Posted November 19, 2017 at 4:01 am

There's a new Dinobot in town, and she's a velociraptor!    Say hello to Slash, the second female Dinobot (the first, Strafe, is part of the team in IDW comics right now), but the first female Dinobot with a toy.  

And you know what, I'm going to lay it all right here now.  I love this toy.  It's tiny, it's just complex enough to be interesting but simple enough you can fiddle with it back and forth, and it transforms from a robot to a velociraptor.  A Jurassic Park-style non-feathery velociraptor, but whatcha gonna do.  The other Dinobots are kind of stuck in the 80s, so Slash being stuck in the 90s is still some kind of temporal improvement.

Slash transforms essentially like Beast Wars Dinobot.  While the head folds inside the torso instead of forming the chest like Dinobot, the rest is pretty familiar.  Her robot legs fold up underneath the beast mode torso, the robot arms become the beast mode legs, and the tail folds out from behind her.  (But it does not become a rotate blade weapon.)  

With her red torso, black head, legs, and fists, and silver everything else, she fits in really well with the aesthetic of the rest of the Dinobot team.  The Dinobots desperately need a velociraptor anyway.  

You can open a compartment in her beast mode back to fit a Prime Master or Titan Master.  The Prime Master trading card she comes with is supposed to be multingual, but no matter which of the 12 random cards you receive, they're all going to be entirely English.  The same English phrases repeated four times.  Because I guess somebody didn't bother to translate the last three into Spanish, French, and Portuguese.  Whoops.

Even if you don't get the rest of this line's Dinobots, I highly recommend Slash.  She's by far the best toy in this wave of Legends, and she's just fun to transform back and forth, each mode being a happy destination.  

And nothing's covertly written on her in cybertronix by some jag who's probably not freelancing for Hasbro anymore.