Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 9:21pm CDT

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Twinferno is exactly what every collector feared when we first saw the Robots in Disguise line. He is overly simplistic, feels cheap and sports few details.

He truly feels like a toy for younger kids. The sad thing is that there is almost nothing ingenious about him. Certain kids toys can be fun to transform with their quick changing gimmick like Rescuebot, but Twinferno wouln't really offer anything fun to anyone. Any kid wanting a more streamlined transformer is much better off getting an Optimus Prime or Bumblebee from the Robots in Disguise line.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

The simple transformation is one of my biggest griefs about this toy. All you have to do is bring in his legs and have him raise his arms. You then just put the wings and cockpit down and that's it. What blows is that this is very indicative in the design where you end up with a spaceship that has two dragon heads sprouting out of it. At least if it had those heads concealed it would make for a more interesting transformer but here it's just all the robot mode elements again. It's not that different to when you lift a Superman figure's arms in the air and call that a flight mode.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

The deco isn't great either, it has way too much of that neon salmon that looks like those stickers distributed around Halloween to prevent kids from getting run over.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

And it just feels so cheap. The quality control fails too with the left foot not being able to peg in correctly due to a far too narrow hole. They are dumb feet anyway, it's the kind of step that adds nothing. All you do is slightly compress the foot for the alt mode. The robot foot is still clearly visible so he might as well have had the feet be part of the same leg piece like some cyber trim toys of old. At least that way the foot would not keep falling off when you tried transforming him properly. And yes, since his foot can't be straightened out, stability problems might ensue.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

The way they handle the fire breathing dragon heads is also a head scratcher.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

Notice how the underside of the dragon head has a peg? I figured it was to secure the flames when they are in his mouth. But it doesn't fit that way so all those peg holes are good for is holding the flames UNDER the dragon jaws. They still fit in the mouth, but upside down, so what you see is the hollowed out side of the flames.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise

I think my biggest beef of all with this toy is that the fans who believe this line is junk clogging up shelves now have a mascot. The only saving grace here, aside from the nice looking dragon heads, is that he is an autobot and does not tarnish the wonderful reputation of the Robots in Disguise Decepticon toys.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise


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Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1896075)
Posted by DeathReviews on July 11th, 2017 @ 10:07pm CDT
I'm looking at RiD "Blastwave", and the sculpting seems identical to Bludgeon. Even da face....
Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1896076)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 11th, 2017 @ 10:10pm CDT
DeathReviews wrote:I'm looking at RiD "Blastwave", and the sculpting seems identical to Bludgeon. Even da face....
Well... yeah. They're redecos of each other. Same tooling, different colors.
Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1896091)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on July 11th, 2017 @ 11:26pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
DeathReviews wrote:I'm looking at RiD "Blastwave", and the sculpting seems identical to Bludgeon. Even da face....
Well... yeah. They're redecos of each other. Same tooling, different colors.


They went cheap on at least giving Blastwave a new face
Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1896112)
Posted by Kurona on July 12th, 2017 @ 3:36am CDT
Man, that's really disappointing. Twinferno was looking so cool too...
Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1896113)
Posted by RAR on July 12th, 2017 @ 3:52am CDT
A few minor tweaks and they could have had a Dragon mode and a jet mode and a robot mode.

At least his head can be hidden in vehicle mode.
Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1896549)
Posted by Stuartmaximus on July 13th, 2017 @ 4:27pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:When it comes to Thermidor, this review, and images found within, will mostly be comparing him to Bisk. I'd love to review the toy as new but in reality he is similar to Bisk in every way aside from the head and deco. For those who do not own this mold, it is simply perfect. The alt mose is original, the robot mode has great personality with alt mode integration. It's a fun transformation that is not at all bothersome and both intuitive and creative. The real difference here is the deco and the head. The head has very features, he actually has pupils for a change.


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The deco for the eyes works rather well. The paint may be sloppy depending on your copy, especially in the lower mandibles. The amount of paint apps between both is almost the same but Thermidore wins out with having his whole abdominal area painted silver while Bisk's is left unpainted. Also, I always appreciate when the rims are painted which is the case here so no need to wait for the Takara version here (not that it would happen).

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    I recomend this toy to any fan of the Bisk mold and to those who have not experienced this mold yet, as well to those who want a nice representation of the character found in the show. I am happy with my purchase and there isn't much more I could ask for.


  • Eh? where did you get him?(Thermindor) coz Kapow doesn't have him yet

    anywhoo...Chefatron already has a vid review of him up
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1896600)
    Posted by william-james88 on July 13th, 2017 @ 9:01pm CDT
    Stuartmaximus wrote:Eh? where did you get him?(Thermindor) coz Kapow doesn't have him yet

    I got him at my local toysrus in Montreal, Canada.
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1896604)
    Posted by Noideaforaname on July 13th, 2017 @ 9:54pm CDT
    Ouch. RiD toys already tend to look sorta "kiddie" (especially compared to the greeble-covered TR line and Movieverse), but Twinferno manages to do that even harder.

    On the flip side, Thermidor/Bisk looks really nice and could probably get away paling around with Prime bots, like Ripclaw and Rumble or whoever.


    Bludgeon... is weirdly in between. I dunno, can't not compare him to the RotF version, which admittedly is like comparing an NES sprite to the full drawing in the instruction manual.
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1896766)
    Posted by Evil Eye on July 15th, 2017 @ 11:20am CDT
    Oh boy, Twinferno looks a mess. I know this gets thrown about a lot with poorly done toys but he really does remind me of a knockoff. Well, not a knockoff but one of those technically original off-brands that exist to trick parents into buying them for their unfortunate children. You know, Converters, Zybots, M.A.R.S Converters etc. Between the complete lack of detail, the atrocious colour choices and the really basic transformation he just looks so, so bad.

    Thermidor on the other hand (claw?) looks amazing. That mold looks even sexier in blue.
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1896779)
    Posted by william-james88 on July 15th, 2017 @ 1:14pm CDT
    You guys know what I find pretty nuts? We currently have 0 clue as to what is next for RID Warriors. Usually we know at least one or two waves taht are still to come but right now, I own the latest wave and I have no clue if there will even be another.
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1897082)
    Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 16th, 2017 @ 8:49pm CDT
    Well, Combiner Force Menasor is on amazon. Wanted to buy him, but I'm waiting on a few comics and Ultra bee to hit before I get them all.

    I actually like how Twinferno looks. the colors, the look, it works for me. But I am a bit easier to please.

    Bludgeon is still a must, still need to get to his wave to buy him.

    I am also wondering about a lack of new figures, but I'm sure SDCC will have something
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1897091)
    Posted by Sabrblade on July 16th, 2017 @ 9:05pm CDT
    I wonder how many folks who originally passed on Blastwave will now want him after seeing that he's a bounty hunter who uses Cybertronian sign language to communicate.
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1897119)
    Posted by william-james88 on July 16th, 2017 @ 11:20pm CDT
    Sabrblade wrote:I wonder how many folks who originally passed on Blastwave will now want him after seeing that he's a bounty hunter who uses Cybertronian sign language to communicate.

    But he's using the wrong mold and has the wrong headsculpt, thats just too bad.
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1897123)
    Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on July 17th, 2017 @ 12:02am CDT
    william-james88 wrote:
    Sabrblade wrote:I wonder how many folks who originally passed on Blastwave will now want him after seeing that he's a bounty hunter who uses Cybertronian sign language to communicate.

    But he's using the wrong mold and has the wrong headsculpt, thats just too bad.


    Wait until he appears as a Bludgeon look-a-like in the cartoon, then we'll talk ;)
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1897139)
    Posted by Kurona on July 17th, 2017 @ 3:05am CDT
    It endears me enough to him to want him.

    And lol, now is when we're starting to talk about toy/cartoon inaccuracy? :lol:
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1897159)
    Posted by ScottyP on July 17th, 2017 @ 8:09am CDT
    william-james88 wrote:You guys know what I find pretty nuts? We currently have 0 clue as to what is next for RID Warriors. Usually we know at least one or two waves taht are still to come but right now, I own the latest wave and I have no clue if there will even be another.
    This happened once before with this line, I think just before NYCC last year? It's really ever since info on a whole year's worth of Generations products got leaked that we stopped learning about new products as early as we used to. Other than some of the shots of "Tribute" line products, there's very little period which we both know about and are waiting for release.
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1897168)
    Posted by william-james88 on July 17th, 2017 @ 9:00am CDT
    JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
    william-james88 wrote:
    Sabrblade wrote:I wonder how many folks who originally passed on Blastwave will now want him after seeing that he's a bounty hunter who uses Cybertronian sign language to communicate.

    But he's using the wrong mold and has the wrong headsculpt, thats just too bad.


    Wait until he appears as a Bludgeon look-a-like in the cartoon, then we'll talk ;)


    I find that highly doubtful. The whole point of him reusing a model is to save money since model creation is the most expensive part of the cartoon process (ever since computers got involved). So them making a new model, based on his toy's looks is very doubtful especially since we were told we wouldnt see Bludgeon in the show (and thus not have his model available for reuse).

    I think them colouring his chest to look a bit like a skull in the cartoon is the only sconsolation we will get.
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1897177)
    Posted by Sabrblade on July 17th, 2017 @ 10:22am CDT
    william-james88 wrote:
    JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
    william-james88 wrote:
    Sabrblade wrote:I wonder how many folks who originally passed on Blastwave will now want him after seeing that he's a bounty hunter who uses Cybertronian sign language to communicate.

    But he's using the wrong mold and has the wrong headsculpt, thats just too bad.


    Wait until he appears as a Bludgeon look-a-like in the cartoon, then we'll talk ;)


    I find that highly doubtful. The whole point of him reusing a model is to save money since model creation is the most expensive part of the cartoon process (ever since computers got involved). So them making a new model, based on his toy's looks is very doubtful especially since we were told we wouldnt see Bludgeon in the show (and thus not have his model available for reuse).

    I think them colouring his chest to look a bit like a skull in the cartoon is the only sconsolation we will get.
    The chest isn't merely recolored, though. It's a whole new chestplate redesigned from the one Megatronus had:

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    The head and Autobot badge belt buckle are new as well.
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1897178)
    Posted by william-james88 on July 17th, 2017 @ 10:26am CDT
    So then its a mix between what we see in the toy and the Megatronus model. But that means that they wont be redoing him to look more like his toy, since some toy aspects are already there. Basically, if ayone expects him to look more like his toy than he toys now, prepare for dissapointment.
    Re: Pictorial Review of Warrior Twinferno from Robots in Disguise (1897179)
    Posted by Kurona on July 17th, 2017 @ 10:29am CDT
    I thought it was fine; made him more intimidating and played into the whole we-think-he's-a-bad-guy thing they had going on. And I wasn't thinking of Megatronus at all -- maybe because RiD Megatronus sucks, but hey, I still recognised Blastwave as his own dude.

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