Hasbro Transformers The Last Knight Premier Edition Autobot Drift Hasbro, 2017
Day #1,755: July 26, 2017
Autobot Drift Just Like the Old One but Different
Transformers The Last Knight Premier Edition Deluxe
Item No.: Asst. C0887 No. C2400 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:2 long swords, 2 short swords Action Feature:Transforms from Robot to 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R Retail:$19.99 Availability:May June 2017 Other: Get it, just get it.
I was really surprised by some of the toys from the last movie - and also surprised by how similar some of The Last Knight are to that movie. Now Autobot Drift is a solid fun toy - I really enjoyed Age of Extinction Drift [FOTD #918] as it was a tremendous experience from the unboxing to the transformation. For The Last Knight, some of the niceties were dropped but the fun transformation remains. It's a similar toy that transforms into a different car, with a different color, but feels startlingly similar to the last one.
Roughly 19 points of articulation are on this robot which feels almost exactly like the last one - but it isn't. If you compare them side by side, the similarities are incredible - but it's a different mold, with a different alt mode. So many parts seem to be derived from the same sculpt if not the same mold, with arms and legs that are so similar to the original. The black plastic pieces - save for the swords - are clearly different, but much of the red is similar to the original. The tires are different, sure. But that head is barely different, and it's a fantastically designed noggin as it's so unlike much of what we get in any strain of Transformers toy.
I'm not crazy about the deco, mostly because it looks like he's wearing red thermal underwear. It's too much of the same red - the previous model had black and two shades of blue mixing things up. Movie renders show more black and a little more gold in there, so there's clearly some room for deco improvement. It's still nifty, but it could be even niftier. I love the gold on the head, and the silver on the chest looks great - but seeing a prominent automobile manufacturer logo take center stage rather than the Autobot symbol remains a little unsettling. The only Autobot faction mark is visible in car mode. The robot stands well in many poses, with joints that click in place nicely. This is clearly a toy designed to do its best to make an older collector happy.
His four swords seem to be the same as the previous Deluxe toy, but cast in black. I can't find any obvious differences in them, aside from the black plastic feeling a little more flexible than the gold plastic. You can plug them in all sorts of places - his hands, 5mm ports on his back, and under the car in vehicle mode. The little swords tuck inside the car perfectly, while the big ones drag along the asphalt. Everybody did a bang-up job here.
Transformation is super intuitive - one of HasbroTakaraTomy's finest movie toys. The legs fold in to the front of the car. The shoulder armor becomes the sides of the car. The backpack is the roof and front of the car. You can figure this one out without instructions, it's quite nice.
The car is good - black, with some red on it. The wheels have red paint, which is a great change of pace as most of the toys for The Last Knight sport undecorated spokes. It just looks pretty - other than sword storage and spinning wheels, it doesn't do much. I'm not complaining, because there are lots of accessories, lots of articulation, and lots of poses you can get out of this guy. Wrist swivels would have been nice, but at least they nudge in and out a little bit.
Even though he seems like a retool - and maybe he isn't - this may be my favorite overall deluxe toy so far. It's not new, and it breaks zero ground as a toy or as a collectible. I'm just happy to have something that works with no fuss. It's simple, and it's good. Unless you detest the style or the sculpting, you're going to love this one.
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