Review: Transformers Prime RiD Decepticon Rumble, AM-30 Rumble & Dago-R, AM-31 Frenzy & Dago-L
Do people read these intros? Up next are three figures that share the same mold: Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Decepticon Rumble, Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-30 Rumble, and Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-31 Frenzy. I’m sure that was as fun for you to read, as it was for me to write. Let’s cut to the chase – here are the reviews.
Rumble, Rumble, and Frenzy
Alt Mode: The Frenzy/Rumble cars are exactly what I’d imagine Frenzy and Rumble to be… if they were cars and not tanks. The car is what any cost-efficient hipster teenager would drive – an economically cute sports hatchback. I’m not mocking people who own this type of vehicle, but I’m merely describing what I’d think that two mini-con Transformers (that traditionally become cassette tapes) would be as cars. That being said, I really like the design of this car. I find it interesting that Arms Micron FRumble have painted wheels, since that isn’t very common with other toys from the line. It’s even more interesting that I actually prefer Robots in Disguise Rumble’s wheels to have black rims; they go along well with the smoked out headlights. What isn’t nice is the lack of a rear window or paint on the tail lights. Of the three, Arms Micron Rumble’s red plastic is real delightful. I’m just perplexed with the blue windows; that’s traditionally a color reserved for the Autobots. Like Kup and Ironhide, these toys have the same Micron ports between the American and Japanese releases.
Decepticon Rumble: First thing’s first: Good luck getting this toy. I couldn’t find it in the wild, so @jonspannring hooked a brother up (literally). Second thing’s second: Everyone loves to make reference to Gurren Lagann’s mech motif when they talk about this figure… and I definitely see where they’re coming from. That torso’s face looks wicked. Despite this being another Transformers Prime figure with slightly hampered articulation, I actually don’t mind it one bit with this figure. One downside though, is that the elbows get incredibly loose. The figure’s proportions give it an awesome silhouette, and it’s only accentuated with the vibrant color scheme. What’s great with Rumble is that it comes with two blasters that look a lot like G1-inspired pile drivers. At the end of the day, Decepticon Rumble isn’t my Transformers Prime Rumble. What it is though, is an awesome figure of a character that hasn’t appeared anywhere in the Transformers Prime universe. If you can get your hands on this, do I recommend it? Heck yeah!
Rumble: The first thing that I find odd with this figure is that it comes with a sticker designating it to be Rumble. Come on people, we all know that it’s RIRFIB right?! Jokes aside, this mold is sick in these colors. Actually, I think I’ll like this mold in any deco TakaraTomy decides to pump out. The red and black color scheme looks sweet as cherries. The Arms Micron figures come with the mold’s alternate head, and it’s very fitting. Once again, why does this figure use transparent blue plastic? Rumble looks more like an Autobot than he does a Decepticon. The stickers aren’t so bad with these guys… but the torso face’s eyebrows have a corner that is prone to bunching up. Do I recommend this? Hell yeah I do, but only if you’re going to buy Arms Micron Frenzy too. Dago-R, as a Micron, is interesting. It’s simply a drone that might be a squid? Either way, this bad boy turns into a sweet blaster.
Frenzy: Did you read everything I wrote for Arms Micron Rumble? Well everything is all the same with Frenzy… except his limbs are AllSpark blue instead of black. Do I hate it? Nope. I actually really like this color scheme as well. TakaraTomy can’t do any wrong with this mold… seriously. There isn’t much else to say with these guys. Of all the Transformers Prime figures that I’ve reviewed, this is one of the best molds.
EDIT: I want to mention that I just noticed that the box art for both Arms Micron Rumble and Frenzy feature the robots with painted versions of the drills that the Robots in Disguise version does. I want them.