Yay, I have my Frenzy
(red guy) again! I left him in Memphis, and so Alan had to mail him to me. Also, now I have Laserbeak
). I had a $5 Rewards coupon at Toys"R"Us and figgered oh what the hell. Besides, as of the most recent issue of Robots in Disguise
, this data disk form is now repurposed as G1 Laserbeak's current body. Guess he's gonna replace the GDO Skystalker redeco
in my display. It was fun having you around for a few months!
So here's how this thing is supposed to work. These guys are these little cylinders, right? And there is a button on the bottom of them that triggers an auto-transform when it's depressed. And so you cram up to three of these dudes inside Soundwave or Soundblaster's torso, and use a chunk of kibble on his back to push these disks out through the front of his chest like he's taking a front-poop. One by one, these disks hit the ground and land on their buttons and spring-transform and you're done.
EXCEPT IT KIND OF DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY. Mostly these guys get stuck and then you push and push and push and use excessive force and then when finally one of them gives they all explode out of his chest at the same time, usually hitting you in the face no matter where your face is and then you have a scattering of half-transformed things everywhere. It would be perfect fun if it worked as advertised, but it really, really doesn't. Some folks have said sanding down the insides of their Soundwaves helps smooth things over. I may try that? But, man, it's hard to accept that these things reached stores with their main gimmickry being dead in the water.
Not helping at all are the instructions, which demonstrate you putting the disks into Soundwave with the activation button facing outwards. oh jesus guys don't do this ever
I nearly lost a Ratbat by trying this. They will not come out. I had to get a screwdriver or something to jam into one of Ratbat's crevices to get some leverage to yank him out. It is a testament to the plastic they make these guys outta, though. These guys are fortunately made of sturdy stuff.
The flying guys are my favorite. Laserbeak, Buzzsaw
, and Ratbat
all transform fully by having their buttons depressed, and they do this little flip, and it's easy to put them back in disk mode. Laserbeak and Buzzsaw are obviously redecoes of each other, and Ratbat's a retool. He's the same engineering, but reskinned to be a bat instead of a bird.
Frenzy and Rumble
are middle-of-the-road to me. They require a few extra steps to get from "hey i've auto transformed" mode into their completed transformation. You gotta swing down the arms so they're not doing the wave and fold out their feet. It takes a little extra time to get them back into disk mode, too. You have to rotate their pelvis around and maneuver their pelvis and legs down and around at the same time. A little annoying, but not a dealbreaker.
is infuriating. He pops out half-transformed, and then you have to open his back and flip out his tail and then set the back down loosely on top of his body and then open up his hind legs and maybe fiddle around with those a little. And the result is this awful-looking thing. He's got a longer torso than Mike Turner's Supergirl and an ugly little rat face, with tiny little limbs at both ends. He is not an attractive thing. To get him back into disk mode, first you have to let go of the concept of being happy again for the rest of your life. Then you spend the next several minutes trying to negotiate him back. Certain parts won't move into place unless certain other parts are in the middle of whatever they're doing. There's no one-two-three step to him. It's all at once and also never at once. If I could explain it, I could do it, and I can't do it. I mean, I can. After way too long. And cursing and threatening to destroy all humanity and probably pushing some things in ways they are not meant to be pushed. It's not often I am tempted to take a sledgehammer to something I just paid money for.
To add insult to injury is the realization that this toy is this way because of a gimmick that doesn't work properly.
Let that sink in.