DX Bike Robo
Review by JoshB
Before he became an iconic villan in the GoBots cartoon, he was known as Bike Robo from the Japanese toy line Machine Robo.
The DX Bike Robo is an all new design from the previously released Bike Robo by action toys. Much like the GoBots had Super Go Bots and Machine Robo had DX Machine Robo, Action Toys continues the tradition with their modern take on the plus-sized robots.
This review sample was provided by Awaken studio, the actual product designer for the Machine Robo line. You can purchase yours at https://mechatoybox.com/
The box is large and sturdy, but without frills. Inside you get a clear plastic tray with an instruction booklet. The toy is clearly labeled Machine Robo and is CLEARLY not meant to be Gobots.
Cy..er.. Bike Robo comes packaged in robot mode and is ready to play with right out of the box. No assembly is required.
The toy stands 19cm tall and has a hefty feel, thanks to its diecast parts and rubber tires. The toy oozes quality. It feels solid in your hand and each joint is sufficiently tight, some overly so.
Check out how he stacks up against other versions of Cy-Kill
The head rotates and has a small bit of movement if you lift it up a little. There are interchangeable face plates, but we will get to that.
The arms and shoulders have a suprising amount of articulatuon. There are dual elbow joints, a swivel bicep, rotating shoulder on a ball joint, rotating wrists and articulated fingers.
The waist can rotate, the abdomen has a crunch joint - there's a lot going on in the design but none of it gets in the way of the aesthetics.
The legs have a full range of motion, especially when you remove the hip skirt panels out of the way.
The hands are removable and can be replaced with these awesome blast effects.
Now, lets talk about the variant faces. Action Toys could not market this toy, or associate it with GoBots. However, they include a special "gift" with a purchase: three Cy-Kill face plates. The plates are held in place with magnets, and pop out when you press down on the orange headlight.
This odd little robot is included, but all it does is hold an extra face. It isn't from any show, it's just a little extra thing thrown in by the manufacturer.
To transform Bike Robo, you first start by replacing the face plate with the blank plate.
Separate the chest and bring the arms up. Variant closed hands can be switched out to hold the front wheel, but either set of hands can be used. Be sure to line up the tabs on the wheels with the slots on the arms.
The feet fold in, and the engine components fold out from the inside of the legs.
Everything tabs in together to form a solid bike mode.
You can see here what a great job they did paying homage to a classic design.
Overall I think this is an amazing release. The quality on this thing is insane. The engineering is interesting without being overly complex, and I love that everything has a tab or slot to keep its parts in place.
Thanks again to Action Toys and Awaken Studio for the sample! You can purchase yours at https://mechatoybox.com/
|Posted 14 February, 2018 - 16:26 by JoshB|