I’ll be honest from the start, I’m kind of running out of steam here with the reviews for Toyworld’s take on the Dinobots.
I’m still new to this review malarkey, still honing my craft, and I have nothing but admiration for the big hitters like Bens Collectables who do this on a regular basis. Have I writers block ? maybe simply reviewers quagmire ? or could it be that I’ve now cooled in the waters of 3rd Party, I’ll endeavour to soldier on.
I have decided to combine the reviews for TW-D03 & TW-D04 (see what I did there), mostly so I can get them done and out of the way as I have some other reviews to come that need doing (actually I’ve done them and have been posted, I’m working here like a Tarantino film), also because as of this moment I’m not really sure if I will be completing the set (TW-D05 Spear). I also feel that I’ve said all I really want to say about this line of figures.
TW-D03 Corelock – Box: Same as before but bigger, much bigger. I has his gun and sword but also the hands, feet and shoulder pads for the combined mode. Instructions, tech card and sticker are present also as before.
TW-D04 Iron Dreg – Box: ……..same as before, much like Roar & Muddy’s box, this time only includes his blaster (no sword). However in the tail section there are two “axes” of sorts, Instructions, tech card, sticker………
TW-D03 Corelock – Dino Mode: Corelocks dino mode is okay, a little restricted on articulation (much like the others) with no head swivel just up and down movement. Dino mode also looks a little more mechanical than the others for some reason, colour scheme is there but overall just lacks something.
TW-D04 Iron Dreg – Dino Mode: Now this I like a lot more, he’s up there for me with Roar. Iron Dreg looks like a natural evolution form G1 and those chrome horns !
TW-D03 Corelock – Robot Mode: This is where Toyworld loose me a little, Corelocks robot mode is a bit of a mess. Now I know it has to shift to combine with the other guys but it looks too big, clunky and disproportionate. Limited on poses due to weight balance issues of the figure.
TW-D04 Iron Dreg – Robot Mode: Where Corelock fails Iron Dreg wins you back. I am again comparing to Roar as for me this and Roar are the best ones. I also like how Toyworld finally put swivel joints on the wrists. Good pose ability and well, just looks great.
Moving on to the combined mode, Corelock is the main body of the combiner with Iron Dreg being the right arm. Both as individual components feel solid and sturdy, it’s when combined it all goes a little wrong. At the points where all the individuals join it’s not sturdy enough to hold or support so “Dino-King” is a little floppy. This being the case it makes posing very restrictive , if you manage to get it right and not move him (ever) he does look awesome but the floppy-ness is there waiting to pounce.
Wrapping up (I’m loosing the will here) this short review, Toyworld does offer a good quality product, however minor points and issues do tend to stick in your mind. Corelock is the runt of the litter and I feel that Toyworld would have been better (giving the Roar & Iron Dreg molds) just giving us a team of Dinobots and not a combiner. After doing this review I have decided not to go ahead and obtain TW-D05 Spear, a shame really but the minor niggles have put me off and besides there are more upcoming official products that are needing my attention.
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With this article I am not condoning the production, marketing or sale of 3rd party figures, I am just reviewing items that I myself like and purchase. Where possible and budget allowing always buy officially released items and preferably from your local stockist, this supports the manufacturers and local business.