Fall of Cybertron Grimlock
Price: $22 USD/$30 CDN
This is an excellent toy in robot mode. He looks awesome and is well
proportioned. His sword and shield combo is cool (although they
could've just as easily given him a gun like his G1 self had too).
His dino mode is cool but looks a bit weird head-on (too wide,
basically). Another selling point is that his jaw opens and his head
lights up in dino mode (batteries included!)
Verdict: Good. A great
modern update on the G1 character. Worth getting!
Prime Beast Hunters Shockwave
Price: $22 USD/$30 CDN
This is just what we needed--a Voyager Shockwave! He looks fantastic
in robot mode, even having an optional cable for his gun arm (which
can be put back into his tank tread in tank mode). I do worry the
cable might be a tad frail though. His cannon opens up to reveal
what appears to be a non-firing missile (what was the point of
that?) and his cannon can also spin (also kind of pointless, imo).
His tank mode is an improvement over the Legends Commander toy but
it's still a bit vague looking (which happens when it's an alien
tank design instead a more traditional Earth-bound one). I had
trouble getting the cannon totally straight in tank mode. I find the
beast armor to be kind of...superfluous, I suppose. It's there but
fortunately removable since the toy looks better without it frankly.
Verdict: Good. Not
perfect but still worth picking up.
Fall of Cybertron Starscream
While not the traditional G1 style of Starscream, the FOC Starscream
toy is pretty solid overall (likely the best non-G1 iteration since
Armada Starscream). The robot mode is cool and so is the jet fighter
mode. I also like his dual gattling gun weapons. His transformation
isn't too difficult and both modes are stable.
Verdict: Excellent. A
Robots In Disguise Airachnid
I heard this toy wasn't that good but it seems like a reasonably
good representation of the character. The toy is...spindly in its
size/appearance but I wasn't too bothered by that. Her hands are
cheap looking but functional (so I can't complain too much). The
chopper mode is pretty solid overall and looks cool (too bad they
couldn't do her third mode but oh well. It's not that great looking
Robots In Disguise Vehicon
There's not a lot to say about this toy. He's an excellent
representation of the Vehicon trooper from Prime. The transformation
is pretty easy and he looks pretty good overall. My only complaint
really is his cheap looking hands (which are common in the Prime
figures. Soundwave and Airachnid also have them). Between the RID
and FE editions I'm not sure which is the better one--the RID one is
easier to transform and actually, his hands are a bit better looking
then the FE version's.
Fall of Cybertron Kickback
This is a cool looking toy--but that's where the praise must end.
The robot mode is nice but the insect form looks like a mess (if you
have to use your imagination to figure out what you're looking at
then it's a fail). Also, I'm not sure if it's just my toy but the
rear "shell" part won't stay together in the beast mode no matter
what I try. Given it's problems, I'm surprised this toy is a bit on
the rare side (short packed? Or perhaps people just love the robot
Verdict: Pass. Not
worth the money...
Fall of Cybertron Ultra Magnus
This is a recolor/remold of the FOC Optimus Prime toy. Honestly, I
feel it fits Ultra Magnus better then Optimus. The head mold, color
scheme and extra sword make this iteration cooler (don't they
know Magnus is supposed to have a hammer?!) I also liked the WFC
Optimus Prime toy much better and feel like this was almost a
downgrade for him while it's fine for Ultra Magnus (since he didn't
have a pre-existing WFC toy). (I wouldn't have bothered buying this
one--a second time for the same mold--but it was on sale at TRU so I
figured why not? :)
Verdict: Good. Definitely
the version to get of the two.