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Old 12-16-2012, 02:50 AM   #1
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FOC Voyager Grimlock Review

Hello All,

Got Grimlock today. I'm been looking forward to this figure for quite some time.



Before I begin some crude recreations of FOC game scenes.



The final confrontation between Shockwave and Grimlock from the game is an epic scene.







So first of all it is worth saying that this guy is HUGE in Robot mode. You may have already seen pics of him next to FOC deluxe Prime but even that doesn't quite do it justice.



Given the hype around this figure I should get it out of the way - he is initially a disappointment. This is mainly due to a very simple transformation and that he is very hollow or lacking in substance in places - think FOC Swindle. However once my initial euphoria turned to pessimism, it equalized with satisfaction.

Despite the shortcomings of the figure, there are a lot of plus points. His arms and legs are rock solid with some very tight joints. His paint scheme whilst not intricately detailed is still decent.

His transformation - as detailed with the pics below - is comprised of five key steps.

Step 1 fold the hands in and adjust the claws



Step 2 Flip the backpack over his head and straighten the dino head out



Step 3 Fold the arms in under the robot chest and lock them in place to narrow his dino width



Step 4 Bend the now dino legs so they can support his weight



Step 5 Fold the robot legs up onto the now dino back and clip the tail ends together



So the transformation is simple and, although, the T-Rex mode looks good it does end up having a overly large tail



Also worth noting is that although he is best posed in a traditional T-Rex position - head and tail at similar levels - you can still arrange him into a G1-esque pose.



His dino face also looks excellent



Before I go onto general pluses and minuses of the figure I have a crude photo set showing both Dino and Robot from front, side back and underneath.









Plus Points

Huge in size
solid figure
decent paint job
good head sculpt
good dino head
a reasonably understandable gimmick
decent articulation in robot mode

Negatives

Very hollow in parts
Dino mode tail is much larger than rest of body
Dino legs look a bit stumpy
Dino mouth, head and neck have no or limited articulation
Dino arms fall off on mine (might be a limited QC issue)

As a final size comparison here he is in robot mode next to TFP FE Prime (one of the larger original voyager of recent times) who Grimlock towers over.





Thanks for reading and if you have any questions or picture requests, I'll do my best to answer them.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:54 AM   #2
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He's huge! I want him even more now.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:40 AM   #3
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Meh. I must be the only one really unimpressed with this. He's beig hyped up so much I can see a lot of people being disappointed when they finally get him.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:42 AM   #4
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Thanks for the review. Cannot wait to get him.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:27 AM   #5
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Damn, Grimmy gots a big butt.

Joking aside he looks great and cannot wait to get a couple for me and my son.

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Old 12-16-2012, 04:42 AM   #6
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Dino mode looks a bit dodgy but the robot mode is spot on to the game, especially with the v. Cool sword and shield.

The whole FOC line has been only average so he fits in.

Overall I reckon the sum of the line is greater than each individual toy. The FOC universe is brilliant. I'll get Grimlock just to keep Shockwave company
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:47 AM   #7
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Loving this guy, transformation seems similar to the G1 figure.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:08 AM   #8
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Can you take a photo from the front in dino mode to show how hollow the chest / stomach is?
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:21 AM   #9
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Meh. I must be the only one really unimpressed with this. He's beig hyped up so much I can see a lot of people being disappointed when they finally get him.
its a pity the dino mode is so compromised, the G1 toy formed a solid little dino then compromised the robot as was typical for the first ex diaclone stuff, the simple transformetion is a turn off but in hand it might prove to be fun, i still like the way the animated toy mirrors the g1 sequence, this one omits the cool chest move, oh well. He is better than the classics toy, which was nice and well made but i grew to despise!

A big badass looking grimlock for todays kids anyhow!
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:22 AM   #10
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I honestly wish the end of the tail folded to the outside of the legs instead of inside, but I can see it as necessary in filling the huge gap there.
I'm far from a stickler to G1 designs, but I really liked how the tail on the outside of the legs made the original Grimlock look bulkier. The MP changed that, and it's the only point of that figure I'm not fond of. With this figure, the legs seem skinny, and it's due to there being no extraneous parts to bulk them up.
Oh well, it won't keep me from buying one. After all, 'yesterday's kids' want a badass Grimlock, too.
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