Contemptuously (and maybe a little arrogantly) speaking truths in the Allspark Studios that perhaps we don’t want to hear this morning is none other than Power of the Primes Grimlock! He may be slow (and fearsome), but does he make the grade in all 3 modes? Tune in after the break to find out!
Grimlock was the figure I always wanted as a child, but never owned. My brother did have him, however, receiving him the same Christmas where I got Perceptor, I believe (thanks again, Aunt Faye). This would be the cue for much sibling conflict, as Grimlock was so much fun I had to get my hands on him every chance I could. Oh the memories (and maybe a few bruises).
The reveal of POTP Grimlock was met with much excitement. The last two Generations lines have simultaneously delivered a pretty faithful “G1 with articulation” vibe while also revamping and updating older gimmicks that have been a hit with kids…at least the ones I know. Much hope was pinned that we would finally get the “whole” team, a feat never truly accomplished since they debuted over 30 years ago. Once we saw more pics and knew we would be getting a combiner, I began to worry a little that we might see a few sacrifices on what might be our best shot ever at a truly faithful Grimlock update. Fortunately, it appears that Grimlock is mostly sacrifice free, and a pretty good update for the new millennium.
I’m not going to lie, this mode appears to be where the what I consider to be minor sacrifices are made. From the waist up, this figure is almost identical to the G1 Grimlock figure, with some sculpting updates. He’s actually close in size and proportion from the waist up as well. The issue is that to get the right proportions in robot mode, his dino-pelvis™ has to be large enough to work as his robo-chest, and his combiner mode chest. With no way to pair that down, POTP Grimlock ends up being a little disproportionate from the waist down. Is it a deal breaker? By no means at all, as it only seems to look bad from a few specific angles, and I plan in displaying him dynamically in one of the better angles.
The only real complaint I have is a general design issue. Split parts that support limbs, such as a pelvis or a chest, really need to have some way to secure solidly. It is annoying to have a chest (or a car hood) that splits open with minor pressure. As you can see in some of the gallery pics, there are times when it comes apart even with minor handling. I place this on my list of Transformer design no-noes, just behind #2 (perma-curl fists) and #1 (shoulders that do not peg solidly into the torso). Fortunately, it is not as bad as it could have been, and I am not super rough with my figures while posing them for shelf display, but I could see this being an issue for kids that actually play with their figures.
Transformation to Robot Mode
This is fairly simple and closely approximates the G1 transformation:
pop the dino head from the body and rotate it towards the back
separate the dino chest halves and rotate them backwards
pull the dino-pelvis™ halves apart and rotate them upward, then connect them again to for the chest