Hasbro Transformers The Last Knight Premier Edition Cogman Hasbro, 2017
Day #1,830: November 8, 2017
Cogman Intrepid Protector
Transformers The Last Knight Premier Edition Deluxe
Item No.: Asst. C0887 No. C0887 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Sword, Headmaster mini Cogman Action Feature:Transforms from Robot to Aston Martin Retail:$19.99 Availability:October 2017 Other: End of the Line
There is little in toy collecting life more irritating than the final toy of a line being packed somewhat lightly in the final wave - like Cogman, and also Ramhorn and Slugslinger. Seeing the evidence of the toys you missed is always disappointing, especially when the prize is particularly nice. Cogman comes from a movie I haven't seen, but incorporated the Titans Return "Headmaster" gimmick from the last year. This makes it unique in the movie line, one of the only cars to seat two figures in the interior - and it's a fun toy, too. This movie had toys all over the map, from the dreadful Berserker and Bumblebee to the competent to the pretty good with Sqweeks and Barricade. Cogman is easily the best of breed.
The 1.5-inch Cogman Jr. Headmaster figure is lightly painted, but is basically a mini version of the taller, comibned self. Had they painted details on his face, I would probably strongly consider this to be the toy of the year - incorporating the "classic" gimmick in the movie line makes it so much more interesting to collect these toys, as I'd rather integrate them together than segregate them or skip them entirely because they're of a different ecosystem. The figure has tiny round eyes and a robot face that looks a lot more traditional than the pile of shards that we saw on many earlier movies. I like it. The robot face is good, too.
Cogman Jr.'s head mode is one of Hasbro's finest with bright blue eyes plus gold detailing around a gunmetal grey face. It looks like it has some personality, and the darker, greasier feel is carried throughout his body with gold cables and a black wipe over the torso and shins. This makes the unpainted grey biceps and thighs stand out a bit, but I'd rather have some areas of high detail than none at all. The sword fits nicely in his hand, and articulation is on the better level of what Hasbro gives us these days. If you like how it looks, I assume you'll enjoy the figure as a plaything. It's one of the better deluxes in this range.
Transformation is clever and fun, with fists and forearms that fold in interesting ways and legs that just pop out and fit together. I realize "it just works" isn't exactly high praise, but it matters. The form fits together nicely with the only tricky bit being the opening car top - you have to rotate it around, and it's a little stiff. But it works, everything tabs in place, and you don't feel like an idiot when you play with it. The robot chest and crotchial zone fold out in ways to give the car a decent clearance to a flat surface, as well as provide storage for his weapon.
The car opens like no car you'd see on the road, with a jointed top hovering up allowing you access to the interior with two seats - each with one peg for Titan Masters mini figures. By now you probably have a few, maybe even extras, from the die-cast metal heads tossed out in gift sets. They fit in here nicely, and so does Cogman Jr. There's a big empty space behind the steering column for reasons I don't understand - an accessory could fit in here, but the sword was designed to fit under the car. For being an unpainted car, it's pretty gorgeous - the silver plastic looks good, and the clear headlights are a nice touch. You're paying a little bit more, but you also get painted wheels and red brake lights. It's better than it could have been. Sure, it could be even better - or easily found - but such is life.
I'm not big ont he movies, as I've skipped watching them and generally only picked up a toy or two per movie until #4. The Dinobots gave me something weird, new, and different that could fit with my other toys and Cogman continues that tradition. If he showed up in the comics, he looks like he could fit right in with the Generations crew toys. The wash on the figure brings more detail than we generally ever see in a Hasbro toy, so it's nice to see the line go out in a bang. It would be even nicer if the figure would have been packed at more than 2 per carton of 8. Again, such is life.
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