Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 12:22am CDT

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I will start by saying this: there are far more different parts than we first thought.

The car shell of course is fully new (including the wheels), but so is the head, torso, hips, legs and feet. The only thing remaining unchanged are the robot arms, and even then the samurai armour hanging off them is a different piece on both. However, as you will see, these new pieces are made to resemble the older ones and that's where the toy becomes disappointing due to the lack of variety.

Below are images of their robot modes. You will notice how the heads are slightly different at the mouth area. I personally do not know which I prefer. The TLK version replaces the clear plastic in back of the head for a black piece, which I don't mind since the light piping attempt had previously failed.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

You will also notice that TLK Drift is unable to store all his swords on his back. He does not have extra slots in his back kibble, which also hangs lower than the AOE Drift. Also, the Mercedes logo on TLK Drift is fake kibble while the Bugatti grill on AOE Drift was surprisingly a piece from his actual alt mode, but we knew that from the stock images.

So, let's move on with the subtle and frustrating retooling. As you can see in the image below, the TLK version's lower leg is a different piece from the AOE. You can tell with the detail right above the connection to his foot where that detail is twice the length as the AOE version, meaning that the piece is different in size, slightly. The hips with Samurai armour are also different. Instead of little pin sized vertical rectangles decorating the hip it is now larger horizontal rectangles. Lastly, the feet pieces have also been changed to have holes to fit the swords in vehicle mode.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Here are shots from the sides and back. Another significant downgrade with this toy over the AOE one is that the parts of the back are loose and do not clip anywhere. The back for the AOE one was surprisingly solid and doesn't swing around when you pick it up or pose him. This one does. It is also a bigger backpack since the entire back of the car is now part of the shell and instead of folding inward, it folds outwards giving TLK Drift a lot of junk in the trunk.


Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

None of these flaws are deal breakers though, especially if you do not have the AOE version, but it's getting closer to me not recommending this toy. Extra paint would help of course, since he looks a bit drab with a lot of unpainted plastic, which means some nice sculpted detail is left unhighlighted.


Now let's look at the cars!

Their sizes are about the same and of course the real "genius" feature here is that what was once the front is now the back and what was once the back is now he front. However, in terms of transformation, that doesn't change anything. It is still the very similar steps. These are partly puzzle toys and there is nothing new or exciting in terms of the puzzle here. He is a tad bit simpler too since this time the entire car is a shell so the no part of the robot's upper torso needs to move, the car just wraps around him.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

But like I said, this doesn't make him all that inferior, it's a small detail. What isn't a small detail is the paint on the car mode. Take a look at the image of the back of the two, the TLK Drift has 0 paint applications there. The back lights are not painted, it's all black unpainted plastic. Whatever red paint motif they try to keep throughout the alt mode stops short and it's jarring.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

To add insult the injury, the paint that is applied is applied in the poorest way I have ever seen.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift

In the end, the only part of this figure that I find quite cool is the idea of an all black car becoming an all red robot. But any imaginative engineering was provided in the previous toy so the novelty wears off fast. I find the previous version superior in ever way. More options with the swords, better alt mode integration, far superior deco in alt mode and a cooler alt mode (personal opinion of course) that we don't see much. That said, I would still be open to a more premium deco of this toy, to highlight the sculpting and make the sleek car mode pop more.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift


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Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888446)
Posted by Nexus Knight on June 10th, 2017 @ 2:13am CDT
So... you could say to sum it "TLK Drift is the same as AOE, just worse in every way." ;)
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888451)
Posted by TimothyR on June 10th, 2017 @ 3:18am CDT
Why are they holding the swords backwards?

.. here's hoping the movie masterpiece line continues and we get a masterpiece drift at some point.
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888454)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on June 10th, 2017 @ 3:37am CDT
I think AoE Drift seems the better toy all round but I do prefer TLK Drift's car mode. Can't decide which of the colour schemes I like more. Is unusual for a movie Autobot to change colours so drastically.
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888458)
Posted by Va'al on June 10th, 2017 @ 4:23am CDT
Courtesy of our new friend on Weibo, user 淘宝店变形金刚改造工厂, we have some new images of the leader class figure from Transformers: The Last Knight Dragonstorm, and its two knight components: Dragonicus and Stormreign. Check out the stock photography below, and let us know what you think of this new figure in the Energon Pub!

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Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888460)
Posted by Va'al on June 10th, 2017 @ 4:31am CDT
In addition to the previous Transformers: The Last Knight All Spark Tech stock images, covered here, we have a truckload more courtesy of Amazon Italy and Germany, and their listings for Barricade (Mars), Hound (Super Nova), Drift (Nova), and Bumblebee (Saturn). Check them out below!

When the cube is placed in the figure, more than 15 lights and sounds are activated. The cube detects whether the figure is in robot or vehicle mode. The cube also supplies other Allspark Tech figures with energy.


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Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888461)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on June 10th, 2017 @ 4:47am CDT
Dragonstorm looks cool but it's odd there's blue-green parts on the robot mode pics where they're more grey on the dragon mode pic.
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888463)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on June 10th, 2017 @ 4:59am CDT
Ya know what? Looking at TLK Drift I may likely buy him when in a sale or something and assign one of them as Drift and one as Drift's 'brother'. Maybe Drift and Shift, the samurai twins? Having formely served under Bludgeon (to go with my RotF Bludgeon) as Decepticons they both had a change of heart and changed their alliegance. Mixture of canon and personal canon to explain why owning both and the samurai similarity with Bluddy. I dunno.
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888473)
Posted by Z3ROhour on June 10th, 2017 @ 6:26am CDT
welp...

that certainly looks expensive.
:-?
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888474)
Posted by Rainmaker on June 10th, 2017 @ 6:28am CDT
I thought All-Spark tech was gonna be more electruful than just lights and sounds...
:MAXIMAL:
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888481)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 10th, 2017 @ 7:05am CDT
That leader Drangonstorm is a sure buy for me. It just look FANTASTIC!

Let's just hope he don't go all "Steel Bane" and be a floppy mess.
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888483)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on June 10th, 2017 @ 7:09am CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:That leader Drangonstorm is a sure buy for me. It just look FANTASTIC!

Let's just hope he don't go all "Steel Bane" and be a floppy mess.


I'm still planning to buy Steelbane (or Skullitron) and just fix the floppiness with glue or nail polish. Yeah it's an issue that shouldn't happen but it's really not a big deal and easily fixable.
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888484)
Posted by Va'al on June 10th, 2017 @ 7:09am CDT
After Singapore and the US, the Mission to Cybertron Optimus Prime two-pack from Transformers: The Last Knight - a Toys'R'Us exclusive - has also appeared in Australia! Fellow Seibertronian Rainmaker reports from Canberra, including the recently seen prices for the unfortunate Oz fans: 80 AUSD (60 USD), the price of a Leader class figure in the same market.

Nonetheless, check out the image proof below, and make sure to mark any sightings you have in our database right here!

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Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888485)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 10th, 2017 @ 7:24am CDT
If that Optimus 2 pack set is going to be 80$CAN, expect some massive shelfwarming.
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888486)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on June 10th, 2017 @ 7:28am CDT
Two (old) Deluxes for the price of a Leader? Crazy. Ah, back in 2007 I recall buying two Voyagers and one Deluxe for roughly the price of a Leader class figure. How times change.
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888489)
Posted by william-james88 on June 10th, 2017 @ 7:57am CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:If that Optimus 2 pack set is going to be 80$CAN, expect some massive shelfwarming.

Been found in canada for 70$
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888512)
Posted by Va'al on June 10th, 2017 @ 11:43am CDT
After a Chinese review appeared a while back, we now have an Anglophone version of a good look at Transformers: The Last Knight Leader class Megatron - courtesy of smsno1 on YouTube, and what I can only call New Toy Joy. Check out the video embedded below, and let us know what you think of the new toy for the Decepticon leader!

Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888516)
Posted by TimothyR on June 10th, 2017 @ 12:31pm CDT
Those gaps in his forearms are terrible. It's amazing that the voyager got the arms right but the leader couldn't.
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888532)
Posted by MGrotusque on June 10th, 2017 @ 2:15pm CDT
Yeah, this movie line is just too damn expensive to bother collecting. Not to mention i don't like any of the designs or aesthetics. It just is insulting how a movie deluxe is nearly 10 dollars more than what they are in the other lines.

EDIT: That leader class Megatron is tempting though......
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888538)
Posted by Chriphord on June 10th, 2017 @ 2:24pm CDT
That was one of the most beautiful reviews I've ever seen xD
Re: Pictorial Toy Review Comparing Transformers: The Last Knight Drift with Age of Extinction Drift (1888546)
Posted by Tresob on June 10th, 2017 @ 3:34pm CDT
So Dragonstorm is a combiner...

What if it turns out he is the medieval alt.mode for Skids and Mudflap?

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