, 2017 @ 7:42pm CST
jtanimator wrote:I know this thread is on Cogman, but can anyone here tell me if deluxe class Skullitron is any better than Steelbane? I've heard some negative things about Steelbane, and he isn't in stock at my stores yet. However I do have Skullitron in stock here. So I'm curious if Skullitron has the same issues with "looseness" in the limbs or if he's a tighter figure.
This thread is for all The Last Knight toys; Cogman, Skullitron, Steelbane or otherwise
I don't have Skullitron myself, but IIRC he's about the same as Steelbane (maybe a little bit better) in the joints department. For what it's worth though, I picked up a Steelbane that actually had pretty good joints and still hated the mold, so take that for what you will. Pretty much a your-mileage-may-vary situation, on joint quality and whether you end up liking the mold or not - opinions are pretty split.
Posted by TFmonkeybiz on November 15th, 2017 @ 5:27am CST
The first one I picked up was Slug as I'd missed out on the AOE Dinobots and wanted to give them a shot. At first, I wasn't impressed due to his kibble issues which can make the transformation a bit annoying at first but he's grown on me since then and I love his robot mode design. I much prefer the colours on this version over the ones on the original and the articulation is perfectly fine. My only real issues with the figure are that the swords came warped in the package (their soft plastic) and they don't hold into the sides of the beast mode very securely.
The second figure I purchased was Sqweeks. First off I think he's a great little figure, the transformation is interesting, the trailer makes him feel worth the price and I love how he looks when you arm him up. I would also like to state that my copy doesn't seem to have the problem with headlight piece falling off during transformation, though mine does have a QC issue with the arm connection not being able to support the guns weight. Aside from that my only other issue I have with the figure is the fact that the mud/dirt paint apps look like they were applied with kiddie paints.
The third figure I picked up was Drift. I'll admit my expectations for this one were low due to review's I'd read, however, he turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Firstly, I love how the vehicle mode looks, even if it could do with a bit more paint (on a side note I think it would look great as a ), my only real issues with this mode are the fact that the panels won't sit flush and that their's nowhere to store his daggers. Sadly, his transformation is 99% shell forming, with most of the car mode ending up on his back which hurts an otherwise cool looking robot mode.
Finally, I picked up Legion Megatron which looks amazing in both modes. The transformation is interesting and I love how they were able to integrate his fusion cannon. He's also superbly articulated for a Legion.
Posted by william-james88 on November 15th, 2017 @ 3:28pm CST
Firstly, the deluxe figure (which is by all accounts an online exclusive) is back in stock at Walmart.com for $19.13.
For those unable to get it at Walmart.com (especially international audiences), it is now available for a premium at Bigbadtoystore.com for $34.99.
Lastly, it seems not all of Walmart's stock was dumped into the market six stores since the One Step two pack is now available on Walmart's website for $16.19.
Posted by Mirage22 on November 15th, 2017 @ 3:58pm CST
Posted by EunuchRon on November 15th, 2017 @ 8:15pm CST
Posted by william-james88 on November 20th, 2017 @ 12:01am CST
There is still no word of the other Walmart exclusives that still have not reached the great white north such as the two packs that have recently surfaced at Ross in the US. This is not an indication that this toy will appear in stores in the US since Walmart Canada is run independently, and channels by which particular toys are sold wildly differ with this figure never being offered online in Canada, for instance.
Good luck on the hunt everyone!
Posted by Quantum Surge on November 20th, 2017 @ 12:11am CST
Real talk, I have felt less confident with buying figures that I want if they disappear too soon or they show up too late. Hopefully, I can get either Hot Rod, Cogman, or Nitro Zeus (and I'll see what I can do with the others I want down the line).
Posted by nemesisorion on November 20th, 2017 @ 2:16am CST
Posted by noctorro on November 20th, 2017 @ 3:26am CST
Not very invested in the toyline because I hated the movie. Cogsman looks a bit dull but overall solid, might get him cheap on ebay or not. Would like a Nitro, his altmode looks hood and he's a KSI model so that's cool.
That's about it, maybe a Leader Megatron as a Knight brute and Skullitron/Steelbane for a good price.
This movie line deluxes cost 33 euro's!!!!! That's insane! That's an expensive voyager price. I don't know what Hasbro is doing in The Netherlands but that's unforgivably expensive. I refuse to buy a deluxe that's close to a third party price.
I hope HasTak dicides to make.... well no wishes actually for The Last Knight. I hipe they get back to Age of Extinction. Get us more KSI figures. Revisit Dark of the Moon maybe a bit. Do a deluxe sized dread dog dude,
Oh yes, Infernocus, that guy needs a Power of the Primus Beast combiner remold. That wouls be cool.
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on November 20th, 2017 @ 10:46am CST
Posted by DeathReviews on November 20th, 2017 @ 12:03pm CST
The movie's toys should be on clearance now to make room for the newer stuff coming out (cough cough Power of the Primes cough cough Misfire Slugslinger cough cough cough).
Posted by hurricane567 on November 20th, 2017 @ 2:07pm CST