If I'm being completely honest with myself, my primary interest in Transformers: War for Cybertron: Chapter Three: Kingdom is as a vehicle to deliver me additional Dinobot toys. Yeah, I mean, I'm not ever gonna turn my nose up at More Beast Wars Action Figures, but they're side dishes to this main course. Cue ObiWan_thats_why_im_here.gif.
Regardless, I'm in a weird place, Dinobot-toy-wise, as we live in a post Masterpiece Dinobot world. I already have the perfect representation of Dinobot in plastic form, there's zero chance that a $30 mass release Dinobot is going to approach that level of accuracy, and so... I'm not sure what I'm actually asking for in Dinobot toys in this moment in time. Anything Dinobot would likely please me, because I'm here for the General Dinobot Content. Like, any style direction for him I'm game for. I've got Super Accurate, let's see what else we've got up Dinobot's sleeve.
Kingdom's seeming goals for Beast Wars characters in Kingdom are "more-realistic animals with animation-accurate robot modes." And as such, Kingdom Dinobot slots right into those priorities, with the caveat that he's a more-realistic 1990s Jurassic Park velociraptor, not an actual Velociraptor mongoliensis, which was more like a turkey with teeth. Kingdom Dinobot is large, he's scaley, and he's got slappers not clappers. He's pretty successful at his chosen goals, though his wrists are pretty limp-looking due to how they gotta fold up to store inside his ribcage, and he's got his robot mode's double thumbs sticking out of the back of his raptor feet. His robot legs hide surprisingly well underneath the torso. I mean, they're obviously there, but at the low-end of "obvious."
Dinobot's robot mode head looks like it's the Masterpiece toy's CAD information scaled down. Which is to say, it's perfect. It's the Dinobotest. It may be my favorite thing about the toy itself, though it's in a bloody battle with the way his dino thighs split and become his robot mode torso. It's an idea that solves so many problems perfectly. Problem 1: Dinobot's robot arms don't look like velociraptor thighs, especially his big golden shoulder pads. Problem 2: Where does Dinobot's fake raptor head chest torso come from? Problem 3: If Dinobot's robot mode torso weren't stored in the velociraptor torso, it'd be easier to hide his giant robot legs up in there! So, like, BAM, this elegant solution to this multitiered problem.
It does negate any dino-hip articulation, however. The transformation execution is more important to me than this, though. Articulate him at the knees and below all you want in the meantime!
His sword is purple. In the show it's often silver chrome and kinda pinkish in some lighting, the latter of which was reflected in his Masterpiece toy. His Kingdom sword is just full-on purple, though. I like it, honestly, if only because I see it as a reference to Beast Wars co-story editor Bob Forward's legendary "purple-headed pole of pontification." If you don't like the purple sword, that just means you're not a cool nerd like me who gets things.
His rotate blade doesn't rotate. ...and considering how he transforms, it's easy to see why. His finally proportionally-large head takes up all that space back there for any push-lever gearing. Pretend it spins, just like you pretend G1 Megatron's fusion cannon shoots things.
The place to be is robot mode, though. What a fantastic action figure he is here. His arms have so much movement, aided much by his articulated wrists that not just rotate but bend to and fro. He's got waist articulation, which is a new one for a mass release Dinobot, and his neck lets his head tilt as he pleases. And, of course, the now-standard ankle tilts.
My one actual real gripe is the dropping of tan/gray stripes from his chest in robot mode between the back-of-the-box renders and actual production. Those would've really helped! He looks kind of paintbare in robot mode because all of his dino mode stripes vanish themselves during transformation. I feel a small need to match the tan/gray paint and put those stripes back myself, matched only by my probably larger need to have a "stock" Dinobot to display with my otherwise unaltered Dinobot collection. I can't start hand-painting them NOW. And, again, I already have the perfectly-decoed Dinobot in the Masterpiece, so...
Kingdom Dinobot's good.