We’ve got another new Power of the Primes gallery for you to enjoy, and we’re carrying on with the Dinobot love with their mighty commander – Grimlock! The big guy has a much more Generation 1 inspired look this time out, with a transformation to match. As he’s also the core of the Volcanicus combiner, Grimlock’s got a few sacrifices in his design – such as his wide dino hips and his T-Rex mode’s back being mostly dinosaur bits. We’re not terribly fond of his exposed combiner ports, either, especially since some previous offerings in Combiner Wars managed to conceal them. However, Grimlock shines in his robot mode, which has an excellent and buff silhouette.
Grimlock is not without his flaws – however, he is a fun toy and a good realisation of the Generation 1 design in a modern toyline. It’s also a pity that Hasbro couldn’t give Grimlock a sword, since while the Volcanicus feet make for good gauntlets and can flip round to add some other weapon options via their 5mm sockets on the rear, they aren’t the same as Grimlock’s trademark weapon. Overall, he’s by no means a bad toy, though he’s equally not up to some of the standards Hasbro themselves have set with the likes of Nitro or Hun-Gurrr in recent times.