Review by quinncat
When the first figures for Transformers: the last knight were revealed, I have to admit I was skeptical. The $5 price increase made deluxes cost a little too much, and the paint certainly isn't there to justify it. Despite that, I got two of them to satisfy my curiosity.
Barricade, the crooked cop Decepticon who served his time as Bumblebee's rival is returning for this fifth film with an entirely new character design. As a robot, Barricade is a little squat, but still pretty good. He actually features a very traditional hood chest design that is actually kind of refreshing to see on a movie robot that isn't Bumblebee. His design itself looks pretty authoritative and imposing, if a little boring, but that lack of interest found in his drab color scheme is quickly dashed away after
a quick look at those awesome brass knuckles!
Articulation is standard, aside from the fact that Barricade actually has wrist swivels! With that added movement, the figure can use a nightstick, and pistol that can both be held on many different points of the figure due to a tab slot connection system. This means that both weapons can store on his arms, or more appropriately his hips and I think that's an awesome decision. Finally, barricade comes with a gauntlet lined with gun barrels. This ridiculously cool and unique weapon can be wrapped around his arm using the same tab slot system as the other two weapons.
Barricade's size is actually kind of strange, as the figure is weirdly short and stocky when compared to other figures, including his rival, Bumblebee.
Transformation simple and actually kind of boring! The feet fold up, and the legs plug together to form the back of the car; the chest folds up, and the arms swing down, and fill in the remaining space to form the front. Finally, the back pack's doors unfold, and the whole thing connects on top.
In Vehicle mode, Barricade is a very threatening police car complete with a vicious brush guard that looks like it's just begging to cause other cars some serious damage. It's primarily dark blue with some black highlights to break it up which looks pretty dynamic. The white doors and blue and red sirens are a nice touch as well, and they really serve to turn a vehicle mode that could've been very boring into one that looks pretty cool.
The weapons can also store on the robot hips in this mode, while his gun gauntlet can actually be mounted on the rear windshield for an attack mode; what a cool touch!
With everything accounted for, the last knight Barricade is a flawed, but still enjoyable figure whose versatile and fun accessories more than make up for his plain appearance. Quite frankly I think this figure is definitely not worth $20.00, but it still has enough to make getting the figure for any less than that, worth the money
Comments7 comments posted
What do you guys think? Is Barricade worth the money, is he not? Is he even a good figure in your eyes?
I don't like movie TFs at all, but Barricade is one I am tempted to get just because the toy looks great.
I don't want to be a nagger, but your pics would be much better if you took them against a wall or some other plain background. Very distracting.
Yeah, honestly if you want Barricade enough I say go for it, you probably won't be disappointed!
Also, you're not being too naggy about the backdrop so don't worry. What I can tell you is I'm going to be using three different backgrounds (either this one, plain white, or plain black) in the future depending on the figure!
On the money part, I'm saying no. But I think them upping prices is at least a sign that they're trying to improve the quality of the movie figures, and also not flood the shelves with them, or at least not as much as they used to.
The alt mode looks pretty good, but the robot mode does nothing for me. That's pretty much how I've always felt about the live-action films since they began, and that feeling extends to the toys.
Nice review though. You made him look as appealing as he probably can be, especially compared to that Bumblebee (super bleh).
Thanks! That philosophy of Vehicle mode looking better than the robot extends to my upcoming Bumblebee and slash reviews too so stay tuned!
It's a movie figure. Give it till the end of summer and, as always, they will be flooding the aisles of clearance stores like Tuesday Morning and Five Below at a fraction of the TRU pricing
If that's the case, then you'll be seeing reviews from waves 2 and 3 from me then!