Cliffbee.com Combiner Wars Legends Groove Toy Review

Individual Review




Name: Groove
Series: Combiner Wars
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Police Motorcycle



MOTORBIKE MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 9cm Width: 4cm

   A white motorbike with black tyres, handlebars and a painted black area at the back end. His windshield is painted gold while much of the sides is a silver plastic as on the G1 toy, although there isn't really any engine detailing. There's some red on the rear of either side - I guess it's meant to be the strobes but it doesn't really look like strobes. Below these there are black 5 pointed stars with Autobot logos inside them. The colour scheme is Groove, although the long sleek shape isn't.

   While there's no engine sculpting, there is some diamond grip on the sides, along with foot holsters. There's a kickstand (which doesn't move) on the left side. On the right side ear there's a leg for mounting weaponry - although he doesn't come with any. There's a hole on the left side to attach weaponry, also. The wheels roll, which aside from the weapon attachments represent all of his play value.

   A decent motorbike at this size with a good sculpt, but it's not really Groove & the strobe paint is crappy. Play value is reasonable at the Legends size.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Lift out the sides as arms (they don't actually clip in place). Fold up the black section at the rear, fold down the rear half of the bike & split to form his legs. Swing the windshield down to form the chest plate & reveal his face, pivot the shoulders back into place and position the arms as desired.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: ~5cm (depending on pose)

   A mix of silver and white, Groove has a gold chest with some black and white round the edges. His boots and knee spikes are while while the feet and inside of his shins (halves of his rear wheel) are black. His head is black with a gold face and silver eyestrip. The arms and thighs are silver. The colour mapping is broadly Groove, but there's a lot more silver. There's a small red Autobot logo on his chest, just above the gold windshield

   Groove is very leggy - his slide groin is about 2/3 of the way up his body. I find that while the colours do a decent job of being Groove (the gold windshield as the chest plate is clever), the proportions and low detail face make this feel like it's not G1 Groove for me. That said, it's not a bad looking robot mode as such.

   Poseability is pretty good since his shoulders, elbows and hips are all ball jointed. His knees are hinged with rotators and while there are transformation hinges in his ankles, they don't really contribute to poseability. His waist is fixed and his head actually turns, but it can barely move thanks to kibble behind it. Adding to the play value is that his hands are sculpted to hold 5mm weapons, although he doesn't come with one.

   A reasonably nice robot with good poseability and a colour layout that's meant to make this G1 Groove. While it fails at that last bit, it's a good robot mode despite Groove being all legs.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. He's designed to plug into the chest of Defensor, but this actually makes Defensor less G1 accurate and he's essentially optional as Hot Spot has the G1 style chest built into him anyway.

OVERALL

   Before I summarise the toy on its own merits, the thing that will ultimately dominate your feelings towards this toy is whether or not you want this Groove that scales with the other Protectobots in vehicle mode or the far more G1 accurate deluxe version, which scales in robot mode. That's a preference thing, and I'll admit I love the deluxe and have no real affection for this toy, which just feels surplus to what I want from Combiner Wars. It DOES do a decent job of being a vehicle-scaled Groove, and it's a good thing that Hasbro give you the option. That said, the design has been built around making a passable chest plate first and a G1-esque Groove second. I don't really like the lanky robot mode, but they've paid attention to the play value on this legends size toy - 7/10

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