I hope you guys aren’t getting tired of Transformers. I try to mix my reviews up a bit so that you don’t have to read about the same toy line constantly, but I also wanted to get this guy out of the way before more show up.
Of course it also helps that this Vehicon is a damned good toy. When it comes to which line is better between Transformers Prime First Edition and Robots in Disguise, I usually side with the First Edition. I do like the RiD figures I’ve picked up so far, but the FE line just seems to have more advanced engineering, articulation, and even character designs in a couple cases. But without a doubt I can definitely say that the RiD Vehicon blows the FE version away.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the Transformers Prime cartoon, Vehicons are the nameless and seemingly unending soldiers that Megatron has at his command. There are hints that each Vehicon is their own unique personality and not just mindless drones, but the show really hasn’t focused on one long enough for the watchers to see any sort of persona or grand gesture of individuality before being blown up by Autobots and even Decepticons.
This gives the writers on the show a large chunk of plot to mine for ideas, but sadly it doesn’t seem they’re interested in going down that road yet. Personally I’d love to see a Vehicon defect to the Autobot’s side. Not only would this give us the interesting perspective of a Decepticon soldier, but it could also clear up a lot of the confusion as to just how individual these characters are.
Enough about plot, let’s look at the toy! As you’d expect, this figure is a damned good representation of the robots we see on the show. But what’s even more striking to me is how much better he looks than his First Edition counterpart. Sure both figures have the same general shape, but the RiD version isn’t hampered with all that boxy kibble.
The sad thing is, the FE figure isn’t a bad toy. It’s just his abundance of kibble coupled with an overly complicated transformation sap away the fun and enjoyment you should be getting. The RiD figure solves all these problems with a pretty unique and well engineered transformation. Instead of storing the top part of the car behind the robot, like the FE does, they made the whole top of the car fold up and form the figure’s shins. This gives the figure strong looking legs while getting rid of the overabundant kibble issue. Pure genius, and one of the few RiD engineering feats that surpass the First Edition line. Continue to page 2…