Having picked up the 2015 RID minicon wave 1 figures, I thought I would share some thoughts and (poor) phone photos of what is in store for the collectors. Without warning… I think they are a mixed bag and there are more cons than pros. First nail in the coffin – these are minicons with no minicon ports. Seriously? They can attach onto RID deployers and… that’s it? Would it be so hard to mold a traditional minicon port?! Second one - these don’t immediately look much like transformers to me. If I was given these to check them out without knowing these are the new “minicons”, I would have guessed Bakugan or something similar. Articulation? Even less than Rescue bots, although they retain the auto transformation. And then there are couple more gripes below. Slipstream There is not much to say about any of these. From the little I’ve seen of the show, Slipstream is one of Drift’s assistants, you push his arms inside/outside and he curls into a loaf of cheese with feet and spooky eyes peeking at you (the head will not fully push into the body). The one feature/attraction of these toys is a set of extra parts you can arm the figures with. The execution on poor Slipstream, though, is questionable: the swords’ handles are too wide and it will take some force to push them into the hands (how long until the handles break off?). The bucklers’ connectors are too thin and only so-so stay pegged on the arms. Prepare yourself for losing a piece every now and then. With the weapons attached, he can transform into the loaf mode and roll down the hill with the weapons attached. Alternatively, the swords can be clipped on his chest, revealing the third chariot mode. Sawback I like the wolfie a bit better. With a different color scheme and parts remolding, he could be turned into Sondwave’s / Blaster’s minion (I’ll admit, then these will do look like TF). He can also turn into a loaf (fold out / in the tail) and roll down the hill, but only in unarmed mode. Once you arm him with translucent bits, his battle mask will clog the mechanism and will not allow to fully transform. Armed without the mask, he reminds me of those flying killer gadgets from the 1979 movie Phantasm. Dragonus Another beast, this time a dragon. His tail hides beneath when in sunflower seed mode (?), does that count as articulation? Clear weapon bits as usual. Two of those don’t stay pegged at all, if you lift up the dragon, two parts will stay lying on the shelf. Transformation with the extra parts attached works and turns him into an armed sunflower seed, spaceship, mole with grabby paws (or whatever). Divebomb By this time the pictures suffice. Has the auto transformation feature, although his alt mode shape totally fails to hide the robot mode. Comes with many bits, they attach securely. Worth mentioning, two of the bits – chest armor and mask actually clip together and allow the mask to fold/unfold. And yeah, feet have articulation thanks to transformation. All in all, these are weird. I like them for being cute, not for being transformers. I am wondering how many repaints/remolds will we see from Hasbro and Takara down the line.