TAV-30 Grimlock is a roughly Voyager-sized Dinobot figure, representing the character from Japanese ‘toon Transformers Adventure, and by proxy it’s Anglophone-world counterpart Robots In Disguise (2015).
I’m going to tell you, dear readers, what I think of him; what I like, and what I dislike. Then I’m going to tell you what I’m doing about what I dislike.So, he came all nicely boxed up like so:
Now, once he’s out of his box, veteran Transformers fans will immediately see that he’s a retool of Fall of Cybertron Grimlock from the Generations toy-line. Now, his internal engineering is largely the same as his mold-mate, but he has some extensive modifications. These modifications consist of improved hip-joints, a new “skin” on both modes, and a number of TAV Minicon ports. Also, the electronics from the old mold, which enabled him to light up, are all gone.To be honest, this is no bad thing, since a lot of the light “leaked” from places it shouldn’t and FOC Grimlock wasn’t quite opaque enough to make this feature work well.
This new Grimlock scales nicely with his fellow RID figures… or at least, those I liked enough to buy. This is much better than the Warrior-class Grimlock, who is slightly shorter in height than any of the other Autobots, in order to be wider whilst being made of the same amount of plastic.
He still has a large hole in his belly like FOC Grimlock, but he now has a Minicon peg there. Oddly, only Decepticon microns seem to fit well into this slot. (Maybe because Grimlock is supposed to be an ex-(Decepti)con as well as as ex-con(vict).) There’s some temptation to repaint Dragonus as Swoop, (with some minor sculpting to the head, perhaps) and have him sit there.
I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of the odd, I-shaped holes dotted around Grimlock’s outer structure fit nicely with some of the kibbly bits that the Deployers come packaged with.
Grimlock’s face looks great. Looks just like the ‘toon.
His face is quite nice, and reasonably screen-accurate. He lacks any sort of light-piping features, and simply has painted eyes. They’re a rich metallic blue, which actually looks quite nice. His arms and shoulders are well articulated, and although his legs are skinny and he looks top-heavy, he holds poses quite well. He fails the one-leg test, but that’s no surprise.
Of course, Grimlock transforms into a tyrannosaur. Occasional construction vehicles aside, what else would he turn into? His dinosaur mode is really nice, with almost an entirely new shell over the internal engineering inherited from his FoC mold-mate. Screen accuracy is mostly pretty good, although his arms are a bit small compared to the ‘toon. They’re proportioned more like an actual tyrannosaur’s limbs.
He has a couple of folding panels in his back, which mean that his robot mode has less holes in it than the FoC figure did. His hips have some additional pegs, which are identical to RID minicon-pegs, which can be used to clip his hips to his torso. This makes him look much more screen-accurate, and adds a lot of stability, but restricts his pose-ability in this mode. In dinosaur mode, his articulation is limited to knees, mouth and arms (unless you unpeg those hips.). There is an additional joint in his jaw that allows better mouth articulation than FOC Grimlock. I guess they had plenty of room when they dispensed with FOC Grimlock’s electronics. What else is really nice is that the jaw is stiff enough to stay where you put it.
Grimlock’s accessories are much like the FoC figure’s, except that they are cast in an almost fluorescent, and translucent yellow plastic, which has an almost milky look to it. They are modelled after the ones that Grimlock wields in FoC, whilst breaking out of captivity in Shockwave’s base. Of course, Adventure‘s Grimlock has little use for such weapons. His preferred weapons are his fists.
Still, these weapons are nice to have. Like FOC Grimlock there’s no stowage for these weapons in Dino-mode except pegging them awkwardly onto his hips.
Overall I really like this figure. I’ve not been much of a fan of RID 2015, nor its Japanese counterpart, and have only bought a few figures, but this one really pleases me. In ‘bot mode he looks good as has good articulation. In dinosaur mode he… um… looks good. The poor articulation in Dinosaur mode doesn’t ruin this figure for me, although I understand why a lot of people might be put off.
However, the two things I dislike about this figure are the hole in his belly and the lack of weapon stowage… I rapidly realised that the solution to both problems was easily in my reach.
Sketching-up a plastic block with three holes, one for the sword, one for the shield, and one for the Minicon peg in Grimlock’s belly was five minutes work in Blender.
Pegging it in allows me to stow Grimlock’s weapons on his belly, and hide that unsightly gap.