Hasbro Transformers Age of Extinction SDCC Exclusive Slug Hasbro, 2014
Day #1,014: September 23, 2014
Slug Transformers Dinobots Set with Pop-Up Headquarters
Transformers Age of Extinction Comic-Con Exclusive Gift Set
Item No.: No. A7804 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:2 swords, pop-out playset, 3 more Dinobots Action Feature:Transforms from Robot to Triceratops Retail:$159.99 Availability: July 2014 Other: G1ish.
I must admit, the chrome on Slug makes me nervous - seeing numerous Transmetals and Beast Machines toys begin to crack and flake is downright frightening - even when cared for, these things can decay. Slug here lacks a lot of the colorful paint of those, though, and with mostly silver I hope he has a better change of keeping together in the long run. He's pretty enough, even if he lacks the golden dinosaur face of the G1 original Slag toy. The toy evokes thoughts of a 1985 Dinobot, rather than slavishly recreate it.
The silver frill and golden tail are present, but the rest of it is a mishmash of new and old parts. Silver forelegs and a dinosaur body to match are unique to this design, as is the red articulated dinosaur jaw. At 7-inches long, this is a decent sized beast. It doesn't have a lot of visible tampos like Grimlock that evoke stickers beyond the Autobot sigil on his head - other than that, it's basically a mutated triceratops with a spiny tail.
Transformation is the same as Deluxe Slug, but on my sample the SDCC version has feet which tab in to the robot torso much more easily.
While evocative of the G1 theme, there's little similar to the original toy. You get the silver "bib" with an Autobot symbol, some gold on the feet, and red eyes. You also get a clear smokey head and an absurd quantity of chrome for no good reason. It's neat, sure, but why do it? It's gratuitous... neat, sure, but overkill. It does cause the figure to come a little more alive, though, so you can understand why the designers went for it anyway.
On eBay he sells alone for $40 or more, but you've got options - if the box set doesn't float your boat there's also a Japanese edition that came out last month. Its coloring is even more G1ey than this one, with a golden dinosaur head and a red robot head. That one retailed for $60 - so if you divide up the cost of the boxed set, the SDCC version is still cheaper. Granted, it's probably cheaper still to buy a retail Slug and ask a customizer to go to town on it, but I wouldn't know. I like this toy for what it is - an inspired new deco of an existing release that gives the toys a strong team feeling. He's neat - but it also leaves me desiring a really cool Generations version of Slag/Slug. I loved that original toy as a child and I'd jump on a new Hasbro one.
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