Took a while, but finally got down to writing the second post, which will be a quick review of the recently concluded Toyworld Dinobot Combiner team consisting of:
- TW-D01 Roar – Snarl
- TW-D02 Muddy – Sludge
- TW-D03 Grimshell – Grimlock
- TW-D04 Iron Dreg – Slag
- TW-D05 Spear – Swoop
The toys comes in huge styrofoam packed boxes which was a really nice touch, especially for G1 fans (like myself), guess it’s not the most environmentally friendly solution but keeps the toys snug and safe.
They come out of their boxes in Dino mode. Except for the somewhat over-sized body for Swoop, the rest of the Dinos are well proportioned, very loyal to G1, and very very bling.
The robot modes are great as well. What Toyworld has done very well was to create very good individual modes (both Dino and Bot) which except for Grimlock, you might be hard pressed to imagine that they can actually combine.
Well articulated, everything is pretty much spot on. The weakness link would probably be Grimlock (who could do with bigger legs). The only other complaint I can think of would be the somewhat small waist for all the other four members but it isn’t really something major. I guess the other way to look at it is that it does give the impression of bulk for the individual robot modes (with the proportionally bigger shoulders).
Combining the Dinobots wasn’t as enjoyable as let’s say, combining UT Ordin. The limbs are more or less the Dino modes with the mid section pulled out for the elbow joint (which is definitely the way to go for combiners) and the Dino limbs folded up for the leg joints. Grimlock was once again, the most difficult component and I had some trouble trying to put on the extra shoulder cover while ensuring everything was tabbed and stayed together.
Once combined however, it is a sight to behold. Honestly, I have yet to see photos that does justice to this combiner. For some reason, it looks that much better in hand than on camera.
But of course, it is not without its flaws. The small waist, hips and thighs coupled with the huge dino lower legs does make it look somewhat clumsy. Other than the obvious solution of having made the waist and hips bigger, one thing that Toyworld should have done was to somehow allow the dino legs to be hiddem so that they don’t add to the bulk of the already massive lower legs.
I am not a fan of the wings simply because they look puny compared to the combiner and serve to make it look even less proportional. Hence, I decided to move them to the sides and in my opinion, it looks better and gives the combiner a bit more character. Also, balances out Swoop’s dino head which is awkwardly pointing towards the combiner head.
With so many Dinobots out on the market, is this the right Dinobot for you? If you want a combining Dinbot, you current choices are only between Toyworld and Gcreation.
If you appreciate the delicate balancing act put up by Toyworld, in terms of the outstanding individual robot and dino modes, with maybe a compromise on the combined mode, then this is definitely for you.
If the combined mode is all that matters to you, you might want to hold out to see what Gcreation Shuraking has to offer when the full team is out (does look awesome from the prototype photos shown so far). Having said that, having handled both toys, I would be inclined to say that Toyworld has the better quality.
All in all, I’m just glad that Toyworld has brought to life what many of us could only previously dream about, a Dinobot combiner. And an incredibly awesome one at that.