Sighting and Review for Leader Sized Grimlock from Cyberverse
Sunday, July 7th, 2019 10:28PM CDTCategories: Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles, Sightings
Posted by: william-james88 Views: 24,674
While it is leader sized, the Cyberverse Ultimate class is very much a thing of its own at its own price point. You get a toy bigger than any Transformers Siege leader figure for the price of a Siege voyager figure, so you basically get what you are paying for. For 4-8 year old kids, that can be a rather big value. They get a nice big toy and parents don't have to spend a lot for it. And the toy itself, isn't bad, for the money. It's basically as articulated and complex as any toy from the fabled Cybertron line from over 10 years ago. Of course, the sculpt is not as detailed, the plastic is lighter and it is more hollow.
Here is the imposing robot mode. The Jetfire in the images below is voyager sized.
While the legs are rather chunkier than usual for Grimlock, it goes with the overall bulky look, so I don't mind that. What I do mind is that head sculpt which while nice on its own does not invoke Grimlock enough. The eyes are too insectoid to my liking and instead of giving him either a mouth or a faceplate, they went with a merger of both with a teeth detailed plate (I think?). Either way, it looks nothing like the drawing on the box, nor like any take on G1 Grimlock I can remember.
The articulation is the same as the Age of Extinction voyager, or just about. So yeah, gorilla arms. But to be fair, this bot doesn't come with any weapons that would demand extra arm articulation and story wise, he fights more in beast mode than robot mode. Here is what I got to do for posing. You will also see the seismic stomp gimmick at play below. Stomping his feet does set off two spring loaded gimmicks where clear blue plastic stomp effects pop downwards onto the floor.
The transformation was surprising in the fact that there was at least one new thing to the classic G1 Grimlock transformation. The legs themselves make up his belly rather than mainly the tail. It's more complex than the transformation of POTP Grimlock when going from Bot to Dinosaur. The details of his robot chest line up nicely with the lower back of the dinosaur mode to make it seem like those robot mode details are not out of place on the dinosaur mode. The dinosaur mode is rather short when keeping it in a vertical axis (as was POTP Grimlock's), which is what official renders do. However, if you raise him up a bit, with a stance similar to the original Grimlock, it works much better. Especially since his tail is raised up permanently. While I do not like that about his tail, that particular issue ends up moot when posed upright. It also gives Grimlock a nicer range of poses for his neck. I do like the details in his mouth when you open it. The T-Rex mode has as much articulation as most Grimlock dino modes of the past. The gimmick here means those same blue pieces come out of the tail now.
In the end, if you want to give your kids a nice big Grimlock without breaking the bank, this does the job nicely. The transformation is not dumbed down and the articulation does the trick for this character. And for any Grimlock fans, this looks very nice and imposing on a shelf. It's just very much a kids toy, and I don't see anything wrong with that, especially at that lower price point.
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Posted by TulioDude on July 7th, 2019 @ 10:38pm CDT
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on July 7th, 2019 @ 10:43pm CDT
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 7th, 2019 @ 10:53pm CDT
Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:That's actually a really nice Grimlock. What was the price for him?
40$CAN plus taxes. Same price as a Siege / Studio Series voyager. But it's slightly bigger than a Leader.
I too, saw it at Walmart. But I'll wait for a sale. That Grimlock is definitely on my list though.
Posted by Sabrblade on July 7th, 2019 @ 10:53pm CDT
Ah, so it's War Within Grimlock's face.william-james88 wrote:While the legs are rather chunkier than usual for Grimlock, it goes with the overall bulky look, so I don't mind that. What I do mind is that head sculpt which while nice on its own does not invoke Grimlock enough. The eyes are too insectoid to my liking and instead of giving him either a mouth or a faceplate, they went with a merger of both with a teeth detailed plate (I think?). Either way, it looks nothing like the drawing on the box, nor like any take on G1 Grimlock I can remember.
Or Spotlight: Grimlock Grimlock's face.
Posted by Hellscream9999 on July 8th, 2019 @ 4:01am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Ah, so it's War Within Grimlock's face.william-james88 wrote:While the legs are rather chunkier than usual for Grimlock, it goes with the overall bulky look, so I don't mind that. What I do mind is that head sculpt which while nice on its own does not invoke Grimlock enough. The eyes are too insectoid to my liking and instead of giving him either a mouth or a faceplate, they went with a merger of both with a teeth detailed plate (I think?). Either way, it looks nothing like the drawing on the box, nor like any take on G1 Grimlock I can remember.
Or Spotlight: Grimlock Grimlock's face.
Was gonna say, that sounded like war within grimlock - who even had a toy in the titanium line
Posted by SG Roadbuster on July 8th, 2019 @ 8:07am CDT
Posted by william-james88 on July 8th, 2019 @ 8:38am CDT
Or Spotlight: Grimlock Grimlock's face.
More Spotlight Grimlock since the eyes look less like a visor.
And, ha, I never saw that before. Granted, I didn't read war within nor was I keen to collect the titanium line. The deco choice for the head is of course not at all like either of those two.
Posted by Absolute Zero on July 8th, 2019 @ 3:54pm CDT
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Posted by CobraKai on July 9th, 2019 @ 9:23am CDT
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on July 9th, 2019 @ 8:32pm CDT
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 9th, 2019 @ 11:20pm CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:45 minute youtube vids will always give you more info than a pictorial review. Also I've yet to see a 45 minute review on anything from Cyberverse, not that I've looked too closely
It's possible. I saw it happen on other simple toys. A LOUD 5 minutes intro. 20 minutes of ranting about the story, the character, ect. 10 minutes screwing around the box and every single details. 5 minutes on the actual toy. 5 last minutes talking about sponsors, e-begging, and filler time to click other videos that pop on screen.
BAM! 45 minutes.
Posted by CobraKai on July 9th, 2019 @ 11:28pm CDT
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 9th, 2019 @ 11:35pm CDT
CobraKai wrote:Don’t forget the 5-10 minutes touching on their personal lives or that they’re sick.
Oh yeah, a classic. And when it's time to show how to transform the toy, the only thing we see are the reviewer's hands.
Posted by CobraKai on July 10th, 2019 @ 7:38am CDT
Posted by Stargrave on July 14th, 2019 @ 2:40am CDT
Any fans of the animation style of the cartoon and toy packaging will surely enjoy what they've done here. We've included the translated Twitter summary for each character which lists their respective voice actors in the Japanese dub.
Enjoy the images and as always share your view with the Seibertron crew in the forums!
Optimus Prime's translated description:
"\ \ Cyber Bath first release July 13 / "Optimus Prime" played by Takehito Koyasu can reproduce the proof of the leader, the deadly matrix attack gimmick that is activated by rotating the matrix (° ꒳ °) no"
Windblade's translated description:
"\ The first server Berth will be released July 13 / Autobot female warrior "Windblade" played by Atsushi Yuki transforms from jet to robot (= Ω ω)) Target age is over 5 years old and it is a specification that can be transformed even by your child!"
From Bumblebee's translated description:
"The first BBS is released on July 13. The Bumblebee, played by Ryohei Kimura, has a gimmick that can activate the Stinger Sword of its Special Move in both vehicle and robot modes. As it is above, it is a specification that even a child like that can transform it! "
Megatron's translated summary:
"\ Ebi fried rice! / "Megatron" of Cyberverse series played by Shigeru Chiba will be released on July 13th tomorrow. Chiba TRON is still alive as ever in Cyberverse ... （´-` )"
And at last we have Starscream's summary:
"\ \ Cyber Bath first release July 13 / New leader of the self-proclaimed Decepticon played by Tsuruoka Satoshi "Star Scream" transforms from a jet to a robot (· ᄇ ·) و 対 象 Target age 5 years or older Therefore, it is a specification that even a child like that can transform it!"
Posted by Sabrblade on July 14th, 2019 @ 9:22am CDT
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on July 14th, 2019 @ 10:56am CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on July 14th, 2019 @ 10:59am CDT
It's the sharp cleanliness of the lighting and photography.chuckdawg1999 wrote:Is it me or do the Japanese stock photos look different, like the toys have a different paint job?