TRANSFORMERS! MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE! I’ve got a shelf with more plastic than a Beverly Hill’s housewife’s face the day after she turns 35, and most of that plastic is dedicated to a certain brand of robots in disguise. It’s right next to the pit where I smelt Go-Bot figures and transform them into something useful, like lunchboxes.
Here’s the thing: Transformers are great toys. They look cool, they live up to their gimmick and there’s just something cathartic about fiddling with them as you shift between vehicle and robot modes. That being said, it’s not always easy to actually make that change. I have a Transformers: Prime Smokescreen whose Pixar-friendly looks hide the mother of all challenges, as putting that Autobot back into a hotrod form requires the dexterity of 27.5 thumbs to do properly.
Which is a shame, because while I may be a dolt, so are plenty of other children who just want a figure that they can have hop in and out of modes. Hasbro has a solution to that, a Transformers toy which can apparently be altered between forms in a mere four moves. Even an idiot could do it. Here, hold my beer:
There’s something I’m missing here, and what the video doesn’t show you, is that I kept missing a damn peg. ANYWAY! This particular Transformers toy is that stopgap between durable and ease of transformation. It does have a few caveats, in that only Optimus Prime’s head and arms are articulated, and not very much at that.
That’s the price to pay for such a figure, although I think it’s a price that toddlers won’t mind. You’re essentially handing them a decently sized figure which looks like it can take a fair amount of abuse, does its job and will keep their attention occupied long enough. At least until the next figure arrives on the shop shelf.
Credit cards, roll out.
Last Updated: August 28, 2017