Topless Toy Chest: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Slug and Drift

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Friday, May 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm

The Deluxes are less likely to be controversial. First up we have Drift, a samurai robot who used to be a Decepticon but switched sides, probably when he realized he was a car rather than a plane.

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Drift is a bit of a shellformer, but the obligatory side panels look a bit more like samurai armor on him than most.

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Flip up the head, tuck the arms, rotate the feet and you're pretty much done - also, you can stow his two long swords, though he has two short ones as well.

Look closely and you'll basically see his body under the car.

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Now, the last Deluxe Transformer Hasbro had sent me a while back was a white car from the Prime cartoon, and I could never transform that sumbitch, because his joints were loose and his limbs kept falling off. Drift is tight, and snaps together into his drift car mode. As a robot, his ankles are at an angle so you can't really balance him on one foot like I was hoping. You can get him in some expressive action poses, though.

Slug, or as Julia calls him, Matilda, was very quickly made the recipient of a little hat.

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I expected the Dinobots to be challenging since they don't have to look like actual dinosaurs, but robotic, exposed-panel approximations. I was surprised how easy it was to figure them out.

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Slug is a weird combo of styracosaurus and stegosaurus, and I'm guessing the purple isn't film-accurate. He is also an Autobot; it seems as though there are no Decepticons at all in the first wave.

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Slug's two swords can be stowed in dino mode, but in very strange places.

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Unlike the Leaders and Voyagers, this scale is pretty consistent with prior versions. They're good basic bots.

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Jillian had better luck with Drift, though Julia absolutely refused to have the dinosaurs be anything but dinosaurs.

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I feel like I want a bigger Grimlock, and while this Optimus isn't maybe up to the previous versions, I'm glad to have him. But then, I like chrome. Many of you seem not to.

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To put it in Sheik terms, these figures are the real but they know shooting-wise the ROTF toys beat the fuck out of them any day.

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